What do you do if you need to replace a few tiles but have no foggiest idea of how to make a mortar mixture? Or maybe you want to fix a new showerhead? Home improvement projects and repairs that do not warrant a large contractor are best left to a handyman. This is someone (usually a man) who has learnt all kinds of tasks around the house and the garden. A handyman will easily take on jobs in painting, plumbing, masonry, carpentry and other tasks that would usual homeowner scratching the head.
Handyman vs. contractor
A handyman is usually a regular guy who has better knowledge around stuff such that he can easily fix it. He can repair a leaking kitchen sink or paint a new room. A contractor is usually a tradesperson with a license. A good example is an electrician.
A handyman will help you move into a new house, fix the wall paintings and change the colour of the kitchen wall. A contractor is the person you contact when the lighting is not working it should, or the house is flooded by an unidentified leak.
Jobs for a handyman
A handyman is best for small jobs that require one or two people. These include:
- Fixtures in the house
If you need to change the light bulbs, hang a painting, or install a bathroom mirror, a handyman can easily do these tasks with set of screwdrivers or hammer and nails.
- Gutter cleaning
Many people are afraid of heights which you need to do when cleaning gutters. With a ladder and rake, a handyman will clean the gutters and fix leaks if there are any.
If you need to change the colour of the swimming pool fence, or touch up the living wall colours, a handyman can do it in a few hours and the good thing is that you will pay him an hourly rate.
- Leak proofing the house
Simple leak proofing involves caulking the gaps in the windows, doors and siding to eliminate air leakages and improve the working of the HVAC.
- Minor plumbing
If you need to change the kitchen faucets, or fix a leaky sink, the handyman will do it in a few minutes.
A handyman is easy to engage and many of them will not ask to sign lengthy contracts or agreements. He will be in and out after a few minutes or hours. The good thing is that the rates are very flexible. If your friend is good at what you need, you have a handyman for free!