Need to hire a handyman? Tips to make it a smooth process

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Spring cleaning can lead to summer repairs, but before you look up a handyman to call, it's important to do your homework and get the most for your money.

"A handyman will typically charge by the hour so you can aggregate a bunch of different little projects together and hire a handyman for the day," said Angie Hicks of Angie's List.

Kris Wu keeps the number for her handyman stored in her cellphone when her list of repairs and projects starts to grow.

"Our handyman's been very helpful and done a lot of work around our house," Wu said. "He's done everything from staining decks to hanging picture frames, electrical work, building a shelf in my son's bedroom, tiling floors."

"If you have a long honey-do list hiring a handyman can be a great way to knock them out quickly," Hicks said. "A handyman will typically charge by the hour so you can aggregate a bunch of different little projects together and hire a handyman for the day."

Handyman Dan Higgins says he tries to make it a simple process.

"When we meet with the customer primarily we take a look at they want to have done, then we develop our own list of materials, we go to the stores and buy all that and bring it to the job," Higgins said. "They don't need any tools, they don't need any supplies. We take care of all of that."

"When you hire a handyman you want to be sure to check their credentials, but remember it will be dependent on the job they are doing and it's going to be dependent on your city and state," Hicks said. "For example, plumbing and electrical are typically required to have a license so if you are having those trades done you want to be sure you check that. Also, make sure your handyman is experienced in the work you want to do because you do not want to be the guinea pig for a new kind of project for them."

Another money saving tip when hiring a handyman: Anything you can organize or purchase ahead of time may save you time and money. For example, if there's an issue with your sink, remove all the items from underneath it.