- Posted by hinged
- On May 18, 2017
Something not vital to your comfort or security breaks in your home. A door stops latching, a window pane cracks or a carpet unravels, life goes on and in many cases the damage is forgotten. This is a little bit like driving around with a dent in your car. You plan to get it fixed someday, but before you know it, you’re turning or trading the car in and taking a hit because of the damage.
Not getting around to making those minor repairs in your home will impact the value when you go to sell it. In an effort to get top dollar for their homes, many people make all the needed repairs right before they sell. This is a false economy because doing the work right before selling means that they don’t get to enjoy living in the home with latching doors and windows without cracks. In many cases the pressure to get the place ready for sale on a tight timeline also means paying more to get the work done.
For most of us, it becomes a question of balancing the value of the time spent trying to find someone to make the repairs or improvements with the benefits of having them done. The easier it is to find and hire a trusted and skilled handyman the more it makes sense to get those minor problems fixed. If the value of the improvement is less than the value of your time, it becomes one of those problems that gets ignored. This is where Hinged can really improve your life.
Five tips for getting estimates and hiring professionals that are valuable whether or not you are using Hinged.
- If it is a small job, and you have a decent level of confidence in the person giving you an estimate, don’t bother getting additional ones. You will spend far more in time and aggravation than you can possibly save.
- If you are comparing estimates, be careful to make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Check that they are all quoting the same materials and methods. Are they all promising to complete the work in the same amount of time? Do they have comparable warranties?
- The cheapest estimate will often not get you the best job. To stay in business and charge less, costs have to be cut. It might be on insurance or using legal workers, but often it is as simple as time spent cleaning up at the end of the job.
- You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can tell a lot about a service provider by the condition of their vehicle and how they present themselves. Driving a dented, dirty or obviously neglected truck is a good indication of their pride in workmanship and how they will treat and leave your home. Being dressed for hard work can be a good thing, but not noticing that their boots are tracking mud or worse into your home is a red flag.
- Listen to your gut. Traits like stance, eye contact, and rate of blinking provide a host of information that we don’t often consciously process. Instinctively we may get a feeling about someone. If your gut is telling you they seem shady, there is probably a reason why.
At Hinged, all our service professionals are vetted and insured, so you know you are getting top level experience and cost transparency for your project.
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