The various abilities a handyman contractor has varies greatly from person to person. A handyman can do basic odd jobs, such as yard work or raking leaves, or they can do more complex things, such as putting together furniture that is delivered as a flat-pack.

Before hiring a handyman, you should decide exactly what tasks need to be done and make a detailed list. Do not expect every handyman to have all the abilities needed to do everything that you need doing around your house. So be prepared, if you have a long list, to hire multiple people to get everything done. Preferred Building Contractors are skilled in all phases of remodeling and renovation. So anything you can throw at us we can probably tackle.

Handymen are typically used for smaller sized tasks or one-time jobs. Handymen with a wider range of skills, and can take on the more complex tasks, are generally more expensive and you may be able to save cash by finding one who concentrates only on the smaller tasks, if that is all that you need to get done.

If you merely need someone to paint a space, employing a specialist who also has woodworking abilities and electrical understanding may turn out to be more expensive. However, if you have a list of tasks that has both simple and harder, more time consuming tasks, then picking one who has a range of skills well suited to your list, although more expensive by the hour, could actually save you both time and money.

Before hiring any handyman, make sure you ask in-depth questions about their experience. Getting references, referrals and or reading their reviews is very important. Don’t just get word of mouth references, but also ask to see work that they’ve done too.

It’s also important to find a handyman who is both bonded and insured too. There are many stories of devastating customer being left unhappy because of badly finished work from handymen, to straight-out theft from dishonest workers.

The best way to find a good quality handyman is by recommendation. The really good handymen remain busy simply because their happy customers are willing to recommend them to others. Speak to neighbors, your family members and friends to see if they’ve had positive experiences with any local handymen.

Get a written price quote that includes the rate and estimated time to complete the job. You’re better off trying to agree the price for the completed task ahead of time, rather than paying an hourly rate. You simply have no control over how fast or slow a handyman works.

So those on an hourly rate may be tempted to slow things down, just to make more money. Unscrupulous handymen may try to offer only a verbal estimate, and then present you with a final bill that is much higher than they originally quoted, stating a various factors and unforeseen items as the reason why the bill is so much higher. Know up-front exactly what the work will cost you and ask if there are any variables that may increase the bill.

A handyman who is eager to put his quote in writing, without you having to ask, is generally going to be more trustworthy, than those who only offer verbal quotes. If you have to ask them, and they aren’t willing to do this, then simply walk away and find another handyman to work for you.

Hiring a good, experienced handyman can be very useful option in getting a lot of smaller tasks accomplished around you. They can also be a a lot more cost-effective option then employing a contractor. Just be sure to check their references and ability levels prior to making a final decision and be sure you are 100% comfortable with the person before allowing them into your home.

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Carol E. Richards
Carol E. Richards
23:18 19 Nov 20
Elbert quoted best price, helped design and then delivered timely on an unconventional project to improve disability... access throughout our home. Replacing a treacherous step-down into a family room with a custom landing, ramp and rail, he reversed the swing of an existing, large interior French Door and created a new "Hobbit Door" doubling access for all our family members to make quicker, safer exit from the house in case of emergency and more easily enjoy the garden. A new Barn Door conceals it beautifully!read more
Lucas Musumeci
Lucas Musumeci
02:43 17 Oct 20
Preferred Contractors built us a 26 by 10 composite deck with a awning that covers half of the deck. The covering is... connected to the roof by sky lifts and the whole project looks awesome. Elbert and Lane were able to answer questions and provide explanations and adapt to requested changes. The price was very good and the quality of work was great. Thanks for the deck outstanding deck and covering guys!read more
Kevin Muir
Kevin Muir
23:59 08 Jul 20
Elbert installed a new door for us which looks great and created a railway stair guard which he had never done before... now. His work was outstanding. He is easy to reach, personable, knowledgable and fair in his pricing. We will need more work done on the house at some point and we will without doubt go to Elbert more
Angelina Mc Kinney
Angelina Mc Kinney
01:41 03 Apr 20
I called them and they came and did the work and checked with me to make sure they were doing what I wanted and how I... wanted more
Tim Porter
Tim Porter
18:33 27 Feb 20
Had an upstairs water leak in our bathroom which caused damage to the floor and damaged our downstairs ceiling and... walls. These came in and instantly started fixing our problems. They did a great job at a fair price. Finished in a timely manner and very respectful people. Would absolutely use these guys more
Damien T
Damien T
01:47 19 Jan 20
Hired to do a list of work at my home required prior to sale of home. Elbert was very professional, got the job done... and exceeded my expectations. Prices were very fair. Definitely will use in the future and will recommend to family and more
Bruce E
Bruce E
22:14 03 Sep 19
We had Elbert replace some dry-rotted supports on our front porch as well as our carport. He arrived on schedule for a... free estimate and we thought he quoted us a fair price for the work. He arrived on schedule to do the work, did a great job and cleanup when he was finished. We are very happy with his work and would use him again for any other projects as well as recommend his work to more
D Clausen
D Clausen
02:10 16 Oct 18
Elbert repaired a door and replaced another that renters had damaged. He did a great job. Great value for home owners!!
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