There are perhaps few other jobs as varied and demanding as that of a handyman. This line of work requires not only a vast scope of building skills, such as carpentry, wood repair and general remodeling; it also entails a variety of other specialty knowledge, including basic plumbing, appliance repair and even electrical maintenance. In fact, when a handyman is hired, he or she is expected to be able to come to a job ready to tackle a plethora of fix-it projects.
By its very nature, the job of a handyman is very physical, and there are as many indoor tasks as there are outdoor. Of course, the experienced individual in this line of work will have a steady stream of both kinds of jobs booked, so that extremes in weather conditions or working environments can be avoided. As a result, good handymen are seldom without work.
Another one of the most evident advantages for a handyman is the prospect for employment. Whether working as an independent contractor, or employed by a company of any size, few industries lack the need for handyman services at one time or another. Many handymen are able to control the flexibility of their schedules, which is also a plus. While many individuals may perform their jobs during traditional hours, there are plenty of work opportunities that take place after-hours as well, as some sites need work to be done when employees and clients/customers are not present.
Overall, a handyman can expect physical work with a pivotal component of intellectual ability, particularly when it comes to troubleshooting and problem solving. However, no two days on the job will probably ever be the same as most jobs are slightly different from the next. All in all, handymen are usually just required to have years of work experience and good references. Employers seldom require a college or advanced degree when hiring handymen.
- Perform ongoing maintenance, including painting, power washing, and cosmetic upgrades.
- Diagnose and repair electrical and plumbing problems.
- Clean up after work to ensure a tidy and safe environment.
- Inspect and plan upgrades and minor building projects, including drywall, roofs, and woodwork.
- Respond to emergencies quickly.