The home is an integral part of family life. It is where loving and happy memories are made and also a place of safety and security for those more stressful times in life. Children grow, play and learn in their homes, always living in the moment, their minds filled with new ideas and inventions. This means, like any other establishment, the home is prone to damage, as well as being in need of general updating. Once part of a home is damaged, and the repair work necessary is not something you could tackle yourself; the handyman is the one to call.
A professional handyman is skilled in fixing most mishaps, sometimes by fixing what is broken instead of using a costly replacement. And he doesn’t just deal with damage, but also with new tasks such as putting up TV wall mounts, installing baby safety equipment or erecting flat pack furniture. It’s an all-encompassing profession, since every home or building has its own unique architecture and setup.
The first skill that a handyman must possess is professionalism. Whenever a client calls, he should respond in a quick and timely manner. Apart from that, he must be presentable. He may look a bit rough around the edges, but he doesn’t have to smell that way. It is also essential for a handyman to have a pleasing personality in front of the client. He must be patient enough in answering the client’s questions and enquiries, but disciplined enough to get the job done in the proposed time without letting himself become side tracked. These alone will increase his “word of mouth” business immensely.
Secondly he should be familiar with the tools in his area of expertise, and being a general sort of DIY guy this number will be great. It is normal to see someone in this profession with lots of tools inside his work van, and other tools strapped into his belt. Every tool has a specific purpose and if the handyman doesn’t know the purpose of a single tool, or alternatively, what tool is needed, it will hamper his work. Some tools, if used incorrectly, can cause more damage and defeat the purpose of repair. It can even be a health and safety risk!
Another important skill that a handyman should have is strong visual ability. This simply means that the he may have an “eye for design.” He is not required to outmatch the skills of a professional interior designer, but knowing the basics of home design is definitely beneficial. Paint types and colour combinations are the best to begin with, and probably the most common pieces of advice asked for by clients. If the professional knows how to apply paint designs properly he may receive lots of extra work.
Finally, a handyman must have knowledge of the garden area of a home. Garden damage is common in homes due to inclement weather and general neglect, so he should know how to cut trees and shrubbery effectively removing any immediate danger; especially if the family have children. Handymen should know how to come up with immediate solutions without causing future problems for the client. In turn, some clients may just want general tidying and beautifying of their gardens, which is a much more pleasant task to undertake.
These are just the basic skills that a handyman should possess. Since the industry of home repair and construction is always changing, the local pro must learn new strategies to get the most from his profession. Not least of all the art of knowing when a job is not within his area of expertise and a more specific tradesman is required.