So there you are, with a leaking tap that you’ve attempted to fix with no luck. Wouldn’t life be much easier if you had a handyman on your speed dial? Unfortunately, your ability to find a good handyman is often inversely proportional to the urgency of the job. As Frank Howard Clark wisecracked, “There is one advantage to having nothing, it never needs repair”. That, sadly is a luxury most of us don’t have, and therefore finding a good handyman becomes top priority, whenever we move to a new location.
In a city like Dubai, the large immigrant population ensures that workers can always be found, and at much more reasonable rates than in the West. However the sector is disorganized and skill levels are uncertain. Some building complexes offer their own team of repairmen, but generally hiring a respectable and trustworthy handyman is not always easy.
Why does it make sense to have a handyman on your speed dial?
To get a reasonable quote: If you have a handyman that you use on a regular basis, you can trust him to give you a fair price. You know he won’t take you for a ride as he values your repeat business. You will have developed a degree of comfort that will also allow you to negotiate if needed.
Quality assurance: You will be familiar with the quality of work that the handyman can give you. Having worked with him a few times, you will be aware of his strengths and weaknesses.
Timely help: Finding a reliable handyman is half the battle. If you already have a handyman on speed dial, you can save valuable time and effort in finding one who you can trust to do a good job.
Convenience: The best thing about having a personal equation with a handyman is that you can schedule his visits for when it’s mutually convenient. You will not have to forgo important errands or meetings to attend to the task.
Trust factor: Allowing a stranger into your home is a dicey proposition. If your handyman is someone you know well and trust, or who comes recommended by a reputed agency, you can rest assured.
Getting referrals: If for some reason, your handyman is unable to come, he can put you on to another handyman who can fill in. Also your handyman may specialize in certain repair jobs; for others he can refer you to the appropriate person or agency.
Getting your small tasks done as well as the big ones: How often do we hesitate when the job at hand is small? However, fixing leaking tap or hanging up paintings are also important. If you have a handyman you can call upon regularly, you will be able to get all your tasks done to your satisfaction.
One way you could find a good handyman would be to ask your circle of acquaintances. A more scientific approach would be to research maintenance companies in Dubai, speak to them, read reviews and compare estimates. In any case, the next time a tile needs replacing, or your shower nozzles need cleaning, you’ll be grateful you have a handyman handy!