What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Not a whole lot of CE in my field. Identifying the latest products are the best way of keeping abreast of developments in my field.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Nothing complicated here. I price each project by the hour or a fixed price estimate. Smaller handyman type projects are usually hourly while larger projects are typically fixed pricing. This allows maximum flexibility in pricing for the customer and eliminates any unnecessary charges.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My father is an electrician and has been for over 40 years. We always went to work with him for the summers in my youth. I was always amazed at how much quality work could be produced by using just your own hands. His customers were always elated and happy to recommend his services to everyone. I grew up with that mentality and old school mind set; quality first. I've always been able to repair just about anything around the house, so in 1989 I started my own home repair business.
What types of customers have you worked with?
A lot of drywall repair. Small services like peepholes, caulking a tub, repairing broken attic stairs, painting a front door. During the Fall/Winter, I do a lot of weatherstripping, exterior window caulking and door sweeps and adjustments.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm proud of all my work! I believe that it should be done right the first time, period. I also offer a free 1 year workmanship warranty on all my repairs.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask for references and then check those references. Look at pictures and remember, if you don't like the person, don't hire them. The cheapest price is not always the best work!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Not all handymen are created equal. I "clean up" after a lot of other service providers who claimed they could get the job done. Please remember that 1 bad apple does not spoil the bunch!