What is a Handyman?
A handyman is a skilled “jack of all trades” who can complete a wide range of repairs or home improvement jobs.
A handyman, or handyman service, usually charges clients an hourly rate, plus material costs, regardless of the task. Many homeowners or property managers compile a list of repairs or have a handyman create a list of repairs and hire a handyman to complete the list.
The term “handyman” is loosely defined. Some are self-trained, while others have formal training in various aspects of construction and home repair.
Why hire a Handyman?
You’ve got an ever increasing to-do list of home or property improvements like changing out a bathroom faucet, replacing missing shingles on the roof and painting a kitchen wall. You could hire a plumber, roofer and painter who have conflicting schedules and their own service charges, or you could hire a handyman to complete all three projects.
Because many handymen charge by the hour, a homeowner or property manager can save time and money on home improvement projects by hiring one to complete a wide range of projects at an hourly rate. A service charge from a plumber or roofer to come to your home could equal or even surpass the cost of hiring a handyman for a few hours.
You're also less likely to be overcharged if your hire a handyman. Unlike a general contractor or specialist who is more likely to price a job based on the estimated amount of time it will take to complete, you only have to pay a handyman for the hours he works, unless you agree on a flat rate. Handymen can keep their rates low because they don't have to pay additional workers, so they have lower overhead costs than contractors or large companies.
Although handymen have less overhead, they do supply their own tools, so there's no need to invest in extra equipment you won't use often or at all. Handymen have been known to do all types of work, from setting up playground equipment and gas grills to hanging holiday lights and decorations.
Ideal jobs for a Handyman
Handymen are best utilized for small, “honey-do” types of home repair work. The following projects are ideal for most handymen:
*Minor plumbing work: Many handymen are capable of completing small plumbing jobs like installing new fixtures or repairing a leaky faucet. However, complex projects that require relocating plumbing within the home should be left to a licensed plumber.
*Caulking: Adding a fresh application of caulk to gaps between windows, doors and siding is a great way to improve energy efficiency and lower utility costs.
*Decks and porches: Over time, weather can take a toll on wooden decks and porches. A handyman can replace broken boards, apply a finish or sealant and improve or upgrade your deck or porch’s safety and appearance.
*Gutter cleaning and maintenance: It’s not a huge task, but cleaning gutters is messy and involves climbing on the roof. If you hire a professional handyman with the right equipment and experience, you won't have to risk injuring yourself. A handyman can also install gutter guards to prevent seasonal clogging.
*Home exterior repairs: If you have minor damage to your home’s exterior, such as a loose piece of siding or a missing shingle, hiring a handyman to repair those items may prove to be more cost-effective than hiring a specialist.
*Painting and touch-ups: If you have a small painting job, like a wall, garage door, touch-ups of scuff marks or the repair of small holes with spackle, consider a handyman. But remember, a handyman typically charges by the hour, so larger jobs are better suited for a professional painting crew.
*Hanging window treatments, pictures and mirrors and installing light fixtures: These small tasks can be easily accomplished by a homeowner. But if you hire a handyman with the right tools and experience, these wall-mounted items will likely be hung correctly and without damage.
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