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How to find a handyman

Posted on 5/18/2020

Got an odd job or a quick repair that needs doing? A handyman is what you need!

A handyman can tackle all sorts of tasks and there are thousands across the country who can help with jobs like:

  • Assembling furniture
  • Hanging pictures
  • Putting up shelving
  • Installing TV brackets
  • Painting
  • Fixing damaged plasterboard

So, if you need something done around the home with a professional touch, follow these tips to make sure you find the right handyman for you:

First, ask around

A solid recommendation is your best bet and there’s a chance someone you know has had a good experience with a reliable and professional handyman, so before you go on Google, ask around to see if your friends and family can recommend one.

If you’re still stuck, try asking the last plumber, electrician or tradesperson in any field that helped you. They know a lot of people in the industry and might be able to point you to the best local handyman. There’s also the chance they work in multiple trades, which would mean they might be able to tackle your task themselves.

How to spot a good handyman online

Some things to consider before you call anyone

If you can’t get hold of a good recommendation, you’ll have to pick a professional you’ve found online.

Look for testimonial pages full of good reviews on company websites, and search on third-party review sites, too. You want to go for a handyman with at least two years’ experience and make sure they offer a warranty or a guarantee of at least six months.

It’s also really important you get a feel for how much the job should cost, so check out our handyman pricing page for some examples.

An insider’s tip: Watch out for unusually cheap call out and labour costs. Some handymen make up the cost later on by overcharging for parts or products.

Watch out for unusually cheap call out and labour costs. Some handymen make up the cost later on by overcharging for parts or products

Make sure they’re up to the job

What to ask over the phone and on the job

When you’re speaking on the phone, explain the job thoroughly to ensure they’re capable of getting it done to the highest standard.

It’s also really important you get an estimated cost, especially a written one which prevents them from bumping up the price once they’ve done the job.

When they’re finished, test or try out their handiwork to make sure it looks as good or performs as well as you expected.

Get an itemised receipt with the cost of the labour and parts broken down. Use this to check the prices of any parts or products online to make sure they’re roughly the same.

If there’s a contract involved, read it thoroughly to make sure they did what they said they would, which was to complete the job done to the highest standard.

Skip the stress and hire a Local Hero

Why not give yourself peace of mind and go with one of our handymen?

They each have at least 3 years’ experience, a relevant building qualification, and every job they complete comes with a 12-month guarantee backed by British Gas.

We pride ourselves on our skilled workforce and we guarantee to find you a handyman that can help you with whatever you need.

Find a Trusted Local Handyman

Easy online booking with a 12 month guarantee

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  • Are qualified for the job they're doing
  • Have positive customer recommendations
  • Are insured
  • Follow the Local Heroes Code of Conduct
  • Carry out work covered by our 12 month guarantee backed by British Gas
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