Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact us.
CAN WE HELP YOUR HOUSE?
Handyman Services Of Wichita have been helping Wichita homeowners with their home repair and improvement needs for 25 years. We are proud to be one of Wichita‘s oldest and consistently best reviewed professional handyman services.
- We specialize in small and medium sized jobs many other contractors turn down, or accept reluctantly
- We have the skills and experience to do many types of home repair and improvement work
- We can often do everything on your to-do list so you don’t have to hire multiple tradespeople
- We are reliable, insured, and have a reputation for excellent customer service and fair dealing
- We serve homeowners and their homes, mostly single family older homes.
- Note that we don’t work on rental or commercial properties
- We have chosen to remain a small, local company focused on high quality work and personal service
- We prioritize serving repeat and returning clients – we prefer an ongoing relationship to a job, and we have been fortunate to have many clients trust us with the care of their homes year after year
HOW WE CHARGE & ESTIMATE
Over our 25 years of service, we’ve developed the following financial practices we feel are fair to both our clients and our company and associates:
Time & Material Basis
Our practice is to charge only for the actual time (labor) and materials we utilize in completing your work, regardless of estimate. This ensures you pay only for work we perform, not for the amount on the estimate. This practice also means we don’t have to pad our initial estimate to protect ourselves from unexpected conditions or problems we might encounter. See below for more info on our “Ballpark Estimates”.
In addition to the time we spend on-site performing the work at your home, the time we invest in your project usually includes:
Purchasing Materials: we provide materials at our cost, but charge for time spent purchasing materials specifically for your project – including helping you research and select materials when there are multiple options for price, quality, design, appearance, etc.
Travel Time: to and from your jobsite and/or to pickup/deliver materials (including disposal of debris). Travel time is charged at ½ our hourly rates
Project Coordination: these fees include time spent meeting clients and doing on-site assessment, planning and estimating the project, client communications, coordinating subcontractors and deliveries, working with building inspectors, etc. These costs vary by the size and complexity of the project, but a typical range is between 5% and 20% of the on-site labor costs.
Our hourly rates (per handyman/handyperson) range from $30 to $90 per hour depending on the nature of the work and who is doing it. We charge ½ our hourly rate for travel time.
We can provide “ballpark” estimates for most projects upon request. By “ballpark”, we mean our best estimate of the minimum and maximum costs we would anticipate charging for the project as we understand it.
Our “ballpark” estimates are based on our initial discussions with clients, a brief onsite visual inspection and/or photographs, and our experience with similar past projects.
Our “ballpark” estimates are primarily intended to help our clients with making decisions about whether to proceed with a project, and/or to choose between various project and/or material options. We then bill for the actual time and materials we use to complete in your project, regardless of estimate.
Our estimates assume we will encounter typical conditions, and that we will use typical methods and materials for the work described. Any atypical conditions or materials, special methods needed, or additional problems encountered can increase the costs of completing the work.
Whenever practical, we consult with clients before proceeding if we encounter conditions that could increase the costs above our maximum “ballpark” estimates.
Billing, Payment, & Contracts
Our philosophy is if our clients trust us with the care of their homes, we trust that they will pay us fairly and promptly for work that we complete to their satisfaction.
To minimize paperwork, we typically do not require a formal signed contract for most jobs. Instead, we do our best to document the nature of the work and anticipated costs in our “ballpark” estimates and subsequent email and other communications. For larger projects, we may execute a “preconstruction” agreement to cover planning and coordination work completed prior to starting on-site work.
We do not typically require any down payment before starting work on most jobs, and do not require (and don’t usually accept) payment before we leave the jobsite. We will sometimes accept payment on the spot for small jobs.
We encourage clients to inspect our work thoroughly as soon as possible after we complete it (or even while we are working). Please let us know of any questions or problems you encounter with our work as soon as possible, and we will do our best to correct any problems to your satisfaction.
We typically email your bill within 1-2 weeks after completion of the job. In return for not expecting payment or deposit in advance, or payment on the spot, we request that our clients pay promptly upon receipt of our bill.
We accept personal checks (or cash). We do accept credit or debit cards and can accept payment via PayPal or Zelle payment systems with advance notice.
Handyman Services Of Wichita Has Your Home Improvement Answers
Home ownership brings many joys and privileges along with the need for repairs when wear and tear detract from your home’s appearance. As a homeowner, you may want to make repairs on your own, but doing them can require tools and experience that you may not have. Home repair entails risk, and a lack of experience with door installation, window replacement, siding installation and gutter replacement can result in unfortunate accidents.
What We Do For You
For over 20 years, Handyman Services Of Wichita Company has been remodeling and repairing homes in the Wichita KS area. The quality of our services and our dedication to maintaining high standards are benefits of choosing Handyman Services Of Wichita Company.
Consider these other reasons for having a handyman in your contact list:
Increased property value: A maintained property will hold value or increase in value. The lack of repairs will detract from the property’s market value and rental prices.
Satisfied renters: Without reliable maintenance, you will experience negative reviews from renters arriving to find a poorly maintained property, which can all but kill your listing and the profits you had hoped to earn with your vacation rental.
Reduced costs: Having someone available to do repairs can help save money by minimizing risks, extending the life of appliances and equipment, satisfying tenants, and decreasing your manual effort.
Less work: You already have enough to do, not to mention, you may be hundreds of miles away from your vacation rental. By having a handyman nearby, you will reduce the time you spend dealing with repairs.
It’s no secret that you need to keep your property maintained to maximize its value. This is where 4 Lakes Handyman can help.
We are now serving the Wichita areas. Call us at (316) 448-3974 or send us an email to discuss your vacation property rental needs. Happy renting!!