4 Warning Signs for Hiring a Handyman

Updated December 27, 2011

Hiring a handyman can be an affordable and effective way to complete all the tasks on your to-do list, but homeowner's should watch for warning signs that could lead to a negative hiring experience.

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Hiring a handyman can be an affordable and effective way to complete all the tasks on your to-do list, but homeowner’s should be aware of potential warning signs that could lead to a negative hiring experience.

According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, the following handyman traits are red flags:

1. The handyman offers a ridiculously low fee, only accepts cash or demands a huge deposit or the entire amount up front.

2. The handyman uses high-pressure sales techniques, like offering an estimate that's only good for 24 hours, and only wants to work on weekends and evenings.

3. The handyman refuses to give a written contract or complete bid.

4. The handyman asks you to pull the building permit. Generally, this is the handyman’s or a contractor’s responsibility. Permits protect you and help ensure that work is up to code.

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