Hiring a handyman can be tricky and hiring the wrong handyman can be a disaster. At ANDY OnCall® Tampa, some of our biggest projects are from Tampa-area homeowners who hired the wrong craftsman and turned an inexpensive fix into an expensive repair.
If you’re in the Tampa area and you’re hiring a handyman service, there are specific qualities that you should consider “must-haves.” Here at the six most important:
1. Handyman Experience
When hiring a handyman in the Tampa area, experience should always be one of your foremost concerns. A qualified handyman will have years of experience in construction and/or related trades. Focus on for job-specific experience — after all, five years as a woodworker doesn’t make a handyman qualified to fix leaking pipes.
2. Background Checks
Inviting someone to do work in your home or on your property requires a high degree of trust. No handyman service should be putting you in a position where your belongings or personal well-being are at risk. Screening standards are a must, and background checks like those performed by ANDY OnCall Tampa, should be a given.
3. Free, In-Person Estimates
You should never need to pay for an estimate on a handyman-performed installation or repair. You should also expect to receive estimates in-person. Over-the-phone estimates are inherently inaccurate and often lead to a much higher price once the handyman is on site.
4. Quality Materials
Quality workmanship can only go so far if your handyman isn’t using quality materials. Handymen services who charge a mark-up for materials are liable to use cheaper, lower-grade materials to help their margins. We recommend hiring a handyman service that charges materials at cost or a service with a proven track record of using high-quality materials from reputable suppliers.
5. Bonding & Licensing
You should never allow a handyman to perform work on your home if they are not bonded or licensed. In Tampa, a handyman needs to carry an occupational license issued by Hillsborough County. Bonding will protect you against financial liability in the event of incomplete work or damage to your home.
6. Warranty on Work
A warranty remains one of the best markers of quality in the handyman industry. At ANDY OnCall Tampa, our handyman services are backed by full a one-year warranty on workmanship.
Looking for a trustworthy handyman in the Tampa, FL area? You’ll find the handymen you need with ANDY OnCall Tampa. Book a free estimate by calling (813) 961-2600 today!