Chicago handymen explain the trade
You’ve got a long list of home improvement needs, but would you consider hiring a handyman?
The word “handyman” often makes people think of a guy with a tool belt who possesses a limited number of home improvement skills. In reality, many handymen are highly-skilled craftsmen capable of tackling multiple projects, often in the same day.
Angie’s List spoke with three highly rated handyman companies from Chicago, Janet Asbury, owner of Handyman Matters Chicago; John Farrug, owner of The Handyman Services; and Mike Lynch, owner of HandiCo; to learn more about the various services handymen can provide.
What services do you provide?
Asbury: “We specialize in small to medium size jobs so really our name refers to the size of the job we do and not necessarily the skill of our craftsmen. Our craftsmen are licensed electricians and home builders that are real experts. A lot of the times, people think of a handyman as a tinkerer type of guy, and with a professional service like ours, that’s definitely not what you’re getting. They’re true craftsman that are very highly skilled and the great thing is that they’re skilled in multiple categories.”
Lynch: “’Handyman’ is a catchall for miscellaneous repair work. We do from a little to a lot of each basic trade skill such as plumbing, electrical, painting, drywall, carpentry, tile, etc. If it’s a small job that a specialist could service more cost effectively, we will let people know.”
Farrug: “I specialize in a variety of handyman services including hardwood floor refinishing, painting, electrical work, cabinetry, tiling and drywall.”
What services do you provide that most people would not expect from a handyman?
Asbury: “We get a lot of strange requests from people who don’t know who else to call. That’s what we like to think we specialize in. It could be putting up a basketball hoop or assembling a playground swing set. We’ve also gotten some racier requests like installing stripper poles. It’s the full gamut and we’re here to help.”
Lynch: “We became proficient at leak isolation and repair because of the construction boom starting in the 1990s using flat roof concrete block wall construction. We can repair or refer repairs that we find from leak isolation testing. Typically, this saves the homeowner quite a bit of time and money and eliminates the uncertainty of whether they should call a mason, roofer, sealant specialist, plumber or siding company.”
Farrug: “I teach people how to maintain things in their house, or teach them how to do it themselves if they’re interested. For example, I will tell a person what materials are needed [for a project] and how to do it.”
Chicago has no shortage of skilled handymen. Visit Angie’s List to read consumer reviews on hundreds of highly rated handyman companies.