As you get ready to sell your home, you may discover the need to make numerous repairs and updates. But when do you have the time? Most jobs you can do yourself, but others require a little more skill. Maybe it’s time to consider hiring a handyman.
According to Angie’s List, hiring a handyman can prevent waste and overcharging, as the handyman will only charge you for hours worked. Plus they keep their rates low with low overhead and by not having to pay other workers.
A handyman is someone who can handle small painting and carpentry jobs that can be completed quickly. He typically works alone, charges by the hour plus materials, and in some states is required to be licensed and carry insurance.
If you think you’re going to more extensive work, you should consider a contractor. A contractor differs from a handyman by taking larger jobs that require going behind walls, or tearing out and rebuilding areas. Contractors supervise specialized tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians, and craftsmen.
Before you hire a handyman or a contractor, make a list of the jobs you need done. If your list is composed mostly of repairs and some updating like painting, a handyman should suit your needs.
To hire the right person for the job, do the following:
1. Get recommendations from family, friends, or your real estate professional. She may know an individual or company that specializes in “make-ready,” a room-by-room clean-up, touch-up and fix-up. You can also contact sites such as HomeAdvisor or Angie’s List, to hire workmen.
2. Interview several handymen before making your decision. Make sure the handyman you hire has the experience and equipment to do the jobs you need and is willing to guarantee the work.
3. You want someone you’ll feel comfortable having around your family and in your home. Hire only personnel who are bonded and insured.
4. Inspect the work while it’s in progress and when it’s finished. Most professionals want to do a good job out of pride of workmanship. Handymen also rely heavily on referrals, so if you’re pleased, you’ll recommend the handyman to your family and friends.
What you don’t want to do is leave small repairs undone. Home buyers notice if maintenance has been ignored, and may conclude the home needs greater repair than it actually does.
WRITTEN BY REALTY TIMES STAFF