Houston-area handyman never wants to retire
Logan Hightshue doesn’t plan to retire. Ever. The 59-year-old is having too much fun operating the business, Logan’s Handyman Services, that he started in 2011. “I’ll retire when I die,” Hightshue says. Hightshue plans to remain a one-man operation so his clients continue receiving the quality to which they’re accustomed. “If I hire someone, they won’t do the job that I do and it’ll ruin my reputation.”
Hightshue never intended on becoming an entrepreneur. After Hurricane Ike hit Galveston Island, he went there to live for a year. The work was plentiful and the money was good, Hightshue says, but at the doughnut shops he frequented he often heard elderly people complain about being taken advantage of by home improvement contractors. Disturbed by these conversations, Hightshue decided to cater his business to this demographic. “I have a lot of elderly ladies and their husbands have passed away and their husbands used to do everything,” says Hightshue, adding he started with $650 and a truck. “All of my elderly ladies say, ‘You’re a godsend. What would we do without you?’”
Owner Logan Hightshue of Manvel founded the company in 2011 and earned the Super Service Award in 2012.
Originally from Indianapolis, Hightshue was a gymnast, specializing in the parallel bars and high bar at Ben Davis High School. Eventually, he fled the cold weather for warmer temperatures. “I didn’t like cold weather,” Hightshue says. “Since 1981, I haven’t shoveled snow one time.” He stays true to his Hoosier roots by sharing his love of basketball through coaching fourth, fifth and sixth-graders. He even instituted a rule that every child on a team should play at least two minutes a quarter.
Upon arriving in Texas, Hightshue started working as a maintenance man for an apartment complex, eventually becoming the supervisor. Hightshue says the 20 years he spent there were good training for becoming a handyman, joking that he’s made every repair possible. Hightshue says he can fix almost anything made by human hands. The one thing he can’t do, and it frustrates him, is sheetrock. “I can do so much, and for years and years I’ve tried and tried,” the journeyman electrician says. “I can’t do it. I can’t finish it and make it look right.” Hightshue also worked for Mr. Handyman.
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Sugar Land member Cathy Bayles hired Hightshue to repair water-damaged laminate flooring. Bayles and her husband lived in Ohio for about 10 years so the couple shared a Midwest connection with Hightshue. “He’s punctual,” Bayles says. “He’s hardworking. He brought everything he needed to work with. I would absolutely call him again. He is on my list.”
The Super Service Award recognizes contractors and health care providers that have maintained a stellar service rating on Angie's List throughout the past year. Be sure to always check the List before hiring, however, as ratings can and do change.