Let us say your pilot light on the gas heater will not stay lit, your key is stuck in the lock when you try to turn the dead bolt lock on your door, you need to install some mini-blinds in two windows in an upstairs bedroom , and you want to build a small tool shed in the backyard. If you do not see yourself working on these tasks, you need a handyman contractor.
Let us take these one at a time.
A handyman is a generalist. They are usually relying on prior experience in home construction or as a home or property owner. They are not experts. But do you need an expert? If your problem is a gas appliance, you need an expert. Where did you buy your heater? What brand is it? Is the heater under warranty? Start with the service desk where you bought the heater or with an appliance store that sells your brand of heater. They may have a service department that includes heating experts, or they may recommend a local expert. If they do not have any recommendations, go to the Internet or telephone directory to look up companies that repair, install and maintain gas appliances. Your local gas company can also suggest local contractors for repairing gas appliances.
The point is that you need to find someone with expertise who is either working in their own business where they have expertise, or who is employed by a business for their expertise. You want to do business with a business because of the built in accountability that is common practice.
You can expect that they will give you an estimate for what it will cost and provide a written guarantee. They will respond professionally when you ask for proof that their workers are licensed, bonded and the company has liability insurance.
They will usually send you a bill when the work is complete if it is a routine house call, or ask you for a 50% deposit on the contracted work that is pricier than a house call.
The contract, which you and their financial representative both sign will have detailed descriptions of the work provided including a time frame, materials to be used, and drawings detailing the final product.
Returning to the smaller maintenance jobs, do you need an expert to repair your lock and install your mini-blinds? In all honesty, there are handy local men and women who can perform the work.
You can ask friends if they know someone who works for them that they would recommend.
You can look on the Internet in classified lists. But if doing business with a business is important to you, then look for handyman businesses that include a professional approach to defying the work, the legal responsibilities, and the price. You will receive a contract.
The small shed is something that a handyman can do, although they might want a helper. A handyman contractor can help you select the shed, decide if you want to build it from scratch using a stock blueprint, or get a kit that includes all the materials and assembly instructions. A handyman contractor should be able to show you photos of other sheds they have built, and give you contact information of former customers who you can ask for their recommendation.
A handyman contractor should be able to get any permits you might need for the plumbing or electrical installation. A handyman contractor will be able to suggest a good plumber and electrician for the job.