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How to Hire the Right Handyman

When it comes to any kind of home improvement — whether it’s an under-the-sink water leak, or wanting a beautiful makeover for your kitchen — do you know who to call? Do you know who you can trust?

EiEiHome spoke to Charlie Fisher of Can-Fix Canada Handyman Services, to learn what homeowners need to help them make the right choice.

Charlie believes in 100% customer satisfaction and his company provides “satisfaction guaranteed” home improvement services. Can-Fix Canada’s contract comes with a 2-year guarantee for all of their work. His clients can be assured that all licensing and insurance documents are in place. These are readily available and provided to the homeowner upon request.

Charlie Fisher strives to ensure that his handymen perform the best work possible. “If the handyman is experienced and cares about the quality of his workmanship, he will ask questions about your personal requirements.” Homeowners should be willing and able to communicate their needs and wants and answer questions like, “What are your future plans; how long do you plan to live in your home?”

With this information, the contractor is more likely to meet the individual needs of the homeowner. “And the experienced handyman needs to know this information before the work begins,” he adds.

“Anyone can drop a hammer on to the top of a nail, but if the hammer misses the nail, are they licensed and insured to cover any damages done?” he says. He also suggests that homeowners should always ask for proof of documents. With respect to licensing, insurance and references; due diligence of the customer will help ensure the protection of your home.


As a consumer you should be prepared to answer a few basic questions, which are essential to helping you find the right service professional.

  • Does the handyman have liability insurance, a business license and are they WSIB insured?
  • Will there be a contract signed by both parties?
  • Does the handyman provide any guarantees towards work and satisfaction of clients?
  • What kind of payment schedule does the service pro expect?
  • If they are doing renovations on your home do they have a General Building Renovators License?
  • Can the handyman provide references and are they a member of any accredited boards?

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Editor, Dawn Boshcoff

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