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Hiring specialized pros to tackle minor home repairs in your home can get expensive. Consider hiring a handyman instead. Handymen specialize in minor home fixes (electrical, plumbing, carpentry, etc.), so you can accomplish multiple tasks in one visit. Here’s a step-by-step guide to match your to-do list with the perfect handyman.

homeowner makes list of tasks for a handyman

Step 1: Get organized. Make a complete list of your repairs and establish a basic, itemized budget. If you’re unsure about the cost of a repair, use free, online pricing tools like HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide to find out how much homeowners are paying for similar projects.

woman arranges home task prioritization for contractor

Step 2: Prioritize your tasks. Arrange your repair list by priority. Tackling your important tasks first will get you more bang for your buck — and help you avoid costly repairs in the future.

couple budgets for project

Step 3: Compare your prices. Make sure your handyman is familiar with your repairs and has similar pricing in mind. (It’s ok if your handyman’s prices are slightly higher, but be wary of noticeably inconsistent pricing.)

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Step 4: Check for references. If your handyman’s prices and experience check out, ask for references or examples of past work. If your pro has negative references or sub-par work examples, it’s a good idea to keep looking.

homeowner pays handyman for tasks

Step 5: Arrange your payments. Lastly, discuss payment. If you’re working with multiple projects, structure your payments around task completions. Never hire a handyman who requires upfront payment in full.

P.S. After your projects are completed, ask your handyman for preventative tips. Some small home repairs are avoided with a minor change in habits or usage.


  1. jackie, August 26:

    need sheet rock under sink and pipes sealed in kitchen. in basement need small amount of padding under part of carpet and molding put back on wall with carpet attached. need repair on new towel racks installed in master bathroom. also in basement need some of the drop ceiling put back in. had small water damage from kitchen that went into basement. also in kitchen need molding put back on sink area.

  2. Bobbie, September 30:

    Price to high just for an estimate.

  3. Alex Komjati, October 31:

    At the Villages in Florida. Looking to erect a partition wall with a 36″ exterior door between golf cart and main garage. The wall is 17′ x 8′. Sheet Rock both sides, spackle and paint.

  4. Barbara, September 8:

    The door to our screened in aluminum sun room will not close and I am concerned about animals getting in. It also needs some sealant to prevent rain from coming in at the Joint of the roof and the wall. Please contact me.

  5. Charles T Lambert, June 10:

    Be very careful of the handyman who estimates a really lower-than-expected estimate and/or unrealistic time for completion. Most likely he/she will find all sorts of things that also need to be fixed and will need advance money to buy the unexpected additional repairs. Get in writing (signed, phone number, address) an agreement to come back and redo it if repairs begin to fall apart in a few weeks or months. Check BBB (before agreeing on terms, etc.) for ratings (although smalltime fixer-uppers are rarely listed there. Beware of family groups–unless they have flawless references from real customers that you contact yourself.

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