When you become a professional handyman, you can choose which services you want to provide to your customers. When creating your own service list, it’s important to review the market demand for certain projects and your personal experience or expertise.
You should also consider how your service offerings can help you stay ahead of your competitors and which projects are financially beneficial for your business. Review these common handyman services when deciding what types of projects you want to get involved in.
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Many homeowners hire handymen to assist them with projects inside the home. Consider the interior jobs you feel comfortable offering and the financial opportunities associated with these projects.
Homeowners may need assistance bringing their interior decor vision to life. They may hire you to help install light fixtures or paint the walls. They may also need assistance with appliance repair or to upgrade their home to be equipped with smart features, such as a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat or voice-activated light bulbs.
The tools, permits, insurance, and licensure you need for an interior decor job depend on the elements the project involves. The price of the project also depends on the specific jobs involved in its completion. For example, according to HomeAdvisor, handymen usually charge about $20 to $25 per hour on average to complete a painting project.
Before you decide to offer flooring as a handyman service, consider the special tools and experience you need. To install carpet, you may need a wall trimmer, knee-kicker, or tack strip cutter.
Installing tile requires precision measuring and cutting, so you’ll need cutting and measuring tools. Hardwood floor installation may require the use of a saw and flooring nailer.
In most cases, you aren’t required to pull permits to replace the flooring, but a homeowner may ask for proof of insurance for your company before you begin work. The price you charge depends on the square footage and details of the job. Homeowners pay an average of $440 for tile and grout repair but you may decide to charge hourly or include the price of materials in your bid.
If homeowners recently had electrical or plumbing work done, the professionals may have left the drywall in their home damaged. These homeowners may ask you to repair this drywall to restore the aesthetics in the room.
If you’re moving walls, you may be required to pull permits before you begin work. The price you charge for the project depends on the material and labor costs associated with it. Generally, handymen charge an average hourly rate from $60 to $125 and the average drywall project takes about three hours to complete.
A homeowner may ask you to help unclog a drain or replace a toilet. However, you may need a plumbing license to perform more complicated work on a home, such as moving pipes for a bathroom remodel.
The price you charge for plumbing work depends on how extensive the process is to complete the project. Handymen charge an average of $250 to replace a toilet, or $90 to install a bathroom faucet. Caulking is an important step in most plumbing projects because it ensures your work remains watertight. Be sure to include the materials, time, and labor for all steps when quoting a plumbing work project.
The electrical work a homeowner needs completed may be as simple as switching out a lightbulb or light fixture. However, if it’s a more complicated project, such as reconfiguring wiring, you may need an electrical contractor license and permit to complete the work.
The price for electrical work depends on how involved the project is and the timeline to complete the work. According to the same source quoted above, handymen charge an average of $65 to replace a hallway light and about $100 to replace a ceiling fan.
A homeowner may request assistance with an air conditioning or furnace repair. Homeowners may inquire about your ability to completely replace or install an HVAC system. Depending on your location, you may need to be a licensed HVAC specialist to perform work on heating or cooling systems.
In addition to interior work, homeowners may request your services to repair or improve the exterior of their home.
Cracked or damaged asphalt or pavement may need to be sealed and leveled after years of ground shifting. To perform this project, you must feel comfortable working with concrete and other materials. If you’re installing newly paved surfaces, you may be required to pull permits. Project costs may vary but it’s generally between $250 to $6,000 to repair asphalt.
If a fence is damaged or needs to be installed, a homeowner may hire a handyman to help purchase materials and complete the labor. Fence repairs generally don’t require permits but if you’re installing a new fence or moving the fence line, you may need to apply for a permit before beginning work.
According to HomeGuide, handymen charge an average of $40 to $150 per post to install fencing. When quoting for a fence project, don’t forget to include the cost of materials.
Exterior Cleaning Services
Homeowners may need exterior cleaning services completed on their home, which could include the following:
- Deck or patio washing;
- Window cleaning;
- Gutter cleaning;
- Power washing.
Since these jobs may require extensive hours of labor or equipment, such as a power washer or tall ladder, homeowners are likely to hire professionals. The average pressure washing job costs between $187 and $387 but the price depends on the complexity and size of the job.
Repairing a roof or installing new roofing materials may be considered a specialty project. While a homeowner may want to hire you to install a skylight or repair a roof, you may need to have your general contractor license or special roofing insurance before attempting to complete this job.
It costs an average of $1,639 to install a skylight. However, it’s important to consider the licensing, insurance, and materials you need to complete the job before providing a quote for the project.
As a handyman, you’re a jack of all trades and ready to tackle most home improvement projects. However, before establishing the scope of your services, it’s important to review the job requirements, including licenses, permits, insurance, and experience.