Many small repairs or modifications can easily be handled by anyone with a screwdriver or hammer. DIY, however, is entirely dependent on the individual. What one person considers a simple task could be well beyond the abilities of another person. One way to decide if a project is better as a DIY project is to ask yourself what can go wrong and how badly.
The average hourly rate of a handyman is in the $60 to $65 price range. However, there are professional handyman services that may charge higher, sometimes up to $125 an hour. The benefit of these services, while more expensive, is a degree of assurance that the handyman is a competent professional and will provide a certain quality of work. The national average is about $77 an hour.
Examples of less frequent home maintenance that should be regularly forecast and budgeted include repainting or staining outdoor wood or metal, repainting masonry, waterproofing masonry, cleaning out septic systems, replacing sacrificial electrodes in water heaters, replacing old washing machine hoses (preferably with stainless steel hoses less likely to burst and cause a flood), and other home improvements such as replacement of obsolete or ageing systems with limited useful lifetimes (water heaters, wood stoves, pumps, and asphaltic or wooden roof shingles and siding.
We struck gold when we found Phillip and Patti Breiter and their business partner Taylor. Phillip and Taylor are in the field whilst Patti runs the operation at home. I can't talk about one without talking about the others as they are a team. And, what a team they are! In our efforts to replace our gas grill (we simply wore it out) we found that the space in our grill island on our covered patio had some changes needed to fit the new one (a Turbo from BBQs Galore, themselves a winning team). To comply with newish state regulations we would be required to provide venting under the grill for gas to escape in the case of a leak. Enter Patti, Phillip, and Taylor in that order. First, Patti took my call and was able to have Phillip come by that afternoon. He sized up the problem and proposed that he come back the next day to execute his solution. He brought Taylor with him on Saturday and they proposed a professional design for venting slits which they began working on immediately. We agreed to have Phillip take the door home and finish it up and paint it, then bring it back the next day which by now you have figured out was Sunday. It looks like it was custom manufactured for us. And, indeed, it really was. As they were leaving my wife asked them to look at a section of our fence which needed repairing as well as two gates which needed adjusting. Here it is a week after Phillip's first visit and the newly painted and properly vented door is in place, stones have been cut to accommodate some additional installation requirements, and two sections of fence have been repaired, and both gates adjusted. All of this was done without breaking the bank, phone calls and emails were answered immediately and fully, great imagination and ingenuity was shown by the team, and we are pleased as punch. After more than fifty years in Lafayette we have finally found the perfect answer to an aging couple's handyman needs: Breiter Handyman Service!
The average single-family homeowner spends around $2,000 a year on maintenance, according to Bankrate.com. That is considerably less than the monthly fees for most condos or co-ops. But even though the monthly outlay for those homeowners might be lower than that of condo or co-op owners, house owners generally are not squirreling away those savings for a rainy day. Nearly half of them have less than $1,000 saved, and a third have nothing saved, according to Liberty Mutual Insurance. So when that sump pump suddenly fails, odds are, we’re scrambling to pay the plumber for a new one.
To apply for one of our programs, download the appropriate application below. If you have questions about standard or critical home repairs, contact a Home Repair staff member at (402) 457-5657 or [email protected] For questions about the Weatherization Program, contact a Weatherization staff member at (402) 457-5657 or [email protected] Return completed applications for any owner-occupied repair program to Habitat Omaha, 1701 N. 24th St., Omaha, NE 68110.