Tight labor markets are affecting industries across the country. Skilled and
unskilled jobs remain unfilled as employers struggle to find prospective
employees. For anyone ready to hire a contractor or handyman to perform home
improvement projects, this shortage is causing frustration. As more people
embrace the “staycation” and seek ways to upgrade their homes, many are
finding few tradesmen to even come to provide estimates, much less schedule
the work.

If you are trying to find good people to help with home improvement projects,
there are still a few ways to achieve your goals. Here are a few tips to help you
find a professional to help with your project.

• Social Media – One great way to find reputable laborers is to ask for help
from local social media groups. Apps like Facebook and Next Door have
local groups where you can ask for help. Make sure to mention where you
got the referral; the tradesmen will want to live up to the referral and are
more likely to provide good, timely service.

• Big Box Stores – Home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot
offer a wide variety of in-home services. They also have referral services for
projects outside their scope and these contractors keep the stores happy by
providing good service to homeowners.

• Online Service – There are sites like Angie’s List and Home Advisor where
professionals pay for leads. Because they have paid for the contact, they
tend to be more likely to follow through on the project.

The labor shortage is affecting all aspects of life right now. If you have a home
improvement or upgrade project, there is no reason to put off the work. Try these
tips for finding qualified and vetted help.