It’s Saturday morning, and it’s going to be a beautiful spring day. The sun is shining brilliantly, the birds are singing sweetly and you’re waking up with a big stretch and a cup of coffee. Your other half joins you in the kitchen, smiles brightly and gestures to a list hanging pointedly on the fridge.
Your brow furrows as you move towards the fridge to get a closer look:
Weekend To-Do List:
- Replace faucets in kitchen
- Fix broken backsplash tile
- Install bookshelf in Davy’s room
- Fix Squeaking door
- Re-grout bathroom tile
- Clean gutters
- Paint fence
Then, you’re asked, “Do you think you can get a start on this today?”
It seems your Saturday has filled up with home maintenance tasks, putting a slight damper on the sunny day. On your own, such an exhaustive DIY list will take hours! Re-grout bathroom tile? How do you even do that? You find yourself wondering, pulling out your phone to find a helpful YouTube tutorial.
But instead of searching up how-to videos, a thought crosses your mind. Why not hire a handyman service? Smiling, you confidently proclaim that the to-do list won’t be a problem. And it won’t be, because the professionals are going to take care of it for you.
Hiring a handyman service when you might be able to tackle some, or all, of the repairs on your honey-do list might seem like an expense you could do without. However, there are many benefits to hiring a handyman service—including actually saving you money. To discover these benefits, keep reading.
1. Experience to Get it Done Right
Even though you might be able to tackle odd jobs here and there, it’s unlikely that you’re a pro at everything. And many home repair, maintenance, and installation tasks require a high-degree of skill to complete properly. Without that experience, there’s a chance you might do it wrong, wasting precious time and money on a repair that could have been effortlessly completed by a trained technician.
Harder than it Looks
For instance, say little “Davy” was swinging his baseball bat indoors, only to thwack! it against the wall. You can’t leave your drywall with a gaping hole in it. So, you Google head to your local hardware store, pick up the tools and materials you think you need, and get started on patching the hole.
Although you’ll undoubtedly feel satisfied repairing the drywall on your own, it’s unlikely you’ll get the same professional finish that a seasoned technician would be able to deliver. Your patch might not be smooth, or cover the damaged area entirely. You might not wait long enough between coats of plaster, making a mess of your repair when sanding.
Unless you’re an avid DIYer or a contractor, your work quality will not be to the same degree as a professional handyman. At Mr. Handyman of S. Orange/Westfield/Scotch Plains and Metuchen, many of our hardworking technicians have more than 20-years’ experience working in the trades and specializing in carpentry, masonry, general repairs, and home remodels. Hiring a pro ensures your house is getting an all-star treatment. After all, your home is important to you; give it the best care possible by hiring the experts.
2. Saves You Time
When it comes to DIY tasks, all too often you’ll estimate a couple of hours to paint your fence or clean your gutters, only to find that it’ll take two or three times as long. Why? Because with experience comes efficiency. Just like trying a new recipe for the first time, something you’re not practiced at often takes a lot longer than it would a professional. Since you’re learning, have to reference your how-to tutorial, and may need to make multiple trips to the hardware store to get tools you didn’t think you’d need, DIY repairs tend to take up quite a bit of time.
Even if you’re a practiced and capable DIYer, wouldn’t you rather enjoy your Saturday walking the dog or playing with your kids instead of stressing yourself out getting your honey-do list done? Your time is valuable, you should spend your weekends relaxing with friends and family, pursuing your latest hobby, or even vegging out with Netflix.
It’s His or Her Job
The biggest difference between DIY and a professional is exactly that: it’s his or her profession. At Mr. Handyman of S. Orange/Westfield/Scotch Plains and Metuchen, home repair and maintenance tasks are our passion. We’re excited to spend our days problem solving and improving homes across New Jersey. Meeting new people, building relationships, and providing exceptional service to our clients is what makes us tick. While you’d likely rather spend your Saturdays doing what you love, we’re more than happy to take that honey-do list off your hands and free-up your weekend.
3. Safety First
According to the National Safety Council, 125,300 preventable injury-related deaths occurred in homes and communities across the US. DIY projects can be dangerous. Anytime you need to climb a ladder, use a power tool, or even hammer a nail there’s a chance you could get hurt. For professional handymen, safety is paramount. Our technicians are trained on safe-work practices according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This training helps us stay safe on the job and leave your home clean and free of any hazards that could injure your loved ones—such as dangerous materials or tools.
There are many hazards when it comes to home repairs. Some leading causes of hospitalizations from DIY tasks include:
Falls: Gutter cleaning, roof repair, trimming trees, and even changing a light bulb require the use of a ladder. Anytime you use a ladder it creates the risk of a fall. In 2019, 29% of preventable injury-related deaths in the American homes were due to falls.
Falling Objects: Roof and siding repairs, chimney maintenance, and gutter repairs put you at risk of getting hurt from falling objects like loose shingles, bricks, and metal.
Cuts: Accidentally pressing too hard with dull saws, pruners, scissors, or utility knives can cause your hand to slip and get cut.
Eye injuries: You only have one pair of eyes, and it’s very easy to damage them through exposure to dust, debris, and fumes that are the result of a DIY project. Always wear eye protection when handling mechanical equipment.
Slipping: Be careful when working near icy or wet surfaces. Even gardening near a patch of pavement that’s wet from your sprinkler can create the risk of a fall.
4. Reduces Stress
For many homeowners, repair and maintenance tasks are stressful for a variety of reasons. These odd-jobs tend to pile up, and can feel overwhelming to complete when the list gets too long. After all, your life is busy. Between your responsibilities at work and at home, you don’t have a lot of time left for yourself—let alone for your house.
Lack of Skills
Another reason why DIYing can feel stressful is because you likely don’t have the skills and practice required to make the process easy. Like anything, home improvement projects take years of practice to master. Starting out on your own with only YouTube to reference, the process is going to be much more difficult than when handled by a seasoned professional.
Pressure on Your Family
Some DIY jobs might not get in your family’s way too much, like swapping out the knobs on all your cabinets. But others, like re-tiling your backsplash or finishing cabinets, can be a hassle. Especially if you don’t get it done in a timely manner. Not being able to use a stove-top because there are shattered tiles, grout, and dust in the way is frustrating for you and your family. You keep trying to get it done, but life keeps getting in the way. It’s just one of those things. That’s why it’s best to let the pros handle your home repair projects—especially big ones. We’ll keep to a schedule and ensure your family’s life is disrupted as little as possible.
5. They Have the Right Tools
Each professional handyman should be equipped with all the tools needed to tackle your list of home repairs. This saves you time, and money, because you don’t need to run to the hardware store each time you have to do something around the house. It also saves you the stress of accidentally buying the wrong tool, only to discover your error when you get back to the house—which is easy enough to do given the range of tools and materials available.
Not to mention, buying specialty tools can be a waste if you don’t need to do the same job twice. You’ll also have to find space in your garage or basement to store all your new tools—while keeping them out of the way of curious children.
That said, if you are keen on building up your DIY project repertoire, then you’ll absolutely need the following tools:
C-clamps and bar clamps
6. Saves You Money
It might not sound intuitive, but hiring professional handyman services will save you money through a few ways:
At Mr. Handyman of S. Orange/Westfield/Scotch Plains and Metuchen, we truly are your “one call does it all!” handyman service. With one appointment, we can strike off everything on your honey-do list. We work at an efficient pace, so we don’t waste your time or money. Rather, we optimize our workflow to get your repairs done quickly—without compromising our dedication to excellent workmanship. With our team handling your to-dos, you don’t have to call-in multiple niche contractors, which will cost you much more in the long run.
Do it Right the First Time
Having to re-do a DIY fix after you’ve already invested time and money in the repair is frustrating—and possibly costly. If you make an error during the repair that causes more damage to your home you’ll have to pay more to repair your repairs! A simple task like power washing siding can backfire if you accidentally damage the siding while spraying. Then, your siding will need to be replaced—which is a much bigger job. Instead, trust a professional who you know will get the job done right the first time. You’ll thank yourself in the long run!
As we mentioned above, tools are expensive—especially power or specialty tools. Since you’re not a professional handyman, the likelihood of you using these tools over and over again is unlikely (unless you’re constantly repairing the same things in your home.) It’s all too common for New Jersey homeowners to purchase power tools that are used once, and then left in the garage to collect dust.
Hire the Pros at Mr. Handyman of S. Orange/Westfield/Scotch Plains and Metuchen
Are you ready to tackle your honey-do list with the help of the pros at Mr. Handyman of S. Orange/Westfield/Scotch Plains and Metuchen? When you need a series of repair, maintenance, and installation jobs done, we’re the team to call. Our technicians have an average of 20-years experience working in the trades. Not only do we only hire the best in the business, but all our technicians are also personable, friendly, and reliable. Our customer service is unparalleled; we use state-of-the-art booking and dispatch technology to efficiently schedule your appointments and get your home repair tasks done quickly.
To get started today, we invite you to call our courteous customer service representatives at 908-386-4301 or to request service online. We look forward to meeting you and learning more about your next project.