How can a handyman help me?

Hiring a handyman can be a great option for people who don't have the time, desire or skill set to do their
Hiring a handyman can be a great option for people who don't have the time, desire or skill set to do their own home repairs.

How many projects are on your honey-do list? If you have ten items on your honey-do list and you think you can knock off one project a week, it will take you two and a half months to plow through the list, assuming nothing new is added. Throw in a few weeks where you are just too busy to attend to any home repairs, and your time frame stretches into three or four months, during which time more projects will undoubtedly be added to your list. The never-ending honey-do list is a reality and source of stress for many homeowners

Now what if you could hire a handyman for a day or two to take care of everything on your list? If the prospect of having more time to devote to your hobbies or just plain relax sounds appealing, hiring a handyman may be the best choice for you.

What Does a Handyman Do?

Many handymen will do just about anything you need, so an exhaustive list of services is impractical. These common handyman services will give you a general idea of how a handyman can help you.
  • Replace fixtures (faucets, shower heads, lighting, etc.)
  • Door/screen repair
  • Painting
  • General plumbing (repair/fix toilets, bathtubs, sinks, etc.)
  • Light carpentry
  • Drywall repair
  • Tile repair
  • Countertop installation
  • Deck staining/maintenance
  • Garage cleaning/organization
  • Ceiling fan installation
  • Holiday decorations – indoor/outdoor
  • Air filter replacement
  • Gutter installation/repair
In addition to these standard services, many handymen have specialized training and skill sets and offer expanded services such as:
  • Kitchen/bath/basement remodeling
  • Deck/garage/fence construction
  • Ceramic tile/flooring installation
  • Lawn services/landscaping
  • Roof/chimney/siding inspection and repair
  • Sprinkler system repair/installation
  • Electrical services
  • Custom carpentry
  • Masonry repair
  • Swimming pool maintenance

Licensing requirements vary by state and city. While a license is required for a handyman in some states and cities, in many places no license is required. Some areas require a license only for certain types of services, such as plumbing and electrical work. In these locations, handyman services may subcontract this work or they may be able to refer you to a licensed contractor. To determine whether your state or city requires handymen to have a license, contact your local building inspector or town hall.

Hiring A Handyman

Since there is such a wide range of services and skill sets offered by handymen, make sure to research your choices thoroughly before you make a decision. Learn more about questions to ask when hiring a handyman, then find a quality handyman near you.

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