Have you got a list of small jobs that need doing, but you haven’t got round to them for whatever reason? Could be you don’t have the time, aren’t that ‘handy’ or don’t have the tools to DIY?
If so, maybe it’s time you got in touch with a local handyman who specialises in minor repairs and maintenance, and save yourself a heap of time and hassle.
So, what jobs can a handyman do?
A lot is the short answer, but trade licensing does make it a little complicated.
Every state and territory has its own set of licensing regulations which govern what a tradie can legally do. So it depends on where you live. For example, in New South Wales fair trading has a minor maintenance/cleaning licence class which covers, “the non-structural maintenance (including minor repairs) or cleaning of existing works/structures/buildings.” But, if the value of the work is under $1,000 then you are not bound to use a licensed tradie.
So best to check what applies to where you live.
What a handyman can do
Assuming most ‘small’ jobs are going to be under a grand, here is a (small) selection of jobs that a handyman could help you out with:
- Minor repairs and maintenance, anything from putting up a shelf to fixing a door that jams
- Painting, varnishing and sealing
- Garden clean ups and rubbish removal
- Hanging your TV, mirror or picture on a wall
- Assembling your flat pack furniture (IKEA)
- Door hanging
- Window cleaning
- And most other odd jobs you can think of…
What a handyman can’t do
Don’t forget, while a handyman is very capable, for many jobs you (legally) need to call in a licensed professional. Here we are talking any job that involves:
- Asbestos removal
- Building work
- Electrical work
- Pest control
There are others, but those are the critical ones. Also remember, you still need to make sure your handyman carries insurance and comes recommended.
– Craig is the online editor of hipages.com.au, Australia’s largest network of trade professionals and the perfect place to find a handyman in your local area.