Small Home Repairs: Who Should You Call?

Handyman for small repairs

If you are like most of us, you’ve got a number of small home repairs you need to take care of. The problem is you can’t seem to find the time to. And while it’s easy to de-prioritize minor repairs, they could turn into big bills if left unrepaired. The good news is there’s a quick and easy solution: hiring a handyman.

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Surprisingly, many homeowners don’t think about hiring a handyman. Instead, they’re under the false impression that they either need to tackle the job themselves, or hire a specialist for each project. The truth is that a handyman is the perfect person to take care of most minor, as well as some larger, projects.

Hire a Handyman The Cost of Small Home Repairs

Hiring a handyman to perform multiple small home repairs will typically cost less than hiring multiple specialized contractors. However, if you have a specific problem that is manifesting itself in multiple areas, a specialist is generally the way to go. For example, if you have a stair that squeaks, a faucet that drips, and an outlet that sparks, hiring a handyman company is probably your best bet to get them all fixed quickly and affordably. On the other hand, if you have a whole set of stairs that should be replaced, low water pressure in all of your faucets, or a house full of two-pronged outlets that need to be upgraded, you're better off hiring a carpenter, plumber, or electrician.

The reasoning is simple when you think about it. Having several small home repairs handled by one pro (with a single trip-charge) is going to be cheaper and less of a hassle than hiring three or four separate pros. On the other hand, when dealing with a single severe or widespread problem, the specialized contractor will often have the equipment and expertise that will allow him or her to more efficiently make the repair. You should also keep in mind that if any "small" home repair is valued at over $500, your state might require that you hire a properly licensed contractor.

Find Pros Make a List of Repairs Before You Call

If you decide to hire a handyman, it is a good idea to make sure that you have your list of repairs ready before you contact them. By taking a close inventory of every small repair, you can help to eliminate multiple visits. Additionally, while many minor repairs might appear simple, some need a considerable amount of prep work and require multiple steps to complete, e.g. drywall repair.

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The beauty of the handyman company is that most are pretty flexible when it comes to defining what constitutes a "small" home repair. Of course, faulty faucets and sticking doors are handyman-friendly projects, but if you have something a little more substantial or obscure, they're likely to be able to handle that, too. Going over your list before your handyman is at your doorstep is essential. While a handyman might be able to mend everything from a plugged shower drain to a rickety antique bed-frame, there's a good chance that he or she won't have every tool for every project in the van; which can mean trips to the hardware store while they're still on the clock! Make sure you describe your home repairs in detail and try to provide your pro with a good idea of what materials they are likely to need to complete their project.

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Jon Nunan is a freelance writer who draws on his experience in construction, ranging from landscaping to log home building, for his articles on home improvement.
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