There’s nothing worse than busted plumbing and the water damage that follows, but sometimes its temping to try and perform a DIY job instead of spending your hard earned cash on a handyman.
You may be wondering when it’s okay to attempt a repair yourself, and when it’s necessary to hire a handyman.
This topic may seem a bit complicated, but it’s actually quite simple and doesn’t need a ton of discussion. Our recommendation is that light repair and maintenance jobs can be carried out by a skilled homeowner.
When it comes to more advanced jobs involving major pipes or water inlets, it’s best to leave the work to a pro. Even if you do everything right you can still have issues. These issues can cause flooding and other major damages. If you’re the one who caused the issue, you can bet that your insurance isn’t going to pay a dime.
If a “professional” causes any damages, their insurance or company will pay out, saying you a ton of time, money, and headache.
It’s important to ensure that whatever company or handyman you choose DOES indeed have insurance, as sometimes unforeseen catastrophes can occur when doing simple jobs. This is especially true when working on plumbing, hvac, or anything involving gas or water.
Some handymen will pretend to have insurance when they actually do not. This is why it’s important to read reviews and ask for a copy of their paperwork if you feel unsure. Watch out for red flags such as low-ball estimates or added fees that look like they don’t belong.
Before starting any job make sure you have a written quote or estimate of how much the job will cost. Sometimes shady handymen will give you a low estimate, only to charge $200 more after the job due to “difficulties”.
Overall, hiring a handyman is generally an excellent investment, as it saves you the time and money of going through a bigger company. As long as you do your homework and research you should come out on top with no problems.