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What Can a Handyman Do?

As any homeowner knows, buying a house brings with it a lot of repairs, maintenance and upkeep. There are many essential tasks that a homeowner may not have the time, expertise or experience to tackle. This is where a handyman comes in. A handyman is a general contractor who is able to handle hundreds of repair jobs and maintenance tasks around your home. Some of the things that a handyman can handle are repairing walls, ceilings, windows and appliances, installing weather stripping, tiles or sink fixtures, and even hanging exterior holiday lighting and decorations.

Unless the handyman that you hire is a licensed electrician or plumber, you should not ask him or her to perform these types of maintenance tasks. Small errors in plumbing or electrical work can have dangerous and disastrous effects, so this type of work is best left to licensed professionals, rather than a general handyman.

Hiring the Right Handyman

Homeowners have the option of hiring an independent handyman or calling on a professional handyman service. If you elect to hire an independent handyman, you should seek referrals from people that you know well. Always check at least two references and get all of the job details in writing. Professional handyman services often pre-screen their employees and carry the appropriate insurance necessary to cover any damage or injuries that might occur on your property. Regardless of which route you choose, ensure that the handyman that you hire has experience and training and the ability to tackle the specific tasks that you need completed.

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