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.
Does a bathroom remodel add value to a property?
According to experts a bathroom remodel might not recoup return on the original investment. However, it is one of the key renovations that can make potential buyers want to make an offer…or not. Homebuyers look for bathrooms with updated plumbing, convenient layout, and a pleasant aesthetic. That said, in older houses, where bedrooms far outnumber bathrooms, it’s advised to spend the money on a bathroom addition instead of gut-renovating the original bathroom.
Do bathroom remodeling contractors offer financing?
Yes, bathroom remodeling contractors often offer financing. Many homeowners prefer to refinance or take out a home equity line of credit. But others will see if the contractor can connect them with a lender who will set up some other type of loan. There are many types of loans available: secured and unsecured, personal, and those backed by the Federal Housing Administration.
Why is there such a wide price range for toilets?
The price range for toilets varies from $200 into the many thousands because of variables like best-flushing performance (single vs. dual flush), self-cleaning capabilities, design (one- or two-piece), and special features, like heated seats. Cosmetic elements, such as the color and the material of the toilet, also factor into the cost. Experts agree that the most expensive toilets do not necessarily function the best.
What are heated bathroom floors?
Heated bathroom floors are a popular way to warm up typically cold tile floors and keep people comfortable in their bathrooms, even when it’s chilly outside. The proper term is “radiant heat,” and it describes various methods of heating from under the floors. The least expensive method, which is popular for small spaces, uses an electric mat. Larger spaces might have electric heated coil systems installed under the tile, or hydronic systems where heated water is run through pipes below the flooring.
How long does a bathroom renovation usually take?
A bathroom renovation usually takes two to three weeks, if it’s a relatively small and straightforward job. Expect larger or more complicated remodels to last five to six weeks--not including any delays due to special material or permits. If you’re doing a gut renovation, which includes permits, specially ordered materials, and possibly up to a dozen different tradespeople, you should realistically expect it to take three to five months to complete.