Handyman — Commonly Asked Questions

Looking to engage a qualified handyman? In this FAQ list we cover over a dozen of commonly-asked questions in handyman work.

General questions

What is a handyman?

A handyman, also known as handyperson or handyworker, is a personal who has a wide range of skills around repairs, especially in the home industry. They have relevant trade skills, can do repair work, maintenance work from electrical job to fixing leaky toilets to repairing a damaged door hinge.

Some handymen have a background in primary carpentry skills or perhaps in the construction trade. Moreover, other people are more suitable for doing electrical wiring and plumbing.

Though some may boast of being a jack of all trades; you could end up having to try and do the job again since they could have made a previously bad leak, even more, worse.

It is important to know their experience and background, you can find out more regarding a handyman who can fulfil your needs in our handyman directory in Singapore.

Why should I use a handyman?

Home improvements can sometimes more be complicated than it seem. More intricate repairs or work should be done by a qualified handyman. They work more efficiently and have a better chance at fixing the problem and have a more lasting result compared to doing handyman work on your own.

What do handyman do?

Handyman can do a range of tasks from minor to major, from unskilled to highly skilled, and include painting, drywall repair, remodelling, minor plumbing work, minor electrical work, household carpentry, sheetrock, crown moulding, and furniture assembly.

However it is important to know some handyman are more skilledin doing particular jobs compared to others.

Handyman jobs include:

  • Auto maintenance
  • Barbecue pit maintenance
  • Cabinet refacing
  • Ceiling repair
  • Ceramic tile repair
  • Concrete work
  • Countertops
  • Crown moulding
  • Curtain hanging
  • Door installation
  • Door repair
  • Dryer repair
  • Dryer vent cleaning
  • Dryer vent installation
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall repair
  • Electrical wiring
  • Fan installation
  • Fence fixing
  • Framing
  • Garage door openers
  • Garage doors
  • General Maintenance
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Gutter Repair
  • Heating system tune-up
  • Home security systems
  • Hot tubs and spas
  • Lamp repairs
  • Lockset adjustment
  • Paint removal
  • Painting
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Safety modifications
  • Sealing driveways
  • Senior Living Modifications
  • Shelf installation
  • Shelving
  • Soundproofing
  • Sprinkler repair
  • Sprinkler system installation
  • Stain removal
  • Staining furniture
  • Stone work
  • Storage area construction
  • Storage area repair
  • Swapping a toilet
  • Tiling
  • Trash Removal
  • Wall building
  • Waste and junk removal
  • Water purification
  • Water softening
  • Window cleaning
  • Welding
  • Window installation
  • Window repair

How much will a handyman cost? 

That depends on the type and scope of service you need. We suggest you contat at least 3 handymen and ask for quotations.

Should I get a quote?

It’s a good practice to ask for quotes and do he comparison. Compare at least three handyman quotes for similar services before hiring. Our online review and rating system allows you to see the track record of handymen, and our HomeMatch allows you to contact several handymen for quotations. Avoid being sprung by hidden costs by requesting an itemised quote.

Once you have multiple quotes, you could compare and hire the handyman that suits your needs. It is critically important to view their workmanship and clients reviews of handyman, and not just judge based on quotations alone.

Checking handyman’s credentials

Look at past reviews, projects of our handyman. Request and follow-up references from previous customers. Ask to see a copy of their public liability insurance, licence and qualifications.

How quickly can handymen come and fix it for me?

Most handyman will be able to come within a few hours (sometimes even within an hour) depending on their availability.

What does my handyman supply?

Most handymen will supply labour and basic tools. If your job requires extra materials you have two options. Either buy these yourself. Alternatively, ask if your handyman can source them at trade prices.

Do I need to be home at the time of service?

It depends on you.

If the handyman is from an established company (or the listed contractor himself) and you trust in them, you can arrange such that the handyman can come by when you are not around.

Alternatively, you can arrange for the handyman to come y when you are at home.

 

Job specific questions

Is the handyman a licensed contractor?

In Singapore, electricians and plumbers must be qualified and have license in order to carry out their work. Some of the common licenses are plumbing and electrician license:

https://www.pub.gov.sg/compliance/plumbingworks/licensedplumbers

https://www.ema.gov.sg/Licensees_Licensed_Workers_Installation_Licences.aspx

Is the handyman insured?

This is a question you may want to ask your handyman company. Some companies provide a certain general liability policy to protect their clients’ home, and they may also carry a workers’ compensation policy to protect their professionals.

Who provides the materials? Can I choose the colors and manufactures?

Clients may choose to buy their own materials as well as relying on the handyman to handle the entire project. However some jobs may be more complicated and require buying of specific materials for the work. As such it is helpful to first discuss with your handyman if you’d like to buy your own materials (or have any preference to your materials) or have them do everything for you.

How does the handyman charge for his services?

Most handyman provide a fixed-fee quote after assessing the problem. Quoted prices should never change unless the scope of work changes. Expectations should be made clear from the start to avoid any miscommunications.

What are my payment options?

It depends on the work, but most handyman take the final payment only upon completion and client inspection of the job.

Most handyman accept cash only, but some may accept cheques or credit/debit cards.

Does the handyman guarantee materials & labor?

Most handyman offer a few months, sometimes up to a year warranty on the work they have done. It is useful to clarify this from the start before the work proceeds and have them in writing with your handyman.

Does the handyman work weekends?

Most handyman work weekends, with some charging a premium over their standard rates.

Are the estimation free?

Most handyman give a quotation or estimation for free after assessment.

However, there may be some critical information (such as ease of access to location) which require on site assessment for a more accurate quotation.

Can the handyman do big projects?

Most handyman can coordinate with you or your other contractors for bigger projects.

What if the handyman can’t do the job?

Handyman get paid by work done – if they cannot do the work, they will not accept it at the assessment stage. Confirm your professional’s understanding of this before work starts. A call-out fee may apply in some cases.

What if I am not satisfied?

Confirm your handyman’s guarantee before work begins and keep it in writing if he promises a money-back or satisfaction guarantee.

Other FAQs

  • What types of services do you offer?
  • Which areas of Singapore do you cover?
  • Do you charge extra for parking and congestion charges?
  • How long have you been established?
  • Do you work weekends?
  • Do you offer a 24hr service?
  • Do you offer credit payment terms?

 

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