Can You Hire a Handyman to Build a Shed?

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If you need a place to store tools, hardware items, and other DIY must-haves – but lack the necessary space in your home -- building an outdoor shed exclusively for do-it-yourself gear can be a workable option. But putting together a shed isn’t easy, and there are times when hiring a professional is the best course, particularly if you are inexperienced in construction. Fortunately, one option is to hire a handyman to build your shed.

Most handymen perform all sorts of home improvement projects -- from installing air conditioning units to re-tiling floors and fixing holes in the walls. By hiring a handyman, you can avoid the additional costs associated with finding a crew of workers to build your shed or storage unit, since the planning and  construction  work will all be performed by one person. Below are some general tips to help you hire the best handyman for your shed construction needs:

Instead of searching for a handyman through Craigslist, use a more specific search service like our own handyman screening tool here at Networx. Read unbiased online reviews and verified accounts of homeowner experiences to learn more about what to expect from a good handyman. Be sure to check references for potential contractors before you make any hiring decisions. For larger scale projects, you might want to contact the Better Business Bureau and run a background check, as well.

Interview handymen carefully. Ask potential hires about their shed building experience, and discuss exactly what you have in mind before you finalize your decision. Handymen who are familiar with outdoor projects like building sheds and storage units can take measurements for your project when you interview them, followed up with an estimate within a few days. Be sure to state clearly what it is that you need in a shed; this will ensure that you get an accurate quote for their planning, construction, and painting or staining services. Don’t be afraid to shop around when it comes to hiring a contractor and getting an estimate for your backyard shed. Rates for projects can differ widely due to various factors: the going price for various services in your area, contractor’s level of experience, cost of materials, and so on.

Stay involved during the construction process. It’s okay to check in with the handyman when they’re building your shed! You’ve hired them for a specific project, after all -- and with the amount of money and time you’re investing in your new shed’s planning and construction, it’s essential that you stay involved by checking to see how the project is progressing.

Of course, skills vary by handyman, so even if you interview several potential contractors for your project and find that they are unable to fit your needs, keep searching! With some extra time, patience and diligence, you’ll be able to find a handyman who is able to help you execute plans for the perfect backyard shed in a cost-effective way.

Anna Hill writes for Networx.com.

Updated February 12, 2018.

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