Masters of odd jobs and domestic household repairs and maintenance, handymen (also known as handypeople) are skilled in a wide variety of areas and are typically prepared and capable to deal with a variety of jobs and situations.
What kind of work does a handyman do?
Painting: Typically, handymen can paint in and outdoors and are usually able to paint larger household objects like doors.
Renovations/remodelling: Handymen will be able to build outdoor decks, install tiles, sinks or toilets, or remodel bathrooms. If they don’t have cabinet-making qualifications, they will usually be able to install cabinets that come in a flatpack.
Carpentry: This will include sanding, cutting and shaping timber, as well as the making and repair or maintenance of basic furniture.
Gardening: When it comes to gardening, handymen are called in when a professional gardener would be overkill. They will handle basic weeding, planting, removal of trees and the application of manure or blood and bone to soil.
Cleaning: Where your average person can’t reach or doesn’t have the right chemicals or equipment for, a handyman should be called. For example, high places that can’t be reached without especially long ladders, machines or household items that need strong grease remover, or objects that need to be taken apart to be cleaned.
Electrical repair: This could be changing of a lightbulb, lamp repair, minor wiring or rewiring.
Installations: Handymen can usually handle a number of different installations, like frames, fittings, windows and glass.
Pest control: Where pests can do structural or physical damage to you or your property, handymen can step in and apply powerful poisons and insecticides. They are normally called in when store-bought sprays and products can’t deal with the problem.
Tools of the trade
Handymen will normally use a truck or van as their main method of transportation. Work clothes will be durable and protective, including gloves and hard-capped boots. Because of the huge variety of jobs a handyman can be expected to do, they’ll have to carry a huge array of tools and equipment during their day to day. This includes objects like hammers, gernis, shovels, and so on.
How does a handyman get paid?
Typically, handymen will get paid by the hour. Rates will depend on the handyman’s level of expertise and the project they’ve been asked to do. A handyman salary can range between 38,000 to 96,000 per year.