Tips & Advice
What types of services does a handyman offer?
A handyman offers small, miscellaneous repair and maintenance services, usually for the home. These services might include installing faucets and sinks, putting shelves together, resurfacing cabinets, replacing light switches, carpentry repairs, pressure washing, drywall service, and hanging photos. As a general rule, handymen cannot take on large jobs or anything defined as “structural.”
Does a handyman do electrical work?
A handyman can do minor electrical work, i.e. replace light fixtures and switches, in most states. However, they cannot do anything technical, i.e. anything that touches routing wires or circuit boxes.
Note that for mid-sized jobs that do not require a full-on electrician, but do require some electrical expertise--like fixing wiring in lamps, or replacing electrical panels--there is such a thing as an “electrical handyman” who has obtained an electrical license.
How much does a handyman service cost?
Typically, a handyman service costs in the range of $60-$75 per hour, if the handyman is an independent service provider, based on what is needed to be done in the home. A handyman agency will charge more--in the range of $100 per hour. In most situations, a handyman can also charge based on the project, and will give a flat rate for a standard small project that they know will take a certain amount of labor and parts costs. For this type of job, many handymen will give a quote before beginning. Also, ask if there is a “travel” charge or an “after-hours” charge.
What is handyman service?
Handyman service is also known as a maintenance person or “jack of all trades” specializing in odd jobs and upkeep around the house. The word “handyman” describes people who are “handy,” i.e. good with fixing things--or good at hands-on labor jobs. Handyman service is a standard convenience for people who don’t want to DIY small home projects, but don’t want to hire a licensed specialized contractor either.
Does being a handyman require a license?
Being a handyman does not require a license in all states, but it does in some. Furthermore, some states let individual counties or cities set their own contracting laws. The parameters of what is considered handyman work vs. contractor work are sometimes determined by the dollar amount of the project invoice, so an unlicensed handyman can legally take on a painting or electrical job that is small enough to be under the legal dollar amount. In other places, there’s a definition for handyman work that can be done without a license: i.e. small non-structural repairs.
Are clients required to provide cleaning supplies?
In most cases, clients are not required to provide cleaning supplies when working with a commercial cleaning service. However, this can vary from company to company, and it's important that you pay close attention to the service contract to get a sense of whether the cleaning company will foot the bill for these supplies. Necessary cleaning supplies may include mops, brooms, vacuum cleaners, grout brushes, scrubbing sponges, bleach, and all-purpose degreasers.
Should customers expect to pay for a commercial cleaning service quote?
Most commercial cleaning companies offer free estimates, so customers should not typically have to pay for a quote. In many cases, the cleaning company will conduct a site visit to take a look at your property and get a sense of what will be required to complete the job. At the end of this visit, they'll provide a cost estimate for the task.
How are commercial cleaning services priced?
Pricing for commercial cleaning services can vary widely, with monthly charges running anywhere from $100 to more than $5,000. Some companies charge by the hour, while others have a fixed price for each cleaning. Costs will also vary depending on the size of the facility being cleaned; some companies charge by the square foot.
Do commercial cleaning services do background checks on all employees?
Commercial cleaning services typically do background checks on all employees, but you shouldn't take this as a given. If you're thinking about hiring a cleaning company, get confirmation that they perform employee background checks. Employees at cleaning companies have access to your property and valuables, so it's essential to work with a business whose employees have been screened for theft and other crimes.
Do commercial cleaners require service contracts?
Yes, most commercial cleaners will require you to sign a service contract. A basic contract should include the contact information for both parties, explain the services being provided, any timeline expectations, and payment amounts and due dates.