HandyPro Auburn Hills Home Repair Contractor Provides Tips to Avoid the High Cost

Inferior work performed by unqualified, unlicensed home repair contractor results in the highest cost of all













Auburn Hills MI – A local home repair contractor offers affordable home improvement, remodeling, additions and senior home modification for older, physically challenged homeowners. One of the biggest challenges is hiring a contractor who will do the work for a fair price.

The high cost of home repair often discourages home owners who cannot afford to hire a professional. Many of them will attempt to do the job themselves to save money. Some do OK while others end up dissatisfied with the results or simply leaving the project half-done while they search for an affordable solution.

Many DIY homeowners are handy and can take on some home repair projects, but even the most skilled may lack the knowledge to do some jobs. In cases like this, Antony Bradley, owner of HandyPro Handyman Services (http://www.handypro.com/michigan_oakland.html) recommends seeking the expertise of a professional. Sometimes, paying the price to get the job done right the first time is cheaper in the long run.

Many homeowners find themselves spending even more money when they attempt to do a difficult job that requires the knowledge and experience of a qualified home repair man. Now they have to pay a professional to rip it out and start over, thus wasting valuable time on the project and money on the material.

The cost of home improvement and general home repair depends on many factors including extent of work needed and the specialized skills and expertise of the contractor. In most cases, home service providers are costly, but fair when considering their investment into the business.

The home service provider must insure his vehicle and contents, tools and inventory. He must also carry adequate workers compensation insurance for himself and his crew, in case a contractor is injured on the customer’s property. He must carry liability insurance in case one of his crew accidently causes further damage to the home. Without proper license and insurance, the home repair contractor could cost a homeowner dearly if they are injured on the property or cause damage.

HandyPro Handyman Service is licensed, insured and qualified to provide home repair service in over 1600 categories including carpentry, drywall, painting and complete renovation and additions. Service technicians will arrive on time, in uniform, prepared to start the job that day. They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau with no complaints from customers. Antony Bradley serves residents in Oakland County, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills and surrounding cities. Visit http://www.handymanservicesauburnhills.com/ to learn more.



About HandyPro Handyman Services:
What’s on your to-do list? HandyPro Handyman Services offers affordable solutions to a wide variety of home repairs including home modification for seniors, home improvement and home remodeling, seasonal home maintenance and more. HandyPro specializes in helping the homeowner, business or property manager have building repairs completed professionally, in a timely manner, and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction. HandyPro Handyman Service has been in business since 1996, serving over 20,000 clients with zero complaints from the Better Business Bureau. HandyPro Handyman Services has been featured on Rachel Ray and Fox News.

Auburn Hills Handyman Most Reliable and Trustworthy to Provide Senior Home Modification

Elderly homeowners are most vulnerable to unfair treatment by home renovation contractors…take it from one who knows first-hand

 

 












 Auburn Hills, MI – HandyPro Handyman Service was founded by Keith Paul when he realized a need to raise the standards of quality in the home service industry. He was inspired to start his own general home repair and renovation service when his grandmother was ripped off by a contractor.

Different handyman scams are reported in the news, making single female homeowners and senior citizens uncomfortable about trusting a contractor in their home. Even if they rely on a trustworthy recommendation, the contractor the company sends might not be the same one that earned the referral. Many home improvement services are advertised on the internet with impressive websites that boast honesty, reliability and professional workmanship, but anyone can type these words (as I just did).

Local handyman, Antony Bradley, owner of HandyPro Handyman Service (http://www.handypro.com/michigan_oakland.html) suggests several easy ways for consumers to protect themselves from unscrupulous home service providers. They can start by doing a little research on the company using credible websites like the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List or Service Magic. If the handyman they are considering is not listed on any of these sites, chances are he cannot be trusted. All home service providers should at least be a member of the BBB to show they are reputable.

Consumers can also ask for a physical description of the contractor that will be sent. Does he drive a company vehicle with lettering and a logo? Will he be in uniform? If not, then it is important to at least know what he will be driving and how he can be identified.

Though the handyman may be licensed and bonded, it is not a good idea to leave them alone in the home. Take care with valuables that are easy to pick up and walk away with like jewelry and cash. If possible, invite a friend or neighbor over for coffee to help keep an eye on things.

Antony does not want residents to be afraid when they need general home repairs done, but he knows first-hand the emotional effect of a bad experience with a contractor. Most everyone has heard a story about a home service gone wrong. Consumers deserve quality service, professional workmanship and fair prices, and only the honest and reliable companies deserve their business.

HandyPro Handyman Service has earned a reputation for honesty and professional quality work. All service technicians are licensed and insured. They must pass a background check and drug testing to be part of the HandyPro team. The handyman will show up on time, in uniform with a fully-stocked, lettered service van so there is no doubt about who is at the door. Visit http://www.handymanservicesauburnhills.com/ to learn more.

About HandyPro Handyman Services:
What’s on your to-do list? HandyPro Handyman Services offers affordable solutions to a wide variety of home repairs including home modification for seniors, home improvement and home remodeling, seasonal home maintenance and more. HandyPro specializes in helping the homeowner, business or property manager have building repairs completed professionally, in a timely manner, and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction. HandyPro Handyman Service has been in business since 1996, serving over 20,000 clients with zero complaints from the Better Business Bureau. HandyPro Handyman Services has been featured on Rachel Ray and Fox News.

Auburn Hills Home Modification Service for the Aging in Place Community

The Certified Aging in Place Specialist provides everything from grab bars and accessories to lifts, ramps and kitchen and bathroom remodeling

















Auburn Hills, MI – Handy Pro Handyman Services in Auburn Hills are known and appreciated for their dedication to quality workmanship and honest business practice. Owner, Antony Bradley has joined efforts to help the Aging in Place Community through code compliant senior home modification service.

Antony Bradley has noticed an increased concern among area residents with aging loved ones who still lead active lives and wish to remain in their home. The concern was for their safety, slips and falls, getting up and down stairs, etc…

The HandyPro (http://www.handypro.com/michigan_oakland.html) senior home modification specialist understands their concern, with millions of mature Americans preferring to live safely in their home rather than a nursing home or assisted living facility. To address this demand an extensive amount of time and energy has been devoted to helping older people stay in their homes.

With the growing number of people 65 and older who wish to remain independent and live in their own homes the demand for home modification to accommodate their needs will continue to rise. Many homes are being designed and retrofitted to help the “Aging in Place” population, and the caregivers, occupational/physical therapists and remodelers have joined together to solve this need.

HandyPro Handyman Service of Auburn Hills offers a variety of products and services, including extremely durable fasteners to ensure that grab bars and stair railings support the weight of the person using them, automatic interior door openers, raised dishwashers and walk-in showers, to name a few.

Antony Bradley serves homes and businesses in North Oakland County, Auburn Hills, Lake Orion, Shelby Twp and neighboring cities and communities. Antony can provide a free in home assessment to determine the specific needs of the resident to make their home safer during their golden years. Visit http://www.handymanservicesauburnhills.com/ to learn more.

About HandyPro Handyman Services:
What’s on your to-do list? HandyPro Handyman Services offers affordable solutions to a wide variety of home repairs including home modification for seniors, home improvement and home remodeling, seasonal home maintenance and more. HandyPro specializes in helping the homeowner, business or property manager have building repairs completed professionally, in a timely manner, and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction. HandyPro Handyman Service has been in business since 1996, serving over 20,000 clients with zero complaints from the Better Business Bureau. HandyPro Handyman Services has been featured on Rachel Ray and Fox News.

HandyPro Handyman Services Auburn Hills Focused on Houses for the Living, Homes for Life

Independent Living is about freedom of choice, being included and celebrating people with disabilities living a high quality life while remaining comfortable in their own newly retrofitted home




Auburn Hills MI -- Since purchasing his Auburn Hills Handyman Service franchise, Antony Bradley has made a difference for elderly and physically disabled homeowners. His current specialty is providing highly customized home renovation service for the aging or disabled so they can enjoy independent living in their own home.

“We install the necessary equipment and devices to enable them to remain in their home and provide peace of mind in their golden years,” said Bradley.

Handy Pro Handyman Services Auburn Hills maintains standards of the American Disability Act, so customers can be assured their projects are completed with quality and safety in mind. Visit http://www.handypro.com/michigan_oakland.html to contact HandyPro for a complete home assessment.

Service by the Auburn Hills Handyman provides senior home modification to improve mobility and accessibility in the home. Services include stair lifts, wheelchair ramps, kitchen and bathroom remodeling with walk-in tubs and showers, super strong grab bars and accessories.

HandyPro Handyman Services offer in-home assessments for seniors and the disabled. “Our focus is to find the products that meet your needs, meet ADA guidelines and help make your life at home as comfortable and safe as possible,” said Bradley.

Antony Bradley enjoys a rewarding career while making a difference for seniors. Antony is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist focused on Houses for Living, Homes for Life. In addition to senior home modification, he also offers a senior home maintenance program designed to help aging homeowners protect their investment.

HandyPro Handyman Services specializes in over 1600 categories of home repair and remodeling service including plumbing repair, drywall repair, painting, flooring installation, home remodeling and much more. Visit http://www.handymanservicesauburnhills.com/ to learn more.

About HandyPro Handyman Services:
What’s on your to-do list? HandyPro Handyman Services offers affordable solutions to a wide variety of home repairs including home modification for seniors, home improvement and home remodeling, seasonal home maintenance and more. HandyPro specializes in helping the homeowner, business or property manager have building repairs completed professionally, in a timely manner, and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction. HandyPro Handyman Service has been in business since 1996, serving over 20,000 clients with zero complaints from the Better Business Bureau. HandyPro Handyman Services has been featured on Rachel Ray and Fox News.

Handyman Services Auburn Hills: Beware of Handyman Scams

Tips from your friendly neighborhood Auburn Hills Handyman:

There are scam artists in every industry. Due to tough economic times and the decline in real estate values, real estate scams and mortgage scams are at an all time high. Another common scam to watch out for is the home repair or home improvement scam.

Handyman scam artists often take advantage of the elderly. A charming young man can easily gain the trust of an older woman who lives alone. He knows she is not capable of maintaining her home by her self, so he will approach her and offer to cut grass, rake leaves or shovel snow. He might even do the work one time to show “good faith.” Then he will offer to inspect the roof, basement, plumbing, electrical, etc…Of course he will spot a potential “problem” and offer a solution. The materials will be quite expensive, so he’ll give her a break on the labor, but she will have to give him the money up front so he can buy supplies.

See where this is headed? Anyone, regardless of their age or gender can easily be scammed if they are not careful. Your best defense is knowing what to look for. An offer that sounds “too good to be true” usually is. Here are some of the most popular scams a handyman uses:

Door Knocking: In most cases, people who go door to door selling a service are not worth your time. Door knocking is for selling Girl Scout cookies or Boy Scout calendars or children who are participating in school fundraisers. Reputable businesses are advertised on the internet, TV, Yellow Pages (remember those?) or direct mailing.

Even worse than scamming, the door knocking handyman might have other plans. Do not let him into your home without verifying that he is a reputable handyman. He might be there to scope your place out to see if you have anything of value for him to come back and steal later. Or worse, a rapist or serial killer. (I know; this only happens on TV, right?) You can never be too careful.

Fly-by-Night Handyman: This is the handyman who goes door-to-door, gains your trust, takes your money, and you never see him again. If he does give you a business card, the phone number is disconnected and the business doesn’t exist. He is long gone by the time you realize what has happened.

Lowest Price of the Year: This call-to-action sales technique is very popular among many different businesses and services. Most businesses offer specials throughout the year. Rarely does a business only have one sale, never to be offered again. If you are approached by a handyman offering a one-time special or lowest price of the season, ask for evidence that this is really the lowest price they have ever charged. They should be able to show you something, like a past catalog or a dated price list.

Work Portfolio: Beware of the handyman who offers you a great deal on home repairs so he can use your home as a model and show photos of his work to other potential clients. Chances are he will make expensive home improvements and repairs that you really do not need done. If he doesn’t already have a portfolio of his completed work, then he obviously is not experienced. A reputable handyman service will already have before and after photos to show you. An occupied home is not an appropriate model for a handyman service to use.

Cash up Front: This is a big red flag. It is true that some companies require a deposit, especially if they are customizing something that will only work in your home. For example, if you are ordering replacement windows, they have to take measurements and have them made. Windows are not typically a standard size, like doors, so once they have been made, money has been spent, and the contractor loses if you change your mind.

A reasonable down payment is expected to cover materials, but it should not exceed 25 – 30 percent of the total estimate. Paying in full up front sets you up for the fly-by-night contractor scam. Always keep the handyman motivated by paying in installments as work is completed, with the final payment being released upon your 100% satisfaction.

Avoiding Scams:

The Better Business Bureau is the most popular way to check out a handyman service or home repair contractor. Anyone who is in this business and not a member of the BBB could be a scammer. The Department of Consumer Protection is another good resource. Both of these agencies will be able to provide a history of consumer complaints, lawsuits and verification of license. Your local state licensing board will also be able to verify the status of your handyman’s license.

The bottom line is take the time to do your research. You know if you need home repairs or home improvement projects done. You don’t need to learn this from a door knocker. Get several estimates, check references, get referrals from friends and family, and never sign a contract unless you are comfortable with the terms and understand it completely.

Antony Bradley, owner of HandyPro Handyman Services is your friendly neighborhood handyman who serves residents and consumers in Northern Oakland County. He won’t come knocking on your door, but his is waiting for your call and he is eager to provide professional, quality service.

HandyPro Handyman Services is a member of the Better Business Bureau; check out their profile at http://www.bbb.org/eastern-michigan/business-reviews/handyman-services/handypro-handyman-service-inc-in-plymouth-mi-32020168/

What’s on your to-do list? HandyPro Handyman Services offers affordable solutions to a wide variety of home repairs and maintenance projects. HandyPro specializes in helping the homeowner, business or property manager have minor repairs completed professionally, in a timely manner, and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction.

Hiring a Handyman, Carpentry, Plaster, Drywall, Acoustic Ceilings, Grout tub, fix leaky faucet, home warranty/maintenance, paint home, caulk bathtub, replace locks, garage doors, cabinets, countertops, fix running toilet, repair squeaky door, install molding, security services, stained glass, door repair/install, drywall repair, painting, kitchen, insulation, concrete, masonry, repair gutters, remove wallpaper, replace ceiling fan, caulk awning, siding repair, install shelves, organizers, ceramic tile, window well covers, replace bathroom fan, draperies, blinds, shades, glass, mirrors, decks, and much more…just ask!

Antony Bradley serves consumers and business owners in North Oakland County, Clarkston, Lake Orion, Lake Orion Heights, Auburn Hills, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oxford, Romeo, Washington, Oakland, Lake Angelus and neighboring cities and communities.

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