Whether you are a dedicated DIY-er or run away at the thought of using a screwdriver, there are times when you will need to call in a professional. Electrics and plumbing are the big two which are best left to the professionals, but with a recent internet search for plumbers in Beckenham or London handyman services bringing up so many results, how do you find the best one for you and your requirements?

When it comes to hiring a plumber there are several things you should take into consideration. Reputation is the first one; you need to go with a firm who is long established and whose credentials are easily checkable. One that offers a 24/7 emergency call out may be something you want to consider but to be honest these are very costly and should a leak occur during the night most householders prefer to just turn their water off and call their plumber in the morning.

Transparent fees

You also want to go with someone who has transparent fees on their website, both hourly and daily. This will eliminate the nasty shock many householders have got when their bill was handed to them once the plumber has done his stuff. A good plumber will always give you an idea of the cost before you start and if it does take longer, as often happens, you will know how much your bill will be in advance.

If you are one of the aforementioned people who come out is a rash at the thought of DIY you might be better off looking for a handyman service that covers all manner of work. Now by handyman we don’t mean one of those little men who turns up in a pair of overalls with all manner of tools hanging off them. This term applies to companies who hire professionals from all industries to offer a comprehensive service that includes plumber, electricians, carpenters, roofers, decorators and general maintenance personnel.

Multiple properties

These types of companies are widely used by landlords who have multiple properties to maintain. They also deal with individual, domestic customers as well and many householders have their numbers stored in their phones for those jobs they are either incapable of doing, or simply don’t want to tackle themselves. These firms are invaluable to those who work long hours and don’t want to spend what precious free time they do have fixing things around the house.

Having a one stop shop for all your home maintenance needs is a necessity for many in this frantic world we live in, and there are very few who will not benefit from having this service at the end of the phone. Whether you need a door replacing, a few roof tiles fixing, a room decorated or some new lighting solutions put in place, a good quality handyman service is well worth considering, as you don’t have to search for somebody to do a job for you every time the need arises. This saves you time, money and a lot of frustration.