Most of us have been in that situation where we desperately need an emergency handyman to fix some type of building work in our houses or commercial properties. The problem becomes – how do you find that emergency handyman – and what factors should you consider when looking for that person? In this article, we will focus mainly on emergency handyman services for the commercial sector.
The first thing to consider is what type of work does a “normal” handyman carry out. The answer is fairly hard to conclusively break down – purely because most handyman can do multiple things. Whether it is building work, such as plastering, or electrical work, such as lighting, there is a wide array of work which can fit under the “handyman’s” job description.
Having a designated emergency handyman, especially within commercial premises, can be very helpful. There is the element of preventative maintenance firstly – if you can see that it looks like there may be some upcoming issues, then calling your emergency handyman may be quite beneficial. It is also true that addressing issues before they become major problems can normally be a significant financial saving.
For a lot of people, the issue is not concerned with what work the handyman does, but instead how to find the right handyman for your business. In this article, we will briefly consider some of the different ways to find a handyman, and any specific factors that you should consider.
The handyman business is remarkably similar to the building trade in a number of ways. The building trade has worked on recommendations for a significant period of time – being able to actually visually see a builder’s work has a significant effect. It is also about trust – if you know someone who has used a specific builder to build their house, and they were happy with that person, that gives you added element of comfort in that person’s ability.
Nowadays, there is another route to finding emergency handyman services. The use of the Yellow Pages and phone directory, whilst still being popular in certain parts of the country, has decreased significantly. The rise of mobile phones, broadband internet and technology, has seen a shift in how people will search for services.
There are now a number of websites where builders or handymen can advertise their services online. Some builders will even have their own website, which details the areas they cover and the specific type of work they do. More recently, there have been a number of apps which have been created specifically for the handyman world. You can now, literally, in the click of a button find a handyman near you and book them instantly.
The ease with which you can book an emergency handyman should not detract from the general safety concerns that you should take into account. If you are hiring a handyman to do electrical, or plumbing work, you should make sure that they are experienced in this. Do they have the right qualifications to be carrying out this work. Remember a short-term fix does not always mean long-term gain.
Take your time to properly research the individual hanydman which you would like to hire. Feel free to meet them in person, and actually ask all the questions which you may have. If you do not understand some of the more complex or technical descriptions, then ask them to draw it out or explain this in a different way. Remember that you are paying for this service, and so you should be fully comfortable with the services provided.