We all know finding a good Handyman in New York can be hard. Heck, it’s down right impossible sometimes. And once you find a good handyman, it’s hard to keep them because word spreads fast and they have to hire help and well- that’s that. But- don’t despair! There are some good signs that you have not only found a great handyman, but also one that will stay great and one that will keep the things you like the most about them, no matter what changes their business experience. So- here is a list on how to pick the best Mr. (or Mrs.) Fix it and some signs to look for.
- All in the hands
This might sound a bit old fashioned, but I cannot tell you how true it is. A good Handyman will have beat up and dirty hands. Their hands will be rough and like sand paper. Why is this a good sign? Because the best handyman do their own work- and have for decades. This will show in their hands. Men that work with their hands tend to be men of few words, so everything you need to know is literally in the hands. If you’ve got yourself a pretty boy that likely uses lotion- run far away.
2. Old Fashioned in a Modern Time
Another good sign of a great Mr. Fix it is that they really don’t need any modern marvels- just the basic tools that have been used for centuries. Don’t get taken by the shops that brag about the latest and greatest tools and technologies- a good handy person doesn’t need that. It’s a lot like survival in the woods- you don’t need the latest gadgets and high tech gear (though they do make it nice)- if you truly understand nature and the earth, you can survive anything. Same with repairs around the house- if you know what to look for, if you truly understand plumbing and the foundations of homes you don’t need anything that’s high tech.
3. Who Answers the Phone?
Amy, at http://www.amykleinmortgage.com says she always finds that the guys that answer their phones seem to be the best. “If you call and the repair company sends you on some rabbit chase to get a hold of some random receptionist- this isn’t a good sign.” Every good repair company I’ve ever used has actually had the owner answer the majority of the calls personally. It saves time, money, and just makes everyone’s life easier. Also- you know a business owner loves what they do when they answer the phone- and you want someone that truly loves the work because it shows in how they fix your home.
I’ve found that the really good repair men do a lot of charity work because they understand the importance of maintaining a home, and that not everyone can afford to pay someone to fix something- and not everyone has the skills they do. A good place to find these guys is at your local church, or homeless shelter. If you call those places, you’ll usually find a repair company that has joined forces to help out the single Moms or widows.
And last but not least- read their reviews. It seems so simple, but online reviews are a great way to know more about who you’re bringing into your home! So, don’t fret, get out there and find that perfect handyman!