What is a handyman?
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:
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.
Tips to hire a handyman
Interview several candidates before hiring a candidate. A handyman
works closely with you in your home, so you want to pick one that you feel
comfortable being around. Use the following tips to help you choose the best
Define the project. Start by
compiling a list of the home repairs you want completed. Remember, a
handyman is best used for small jobs such as installing light fixtures,
patching drywall and interior painting. If the job requires pulling a
permit, or moving plumbing or electrical wiring, consider hiring a licensed
Shop around. Check and interview at least
three handymen. Ask how many years of experience they have and their areas
of specialization. Request references from homeowners who have hired them.
Make sure the potential handyman has the skills and experience to complete
Watch out for scams. Avoid
handymen who contact you with unsolicited phone calls or visits to your
home. You should also avoid any handyman who refuses to guarantee the price
of the job or asks for payment upfront. Reputable handymen don’t expect to
get paid before the project is completed.
Get it in writing. Insist
on a written agreement laying out the job details, costs and payment
schedule. Be clear about the times you expect the work to be started and
completed. It’s extremely important to get all guarantees in writing.
Ask for a guarantee. Many
handymen will guarantee their work for up to one year. Ask about guarantees
before you make a hiring decision, and of course, make sure the guarantee is