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Monday, April 16, 2012

TechnoGrannyShow, Five Things You Should Know When Choosing a Handyman, April 16, 2012

Five Things You Should Know When Choosing a Handyman

Interview with Brian Fallet of Brian Fallet Enerprises

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He's Pretty Handy Owner, Brian Fallet of Brian Fallet Enterprises talks about the 5 Things You Should Know When Choosing a Handyman. And by the way, what's the difference between a contractor and a handyman? So if you are preparing your honey-do list, find out what you can take off the list, refer to a handyman and save stress on your marriage or relationship. Listen in to find out the 5 Things You Should Know When Choosing a Handyman.
Brain Fallet, Handyman owner
He's Pretty Handy

Born in Johnstown, Pa, raised in small town of Cassandra, Pa. Graduated from Portage High in 78. Joined the Navy, Stationed on board USS Donald B Beary (FF1085) Stationed out of Norfolk, Va.   4 years, then met my best shipmates sister and married her as she was joining the Air force. We got stationed in San Antonio Tx., and Dover Delaware. Had 2 Beautiful boys, but it ended in divorce in 1990. Moved to Pittsburgh where I have been ever since.

I have 32 years of Mechanical and electrical background. Retired 28 years from Navy and Air force active and reserves service. I have an Associate in Business from CCAC and a Bachelor in Marketing from Robert Morris University. Worked as an HVAC tech in Texas, Delaware and did Maintenance in Apt complexes and colleges and Base housing.

Do you have a list of questions?

Rule#1 for finding a handyman:

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Contact your Attorney General.  

Go to Attorney general of your states website and ask for list of licensed handymen. In Pennsylvania, all contractors, including handymen, must register with the attorney general who checks to make sure insurance is carried by the contractor. After confirming insurance, a registration number is issued to the contractor that MUST be displayed on all correspondence, billing, advertising, etc. So make sure who ever you're dealing with has a PA number and then go to the website to make sure the registration is current. The contractor must renew every 2 years.

Rule #2 Only use a handyman for small jobs.

Most contractors spend a lot of money on tools and equipment to do large jobs efficiently and professionally. They must be able to recover the cost of their investment. So they need big jobs. Most contractors will tell you "no job to small" just so they can get in to see if you have more work to do than you explained. But in most cases, anything that looks or sounds like it will be under a 1,000.00 dollar job, they won’t take. But a handyman is set up for small jobs. He can take the time necessary to look into and find the basis of the problem and repair the problem, go get parts and keep your cost down. He will fix what's broke, not tear out and put in new.

Rule #3 Qualify your handyman.
Experience is, of course, your best qualifier.
Ask questions like,
  • What was his/her career and experience before they did this handyman service?
  • Does he/she have referrals you can call of work they have done?
  • Do they do emergency service?

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