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About Stan's Handyman Service

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Stan's Handyman Service also provides rapid remodeling. I am located on the north side of Chicago serving the following neighborhoods:

* Andersonville
* Armitage Gardens
* Avondale
* Bucktown
* Edgewater
* Jefferson Park
* Lakeview
* Lincoln Park
* Old Irving Park
* Portage Park
* Roscoe Village
* Saganaugh
* West Rogers Park

I also service the following surrounding suburbs:

* Bloomingdale
* Des Plaines
* Elmwood Park
* Evanston
* Glenview
* Lincolnwood
* Morton Grove
* Niles
* Norridge
* Mount Prospect
* Park Ridge
* River Grove
* Rosemont
* Schiller Park
* Skokie
* Wilmette and many more

I am a member of Certified Handyman Professionals, and I am fully insured.

Pictures and references are available upon request.

I also offer emergency service on evenings and weekends, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

I am a professional, punctual, efficient, very detailed, hardworking, quick, clean, reliable, and mission-oriented with a can-do attitude.

I am also customer-service oriented. There are no problems, only solutions!

I have over 18 years of experience in the business and 10 years as a US Air Force veteran in aircraft environmental/electrical systems. I've studied for over three years at the Southern Illinois University with a course in industrial technology.

I specialize in the following:

* Painting -- I do both interior and exterior. I have over 10 seasonal years with Color Perfect, a company that's relocated in McHenry and Wisconsin and owned by Craig Rawlins.

* Drywall -- This includes hanging, taping, plastering, and skim coating.

* Carpentry -- This includes doors, windows, framing, trim, kitchen cabinets, closet systems, vanities, pictures, mirrors, wall shelves, installation of plasma TVs and window treatments.

* Plumbing -- This covers toilets, faucets, sinks, vanities, drains, garbage disposals, dishwasher hookup, sweating copper, and hot water tanks.

* Tiling -- I do all kinds, such as ceramic, porcelain, marble, and glass.

* Electrical -- This includes light fixtures, chandeliers, ceiling fans, can lights, switches, outlets, dimmers, exterior low-voltage lighting, addition of new circuit, and under-cabinet lighting -- BX Greenfield conduit.

* Flooring -- This includes laminate and ceramic.

* Bathroom remodeling

* Kitchen remodeling

* Cleaning furnaces and changing filters -- This also includes appliance hookups.

* Cleaning out dryer vents and hoses

* Apartment preparation -- I am presently responsible for a 10-unit building on the north side of Addison and Paulina and a three-unit Jonquil terrace on Sheridan Road.

I specialize in move-outs and on-call repairs. I have a van and all the tools.

I've previously worked for Dad's Handyman Service for two years at Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Gold Coast, etc.

I've previously worked for Handyman Matters, a national handyman company, for 18 months. I did framing, drywall, taping, priming and painting as well as garbage disposals, faucets, gutters, and bifold doors. I was only working for 10 to 15 hours a week. Most of my work was in downtown, the north side, and the north suburbs.

I worked for Great Lakes Retail Services and installed countertops for Jenny Craig.

Recently, I've worked for I Beam Team through a temporary agency for six months traveling throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

We did merchandising resets for Home Depot, from 2 to 6 bays to whole aisles, followed Plan-o-grams with graphics and carpentry. I've worked for 10 to 12 hours a day, four days a week or longer, until I got the job completed.

I still own a small remodeling business called Rapid Remodeling, which has been operating for 18 years now. Due to family, I am looking for a full-time work closer to the city; most of my customers are up in the Chain of Lakes area.

My job for the last two years was in Antioch, Fox Lake, Cross Lake, Loon Lake and Ingleside in Illinois. I've worked in Chain of Lakes area for eight years.

I have very recently completed five kitchen backsplashes with glass tile.

I power washed and stained a 750-sq-ft deck in Des Plaines, a two-story porch and a small deck replaced and reinforced with an 80-lin.-ft. handrail.

In the Saginaw neighborhood, I installed two storm doors, a 100-foot wooden fence and a gate. I also installed an over-the-stove microwave.

In Evanston, I installed two storm doors, sanded two fireplace mantles, and installed 1000-sq-ft laminate. I also installed exterior light fixtures and changed four light switches to dimmers.

In Andersoville, I skim coated and painted two-bedroom apartments.

In Wrigleyville, I painted two one-bedroom apartments and unclogged toilets, bathtub drains, and new copper hot-water line in the second floor.

In Antioch this spring, I just finished a big job of two cottages, which lasted for 2 to 3 years. Look for Tom Tomesello, the owner, as my reference.

In Loon Lake, I did four-bedroom summer homes, replaced 26 windows, rerouted and replaced kitchen waterlines, plumbed waterlines and drained for the second floor laundry room. I rerouted the kitchen gas pipe, installed heating ducts for furnace and soffit for ducts, replaced hot-water heater, and skim coated, sanded and prime painted the entire interior.

In Cross Lake, I completed the bath and kitchen, did 10 can lights, and framed and drywalled a walk-in closet. I power washed, repaired, and put railings on a 30' x 10' deck. I installed 220-V line for an electric stove. I also plastered, primed and painted the interior of a three-bedroom cottage as well as the floor and wall tile of the bathroom.


Chicago, IL 60659

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  • 5/5 stars Handyman Verified Review

    Stan's Handyman service is simply the best. I had a tricky, very heavy wood Murphy / Wall-bed with tons of parts / pistons / mechanisms that had to be fully taken apart to fit in a tiny freight elevator. (My stress level high as frame wasn't meant to be fully taken apart.) The bed then had to be installed on an older building plaster wall. Stan's work ethic is fantastic - so responsive - he worked non-stop, has a natural instinct and so wonderful to work with, I can't say enough of how thrilled I am that I had the good fortune to hire Stan for this and what surely will be many projects to come.

  • 5/5 stars

    Amazingly quick turnaround from initial call to the completion of a much-needed closet system. Very reasonable rates and tremendously flexible for scheduling the work. I would recommend to anyone who has a to-do list, but not the time to tackle the jobs on their own. Thanks, Stan.

  • 5/5 stars Plumbing Verified Review

    Stan did a great job, showing up right on time and charging exactly what he said he would. I was very happy with his work and his price!!

  • 5/5 stars

    I hired Stan to help move our new gas range from our garage up to our condo, and then install it. Stan was very responsive, arrived right on time, and completed the job quickly and accurately. I'm hiring him again to install a toilet and repair some drywall in my bathroom. I highly recommend Stan and wish I'd found him a long time ago!

    Stanley R. from Stan's Handyman Service replied to this review on February 12, 2013:

    Thanks Alexa, will call tomorrow to schedule bathroom job.

  • 5/5 stars

    I hired Stan's Handyman Service to take care of my basement when it flooded a few weeks ago. Stan pumped out the water and rodded the drain thoroughly. Stan was professional, efficient and got the job done very quickly! I was extremely pleased with Stan's work ethic and would highly recommend his company to anyone!

    Stanley R. from Stan's Handyman Service replied to this review on February 8, 2013:

    Thanks Frances It was a pleasure working for you!

  • 5/5 stars

    Re: Review for Stan's Handyman Service 9.4.12
    I liked his work ethic, recommendations, solutions, honesty and sense of humor. His practical ideas saved me money and time, as he completed each phase of the job. I highly recommend him.

    Stanley R. from Stan's Handyman Service replied to this review on September 5, 2012:

    Thanks Richard will call to do glazing

  • 1/5 stars General Contracting Verified Review

    His associate, Steve, came out to give me an estimate. I liked the price but asked him to put it in writing since the repairs are for the purhcase of my home and I needed to provide, in writing, the information to my attorney. After several follow up phone calls in which Steve kept telling me he was going to email me with a proposal in writing, I gave up. It's extremely unprofessional to say to say you're to do something, then not follow through. I would not call this company for future work, nor would I recommend them.

    Stanley R. from Stan's Handyman Service replied to this review on August 13, 2012:

    Hello Julie, I am terribly sorry for what Steve did ,I wish you would of called me I would of been out there imediately to remedy the situation, Isn't that what you normally do is call the owner if theres a problem? I hired Steve after his constant calling me for work, thought I would help a fellow contractor, he took infomation of jobs and tried to steal them for himself , on another job he claimed he had insurance but lied, I gave him $500 to get it, never heard back from him, he also had agreed to a set payment for job but once he got information on job rewrote my contract trying to steal the job. then tried to extort me for 50% of the job, He said he has reviewed a bunch of businesses of thumbtack and I was one of the top he chose. it seems he is a liar and thief His so called Company is Maintenance On Wheels but doesn't have a vehicle nor licence.
    I would beware Of Maintenance On Wheels _It seems he is not only Hustling customers but Contractors as well I wish there was something I could do to stop him. once again I apologize and if there is anything I could do to remedy this please let me know

  • 5/5 stars Handyman Verified Review

    Great work. thanks for the referral!

  • 5/5 stars Drywall and Insulation Verified Review

    I received a quick reply from Stan after I asked Thumbtack to find me handymen that could help with replacing a water damaged portion of my ceiling. After receiving a half dozen quotes I found Stan's prices the most reason. He even came out for a quick estimate just to be precise. I was so happy with his work on my ceiling that I had him install an extra electrical outlet in a bathroom and install an over-the-range microwave. He worked by the hour and did these side jobs while the separate coats of drywall mud were drying to save time and money. Its a huge relief to find honest and competent professionals out there. I will definitely call Stan again and I've already recommended him to my neighbors and friends.


Question and answer

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. Drywall, taping, plastering, skim coating.
Painting Interior/Exterior. Power washing - Staining decks
Carpentry, Doors, Pocket Doors, windows, Glass block, Framing, Trimwork Base- shoe, door casings, door locks, Hinges,Repair break- ins, Kithen cabinets, Fences, Sheving garage -closet shelving, repair stairwells. Screen doors, Storm doors.
Plumbing,Toilets, Sinks, unclog drains, Faucets, Garbage disposals, Sweating copper. Hot water Heaters, tile -glass - ceramic-porcelin, bath showers , bathtub areas, floors, Kitchen back splashes, Foyers, Shower doors, Vanity, medicine cabinets, Bath tubs, Showers, Exhaust fans, Outdoor water spickets,
Sofits, evicting squirrels and patching holes.

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. Completed basement in Wriglyville, Oct. 2011
over 400 lin. ft. conduit,40 double boxes,
12 can lights,
dropped ceiling,
2 ceiling fans
750 sq.ft. laminate flooring,
70 sq. ft. porcelin floor tile,
framed - installed 4 doors,
new kitchen cabinets, moved all plumbing and drain pipe
Hand plastered - skim coated most of walls.
Framed drywalled 8' X 3' closet w/ 6" sliding mirrored doors,
Base- shoe-door casings-finish carpentry,
Bath -built in medicine cabinet

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Check references
If you can do research get as much of material as you can have it on hand or maybe delivered if its cheaper.
Don't hire them hire me.
For goodness sake do not say there is no rush take your time!

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. That it's not as easy as it looks on TVand it won't be done after commercial break! Every job is different and there is more than one way to get the job done.

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