It can be a very challenging job when looking for a handyman to replace or repair you windows. There are literally hundreds of fitters out there who claim to be qualified for the job when in fact they are no more qualified than you or me. In this article, we will tell you the key things to consider that will help you choose the correct handyman.
Word of Mouth / Recommendation
This is the most important thing to consider. It often means their work is of a high standard and their previous customers have been happy with the service provided. Place a post on social media asking for any recommendations for the job you require. An excellent handyman should not need to advertise.
Once you have a list you can do a quick google search of the company or handyman’s name and it will bring up a selection of either a company web page or customer reviews. Facebook is usually a good place to check for any good or bad remarks left by customers. There are also trade websites online that you can check for reviews.
All tradesmen will offer to give you a free quote, the cheapest is not always the best option. If they give you an instant price then it’s usually one to avoid. They should be measuring up all window sizes and writing down any problems they may face. Ask them if they can give you a breakdown of their price so you know exactly what you’re paying for. You should receive a price from them within 7 days and have a budget in mind of what you think is reasonable. If you have a house of 7 windows then you shouldn’t really be paying any more than 3 days labor.
Avoid any handyman who wants payment before he starts the job, do not pay any money until the project is finished and you are happy. A good honest tradesman will have credit at most hardware and builders merchants and any company he deals with. Do not be taken in by any spiel that they need to pay for materials in advance, if they do have to pay for materials it is more than likely that they have a bad reputation or they are not actually a trading company.
A quality handyman will always have work, so if they say they can start work on the next day, the chances are they’re probably not very good. In theory you should get a start time of approximately 3-4 weeks of your quote but it could be longer. I once waited 6 months for a painter and decorator but I knew they were good and worth the wait. Don’t be put off with having to wait, it will give you time to prepare and maybe save some more money.
If you follow these 5 steps it should help you choose the correct handyman to fit your new windows.