Hire a Handyman

8:02 AM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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(NEWS CENTER) - It's almost home improvement season again. Now is a good time to assess if there's any winter damage to your home and make plans for spring repairs... Or to just make a list of routine home maintenance and projects you want to get done.

In today's "Angie's List report", how a handyman can help with your projects around the house.

Homeowner Kris Wu says: "Our handyman's been very helpful and done a lot of work around our house. He's done everything from staining decks to hanging picture frames, electrical work, building a shelf in my son's bedroom, tiling floors."

Wu keeps the number for her handyman stored right in her cellphone, so when her list of repairs and projects starts to grow he's just a quick call away.

Angie Hicks suggests: "If you have a long honey-do list hiring a handyman can be a great way to knock them out quickly. A handyman will typically charge by the hour so you can aggregate a bunch of different little projects together and hire a handyman for the day."

She also has this advice: "When you hire a handyman you want to be sure to check their credentials, but remember it will be dependent on the job they are doing and it's going to be dependent on your city and state. For example, plumbing and electrical are typically required to have a license so if you are having those trades done you want to be sure you check that. Also, make sure your handyman is experienced in the work you want to do because you do not want to be the guinea pig for a new kind of project for them."

Now most handymen are happy to go get all the materials they'll need for whatever job they're doing.

But if you want to save a little money, the more you can organize and purchase yourself ahead of time, the better.

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