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.
What is construction equipment rental protection plan?
Rental protection plan (RPP) is an optional insurance coverage plan you can purchase at the time of rental that provides additional protection against loss, damage, or theft of rental equipment. While most equipment might already be covered under the vendor’s insurance, the RPP provides additional protection. It’s similar to what rental car companies offer you when you rent a car, even though you may already be covered. Check the language of the contract to know exactly what you are responsible for, coverage wise.
What is the most commonly rented construction equipment?
When talking about heavy construction equipment, it is usually in reference to earth-moving equipment. In that regard, the top three heavy construction equipment rentals are:
With these three pieces of equipment you can pretty much prepare and piece of land for the construction of any structure.
- Excavators that are used to move dirt, dig ditches, and move and place materials like prefab pipes.
- Backhoe loaders, which are like next-level tractors that can scoop and move earth with a bucket arm, which can be swapped out for other attachments. The front has a shovel for leveling and moving earth. It is a smaller piece of equipment than an excavator, but very versatile.
- Bulldozers, heavy duty machines with a flat blade in front used for pushing earth and grading out and leveling topsoil.
How much does it cost to rent construction equipment?
The cost to rent construction equipment is going to completely depend on what you are renting. Are you renting a jackhammer, a bulldozer, or a crane? For instance, you can rent an excavator for roughly $500 a day or $1,200 a week, while a forklift can run you $200 a day or $500 a week. The bigger the equipment, the more you are going to pay. Get quotes to confirm your costs.
What is the length of rental period for construction equipment?
Rental periods usually are set in hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly increments. Rental businesses make money on renting out their equipment, so unless there are future contractual obligations for a piece of equipment, they will rent it to you for as long as you need it. There are minimum time increments for rentals, particularly for heavy equipment. Every vendor sets their own terms, rates and restrictions, so be prepared for some variables from each one. Pick-up and delivery of equipment can also be a time and cost factor.
Do construction equipment rental companies provide delivery?
Yes, many construction equipment rental companies provide delivery of their equipment. Every vendor has their own delivery guidelines, but delivery means additional income. Most heavy construction equipment, like cranes and/or bulldozers, have to be delivered and the average renter doesn’t have the capabilities to transport it to the site. Some equipment can be driven to the site, but others require specialized trucks and trailers for delivery, and most people don’t have those handy.