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02-16-2004, 12:39 AM
Is there a great demand for handy man services? If so what services do you offer, and what are the most requested services?
In addition to LC the most requested service is believe it or not changing light bulbs for elderly customers next to that is fixing leaky plumbing (traps, toilets and faucets), I always have my box of plumbing supplies with me (quickie repairs), If real repairs and special parts are needed I will set up a date & time to do the work. Easy extra income.
02-16-2004, 10:38 AM
Yers there is a huge demand for it. Many big contracting companies dont like doing the small stuff. There is no money in it for them. If you can network with a big company or companies to refer those small jobs to you, that can also work for you.
In the beginning I had only a few lawns to mow and I started doing handyman work to fill my hours when I'm not mowing. I still do handyman work, but it gave me an oppurtunity to learn, gain confidence and I started doing bigger jobs where there is more money in it. Some of my biggest projects completed in 2003 were finishing a 2300 sqft new construction house on two levels, finished a 1300 sqft basement, hardwood floor installations, kitchen remodels, re-roofing, "capping" a flat top roofs, replacement windows, siding, decks & fences, pergolas, etc.
All of this was done while still mowing 50 lawns. How do we do it? I dont know. I hired a carpenter to help me on some of the bigger projects, while I had part time help helping my wife mow the lawns.
Do repair and maintenance work on: doors & windows, drywall counter tops, floors, gutter cleanouts, weather proofing, deck power wash and seal, insulation (blowing insulation in addicts), cabinets, molding, trim work, holiday decorations, tile work, painting, bathroom caulking, roofing repair (caulking and replace broken shingles), mesh screens, fence installation and repair (easy one) and much more ... The sky is the limit.
Basically you have to become a "honey do" handyman. How many times have I done something simple for somebody and the lady said: "you know, it would've taken my husband 3 years to do that"
Hope this helps and give you a few ideas
02-16-2004, 10:43 AM
Yes, At times I am as busy with handy-man stuff as I am with lawn care. As more and more people become divorced it creates a huge pool of single women, who for the most part, have no Idea how to fix minor things around the house. I have the same type of demand from the widows as well. I always keep some electrical stuff and plumbing supplies with me. Lots of tools.
02-16-2004, 11:43 AM
Thanks guys for all of your info.
02-16-2004, 11:49 AM
The most common thing we get asked to do inside the home is painting, it seems like people always want to hire that out.
Outside the home the things we are asked to do most often is fence repair and deck staining.
I think you could make a pretty good living doing handyman type services for single women the elderly and those that just don't have the time or knowhow to do it themselves.
02-16-2004, 12:05 PM
I have a wealthy retired couple as clients - they would rather pay someone to change a lightbulb than do it themselves. Their last handyman isn't doing it anymore and they have had a heck of a time finding another one. They're not cheap, willing to pay for this stuff but not enough people out here providing this kind of service.
02-16-2004, 12:07 PM
For a lot of the stuff you guys mention on here that you do, you may want to check with your licensing boards because in most statees you need to be licensed to do a lot of it.
Lord knows no one wants to be called a scrub on here. LOL
A lot of times, we are the people who customers call when they don't know who to call. Constant minor repair jobs.
As to licensing, many times it's fine to fix a screen door or reattach a shelf. When you get into actual construction, then you may be running into regulations, but most customers don't care, they just want something fixed.
Let it Grow
02-16-2004, 01:45 PM
I'm starting to do more handy man services, especially in the winter. Tommorrow I'm going to "re-set" a mail box. (The person who put it in originally didn't use cement & it's leaning real bad)
I'm going to look into doing more of it. Maybe doing decks, remodeling, drywall, etc.
02-16-2004, 02:38 PM
Parkwest, you beat me to it! Call me a scrub when it comes to grass (I cut my sister's yard past two years) but I am licensed and insured in the home improvement area. In the state of MD, any modification, enhancement, improvement or alteration to a home by someone other than the home owner you need to be licensed. Yes, painting even falls into that catagory. But, you can build a house w/o a license!
I am not trying to tell you guys not to do it, but just watch your own butt! The biggest complaint I hear is follow thru.
02-16-2004, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by Tvov
As to licensing, many times it's fine to fix a screen door or reattach a shelf. When you get into actual construction, then you may be running into regulations
When it comes to actual construction I sub contract various aspects of the job to licensed contractors ie. framing, electrical, plumbing, etc.
For most jobs you have to apply for a building permit from the city's building inspector's office. He issues you a building permit before you can start the job. They will do periodic inspections as the project progresses to make sure you are within city building codes and regulations. I will also strongly recommend building a good relationship with the building inspector as he is a very helpfull source of info.
O, and dont forget to call the digger's hotline to come and mark the electrical, telephone, cable, water, sewer and gaslines before you start ripping up your back yard to build that deck or install a fence.
I have a freind in rural Wisconsin that is a full time handyman and he always has work. He does anything from hanging pictures to roofing. He charges $34 per hour + supplies. I know around here there are handymen that have more work than they can handle. There is a larger company in this area that charges $80 per hour and they are busy as well. From what I hear, the biggest request is for Painting.
handyman work has always been pt of my service.. to be honest quality wise
im just under the pro in a particular field..this primaryly because each new job requires a different solution..so the person who specilised in that particular work,, will if hes good,, be able to do an cleaner job,, than myself..then i wont charge what a specialist in a given type work will either.. but what i do will funtion an do what the person wanted done..kinda like an general practitioner is probably going to be a shade less skilled than an specialist ../this is the most interesting an challenging pt of my work..
hole in one lco
02-16-2004, 05:18 PM
There is big money in decks
02-16-2004, 09:49 PM
Seems to me that if you're doing both, you're going to eventually have to choose which one will win.
02-17-2004, 11:19 PM
Awm, I know what you mean. When I shift from lawns to handyman work-I sometimes feel like I am using a push mower to mow a big lawn. It takes a lot of tools to do all the small jobs that might come up. I have a lot already, but there are many things I don't have. I want one of those sliding compound miter saws for trim and a lot of other goodies to.
A few handyman jobs sure helps with the winter time though
Camelot Gardens Uk
02-18-2004, 01:46 AM
Once you have the clients confidence in your abilities on the Garden side you do get asked for "extras".
My guys have trouble seeing the benifits of "once you are there do as much as you can for as long as you can and take the money!"
We get asked for painting, bury the cat/dog/fox, move heavy furniture for carpet laying, diggin out foundations for house when the builders failed to show! as well as the dripping taps, wire a plug etc...
The meters always running....
I never thought that I would be doing handyman work, but i had a customer ask me a month ago to build a dog house for a St. Bernard a 200+ pound dog, since it is winter and I had nothing better to do, I did it and made very good $$.
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