9 home projects for a handyman
Whether you're a busy homeowner with a long to-do list or if you've never considered hiring a professional for help with home repairs or improvements, take a look at this list of items that hiring a handyman may help you accomplish:
1. HVAC filter replacements: Replacing your home’s HVAC air filters on a regular basis is a great way to keep your system operating at maximum efficiency, reduce indoor allergens and ensure proper air flow. Take the guesswork out of purchasing and replacing air filters by hiring a handyman to do the work for you.
2. Caulking: Adding a fresh application of caulk to gaps between windows, doors and siding is a great way to ensure your home’s exterior envelope is sealed tight and more energy efficient.
3. Concrete repairs: The natural freeze-thaw cycle in more temperate climates can take a toll on concrete sidewalks, steps, driveways and patios. Repairing cracked or crumbling concrete can prevent further damage or deterioration, make your home more aesthetically pleasing and safeguard walkway areas against possible tripping hazards.
4. Decks and porches: Over time, weather can take its toll on wooden decks and porches. Whether you’re dealing with faded paint or stain, cracked or splintered deck boards or trim or loose nails or screws, a handyman can make the improvements or repairs necessary to upgrade your deck or porch’s safety and appearance.
5. Gutter cleaning: Although it’s a simple enough task, cleaning gutters involves the dangerous prospect of climbing a ladder. More than 160,000 Americans each year visit the emergency room with ladder-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Avoid the risk of injury by hiring a professional handyman with the right equipment and experience for the task.
6. Home exterior repairs: If you have minor damage to your home’s exterior, such as a loose piece of siding, a missing shingle, or small holes or cracks in stucco, hiring a handyman to repair those items may prove to be more cost-effective than hiring a specialist. However, if there are larger sections of damage or the need for extensive repairs, a specialty contractor may be more appropriate.
7. Installing laminate flooring: Although prefabricated laminate flooring is promoted as project a homeowner can do themselves, the actual work may be more complicated. Common issues such as pre-existing moisture problems, uneven subflooring and complex areas such as corners may make the project more difficult than anticipated. Hiring a handyman with experience in laminate floor installations can relieve a homeowner of these frustrating problems and preserve some of the cost-savings from purchasing the product directly.
8. Paint preparations or touch-ups: Give small areas on your home's interior or exterior like trim, windows and doors a face-lift by hiring a handyman to add a fresh layer of paint or provide touch-ups. Prior to painting, a handyman’s repairs to damaged areas can also add extra durability to a home’s exterior. If a large-scale paint job is required, hiring a painting contractor may be more cost-effective.
9. Hanging window treatments, pictures and mirrors and installing TV wall mounts: These small tasks can be easily accomplished by a homeowner, but a hiring a handyman with the right tools and experience can help ensure these wall-mounted items are hung correctly without damage.
When hiring a handyman in the New York City area, or any home improvement contractor, be sure to ask these important questions to help ensure the hiring experience is a good one:
- Can you provide an estimate for my repairs, or do you charge by the hour?
- How do you accept payment and do you require a deposit?
- Can you provide references?
- Will my job require work from a specialist or licensed subcontractor like a plumber or electrician?
- Will you provide a written contract, and does it include guarantees or warranties for your work?