You suddenly have a spewing toilet, a major termite infestation or water leaking through your wall. No one you know has the expertise to help, so you…do what? Instead of taking your chances on the phone book-and potentially spending a ton of unnecessary money-read on to learn how to prepare yourself, so that you'll know just whom to call when you need to make it all better.
Finding the Right Pro
Before you begin, know that not all repair companies are created equal. Pretty much anyone can place an "AA Handyman" listing in the phone book; due to the widely varying licensing and accreditation requirements from state to state, having a license doesn't necessarily indicate skill. What you need is a list of trusted professionals at your fingertips: referrals from people you trust who have worked with the contractor repeatedly.
Keeping a List
It's best to have on hand a list of two or three of each sort of professional. That way, if you need to gatherRead More »from Hire a Reliable Home Repair Person