Nobody enjoys having to hire a repairman or technician to come fix problems in the home. When problems arise, it can be stressful to find the right person for the job while trying to get them out ASAP and still save money. It can be tempting to just ignore the problem or try to fix it yourself, rather than go through the rigmarole of trying to find the right person for the job. Sometimes it is worth hiring a pro for those emergency home repairs.
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When an emergency arises, however, you may be forced to make that phone call. And when it’s time to call in the professionals, you want to make sure that the repairman or technician is one that you can trust to do the job right, do it quickly, and do it safely (and all of this for the right price). That’s why it pays to have done a little basic research beforehand so you have a good idea of who and what you need when an emergency arises in the home.
Below, we’ve listed a few examples of techs you might need to hire for the home and things to look for when making a decision. If you follow these guidelines you should have good luck no matter what type of professional you hire.
Hiring an emergency electrician is very important. You don’t want to mess around when it comes to your wiring. Faulty or outdated wiring in the home can lead to major issues, such as appliance failure or worse, something larger like a house fire. Least case scenario is that your home is wired incorrectly and it’s costing you a fortune on your power bill. No matter the issue, you need an electrician that is smart, experienced and can fix the problem safely and efficiently. This is not an area to cut corners.
Any electrician you hire should be licensed and insured, and you should take the time to read reviews and ratings online to make sure previous customers have been happy with their work. Call ahead of time to get a quote on basic services so you have a good idea of the cost. Also make sure their work comes with a warranty or guarantee in case of problems arising down the line. Hiring a reputable electrician with lots of experience is very important.
If you have experienced electric shocks, power surges, noticed hot outlets or burning smells near outlets or switches, call an electrician right away. These could all be signs of faulty/outdated/failing wiring and should be looked at immediately.
When you start the search for a plumber, you’ll likely find lots of folks who are willing to come out and assess the problem for a really cheap rate. The problem is, not all of those amateur plumbers are up to the job. Knowing basic plumbing is one thing - being licensed and bonded is another.
No matter how large or small the plumbing issue is in your home, always choose the plumber who has the correct credentials, as well as the experience needed to get the job done. Even smaller plumbing issues can lead to larger ones down the line, disrupting entire systems and leading to repairs that can cost you a fortune. Tackling the problem while it’s still small with a reputable plumber is your best bet. Take the time to read reviews and get a few quotes when choosing the best plumber to tackle your house.
It can be tempting to try and fix the problem yourself, but unless it’s very minor, it’s always the safer and more responsible option to hire a plumber to fix any issues.
This is one area that many homeowners dread - hiring a pest control company. One of the reasons homeowners find this process so stressful is because most pest control companies will suggest you subscribe to an ongoing service of routine maintenance, which obviously costs more. Many homeowners hope to pay to alleviate the problem and then move on.
The truth is, though, that having a full-time pest control service is worth the money. Eliminating a bug problem only to have it come back a few months later isn’t saving you money, it’s costing you more. If you have a pest control company come out every couple of months to deal with any issues before they arise, it will save you cash later down the line.
The reluctance to subscribe to services like this is understandable, but as long as you do your research you can avoid being taken advantage of by companies that are more about the cash than the services they offer. Look for companies that have good reviews online from happy customers, who go the extra mile to offer you additional services without charging you tons of extra fees. Some companies split their pest control services up, charging you individually for each service (for instance, their basic service is only for indoor bugs and rodents and you would pay extra for outdoor services to repel fire ants or ticks); look for companies that have all-inclusive packages and don’t tack up extra dollars for everything you need. Don’t be afraid to call and speak to someone to get specific information about the pest control they offer. Look for companies with experienced technicians and basic rates on services that are clear and straightforward.
Hiring a pest control company doesn’t have to be a hassle; you just have to know what to look for and how to find the best deal.
It’s one of the more stressful things that can happen to a homeowner; it rains and suddenly, you hear the clink, clink, clink. A leak. You grab the ladder and go look...only to find that you’re in need of roof repair. With roofing costing into the thousands these days, it’s no wonder that so many people have palpitations at the thought of calling a roofer.
But there’s no need to panic. Experienced roofers and roof-repairmen can usually patch up a roof and do basic roof repair for a lot cheaper than you might think. Most will come check out the damage and offer you a quote free of charge, so you can take the time you need before deciding to hire. Comparing quotes is a good idea, not only because you can go with the most affordable plan but because roofers may have different approaches to repairs. Some might be willing to do a patch job, while others feel that a new roof is necessary. If that’s the case, don’t panic. Many roofers will work with you on payment arrangements and help you find materials that are affordable as they are safe and secure, or they may be able to do a temporary patch job to hold you over while you save up.
As with any repairman or tech, take the time to read reviews, check ratings and find out more about the company before hiring. Anybody can offer to fix a roof, but you want to make sure the person you hire has the experience and savvy necessary to fix your problem with reliable experience and good materials at an affordable price.
These days, many homeowners choose to repair and fix appliances themselves, referring to online tutorials and YouTube videos, which make it easier than ever to fix your own stuff.
That’s definitely an enterprising and money-saving idea, but there’s a reason the pros are pros. You may find yourself in need of a professional repairman for your appliances, when your own fixes fail. In that case, make sure you hire a reputable and experienced appliance repair person for the job.
In some cases, if your appliance is under warranty, the manufacturer or company you bought it from may have their own in-house techs who will come out and fix the issue. In some cases, you may need to hire someone you find on your own. As with any professional, take the time to read reviews, check ratings, and make sure the technician is licensed and insured before hiring. Take the time to compare quotes and find the best price and value (including not only the cost of parts and labor but how much time they estimate the repair will take).
Sometimes there are just things you can’t fix. In those instances, make sure the repair person you hire is a good one.
Hiring a repair person, technician or professional can be a stressful experience, which is understandable. Taking the time to compare quotes, read reviews and finding the cash to pay for unexpected repairs is no fun for anybody. But you can make the entire experience easier and guarantee that your repairs go smoothly if you do take the time to ensure that the people you hire are reputable, experienced and professional. There are areas in life when cutting corners is just fine, but repairs in your home are definitely not one of those areas. When it comes to your home, your safety and your family, you want the very best money can buy.
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