A handy guide to hiring a handyman

The services of a craftsman may be required for heavier or more specialized work. (Rawpixel image)

When it comes to home repairs, there are some chores that you can easily do yourself. However, others may require a professional.

You can probably replace a blown lightbulb yourself, but if it requires heavier or more specialized work you will need someone more qualified.

A home improvement company may be required for large-scale jobs that are time consuming and require heavy equipment or specialization. If this can be done within a day and at a cheaper price, then hiring a craftsman is the way to go.

Here is a price estimate for some of the most common crafting services.

Wall work
• Repair of leaks, including sealing – RM1.500-2.500
• Sealing cracks – RM150-300
• Repairing water damage, including painting – RM250-400
• Shelves – RM120-250
• TV bracket – RM250
• Difficult to reach lighting fixtures – RM200-300
• Paintings per 1,000 sq ft – RM600

Door works
• Button repair – RM30
• Door repair – RM150
• Hinge repair / replacement – RM100
• Repair of folding doors – RM250
• Installation / repair of glass doors – 30 RM per sq ft

Bathroom works
• Repair / replacement of taps and pipes – RM50 each
• Repair of the water heater – RM180
• Tile – RM3 per square foot
• Reseal – RM1 per ft

Whether you are hiring a handyman or a handyman, be sure to ask the right questions. (Rawpixel image)

Ask the right questions

Communicating with the person you hire is key to providing a smooth service. Here are some questions to ask.

1. What kind of work can you do?

Although the general assumption is that they are qualified to do most of the repair work, ask if they are capable of performing the services you have requested and how experienced are they with this particular job.

2. How much will it cost?

Request a breakdown of costs to avoid unexpected surprises on your final invoice. Always go through the individual prices and find out whether your craftsman charges a flat rate or an hourly rate.

3. Do you have references?

It’s comforting to know that the person you hire is experienced and has a list of happy customers. If your handyman has worked in your neighborhood or building, ask your neighbors for feedback.

4. How long does it take?

Make sure your handyman gives you a confirmed deadline to get the job done. If there is a delay, make sure you are notified sooner and give a good reason as some workers may use delays as a reason for an additional charge.

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