So, you’re a homeowner! Congratulations! You’ve bought the house, and you have a list of things to do. So, what now? You need a contractor.
Most everyone is familiar with the term ‘handyman.’ You may hear the word and instantly picture an older gentleman in overalls, carrying a hand-made wooden toolbox, and driving a classic truck from the ’50s. He’s kind-hearted, always smiling, full of good deeds, and everyone in town knows him by name. He’s the quintessential exemplification of all that is good and right with the world. He’s the handyman.
Gradually, over time though, the term ‘handyman’ has undergone somewhat of an evolution. The simplicity of the role that made the handyman so endearing has developed into a rigorous series of complex codes, rules, regulations, and licensing requirements. Jeans, hoodies, and customized t-shirts have replaced overalls. Vintage lorries of the past have been traded in for modern, more sophisticated trucks loaded with onboard navigation, front and rear cameras, and voice-activated infotainment systems used for calling clients, scheduling appointments, and ordering materials. Yesterday’s handyman has become today’s contractor.
Jeans, hoodies, and customized t-shirts have replaced overalls. Vintage lorries of the past have been traded in for modern, more sophisticated trucks, loaded with onboard navigation, front and rear cameras, and voice-activated infotainment systems used for calling clients, scheduling appointments, and ordering materials. Yesterday’s handyman has become today’s contractor.
Do I Need A Contractor?
- Do you own your own home, vacation rental, or other investment property?
- Do you own or are you working for a property management company?
If you answered ‘yes’ to either of those questions, you need a contractor.
The modern-day contractor has become a concierge of sorts, a go-to person for all things related to home improvement, things like remodeling, repair, and routine maintenance. They’re knowledgeable in most, if not all, of the home’s systems; they’re skilled, and they’re licensed, bonded, and insured. They provide personalized quality service, and they’re a trustworthy partner in the care and maintenance of your home. If your light bulb needs replacing and you can’t reach it safely, you call your contractor. If you need to remodel your bathroom, you call your contractor. Even if the scope of work falls out of the range of your contractor’s specialty, you call your contractor because chances are he knows someone who can help.
Finding The Right Contractor
Finding a good contractor can be as difficult as finding a good pair of shoes and as necessary as finding a good doctor. They need to be understanding, supportive, flexible, and just the right fit. Below is a list of resources that may help you in your search to find a good, licensed contractor.
- A reference from a neighbor, a trusted friend, family member, or colleague
- Better Business Bureau
- Local hardware & lumber stores
- Local building association
- Local area Chamber of Commerce
- Online Search
Click HERE for guidance on what to do once you’ve narrowed down a list of qualified contractors in your area.