For most people, the process of urgently finding a handyman to help repair their homes is quite simple: opening the Yellow Pages and going to the first page that advertises services by Long Island contractors and then calling for quotes. However, in order to be certain that you will be working with a professional, the best approach is to search for the names of various contractors in advance and interview then before disaster strikes. Nonetheless, if you did not manage to dedicate some time for this particular purpose, rest assured that you can still find good contractors in the Yellow Pages. The secret resides in paying attention to the details such contractors provide about themselves.
While the best circumstance is to know the handyman and have a business relationship with him, this guide would like to point out that the Long Island contractors listed in the Yellow Pages are quite a fair option. In the eventuality when you want to learn more about a certain contractor you can easily Google search his name on the internet and read customers’ reviews. The biggest plus of getting in touch with a contractor you find in the Yellow Pages is that you have a minimum guarantee that he has an active practice license in Long Island and the surrounding areas.
In general, all guides on selecting the best contractor on the market indicate that a long experience in the field is a fundamental criterion. However, this does not automatically imply new contractor services that have less than one year experience should be ignored. Since they are struggling to get on the market and have made sure their name is included among the Yellow Pages Long Island contractors listing, that can translate into great offers and discounts due to their efforts of attracting customers. Nevertheless, when working a contractor with limited experience in the field, it is important to get informed about his insurance policy and the means through which he can be contacted.
One of the things that you will not typically find in the Long Island Yellow Pages about the contractors listed there is their references. However, this information can be found via accessing the website link located under the name, phone number and address. Given the fact that you need to know how this professional dealt with his past projects, it is best to stay clear of contractors who are unable to offer any references. As a side note, for new contractors you can take even one positive and verifiable reference for granted.
If all of the aforementioned aspects are fair or satisfactory, then it is time to give the contractor a call and ask him a few questions before making your final decision. The purpose of the short interview with the contractor is to learn if he is confident in making the repairs and his view on the consequences that will be applied if he is unable to finish your project on time. If the answers are positive, then it does not hurt to give him a shot, despite the limited experience of the company and rather small number of previous customers.