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How to find a contractor or handyman

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If your house needs some work and you are not the DIY type, here is how you might go about finding a contractor or handyman to do the work for you:

  1. Ask for recommendations from friends and family. They may know of someone who does good quality work for a decent price.
  2. Check online directories and review websites, like Angie’s List and Yelp, to see customer reviews and ratings of contractors and handymen in your area.
  3. Consider whether you need someone licensed and insured. Some work is straightforward to do, while other work may require significant training and expertise. Licensure can help especially when the work is more difficult. You can check licensing with your local building department or the state licensing board.
  4. Contact professional organizations like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) or the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for a list of members in your area.
  5. Get multiple quotes from different contractors or handymen. Be sure to ask for references and to see examples of their previous work.
  6. Make sure to have a clear agreement in writing including the scope of the work, materials to be used, estimated completion date, and payment terms.

Although this process may time some time, it’s worth it in the long run to find someone trustworthy who does good quality work for a decent price.

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