You have planned and budgeting for a great home improvement project. You are excited for your new kitchen, bathroom or deck. But you are not looking forward to finding, hiring and managing a contractor to do the work. Once you hire a local Anchorage contractor, a good contract will help keep your project on track and help you make sure you are getting the work you pay for:
Caring for your lawn is a lot of work. If you are tired of all the weeding, fertilizing and constant mowing, hiring a lawn care company is a great way to relieve the burden. With the routine care of your lawn out of the way, you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time working in it.
Hiring a handyman in Anchorage can make you want to pull your hair out. Unfortunately, that's totally normal. The easiest way to approach this is to break it down a bit. You want to have a good understanding of the exact work you need done so you know what kind of handyman you are looking for. The word handyman is an umbrella for many things. It's important to remember that a handyman is just that. He's handy to help with many home projects. However, not all handymen are experienced plumbers, electricians, or tradesmen of any sort for that matter. Here are a few things to look for when hiring a handyman in Anchorage.
Handyman services are a common way to spruce up the appearance and function of your home or commercial property. Here are some things to look for, as well as some things to avoid, when hiring a handyman.
Experienced HandymanWhen you’re browsing Google or your local Yellow Pages for a potential handyman to hire, make sure you can easily find indications that they have experience to get the job done right. Their website or social page should have a plethora of job-site images from past jobs they have completed. Additionally, check their Google Page for reviews to gain a thorough idea of how satisfied their past customers have been. An experienced handyman should have plenty of positive reviews, and few bad ones.
Licensed and InsuredThe last thing you want is to hire someone to make some invasive changes to your home or commercial property only to find that their work was improperly performed. This leaves you with a bigger and more expensive problem to get fixed. If your handyman is licensed and insured, the odds of them being capable to handle the job are drastically increased. Additionally, if they mess something up that requires more time and money to fix, their insurance policy should remove the majority, if not all, of the burden from your wallet. Look for terms “Licensed and Insured” in their advertising, or simply ask them if they have a professional license with a valid insurance policy.
ProfessionalismThere’s a large difference between the handyman who fixes things and the handyman who aims to please. Nobody wants strangers in their home or commercial space cussing up a storm or smelling the place up with bad hygiene. A professional should show up with a smile, present themselves in a clean and tolerable manor, and make sure that you are happy before they part ways. Small things like vacuuming up the sheetrock dust after drilling some holes carry decent weight with your overall satisfaction. Make sure your choice is a professional before inviting them into your private space.
Look No FurtherHaving a hard time locating a professional with all of the above attributes? Be Happy PS has you covered. We offer an array of handyman services and promise to leave your property at least as clean as we found it. Our professionals are clean and presentable and will not foul up your property with an unpleasant appearance or inappropriate language. Contact us today for a quote, or click here to learn more about the various handyman services we offer.
Alaska has a lot of log homes. Unfortunately, most of these properties don’t have proper home maintenance. By the time owners notice the need for maintenance, the residential repairs required may be too extreme without professional help. Here are some good practices to avoid unnecessary damage to your log home.
Do an annual wash of your homeSpraying down the outside of your log home goes a long way. It cleans your property of dust, pollen, bird droppings, insects, and anything else that wears down your finish over time. An annual wash is also a good time to do a quick inventory of the state of your walls; note any chipping and the condition of your home’s stain. If noticeably deteriorating, this is a good time for home maintenance by applying a coat of stain.
Know what kind of stain you haveAssessing the state of your log home’s stain is a matter of knowing what kind you’ve got on your property. If your stain is oil-based, look at knots and the color of your walls; they’ll turn blonde when the finish is wearing off. If your stain is water-borne latex-based, check the glossiness; once the finish is dull, it’s time to do some home maintenance by applying a clear coat.
Remove failed chinking and caulkingChinking or caulking is acting as the sealant between your home’s logs. However, both of these materials wear away over time. If the edges of your chinking or caulking are peeling away, mark the spots and remove the failing areas with a knife or razor. If the damage is severe, contact a home maintenance professional for help. This maintenance should be done before any stain maintenance.
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