When you live in Singapore and you have a daily job, more often than not, you no longer have enough time to do some of the tasks you need to carry out at home. Sometimes, this involves fixing your faucet, repainting your room, repairing damaged electrical wires or all of that combined. Thankfully, there are home repairing and handyman service companies in Singapore that can help with that.
These companies have a wide variety of services offered. Mainly, it involves plumbing, carpentry, electrician as well as home improvement services, but recently they have already been offering painting and sewerage jobs as well. But just like any field, not all companies will deliver from the promise that was so well advertised in their billboards as well as websites. Set forth below are practical pieces of advice that you can use in ensuring that the handyman service company you will be hiring is worth the buck:
Experience is key
The thing with being in a highly populated small city state like Singapore is that businesses have quite a few clients. Thus, the moment you check a handyman service company’s website and you find that it has been operating for more than 10 years, that is a good sign that it has great services. Otherwise, the company would already have been either bankrupt or closed down. This is important because you want to make sure that whoever will be working on your plumbing system, for example, really has the know-how on what they are doing.
Think about how much you will spend
This tip is especially great for those who are budget-conscious. There is a misconception about the correlation of the value of a service in its quality in Singapore’s capitalist climate. That is not true at all. As such, it is wise not to immediately hire a company that serves the most expensive handyman service. Instead set a personal spending ceiling for the service and do not go beyond that. Go for the company that you feel will give you the best service for the least money.
Inquire if the service you want is offered by the company
Not all companies have the same roster of available handyman as well as home repair services. This is why it is important to always ask the company if they have the service you are looking for.
Ask services included in packages
A lot of handyman and home repair companies are now implementing service packages to their clients. If you would like to go for those so you can have many things done on your home and at the same time save money on expenses, inquire what is included in the package so that you would know if the work you need done is covered. Otherwise, you might just want to go for the task that you originally wanted.
Make sure the company as well as its workers have appropriate licenses
The government regulates almost all businesses and employment opportunities so if you want to know if the company you want to hire is legit, you can demand for them to show their certification. You can check if they have documents from the Singapore Labour Foundation, the Building and Construction Authority and Housing and Development Board. People who work for these companies also usually need to have professional licenses, so you can request for that as well. This important as these certifications and licenses mean that they have passed standards, laws and regulations set by the government.
Take advantage of the fast Internet and check the reviews of handyman and home repair companies in the city. Often, reviews are a great way to know the quality of work as these people from different parts of the country have experienced their service first hand. The website Yelp as it offers lots of reviews because of its many users in the country.
Check if the company is available on the time frame you will set
Do you have a time frame set for the project to be finished? It is important to make that clear with the company the minute you start your negotiations. These companies have a lot of clients and if they know your specified duration early, they can immediately check their workers’ availability and say if they would be able to do it.
Ask around for people who have had things repaired on their own home
As helpful online reviews are in knowing the quality of service of handyman and home repair services, it is important to note that they are not 100% reliable. Businesses now spend money to bolster their reputation online. This is why it is a must for homeowners to also ask actual people about their experiences in working with these businesses. With them, you are certain that you are not being duped by dummy accounts showering a business with praises in their reviews.
Always go for the company with a great insurance coverage
Never forget: insurance is important! Not everything is going to go well when the company’s employees come in and do the task. When something gets lost, damaged or broken, insurance will be your savior. Take note that your personal insurance should be different from the company’s own insurance.
A satisfaction guarantee policy is an advantage
Not all companies have a satisfaction guarantee policy, but if the handyman service you are considering has, that is definitely an advantage. It shows that they are confident enough in the quality of their service to offer your money back if in case you dislike it. This is also a measure for the company to know if the customers they have are contented with how they are doing things.
Above all, the company you will be getting your handyman service from should have competent workers. As a homeowner, you do not need any complications and damages from getting in the way of your life at home. So if there is a home repainting project you have been putting off for months or a leaking shower head that needs to be repaired, follow the tips above and you will be good.