The greatest moment of being a new homeowner is arguably the first time you get to relax. After having endured all the stresses of moving and settling in, you’re finally given some time to rest. Unfortunately, this moment is often short-lived. As the dripping faucet reminds you of that leak you have yet to fix and the creaking windows remind you of their need to be replaced, all you can think is: “Time for another repair bill!” But don’t fret: Although repairs and home improvements can be expensive, with diligent research and some patience, you can save money and any extra stress.
In our increasingly digital age, there are countless tools that you can use to stay well informed about cheap opportunities for home repair. You can compare offers by requesting free estimates, perusing service reviews, listening to feedback, and much much more. Depending on the gravity of the problem, you can seek out a contractor or research DIY tips.
Home Repair Tips:
You can find many dependable handymen or small businesses in your area, often for much cheaper than a professional contractor. These workers are usually well-equipped to handle minor jobs in plumbing, carpentry, installation, and other areas. This effort saves you money because handymen typically do not charge for all the overhead costs (company vans, equipment etc.) that a company or professional contractor would. Be careful: there are many “handymen” that seek to shirk customers of quality service. Be sure to check if your handyman has credentials (certifications, licenses, etc.) before going forward. Avoid falling for advertising schemes that exaggerate a handyman’s expertise or availability (good handymen usually have busy schedules).
Here are a few online resources you can use to aid in your search for help:
Homeadvisor: This free service helps homeowners choose qualified contractors for all home repair needs. Contractors are screened for criminal and financial problems and checked for state licensing.
Angie’s List: This fee-based subscription service provides clients with an updated directory of quality contractors and repair services in their area.
Thumbtack: This online platform matches customers with local professionals for all their home repair needs.
Amazon Home Services: This new feature on Amazon.com is a simple way to buy and schedule professional services such as furniture assembly, house cleaning, and plumbing.
Do It Yourself (DIY):
Most of your repair problems probably aren’t unique to you. There are definitely many online videos and tutorials to walk you through a myriad of repairs. Pinterest and Youtube are good places to start looking.
Neighbors are a great source too. Ask around the neighborhood for contractor or handyman referrals. They may have a special relationship with a repair service and could let you in on discounts and other special offers. Maybe one of your neighbors works for a contractor or is particularly handy!
Store like Sears, Lowes, and Home Depot are not only great places for you to purchase home improvement tools and materials but also providers of quality home improvement and repair services.
Be sure to ask for quotes and compare rates. This is the best way to gauge the value of one service from different providers. It can give you an idea whether one contractor is overcharging you or if another is providing lackluster service. You can always request estimates from handymen or contractors before moving forward.
Quality service can be pricey, but by comparing rates and weighing all of your repair service options, you’ll save yourself money and avoid unnecessary stress. The best tools and services are those that gain your trust. As always, do what works best for you. And remember: safety first!