With all of the different projects that you might have complete around the house, the odds are pretty good that you could speed up the process by hiring the best handyman NYC/TV mounting services NYC has to offer.
Handymen are very popular in the city, giving individuals (and business owners) the opportunity to take care of all the little projects that have kind of fallen through the cracks without having to lift a single finger of their own. Better than that though, handyman NYC services are significantly cheaper than hiring general contractors or other construction professionals – even though they are usually able to provide similar results on projects that they are comfortable taking on.
There are a variety of different reasons that you’d want to hire a handyman in the city, reasons that we aren’t going to go too deep into. You know if you need a handyman, but you might not know all the questions that you should ask these professionals before you decide to sign on the dotted line and pay them to help you knock out your punch list.
Here are just a couple of the most important questions that you’re going to want to touch upon before moving forward.
How long have you been in business?
One of the most important questions that you’re going to want to ask every single handyman you interview is how long they have been in business, and whether or not they are able to prove that they’ve been around for as long as they say they have.
Because you are going to have literally thousands and thousands of options to pick and choose from when it comes time to hire a handyman NYC service in the city, you need to be completely sure that you are working with someone with experience, someone with an education, and someone with a real business under their belt.
Otherwise you run the risk of hiring someone with power tools and a pickup truck and a desire to grab some quick cash – whether or not you get the results you’re looking for.
Look for handyman NYC services that have been around for anywhere between three years and five years, as these are the kinds of operations that have a track record of success or they wouldn’t be able to survive for quite as long as they have around.
Any less than three years and you really start to play with fire a little bit, and from the risk of getting burned. This is a hard and fast rule for choosing a handyman in New York City (especially if you’re looking to tackle smaller jobs like TV wall mount installation NYC or furniture assembly), but it is a solid general rule of thumb to operate off of.
Are you licensed and insured?
The next question that you’re going to want to ask your potential handyman NYC candidate is whether or not they have any construction licenses and whether they are fully insured for the business that they operate.
The overwhelming majority of handymen in the city are former tradesmen or former construction professionals, individuals that either have construction licenses or have had construction licenses in the past. You might not find too terribly many handymen that have a “handyman” license – mostly because they don’t exist – but you are going to want to make sure that you are working with professionals that know exactly what they’re doing.
As far as insurance is concerned, you would have to be at least a little bit crazy to hire any TV wall mount installation NYC service without making sure that they are fully protected by insurance, and that you (as their client) are also protected as well. This is nonnegotiable, as you simply cannot open yourself up to all of the legal hassle, headache, and liability that gets brought to the table if you are working with people that aren’t insured.
With so many different options out there, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a professional with insurance at your price point that you feel comfortable with. There’s no reason to compromise.
Have you tackled this kind of work before?
The next question that you’re going to want to ask any TV wall mount installation NYC handyman (or any handyman NYC, for that matter) is whether or not they have taken on the kind of work that you are hiring them for in the past.
Handymen (by their very nature) are jacks of all trades, and should be able to help you with pretty much any situation you find yourself it – within reason. At the same time, there are definitely going to be areas of their trade that they are more experienced in, more confident in, and more capable in, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with hiring those specialists and ignoring “generalists” if you want the job done right the first time around.
Of course, recency is also a major concern that you’re going to want to address when hiring a handyman NYC if they tell you that they have taken care of this kind of work in the past. TV mounting services NYC is significantly different today than it used to be even just 15 or 20 years ago, and you’re going to want to make sure that they know exactly what they’re doing these days.
Do you have a list of clients that I could contact for a referral/recommendation?
Any professional handyman is going to be more than happy to provide you with a full list of past clients, customers, and referrals that they are perfectly comfortable with you contacting.
Many of the most experienced and successful handyman operations will actually require you to take this information and strongly suggests that you contact as many – or as few – as you like at random so that you get the inside scoop about what they are all about.
Anyone (we mean anyone) that isn’t able to produce at least three or four past clients, customers, or partners that can vouch for the results that they produce and their trustworthiness should probably be avoided at all costs. Again, there are so many handymen to pick and choose from in the city that it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to move forward with anyone that you aren’t completely sure you can trust.
You just don’t need that kind of headache.
Would you be willing to research the project and provide a quote in advance?
While a lot of handyman NYC/TV mounting services NYC has to offer are going to be willing to come right out and meet you, get a look at the project or task at hand, and shoot you a quote right there on the spot, the truth of the matter is you might not be as comfortable with some numbers that they pulled out of thin air as you are with a handyman NYC or TV mounting services NYC, furniture assembly NYC service that comes out and considers the project and reflects on what’s necessary before providing you with a reasonable quote.
You’ll want your handyman to at least come out and check out the work that you’d like them to take care of, if for no other reason than to get a better understanding of who they are as a person and how they intend to approach the task.
Is the handyman work you perform protected by a guarantee?
Not all handymen are going to stand as confidently behind the work that they perform as the others, and you need to be willing to accept that there are a lot of services out there that frankly won’t guarantee the work that they produce.
It’s up to you as to whether or not you feel comfortable moving forward with TV wall mount installation NYC services, IKEA furniture assembly NYC services, or the best handyman NYC Brooklyn has to offer that aren’t willing to guarantee and back up their results – but as we said time and time again in this quick guide, there are so many other choices to pick and choose from that you’d have to be crazy not to take advantage of this protection.
Even if the guarantee is no more than a promise that they will return and take care of any and all issues to your complete and total satisfaction before final payment is released, at least you’re getting some kind of guarantee that won’t leave you twisting in the wind if things should go south.
Are you going to need any help to finish the job?
There is a world of difference between hiring the best handyman NYC Brooklyn has to offer and hiring that same individual and having them show up on your doorstep with four or five other “helpers” – each of which are hoping to get paid the same amount of money that you promised the solo operator.
Make sure to inquire about any help that they are going to require before they start the project, and be sure that they’d let you know about any subcontractors or assistance that they are going to be bringing around the job – especially if they’re going to be bringing these individuals around when you aren’t there.
Most the time, you’re going to come across handyman services that are one-man bands (so to speak), but from time to time, even these kinds of operations are going to need help with a second set of hands – or more.
The best TV mounting services NYC has to offer all employ small teams of handymen that can get the job done a lot faster than one guy ever could, so there has to be some reasonable expectation for these businesses to bring others into the fold on an “as necessary” basis.
At the same time, you need to be completely and totally comfortable with anyone that they intend to bring to your home or that is going to expect payment for the services that they provide. Make sure that all of this information is outlined in advance, and that there is some kind of precedent set so that you know how to move forward should the situation arise.
Will this require a permit?
The overwhelming majority of work that he handyman is going to touch in New York City will never require any permit of any type, though this isn’t a hard and fast rule by any stretch of the imagination.
From time to time you may hire a handyman to help you with significantly more challenging projects, and these projects may require you to pull a permit to get the work started. If there are any permits that need to be filed, you (and you alone) are going to bear the sole responsibility for getting the job done and making sure that the permits are in before the work project starts.
Now, obviously, you might not be completely familiar with or comfortable with the permit process in New York City – but the odds are pretty good that the handyman you have hired has been around the block a time or two and can help you out.
Rely on their insider information to help you expedite the process when necessary, and you’ll be able to get the permits you need (if you need them) without too terribly much trouble.
Can I get all of the work details down in writing?
There are certainly some handymen out there that do not require a contract, just like there are some people out there that are comfortable hiring people to perform work for them without a contract either.
But that should be the kind of person that you aspire to be.
Instead, you’re going to want to get all of the details that you can about this particular project (and any others) down on a piece of paper, even if it’s nothing more than a rough outline and a bit of a blueprint that you and your handyman are going to operate off of.
Sure, it might not be quite as legally binding as a full-blown contract, but it’s better than nothing – especially if there are minor discrepancies or disputes that can quickly be resolved between you and the handyman that you’ve hired