Important questions for highly rated handymen
You’ve got a long to-do list consisting of fixing a leaky toilet, replacing a damaged cabinet door and repainting your bathroom walls. You could hire a plumber, painter and a carpenter to come to your home over the next few weeks to take care of your problems, or you could hire a highly rated handyman to complete the list in one day for a fraction of the cost.
Angie’s List spoke with Mat Miller, handyman and operations manager of HandiCo Inc. in Chicago and Bob Mignogna, handyman and owner of Handymen from Heaven in Needham, Mass., and New York handyman Dewey Emadoo about the benefits of utilizing a handyman service to tackle multiple projects at once and save money.
1. In your words, what are the benefits of hiring a handyman?
Miller: A professional handyman functions as a true "jack of all trades.” He excels at handling routine and advanced repairs for plumbing, electrical, drywall, carpentry and just about anything a home needs for repairs and remodeling.
The professional handyman also is adept at identifying and repairing more unusual and seasonal problems such as leaks that a trade specialist is unable to locate or deal with. Finally the professional handyman takes the action from start to finish without the need of hiring multiple contractors.
Mignogna: A handyman is a “jack of all trades” versus one specific skill. In most cases they can fix and complete multiple projects in one visit. We work from the client’s project list of one or numerous projects. As the saying goes: Soup to nuts.
Emadoo: The benefits hiring an experienced handyman is in the fact that a customer can resolve many small problems in a short period of time and at a relatively low cost.
2. What is the difference between hiring a handyman vs. a contractor?
Miller: A contractor bids on a project and locates the labor to complete the work from various subcontractors, typically whomever he can get the best price from. A handyman typically handles most or all facets of a job from start to finish and is more used to working in finished home environments.
The contractor tends to be specialized, where our handyman are well versed in all the disciplines of home repair.
Mignogna: In Massachusetts, we are licensed home improvement contractors, and in our case focus on small jobs. We repair, replace or build a solution for multiple problems in one visit.
For example, a plumber breaks a wall to repair a leak. They make the repair and leave the hole to be repaired by someone else. We traditionally will be called to patch, prime and paint the repair. If we were called to fix the leak, we complete the entire project and require no additional assistance. Less time, less expense, one responsible party.
Emadoo: A handyman can handle small to medium size projects that a contractor usually will not be interested in.