If you aren’t the sort of person who is handy around the house, or if you are really pressed for time, you may want to get some help with routine home maintenance tasks. Here are the top four categories of professional home service contractors you can use.

1. Gardener/lawn service

This home maintenance service can be a real time-saver and will keep your yard looking good if you don’t have a green thumb. A pleasant, well-tended yard is ideal for summer entertaining, and adds a lot of curb appeal when you get ready to sell. A new trend in landscaping is to purchase blocks of time, which can be used for those tasks you designate, like pruning, weeding, mowing, hedge trimming, fertilizing, etc.

2. Window cleaner

The old joke phrase, “I don’t do windows” comes to mind. But there are many businesses which do just that–quickly, efficiently, and inexpensively. If you schedule regular seasonal appointments, you may be able to negotiate a more favorable rate. Rather than spend a whole Saturday and end up with streaky windows, hire a professional to do it right. For more window-related information, here is a great window site worth checking out.

3. Home maintenance handyman

This category covers a lot of bases. A good handyman is worth his weight in gold. He can perform carpentry jobs like repairing that loose porch railing or fixing a broken fence. He can fix leaks under the sink or put a new valve in that leaking toilet. He can install a ceiling fan and change your furnace filters. Some of the more versatile handymen can also do masonry and concrete work. If you find a good handyman, hang onto him.

4. Pest control service

This is a home maintenance service that you don’t think about until you find evidence of mice in the pantry or walk into the kitchen to discover a trail of ants across the floor. A pest control service that treats your home on a regular basis will keep household vermin and the diseases that they carry away from your home.

Before you hire any service contractor for your home, check them out thoroughly. If possible, get a referral from someone you know and trust. Try to get at least three bids, get references, and check with the Better Business Bureau and any government licensing agencies that are applicable. If the service contractor will be working inside the home, make sure that they are bonded and insured.



 

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