When you have hit the limit of your home improvement capabilities and need some smaller projects handled, every homeowner turns to find a good handyman.  In previous generations, most homeowners could handle many projects around the house like painting, fixing a toilet, installing new lights, cleaning gutters, staining a deck or even remodeling your basement.  Now, who has the time, talents or tools to little more than change a simple light bulb?

When do you call a handyman versus when do you call a plumber or an electrician or a painter?  If the project needs to have a permit pulled, you should probably call a specialist.  If you’re not sure if a permit is required, call a handyman or a specialist and see what they say when you describe your project.  Once you decide to hire a handyman, make sure to ask how they bill: by the hour or by the project and are materials included.  Find out if there is a minimum charge just to show up and if you will be paying for their travel time.  If you don’t get a good answer, you might want to consider another option.

Common handyman projects include drywall repair, small painting jobs, tile repair, siding repair, changing toilets or plumbing fixtures, repairing a fence or installing a new handrail for your porch.  A good handyman is hard to find and they will generally be in high demand.  Don’t be surprised if they aren’t able to show up right away.  But once you find a good one, you probably will want to keep their number on speed dial.

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Adam's Helpful Hint:

Just because you hire a handyman, don’t expect it to be cheaper than any other contractor. The good ones have to pay for licenses, insurance, transportation, tools, training and more. Plus, they need to be well-versed in many different disciplines like carpentry, electrical and plumbing. Before the handyman comes out to start on your project list, ask if pictures, videos or even video-chatting will help them assess the issues before they even leave their shop.

Adam Helfman

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