If I were king for a day what changes would I make to the handyman industry to better protect the public? Now I am sure that many are asking; is there a handyman industry? Not an organized one, but handymen play a big part in our business and at least in my state can be a big source of problems or help.
This is the 3nd in a series of blog posts I am writing about how to better protect the public and improve the real estate industry. After selling many homes and being intimately involved in the process of working with the public in buying and selling residential real estate I have formed some very strong opinions about changes I would love to see in our industry.
As is a common theme in these articles I would insert more accountability into the process.
There are absolutely no standards in Hawaii to be a handyman. This leaves the public wide open for harm. In my previous post I mentioned that only thing required to be a home inspector was business cards. I have met many handymen who don't even have them.
I know if you read the first two posts in the series many of these ideas will be redundant.
A few things I would change:
- Require insurance.
- Require a license, not necessarily require a test, but at least fall subject to licensing and state oversight to give the public a place to file complaints and to check for previous violations or complaints. (No license in Hawaii required)
- Change the state handyman law to allow handymen to do repairs up to $2500. (in Hawaii if the bill goes over $1000 you have to have a licensed contractor.. The problem is no licensed contractor will take a job under $2500)
I am not looking for educational requirements or a license exam. I do think a license and required insurance is not asking too much for someone who may cause harm to the client or their property. Along with adding a little bit of basic requirements to the handymen, I would like to see the price limit in our state raised to be more practical for everyone.
Other King For a Day blog posts: