Hiring a handyman can be one of the most affordable and efficient ways to get household projects completed. Some people love to tackle small projects on their own but If you’re anything like me, you don’t have the necessary skills or even the time to manage some tasks.
Read on to discover the 10 most common ways people use a handyman to complete household projects plus some tips on how to find a great handyman near you.
Some people find painting a room relaxing and even fulfilling but after taking on a painting project even once, most people learn that it’s a lot harder and time-consuming than you’d think! As a result, painting is one of the most popular tasks hired out to a handyman.
2) Drywall Repair
Unlike painting, most homeowners tend to rely on a handyman or a contractor when it comes to doing drywall repair. This is because it’s more complicated than painting a wall or two, and there are often several steps involved.
Flooring – whether it’s laminate, carpet or hardwood – can be a time-consuming and difficult task, especially if you need to refloor more than one room. This, combined with the fact that special equipment is often required, means that most people decide to use the help of a handyman when it comes to any flooring projects.
4) Gutter Cleaning & Repair
Gutter cleaning and repair is another very popular handyman project, as this task often comes with risks, like going up on your roof and climbing tall ladders. So, it’s not surprising most people opt to pass up such work and instead hire a local handyman.
5) Renovation Demolition
If you’re looking to make drastic changes to your property, you may need to knock down a wall or two. Before doing this, you need to hire an expert to assess the structural importance of that wall to determine if you can safely remove it or not.
6) Deck Repair & Construction
Wood decks are one of the most popular features of a home and they can host a lot of activity resulting in wear and tear and damage. Decks require normal maintenance which can be a messy and time-consuming task, even for people who are pretty good at DIY, so it’s not surprising that deck repair and construction is a popular handyman project.
7) Electrical Work
It should come as no surprise that, due to the dangers involved, the vast majority of electrical work is performed by handymen and contractors. There are various electrical handyman projects that are common in the US, such as wiring and general maintenance. We’d include lighting and ceiling fan installation in this category as well as audio and video installation.
8) Plumbing & Bathroom Work
Repairing or improving your property’s plumbing, or redesigning your bathroom, are complex endeavors which are rarely done without the help of a contractor. Some less advanced plumbing work, like repairing a sink or unclogging a toilet, are typically done on a DIY basis, but most other plumbing projects will usually be done with the help of a handyman.
Tiling can be done by pretty much everyone, but it’s difficult to get right. Also, the fact it often requires special tools is yet another reason why tiling is one of the most common handyman projects out there.
10) Window Installation
Last but not least, we have window installation. Due to the installation having to be very accurate to ensure everything works as it should, handymen are almost always used for window installation, especially if the window is not on the ground floor.
How to Hire a Good Handyman
As we’ve just outlined, there are many different reasons why you might need a handyman – but finding one isn’t exactly easy. Ideally, you should use one which has been recommended to you by a friend or neighbor, but this isn’t always an option.
When finding one online, it’s important to ask the right questions and agree on certain things in advance so you aren’t left dissatisfied. You can learn about all of our tips in our How to Find a Great Handyman guide.
A Quick Summary
- Some people prefer to take a DIY approach when it comes to repairing things around the house or doing renovations.
- This isn’t always possible though, and there are some projects which are typically done by a handyman or a contractor.
- Some of the most common handyman projects include things like tiling, window installation and gutter cleaning and repairs.
- Deck construction and repair, flooring, and drywall repair are also common handyman projects as they are quite difficult to do and sometimes require specialist equipment.
- If you’re looking to hire a handyman, it’s best to work with someone you’ve hired before or someone a friend or neighbor can recommend.
- If this isn’t an option, you can look for one online but you should be sure to do your homework and be clear on terms before they start working on the project.