Doors that need reframing, gutters that need cleaning or driveways that need sealing. We all have those odd jobs that we meant to take care of but always end up putting off – and they pile up over the years. Either we can’t find the time or we can’t find the right person to do it for us.
The good news is you don’t need to find a skilled guy for every single repair or household work that crops up. More often than not, all you need is one reliable handyman.
Truth is not all jobs around the house require a contractor. Many of these can be done by a highly skilled person or a handyman who typically handles a wide range of common and even not-so-common household work. Handymen are considered ‘jacks of all trades’ because they are well-versed in a variety of tasks. Their well-rounded knowledge base is often the result of years of experience in dealing with many different minor challenges.
Handymen come from all walks of life. Some of them are semi-retired professionals; others are highly qualified and experienced workers that have no licence or certification. While most of them have all-around skills, some handymen prefer to specialise on electrical, plumbing or construction-related work.
What jobs can a handyman perform?
Generally, many handymen are equal to contractors in terms of skill and qualification but they differ in terms of the size and scope of work that they perform. Whereas a contractor focuses on larger projects that require a lot of coordination, consent and licences, a handyman typically works on a project basis for individual customers. Many others work as paid staffers for property management companies, building maintenance companies and the like.
Projects, such as a kitchen remodel or bathroom renovation, that take weeks to complete and involve special machinery and several staff will often require multiple types of licensing and varying levels of expertise. You’ll obviously need a contractor for these. But if you only need a skilled person to re-tile your kitchen or to replace your toilet, you can trust a handyman to do it with the same quality results.
Specifically, handy tasks include trade skills, maintenance work, repair work and light plumbing or electrical jobs, both interior and exterior. These tasks include:
- Painting / paint removal
- Door repair and installation
- Furniture assembly
- Gutter cleaning and repair
- Pressure washing
- Drywall repair and installation
- Drain cleaning
- Lawn care / landscaping
- Septic system repair
- Changing light fixtures
- Fixing leaky toilets
- Fan installation
- Concrete work
- Cabinet refacing
- Air conditioner installation
- Waste removal
- Window cleaning
- Sealing driveways
- Garage doors
- Heating system tune-up
- Safety modifications
- General maintenance
Why hire a handyman?
If you don’t have the time to sort out your growing to-do list or you don’t have the skill to get the job done, then hiring a handyman makes sense. If you’ve ever taken a DIY route and ended up in a mess that cost you more, you’ll understand the value of knowing a good handyman.
It’s like paying a good friend to do the job for you, but better. That’s because you are paying someone who is actually knowledgeable and skilled in that type of work. No need to figure out what to do. No need to read the manuals, whatsoever. They’ll understand the situation right away and solve it in the quickest time. And you know time is money, so you save a lot. They do a great job for a lot less, too.
Moreover, if the job does not require consent or a special skill/machinery, choosing a handyman make practical sense. You may not realise it but handyman services are actually growing in demand due to the growth in home construction and home repair and maintenance needs.
All you need is to find a reputable and reliable one. You’ll know one is if they service an extensive clientele and get a lot of repeat business. Good quality work never fails to cultivate a following.
Every handyman will charge differently based on their experience and acumen. Nevertheless, the price is often cheaper than that of a licensed professional. The price will also depend on the nature of the job.
It goes without saying that you need to do the same vetting process as you would when hiring a contractor or licensed tradesman. Sounds like a chore? The good news is Builders Ltd have both fully vetted tradesmen and handymen to ensure you’re only one call away from having your dream home built or having those peeling walls fixed.
Truth is it’s not all black and white when it comes to choosing between one and the other. There are certainly merits to hiring either type of worker.
It’s also great to know that whenever you need one, you can find them right here. Just call us any time of day!