As if juggling home, kids and work weren’t enough, until recently “supermum” was expected to do her share of all the repairs and improvements around the house. There have been signs for some years, though, that the DIY boom is over, and as the Telegraph put a while back, “it’s the year of the handyman.”
The Demise of DIY
There’s a growing recognition that many of the jobs we’ve traditionally done ourselves are actually too skilled for any but the top few percent of DIYers, and an amateur job will produce amateur results — or worse. Moneywise lists the most common DIY disasters, ranging from underestimating the cost to burst pipes.
You could search for a dozen different specialists to call in, of course, but it would be time-consuming, with a low chance of finding a good service every time. On the other hand, if you find one top-class handyman, they can provide all these services to the highest standard.
What Can a Handyman Do for You?
A full list of what a handyman can do around the house would take pages, but here are just a few examples:
- Redecorating a bedroom. The way your kids want their rooms at five might be deeply embarrassing to them a few years later. A handyman will not only replace the wallpaper and paint with this year’s theme, but can also repair those damaged bits of wall that the children know nothing about.
- Plumbing repairs. Is that dripping tap driving you mad? Or isn’t the toilet flushing properly? Rather than risking a flood by trying to fix it yourself, a handyman can have everything running smoothly in no time.
- Babyproofing. If your baby is starting to get around the place and is healthily curious, you’ll need everything from a gate on the stairs to baby-proof catches. A handyman can fix all of these.
- Jetwashing. If your patio or garden furniture is dirty from weeds, moss or rotten leaves, a handyman can jetwash it clean again.
- Flat-pack assembly. If you don’t have time to spend hours figuring out which screw goes in which socket, your handyman can assemble your flat-packs — and there won’t be any ominous bits left over at the end.
This is just a handful of the jobs a handyman can do for you, leaving you free to concentrate on the hundred-and-one other things demanding your attention.
Until Next Time… Charlotte x