Safety Tips when Hiring Handyman

So you've called a handyman who will be arriving soon to repair some drywall or paint a room.  Though he comes highly recommended by a friend or family member, the person coming to your home is still a stranger.  Sometimes the company will send a different contractor rather than the nice handyman that did such a great job for your friend.   In most cases, there is no threat in allowing the contractor into your home, but older, single homeowners may feel uncomfortable.  Here are some safety tips that will provide some assurance:

  • Ask for the handyman's physical description.  If the handyman is employed by a large company, ask the service representative for a physical description of the contractor.

  • Ask to see the handyman's photo identification.  Sometimes the handyman arrives in his own pick-up truck or panel van with no logo or lettering.  Ask to see photo ID or credentials proving he is indeed the home service provider you are expecting.

  • Keep an eye on the repairman.   A handyman should not roam around your house without your supervision.  Show him the job you need done and watch him as much as possible while he works.

  • Let a neighbor know that a repairman is coming to your home.  If your neighbor is aware that you are expecting someone, then he or she can keep an eye out or stop by while the service man is there.

  • Do not valuable items like expensive jewelry, laptop computers, and cash laying around.

  • Let the company know about any issues you have with the repairman.  Report any suspicious or unprofessional behavior to the company.  Perhaps they have record of other complaints so they will take action to eliminate the problem and preserve their reputation.

  • Make sure the handyman picks up all his tools.  As he is leaving, make sure he hasn’t left any tools behind to give him reason to return unexpectedly later.

  • Ask for a written or printed receipt.  Once the work is complete, get a written receipt and keep it in your file.

Most home service providers can show that they are qualified, licensed, insured and have a good reputation.  Physical attacks and robberies by home repair contractors who were called to your home are rare.  The danger is most present with the handyman who comes knocking at your door to sell his service.  A good handyman will not go door to door looking for work.

The above tips may be critical to safety in some circumstances, but they are also a good way to provide your own reassurance.  Being aware of who is entering your home and using good common sense is necessary.

HandyPro Handyman Service providers are fully licensed and insured.  All contractors must pass a background check and drug test.  HandyPro is a member of the Better Business Bureau with no reported complaints and a 4-1/2 out of 5 star rating in all categories of business.

What’s on your to-do list?  HandyPro Handyman Services offers affordable solutions to a wide variety of home repairs and maintenance projects.  HandyPro specializes in helping the homeowner, business or property manager have minor repairs completed professionally, in a timely manner, and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction.

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