- The first place I always go is friends and family and ask for a referral. Someone they've worked with in the past. They will always be glad to share any success they've had.
- Try Angie's list. But always, always ask for multiple references and check them out, even ask if you can drive by and see the work they may of done. (Like decks, block walls,etc.) Most good handyman will have pictures of their work.
- Call local Non-Profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity. Normally they have a good list of volunteers that are competent.
- Verify, who is going to do the work, the person you've spoken with or a subcontractor.
- Contact the St. Louis BBB; to verify any previous consumer complaints.
- Verify bonding and or Insurance with the Insurance Company provided by the contractor. While speaking with the Insurance Agent ask if there have been any claims made by previous customers.
- Take pictures before the start, throughout the process and the finished project.
- Never ever pay up front for labor. If the Handyman wants you to pay for the material, get a list from him of what he needs and you go to the Home Center and purchase all the material.
- A written agreement/contract that details every item being repaired, the time to be completed and exact cost will help if legal representation is required.
Locating not only a dependable but honest and capable handyman in St. Louis, Mo can be a bit challenging. But with these ideas and tips it might become a little easier for you.