Before your to-do list of home repairs grows too large to handle, follow these helpful tips to find the best handyman service around.

1. Ask your neighbors

The reason word-of-mouth references are so helpful is because they come from a real customer who is often someone you know and trust. Word of mouth recommendations speak volumes about the quality of work done and about the reputation of the handyman or handyman service.

2. Use online resources

With great online tools such as Angie’s List, you can find and compare handyman services quickly and easily. Because a website like Angie’s List is not “owned” by the handyman or handyman service, reviewers feel comfortable leaving honest, non-biased reviews. The Better Business Bureau is another great way to check the credibility and accreditation of a local handyman service.

3. Visit their website

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, refer to each handyman’s website. Their website should show a list services offered, before-and-after photos, information about what the handyman is trained and able to do and how you can get ahold of them. Additionally, you should be able to find helpful information such as ratings, reviews and customer feedback.

4. Check references

After you’ve decided on a handyman, ask to see a list of references and be sure to contact them for more information. Ask how professional, friendly and helpful the handyman was, and of course, ask to see photos of the work completed.

5. Set up an appointment

Finally, set up a consultation or estimate appointment. By doing so, you’ll be able to find a handyman you’ll feel comfortable with, and you’ll also be able to see their customer service in action. Ensure that he or she is courteous, on time and knowledgeable about the type of repairs or installations you need.