Most people hire a handyman when there’s work to be done around the house that’s a little “out of their league.” Maybe a toilet needs to be replaced or you want to install a deck or you need a washing machine installed. Or, uh, you want some artwork hung. Yeah, that’s right; the job doesn’t need to be major to justify hiring a handyman. For many of us, we either don’t know how to do something or just don’t want to do something. And that’s okay too! Here are seven things a lot of people would probably do by themselves, but we would totally hire a handyman to do for us. Without ever feeling a single moment of guilt.
We mentioned this above, but let us explain. Hanging artwork seems like a small task, but it can get complicated pretty quickly. First of all, art needs to be hung at a certain height (usually 57” on the center, which represents the average human eye-height). Second, if the art is heavy (like a decorative mirror), it might need to be hung over a stud and who has time to locate those? Lastly, a handyman will make sure it’s all level, which just seems like something he could definitely figure out better than us.
Whether it’s a puppy who likes to paw at doors, scuffs from rearranging furniture, or marks on the wall from, actually, you have no idea how those got there, a bad touch-up job may just end up attracting more attention to the issue. And while you could definitely Google how to do it (clean, repair, prime, etc.), you could also just search Thumbtack to find a handyman who will do it all for you and do it right the first time.
Changing a light fixture
Updating the lighting in your home is an easy way to add a stylish personal touch or make a statement. And by “easy,” we mean, “Call a handyman and have him handle it unless you want to be electrocuted while you’re standing on top of your dining room table juggling a statement chandelier.”
Installing a new faucet
Much like with lighting, new hardware for your sinks, showers, and tubs, is a great way to get a new look without a ton of money or work. And it’s even less work if you hire a handyman to do it for you. Keep in mind though that while most handmen will be able to tackle small plumbing jobs (like changing faucets or unclogging a drain), any work that requires relocating plumbing or anything major should be left to a plumber.
Cleaning the gutters
It’s really important to keep your gutters clean as they control the flow of rainfall and protect your roof, foundation, and landscaping. Could you break out the ladder, climb onto the roof, don a pair of gloves, and scoop out all of the leaves, debris, and gunk? Of course you could. Do you actually want to do that at least once a year and after every major storm? Probably not, which is okay because now you know just who to call.
Anyone who has ever tried to put together IKEA furniture is familiar with the process of going from cool, calm, and collected to total meltdown in fifteen minutes or less. Why torture yourself when you can pay someone else to struggle with the wordless directions and 500 different screws? Even better, while your handyman is putting together that cabinet, you can sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy knowing that your marriage won’t end up in divorce because of a piece of furniture with a name you can’t even pronounce.
Getting your entire “To-Do” list accomplished in one day
Whether it’s one of the things on this list or all of them, a handyman will likely be able to complete your entire home improvement list in a few hours. And if the jobs are manageable, it means you’ll only have to bring in one person instead of a plumber, a painter, and an electrician. However, be sure to define all of the projects clearly, so that the handyman can let you know if he’s capable of doing everything on your list. In addition, you may want to ask for a guarantee for the work in case there are issues down the line.
Finally, if you find a handyman you really like, don’t be shy about calling him the next time you have an odd job you just really don’t want to do yourself. That’s what he’s there for.