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Expanding from North Manchester

We are please to welcome Ken onto our team. Ken is an experienced handyman with years of experience within the building and joinery trade.

Covering Greater Manchester is not a problem but Ken will also be covering areas closer to home such as Whitworth, Rossendale and also being a handyman in Bacup.

So welcome to Ken from everyone at handyman manchester and we’re glad we have such an experienced and talented tradesman covering those areas.

Saving Money with your Manchester Handyman

We touch on this in our Handyman Charges page but though we would expand a little bit here.

We get asked to look at handyman jobs across a lot of the North West aswell as just Manchester. No matter where abouts we go, whether it be to people’s homes or offices we always meet people, probably a couple of times a month, who we know could save money on a handyman.

The reason they could save money is they are using alot of the Handyman’s time on wasteful tasks, i’ll list some below to try and help people who would like to save a bit of cash.

Know what you want doing (or at least an idea)

This one sounds pretty simple but can easily happen. People sometimes get caught up in what they want doing. They may call in a handyman to change their taps but then ask for sperate quotes on changing taps, changing taps + tiling a splashback, changing the sink, changing the sink and retiling the bathroom, changing the whole suite and a retile, retiling the whole bathroom in slate, retiling the whole bathroom in porcelain. From the handyman’s point of view, preparing 7-8 individual quotes for a job which will most likely end up and changing a tap (the first job called in for) is quite nonsensical. 7-8 quotes will take an hour, this time will have to be made up on the job so the quote will be high.

To avoid spending this money unnecessarily,decide on what you want doing, or a choice of two options and discuss it with your handyman.

Keep your appointment

We are happy to see customer’s jobs most evenings and at weekends but please, if you make an appointment, don’t ring at the appointment time and tell us you’ll be half an hour late.

Tidy the area, room, house

This is something we don’t mind doing but can save you money if you do it yourself. We recently decorated a whole house and the cost could have been halved if we didn’t have to tidy up each room , move furniture, then vacuum before starting the job.

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How to find and keep a Fantastic Handyman

Once you’ve found him you’ll want to keep him. With all the stories from friends, family and programmes on the television such as Watchdog and Cowboy builders you should know just how few and far between honest, reliable and professional tradesmen are. Thos e which won’t create extra work, charge by the hour then work like a sloth and even break things further to increase their income. These cowboy tradesmen are all over the UK and ever more prevalent in the Handyman sector.

Unlike a plasterer, a plumber, or even a locksmith, a handyman doesn’t have to be time-served or learn a trade, they don’t have to qualify or pass any exams and as such a lot of people turn their hand to it, even though they may not be very good. Cheap entry such as a few tools and an advert in the newspaper means they can get work straight away and put their few ‘skills’ they have learnt from watching 60 minute makeover to good use.

Now, here at Handyman Manchester, we are all for free enterprise and people using their initiative but we also believe that whatever services someone offers, advertises or promotes, they should be able to carry out competently, to a high standard and be adequately insured for the work they are undertaking. Insurance for handyman businesses is available from as little as £60 a year, this is a minimum outlay and provides you, the customer, with peace of mind that if anything does go wrong, they you can claim to get it put right. If your handyman isn’t even willing to invest £60 in their business then you should be asking yourself how much time and effort they are spending on the jobs you are paying them to do.

Standing out as a Great Handyman

Any handyman worth their salt will have public liability insurance as a minimum, ask to see their policy certificate and check it is date. What other things should you look out for?

Portfolio – A conscientious Handyman should have a portfolio full of before and after pictures of work they have carried out. They should show you projects similar to yours they have worked on before.

Testimonials – Happy customers are a great sign of a good handyman. Handwritten testimonials will give you an insight into how the chap works, how he treats his customers and how happy they were with the jobs carried out.

Helping your Handyman

Once you have found a handyman who has done a great job and you are happy with it is now your turn to repay the favour. With advertising becoming more and more expensive and more people competing for handyman work a recommendation can go a long way. Recommending your handyman to friends, family and work colleagues will help the handyman to keep busy and your acquaintances to be safe in the knowledge they are using someone reputable. I’m sure your handyman will be so pleased that they give you a discount on your next job, I know Handyman Manchester does.