What is the best way to find a London handyman? There is so much choice in the capital that finding your best option can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, but there is an easier way. With Plentific, you can find your ideal hire in barely any time at all. Once you post your job, some of the best handymen in your local area will be in touch to offer bespoke quotes. Comparing your options is also easy, as each Plentific tradesman has their own profile where you can view their customer reviews, past projects and professional qualifications. Every job booked via Plentific will also be covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
A local handyman in London can follow leads in and around Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth and Westminster.
Finding the right London handyman for your project is much easier when you remember two important rules. Firstly, London is a huge, huge place, and most tradesmen will prefer to stick to their own area. For example, a handyman based around Greenwich may not want to take work in the Ealing area, and so on. If you insist on hiring a handyman from across town, you may even be charged extra for travel expenses. Start your search by focusing on your local area.
Secondly, you should not estimate your costs based on a national average. Tradesmen across the UK charge very different rates, and London is one of the most expensive regions there is. A handyman in Manchester will typically charge much lower quotes than one in London. To get an idea of the average cost to hire a handyman in London, you should collect quotes from at least three candidates. Doing this will also make it easier to spot unfair quotes.
A ‘handyman’ is a versatile tradesman that you would usually call for more basic tasks. This could range from hanging a picture frame to flat pack furniture assembly, though certain handymen also offer basic plumbing and electrical work. One thing that you should keep in mind is that it is not safe for a handyman to tackle more specialised jobs, such as rewiring or bathroom unit installation.
While being a handyman does not require any qualifications, it is still important that you screen your candidates. At the very least, your choice should have several years of experience. They may also have completed an industry course or an apprenticeship.
Another thing that you should ask your candidates about are their customer reviews. You can be sure of a candidate’s quality if they have plenty of satisfied customers that they can point to. If they are a local handyman, they may even have worked with some of your neighbours! Customer reviews are a good way to learn about how a handyman does their job: are they professional? Are they happy to explain things to their customers?
Finally, make sure that your final hire can provide a warranty for their work, in case of any injuries or accidental damage. They should also have active public liability insurance.