Are You Ready for Home Improvement Season?

Published 05/28 2013 11:05PM

Updated 05/29 2013 11:08PM

The best way to retain your home's value is to keep it in good shape. With the arrival of spring, homeowners should take a good look around their homes to determine if there are repairs they should address.

All of us have lists of projects around the house that either we don't have time to get to or we aren't sure how to fix. Many homeowners use a handyman regularly to take care of routine maintenance and odd-and-end projects around the house. Angie's List, the nation's leading provider of consumer reviews, asked highly rated handymen/handywomen how they can help with their honey-do list.

A handyman, or handywoman, can offer a one-stop-shop for many home repair services. Most handyman companies offer a wide range of services. Some focus on smaller home improvement projects such as weather stripping, faucet installation and drywall repair while others can do both small

For homeowners with a long to-do list of minor repairs that don't require a trade license, handymen can eliminate the need for multiple service providers - thus saving you time and money.

Angie's List Tips: Hiring a Handyman

  • Are you licensed? Every handyman has a different set of skills and areas of expertise. Licensing requirements for handymen vary by state and municipality, so homeowners should verify with their local licensing board that a handyman can do their specific job. The majority of states require an electrician or plumber's license to perform most work in those trades. Many times, handyman licensing depends on the job's cost or scope.

  • Make a list of what you need done: Have a list on hand when you call to make an appointment and go through your list with the handyman. Most professionals are going to tell you up front if it's a job outside their area of expertise. And, in the case of some of the larger handyman shops, knowing what jobs you need done, often determines which employee they send to your house.

  • What's the price? Know what's included in the cost - do you have to supply materials. Ask if the company charges a flat rate or by the hour, or a trip fee

  • Prep your home: Anything you can organize or purchase ahead of time may save you time and money. For example, if there's an issue with your sink, remove all the items from underneath it.

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