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Jason Bolton d/b/a MarmotPro Services
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Jason Bolton d/b/a MarmotPro Services
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  • Serves Wilkinsburg, PA
Hello! I'm Jason! We offer support on smart devices, electronics, computers and networking for personal, home and small business use. We have knowledge, experience and understanding of today's network-based automation, digital assistants, cameras and security products, as well as select mobile-based offerings of the same. We also offer expert handyperson services. A bit of background: We pride ourselves on knowledge, understanding, gaining insight and problem-solving -- and we've been doing it in a wide variety of areas of technology and their applications most of our lives! From our early pre-teen days with our first computers -- including a already-obsolete Tandy TRS-80 at age 9, upon which one learned BASIC programming language; to a bargain-bin Packard Bell with Windows and an internal modem to connect to the Internet; to our first hand-built tower set ups and the first smartphones -- in the modern era, we've seen it all! We have experience ranging from teenage and working at a start-up local internet provider, becoming familiar with how the backend of networking is set-up and physically maintained, as well as an introduction to network client software troubleshooting and basic HTML, to after school working on line crews wiring and installing telecommunications systems and software. You'll be hard-pressed to find a wider range of experience to solve your issue! For many years, as tech enthusiasts, we've offered freelance tech support and services of all kinds, like computer set up, network installation and troubleshooting, including with some of the earliest smart-devices that were peripherals. From those early days and experiences when home and personal computing were the center-point in tech, to today where technology develops even faster and in new and even virtual formats, we've managed to keep informed of major shifts as technologists. And I'm glad to say we still have capability and a certain knack for set-up and problem-solving with computing and electronic devices. Additionally, a variety of trainings.-- in residential interior design and experience in projects and contracting -- gives us a certain eye and understanding when it comes to space planning, installation and set up of household and home/small office equipment, so it's easier to use, maintain, appreciate and enjoy. This means we have general understanding of residential construction, for placement and installation work. We also have training and experience in designing for accessibility and accommodation in residential environments, familiar with universal design as it pertains to people who are seniors, elders and/or disabled, and how their needs may require adjustment to placement and installation of residential equipment and electronics. Lately, we've also taken an interest in how residential design can and should incorporate home security and monitoring, automation, and digital assistants -- the "smart devices" -- to make the home environment not just connected to the internet, but engaging the world, offering convenience and accommodation tailored to the household, and making the home (as a design concept) more responsive than ever. We enjoy focusing on helping older and disabled folks a focus as a result, but in truth, we really like helping anyone when it comes to tech issues of any kind.See more

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How much does a handyman charge?

Minimum rates for handyman jobs typically range from $60-$100. Pricing will depend on skill and experience required for the job, as well as regional labor rates. Here are a few examples of average handyman flat rates:

  • Attic ladder replacement: $150.
  • Toilet replacement: $75.
  • Ceiling fan and light fixtures: $75.
  • Faucet replacement: $125.
  • Garbage disposal: $75.

A handyman performs general maintenance and repairs for residential and commercial properties. A handyman may charge a flat fee for standard services that take a predictable amount of time, such as installing a new appliance, as well as an hourly rate for larger projects such as digging out and replacing a rotted fence post. A cost-saving strategy when hiring a handyman is to bundle all the tasks you want them to do into one visit to make the most of any minimum service fees.

What do handymen charge per hour?

On average, you can expect to pay a handy person around $55 per hour. However, this cost can range between $35 and $80 per hour, depending on a number of factors. For instance, a handyman may charge a minimum fee of $50-$100 for small jobs that won’t take much of their time. The complexity of the job will affect the price as well. Your final price will also depend upon where you live, as certain regions have higher labor rates than others. 

Get in touch with a few handy people near you, and ask for free cost estimates.

What does a handyman do?

A handyman is a skilled laborer who provides basic home repairs. Anyone can call themselves a handyman, although most who do so are skilled with repairs and home projects. Reading reviews is a good way to determine their fitness for your job. The tasks a handyman can perform include assembling furniture, painting interiors and exteriors, repairing fences, repairing broken doors or replacing trim, hanging lights, hooking up appliances, and much more. Handymen may have flat fees for certain services, or charge an hourly rate. Handyman rates are often lower than those of a contractor, as they don’t have the same specialization. Some states have no limit on the work a handyman can perform, while others do. For example, California’s Building and Professions Code section 7048 (small operations) permits handymen to provide work similar to that of a contractor (floor installation, painting, etc.) provided the total cost of labor and materials does not exceed $500. A handyman is a great resource for minor home repairs at a lower cost than a licensed contractor, but for more complex projects, it pays to hire a specialized contractor. Fore more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

Is it worth it to hire a handyman?

It’s worth it to hire a handyman in many cases. For example, you should hire a handyman when the project’s size and scope make it challenging to complete by yourself. These projects may include major home remodels or additions, foundation work or electrical/plumbing/HVAC-related tasks. However, make sure the handyman has the proper credentials or license to perform the necessary work.

You might also want to hire a handyman if a contractor’s price is too high. Handymen often charge less than general contractors, but contractors typically have the required license to perform certain tasks.

And, lastly, think about the complexity of the job and the cost of future repairs. It’s worth it to hire a handyman when the project is complex. Doing something incorrectly can wind up costing more than hiring the pro in the first place.

Can a handyman do plumbing?

In some states, a handyman can provide plumbing services, but it may be in your best interest to call a plumber, particularly for issues more major than unclogging a drain or attaching a new sink. Hiring a plumber is important because mishandling your water and gas lines has the potential to do great damage to your home, your family’s health, or even the safety of your neighborhood. A handyman is not legally required to have any training or licensing in plumbing matters, while a licensed plumber has undergone years of education and on-the-job training. In some cases, homeowners insurance won’t cover damage caused by plumbing repair done by an unlicensed handyman.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most plumbers learn their trade through a four- or five-year apprenticeship with 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. They also receive classroom education including “safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and blueprint reading. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry. After completing an apprenticeship program, plumbers … are considered to be journey workers, qualifying them to perform duties on their own,” according to the DOL. Licensed plumbers should do continuing education to keep abreast of safety and technology changes. Poor plumbing can lead to sewage backups, a flooded home or even natural gas leaks, so it’s best to leave it in the hands of a specialized professional.

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