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Angie's List: Hiring a Handyman

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WISCONSIN (WKOW/ANGIE'S LIST) -- It's that time of year again, the time for household projects. If your summer to-do list includes painting, remodeling, refinishing floors or perhaps fixing up an old basement, a handyman might be the way to go.

While do-it-your-selfers save on cash, they sacrifice valuable time.

"If you have a long honey-do list, hiring a handyman can be a great way to knock them out quickly," Angie Hicks with Angie's List explained. "A handyman will typically charge by the hour, so you can aggregate a bunch of different little projects together and hire a handyman for the day."

Homeowner Kris Wu keeps the number for her handyman right on her call phone. When her list of repairs starts to grow, it's at the ready.

"Our handyman has been very helpful and done a lot of work at our house," Wu said. "He's done everything from staining decks to hanging picture frames, electrical work, building a shelf in my sons bedroom, tiling floors."

Angie's List says you need to make sure your handyman is experienced in the work you want to do. Check for references or the applicable licenses and make sure to get a written quote detailing the price and timeline for the job. Also, ask for a written guarantee about the work.

"When we meet with the customer, primarily we take a look at the job they want to have done, then we develop our list of materials, we got to the stores and buy all of that and bring it to the job," handyman Dan Higgins said. "They (the customer) don't need tools, they don't need supplies, we take care of all that."

The average cost of hiring a handyman varies by experience, project scope and time. Expect to pay either by the hour (usually between $60-$85 plus mileage) or for the entire project. Keep in mind you never want to pay the entire balance owed before the work begins. You can save by purchasing your own materials and preparing the area for the contractor, sweeping and clearing items out of the way.

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