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April 2012

Handyman Corner

Twice a year, since we have been in business, I visit an older gentleman who has a rather large home. The purpose of each visit is to determine what types of maintenance will be needed and when those projects should be done. We usually spend a couple of hours going over his list and if I see something that can wait until next year or longer, I mention it. I noticed that the paint on the exterior of the home was in excellent condition but the trim was peeling and fading. So, he decided to paint the trim this time and check on the exterior paint next year. I never try to push him into a project that's not on his list because the last handyman he tried did that and well, he is now his previous handyman.
 
Another thing that's interesting is that most people I meet to bid on one project, will quite often say "I don't know if you are interested in this type of other work I need done or not but I need .....". In most cases I can do the other project and when I can't, I refer to someone who can. My wife and I started this business to help people and make a living for ourselves. If I'm asked to do something I can't (for whatever reason) I honestly make the best effort to find someone else for them. By doing that, I am remembered and the next time the customer needs something (even if they know I don't do it) they will call me and ask for help. And I always try to help.
 
The point I guess I'm trying to make here is this. Most people are reasonable. They want to be treated fairly. They appreciate help when they really need it. They want a good job at a fair price and they are usually patient with other reasonable people. So, whatever industry you are currently in, doing whatever type of work you do, treat everyone (even those few tough customers out there) with great respect for their needs, opinions and expectations, and you will excel.

Like very few others

Do you have a handyman yet? Did you know that not all handymen are alike?
 
When you decide it's time to get some extra help around the house with a small project or need someone to maintain your home, a handyman may be the answer. But how do you choose one? There are hundreds of handymen/handywomen in my area alone. And with that said, I can assure you there are many that are very good at what they do. I've even referred  a few of them to take on projects I can't always get to in the time frame desired. 
 
At one time (until the mid 90's) it was imperative that handymen and contractors were listed in the yellow pages. The yellow pages are still available and delivered to your door, but when was the last time you used it for more than a doorstop. A good majority of people are using the Internet to find what they want these days because it's more convenient and even fun. A large number of people find us every month and we  receive alot of phone calls because they saw our site. 
 
Most people look for handymen to build a fence, do  some painting, make repairs, etc.  But what if you simply  need someone to change your smoke detector batteries once a year,  move items into storage, clean out a garage or help you pack a U-haul? How about installing carpet, checking on your home or cabin while you are away, hauling and setting up an outdoor bar-b-que or maybe pick-up something like a TV or sewing machine and put it in your car so you can take it to the repair shop yourself? 
 
As far as we are concerned, these are all jobs for a handyman. However, and quite surprisingly, many handymen won't do these projects. Why not? Because they are not really handymen. They are contractors that call themselves handymen because a "handyman" sounds less expensive than a "contractor". Don't get me wrong, many of these guys and gals have lowered their prices, do excellent work and are still going strong and I must add that I'd do the same thing if I was a contractor that survived the housing fiasco.. However, most of them stay within the confines of their trade and subcontract other trades to do carpeting, tile, plumbing, etc. And I must agree that sometimes you really need a licensed contractor to do the work. We refer a few trusted contractors to our customers quite often for projects we can't legally do.
 
So if you have a project that just seems like no-one would be interested in. Or, you just need some advice that you can't find on the Internet, call a handyman. You can go to several sites such as I Got A Guy, Angies List, Service Master, Yelp or a number of others and search for one or you can visit us at www.handymanlodi.com for more information.
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