Every building needs maintenance. From broken toilets to loose doorknobs, there’s always something that needs to be fixed. And while you may be able to take care of some of these problems yourself, others will require the help of a professional handyman.
If you’re planning on having a handyman over for repairs, here are a few things you should do so they can do their job properly.
The first thing you need to do is clear up any clutter in the way. This includes things like clothes, toys, and other household items. If the handyman has to move around a lot of stuff just to get to the problem area, it’s going to take longer and probably cost you more.
Plus, dirt, water, sawdust, and other debris can quickly make a mess of items lying around. For example, if you’re getting your bathtub fixed and you leave towels, skincare products, etc lying around the dirty water or debris can easily ruin them.
So, it’s best to just clear the area completely before the handyman arrives.
Make a List
If the visit is for routine maintenance fixes and not a particular problem, it’s helpful to make a list of everything you want the handyman to take care of. This way, they can just go down the list and get everything done in one visit instead of having to come back another day.
For larger projects especially, like repairing accessibility features in an assisted living facility, it’s important to be as specific as possible about what needs to be done. The handyman will need to know exactly what materials to bring and how you want the final product to look. It can even be helpful to take before and after photos so there’s no confusion.
For small jobs, you don’t need to be quite so specific. But, it’s still a good idea to have an idea of what you want to be done before the handyman arrives. This way, they can get started right away and finish up more quickly.
Get Pets Out of the Way
If you have pets, it’s best to keep them out of the way while the handyman is working. Not only will this make it easier for the handyman to do their job, but it will also keep your pet safe.
After all, there are a lot of tools and materials lying around that can be dangerous if your pet got ahold of them.
Plus, some handymen may not be comfortable working around animals.
So, schedule a visit with a family member or friend. If that’s not possible, see if you can find a pet sitter for the day or take your pet to doggy daycare.
Preparing your home for a handyman is fairly simple. Just clear the area around the problem, make a list of what needs to be done, and get your pets out of the way. By doing these things, you’ll make it easier for the handyman to do their job quickly and efficiently.