8 ideal tasks for a Chicago handyman

8 ideal tasks for a Chicago handyman

Some tasks just aren’t big enough to call in a remodeler or contractor. Often times, a handyman hired by the hour or for the day can to knock out multiple home improvements at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-scale contractor.

Here’s a list of eight tasks that are perfectly suited for a handyman:

  1. Lay laminate flooring. Sometimes touted as a possible DIY project, laminate floor installation can be problematic if you run into issues such as uneven subfloors and tight corners. Hiring an experienced handyman to do the job can protect your initial investment in materials.
  2. Gutter cleaning. Removing leaves and other debris from gutters allows them to function properly and extend the life of a home. For homeowners who can’t or don’t want to get on a ladder, a handyman may be a great solution.
  3. Painting. It’s one of the easiest ways to give a home a face-lift, but between work, family and other commitments, it can be hard to find the time.
  4. Hang window treatments. Yes, it’s a small job but, as many homeowners can attest, installing blinds can be a difficult task.
  5. Install a security door. An experienced handyman will have the tools and fittings to make sure you and your family are properly protected against intruders.
  6. Ceiling leaks. A handyman can deal with a yellow patch in a ceiling by fixing the underlying problem, patching and painting.
  7. Carpet installation. A homeowner can save money by buying the carpet at an outlet or big box store and having it installed by a handyman.
  8. Fix a leaky toilet. Are you dealing with a toilet that has apparent problems with leaking? Whether you’re interested in having your toilet fixed or replaced, a handyman will have the knowledge to make the fix.

Whether the job costs $200 or $2,000, it’s always important to check reviews on potential handymen, as well as gather several estimates and inquire about insurance and bonding.

In Chicago, a handyman must hold a home repair license to complete any jobs that involves altering or remodeling a building that is used as a primary residence. If said handyman hires additional workers, a general contractor license may be required. Both licenses guarantee the service provider has insurance and has completed proper training.

Angie’s List has reviews on hundreds of highly rated handymen in the Chicago area.

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