How do I hire a good tree trimmer, plumber, electrician, etc?
March 19, 2014 11:41 AM Subscribe
Me and my partner both grew up in families that rented, and we both continued renting into our adulthood. Every time we've had a maintenance problem we've just done what our parents did and called the landlord or maintenance man. But now we own our own home, and though we're lucky that the previous owners maintained the place so well, it's going to start needing additional maintenance soon.
posted by sam_harms to Home & Garden (22 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
For example, there's a huge tree in the backyard whose branches are growing into some powerlines, high up enough that we can't take care of it ourselves. Also, the main drain in the basement backs up a little when we do laundry, so I guess we're going to need someone to snake it. The problem is that we have no idea how to go about finding people to do these things. In the past we just went with whoever the landlord or rental company hired, because that was the only real option, and we never had to worry about how much they charged, because the landlord took care of that too.
So here are my questions:
1) How can we tell if one of these maintenance professionals is competent before we hire them? I don't want my powerlines to get ripped out by an incompetent tree trimmer.
2) How can I tell if the price is reasonable?
3) What term would you use to refer to this sort of professional? Tree trimmers, plumbers, and electricians all seem similar to me, so is there a term that I can use to refer to all of them at once, and make questions like this less awkward to phrase?