Autumn is usually the busiest time of the year. The holidays are near and so is the rain and snow; gutters need to be cleaned, yard drains cleared, fence posts replaced or embraced, the list goes on. And hopefully we can get it done before the winter sets in.
A good way to find a reliable Handyman is to ask family or friends. Some seniors may ask “Why do I need a handyman when I have family and friends?” Even if somebody in your family is able to handle those types of tasks, they may not always be available right when you need them.
Another way of finding help is through the many online services like our registry website, www.YourSeniorCareNetwork.com, you just go to the Helpful Info page and click the Handyman Services Tabs from the drop down. Input your City, State and Zip code and click go. Depending on the city or town there is a list of companies or individuals. Click on any of the companies name and it will take you to their Information including phone number or website and e-mail, etc.
Choosing the right Handyman for the right project is very important, usually they are “jack of all trades” but almost everybody has something that they specialize in doing. Here is a list of questions you want to ask before hiring anybody:
- Do you have Insurance? A reputable service provides you with a copy of their Insurance policy. This is very important; imagine some guy falling off the roof while hanging your holiday lights or he electrocutes himself when messing with the plug. That is a bad thing to happen right around the holidays.
- Do you have a valid business license?
- Do you have references? Call a couple of them to see if the person is on time and if his work is clean and if he finishes his jobs on time.
- Do you provide a warranty for your work?
- Do you have car insurance and a valid Driver’s License? This is especially important if you have somebody hauling off a bunch of trash from the yard or the freshly cleaned out garage.
Once you find a reliable and honest person, you want to check with them if you can schedule different work ahead; for instance change the air filter(s) in your house every 2-3 months, change the batteries in your smoke detectors every six (6) months, etc.