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The Handyman's place in the current economy

Prior to 2009 when we started our company in Lodi, Contractor's outnumbered handymen by at least 5 to 1. Today, the number is about 2 to 1 however, many contractors have re-invented themselves as "Handymen" and downsized their operation and overhead to stay competitive. In my opinion, this a good thing.
 
Why is this a good thing? Well, first of all, the general public now has a much better "pool" of experienced service providers to choose from that have been in business for many years and have handled just about every project you can imagine. The average hourly rate is lower than before as well.
 
Secondly, having more experienced handymen available, helps to weed out the part timers or less experienced "handymen" in our area which is another plus for the general public. However, don't get me wrong. There are some part time handymen that are in actuality, retired contractors or construction workers that are experienced and do great work. I guess what I'm trying to really say here is that anyone with a few tools and a vehicle can call themselves a handyman and tell you they can do any job. But, (in my opinion), the public needs to be wary of anyone claiming that "I can do anything" and actually have the skill set to do the work.
 
Finally, competition is a good thing. It keeps all of us experienced handymen sharp and willing to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible price.
 
Rich Jones
Handyman Extraordinaire
handymanlodi.com

2 Comments to The Handyman's place in the current economy:

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Christina Hoffman on Thursday, July 02, 2015 11:39 AM
Thank you for my "Preferred Customer Card"!!! I still LOVE my backyard!!! I would encourage everybody to use Richard, as you will get an absolute perfect job done RIGHT! Richard goes the extra mile to please his customers,and boy am I PLEASED. If anyone wants to see what he has done in my backyard I would love to show them. I cant say enough about Richard AND Della-- except I am so thankful!!!!!
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Dani Kogan on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 2:41 AM
Yes, handymen services have today become a necessity for everybody as a part of their routine. Whether it’s a roof repair, or a garden mowing, or general home repairs, you need them everywhere. As such, I too believe handymen play a vital role, both in society and economy. Thanks to all the handymen who have helped me in my needs!
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