I’ve been out recently a number of times talking about HomeStars among friends and colleagues. They often mention that they need a bunch of things done around the house, but wouldn’t hire a ‘contractor’ to do it. They mention things like fixing that sticky jammed door, attaching a broken piece of floor moulding, repairing a few pieces of chipped tiles in the bathroom, hang a light fixture, or even hang a picture. Any of those small things. They don’t think a site like HomeStars can help, because it’s not a big enough project.
But we can!
There’s a perhaps little known category in the home improvement business called Handymen. They do all those little things that you need to get done, but don’t have time to do.
When hiring a Handyman (or woman) you should get together a list of things you need doing. Put a piece of paper in your kitchen so you can continue to add to the list over a few weeks. When you’ve got what you consider a reasonable list, look in the Handyman section on HomeStars. (here’s the Toronto link)
The list in Toronto includes some independent individuals like Handyman Dan, Handyman Paul, or even HandyNancy, who sounds like she’s pretty good from her reviews. There are also franchises where they have teams of handymen to help out homeowners. You get a bit of a ‘big company’ backing going with companies like Handyman Connection or Handyman Matters