of waiting for that honey-do list to get done? Consider
hiring a handyman instead to tie up all those loose ends
around your house. Just make sure to follow these five
pricing. Many handyman services, but not all, charge an
hourly rate and a fee for travel.
Costin, owner of Grandma’s Handyman Service in Aurora,
Colo., charges $75 for the first hour and $60 for each
additional hour, plus a $20 travel fee, for the
employees she sends to people’s homes. "We’re
basically a time, prep, material company," she
says. "When people have a honey-do list, we can’t
give them an estimate for that."
Payne, owner of One Handyman and a Van in Mason, Ohio,
says he doesn’t offer a set rate, but determines how
much to charge based on the length and difficulty of the
like changing out a garbage disposal could cost about
$100 if everything goes perfectly, he says, but
unforeseen issues, especially in older homes, can result
in a higher cost. "I prefer, before I start giving
quotes to people, to look at it," he says.
Explain your problem in detail.
like to know what they’re up against, so be prepared
to tell them in as much detail as possible.
says it helps him determine whether he wants to do the
job and what materials he might need. "I try to
pick their brain before I drive 100 miles for 50
bucks," he says.
says that sometimes when people explain their issues,
she can help them solve them over the phone. "I
love giving advice," she says. "That’s what
Know the scope. Handyman services stick to smaller jobs.
They won’t rewire or replumb your house.
Costin says she often refers people to licensed
electricians and plumbers, she points out that a
handyman service will do jobs that those contractors
often label too small.
all someone wanted is a kitchen faucet or a bathroom
faucet, then we’re less expensive than a
plumber," she says. "It’s the same with
electrical. We could put in a new switch, an outlet or a
ceiling fan, but we’re not going to pull wiring."
your to-do list. It’s normal to need a million
different odd jobs done around your house.
says if a customer makes a list beforehand, it saves
them money and saves him trips. "If I have a bunch
of odds and ends, a honey-do list, you’re going to get
that done cheaper," he says.
that phone number handy. One trip from the handyman may
fix your current problem, but you’ll have plenty of
pictures and light fixtures to hang in the future.
says he appreciates when customers call him back.
"When I help these customers, I try to build a
relationship with them," he says. "It’s all
about taking care of the customer."