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Home maintenance is vital, not only to keep your home in top condition, but also to pick up problems early before they become larger and therefore more difficult and expensive to correct. Some tasks you will be able to do yourself but a home handyman is a great alternative if you are unable to or simply don’t have the time to carry out home maintenance yourself.

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Popular Handyman Tasks

  • Putting up shelves
  • Replacing broken tiles
  • Fixing leaky toilets
  • Assembling flat-pack furniture
  • Installing kitchen appliances
  • Touching-up paintwork
  • Cleaning air conditioning units
  • Repairing gates and fences

Home Handyman Services: 

Handyman Painting

For large paint projects a professional painter is always recommended, however a handyman can take on any small scale paint work you require help with. 

Handyman Plastering

Any broken walls that need repairing? Can’t get ahold of a professional builder? Try out out handyman plasterers today! 

Handyman Carpentry

Hire a helpful handyman to undertake any carpentry tasks that you are avoiding, whether that is low or large scale. 

Handyman Pressure cleaning

Hire a handyman to remove dirt, mould and stains from your property without forking out a fortune! 

Handyman Door fitting

Got a couple of doors on their last leg (so to speak), our handymen are well equipped to fit your doors back on to tip top condition. 

Handyman Fitting door locks

Everyone loves a bit of privacy, avoid the locksmiths hefty bill by hiring one of our professional handymen to fit your door lock. 

Handyman Installing smoke detectors

Smoke detectors are an essential safety feature in every home, but they can be difficult to install! Call on a handyman to safely and efficiently install your smoke detector. 

Handyman Repairs and maintenance of tiling

Got any cracked, outdated or forgotten tiling that needs repairing or simply maintained? Get off your hands and knees and let a handyman do it for you! 

Handyman Repairs and maintenance of decking

No one likes a crooked deck, get a handyman to repair and maintain your deck ready for those Summer BBQs. 

Handyman Installation of sheds and cubby houses

Lets face it, who has time to build their own shed or cubby house for the kids these days? Cheat and have a handyman do the hard yards for you, we won’t tell if you won’t! 

Handyman Installing sprinkler and irrigation systems

A handyman can instal your very own sprinkler and irrigation system in no time at all, making your garden the envy of all the neighbours. 

Handyman Cleaning

Handyman cleaning, that’s right they really do it all! Task your handyman with any cleaning jobs you require help with. 

Handyman Driveway resealing

Re-sealing your driveway is a task best left to rugged hands, hire a handyman to get the job done to a professional standard. 

Handyman Gardening

While some large gardening projects are best left to professional gardeners, small jobs can be delegated to our handymen! 

Handyman Lawn mowing

Just need a hand mowing that pesky overgrown lawn? Our handymen are fully equipped to get your grass back to top condition. 

Handyman Gutter cleaning

One of the most dangerous activities Aussies face is climbing up the ladder to unclog their gutters. Take away the risk and need to dirty your hands by having a handyman do it for you.

Types of handymans

Every handyman will bring a different set of skills to the odd-job table depending on their previous experience, skills and area of interest. With the range of tasks being so broad, it's essential that you choose the right handyman for your needs.

Odd-job handyman

A property maintenance or odd-job handyman will help with those weekend-consuming jobs around the house. The broad spectrum of tasks could include anything from weeding a patio area to touching up a paint job to repairing windows and doors.

An odd-job handyman doesn't require professional training to carry out the duties required, although specific experience is always a must.

Contractor handyman

A handyman may be contracted to a specific business such as a hotel complex, body corporate or office block.  A contractor handyman is responsible for all day-to-day maintenance tasks that keep a company running efficiently and patrons safe.

A contractor handyman may spend their days repairing gates and fencing, pressure washing exterior walls, or replacing broken furniture.

A contractor handyman will have a higher level of skill than an odd-job handyman and will always consider workplace health and safety requirements.

Trades handyman

A trades handyman may be a certified plumber, electrician, carpenter or builder who focuses their handyman services in a specific field. A trades handyman must hold the appropriate license so they can legally carry out minor repairs or installations in their particular field.

Handyman Carpentry Services 

Door Repairs
Architrave installation

Installation of door handles and locks
Decking & pergolas

Extensions and renovations
Fencing
Door jam installation
Carpentry work
Hanging curtains & blinds

Hanging doors
Kitchen / laundry repairs
Cupboard door repairs
Window repairs & sash window

Flyscreen for windows & doors
Dryer installationGardening or landscaping
Lawn mowing & mulching
Paving & outdoor tiling
Pressure cleaning

Pruning & weeding
Retaining walls Concrete driveways
Timber
Tiling Repairs

Additional power points
Bulb Replacement
Ceiling fan installations
Extractor fan installation and repair
Indoor and outdoor lighting
Downlight installation
Downlight replacement
Outdoor and garden lighting

Smoke Alarm checks
Smoke alarm installation & maintenance
Safety switches
Plaster patching walls and ceilings
Internal and external painting
Door damage repairs
Concrete render cracks
Break and Enter Repairs
Board ups
Storm Damage
Roof painting
Decking
Wood staining and varnishing

Handyman Plumbing Services 

Blocked drains & sinks
Downpipe repairs and replacement
Fitting new tapware
Leaking Taps
Tap mixer installations
Gutter cleaning
Gutter repairs & replacement
Install of hot water systems
Leaking drain repairs

Sink repairs and installation
Toilet repairs and installation
Full complete bathroom renovation
Complete redesign of bathroom
Cement rendering walls
Waterproofing
Tiling & grouting
Vanity installation 
Shower screens
Bath Bathtub installation
Gutter cleaning & guards
Repair and replacement of gutters,
Repair flashings, downpipes
Re-tiling including repairs

Handyman Emergency Maintenance 

Smoke Alarm checks
Smoke alarm installation & maintenance
Safety switches
Storm Damage

Handyman Rubbish removal

Cleaning up
Removal and tipping

Frequently Asked Questions

How to choose the right handyman?

Choosing the right handyman isn't a decision to be taken lightly.  If a handyman is in your home or office, they must have the skills, tools and experience to get the job done safely, quickly and without putting your property at risk.

Follow these steps to choose the right handyman:

Be clear about the handyman services required

The range of services available from a handyman is vast so define your specific needs from the outset. If you have a few jobs such as tuning a TV aerial, fixing a window latch or cleaning the aircon unit, send photos of the work so the handyman can accurately decide which tools and materials they'll need.

Choose the kind of handyman you want

Decide if you're looking for a skilled handyman or an odd-job man to make sure you're hiring someone with the relevant skills and choosing the most appropriate handyman.

Use the service.com.au online directory

Service.com.au is committed to helping you find the right handyman for your needs. Enter your details into the online search engine to receive details of all handymen in your area who meet your budget and specific needs.

You can then click directly to their website from their listing, read reviews and even see a portfolio of past projects.

Refer to the badge system

A good handyman may be subjective, so someone who does a great job for one person may not be the person for you. It's therefore wise to refer to the Service.com.au three-tier badge system. Handymen receive a badge status ranging from one (verified), two (trusted) and three (recommended). The badge system means that regardless of your needs, you'll find a reliable handyman you can trust.

How much does it cost to hire a handyman?

Handyman charges can vary greatly depending on the nature of requirements and the experience of the handyman. Some handymen may charge per hour, and others may charge per job.

How much is a Handyman Per hour?

To hire a handyman by the hour, you can expect to pay between $40 to $100 depending on experience and the area of speciality. Paying a handyman an hourly rate is a cost-effective way to get all those little maintenance jobs such as changing spotlights and repairing cupboard doors ticked off the to-do list in one go.  

For an hourly rate, ask how much they can squeeze into an hour and give them all the small tasks which may only take a minute or two to maximise the time you have.  For more complex handyman tasks such as assembling furniture or unblocking drains, a handyman may charge $70 an hour or more. A specialist handyman who carries out plasterer, electrician or plumbing handyman duties, may charge $100 an hour or more.

How much does a handyman charge Per job?

For bigger handyman jobs, it may be more cost-effective to ask for a price per task. For example, assembling a flat pack wardrobe may take five hours which would be more than the cost to deliver a readymade item, so a flat fee may be more appropriate. To make hiring a handyman as cost-efficient as possible, give as much information as you can when you ask for a quote.

How much is a Handyman Callout fee ?

Most handymen will charge a callout fee. This charge typically equates to 1.5 the hourly rate and includes travel time, materials and half an hour's labour for a small job.

When should I hire a handyman?

A Handyman’s tasks can range from minor lightbulb changes to more significant furniture builds and minor renovations. Cater your handyman’s responsibilities to your personal needs and stop putting off your home maintenance jobs. 

When is it time to hire a handyman:

Before a problem becomes too big

Hire a handyman to fix a small problem before it becomes a big one, saving your time and money in the long run. 

For example:

  • Hire a handyman to fix a hinge rather than hiring a carpenter to replace a broken door.

  • Hire a handyman to put up shelves rather than hiring a plasterer or painter to repair a damaged wall.  

  • Hire a handyman to clear blocked pipes rather than making an insurance claim to repair flood damage.

When preparing a property for sale or rent

Preparing your property for sale or rent can be stressful and expensive. Hire a handyman to get your house professionally ready for viewing at a reasonable cost. A handyman can take on any jobs that impact the appearance and functionality of a property.

If you manage an office or business

In your place of business repairs should be handled efficiently with minimal disturbance to your employees. A handyman will carry out repair tasks to keep workers and patrons safe, make the office a pleasant environment, and remove hazards to all who visit the property.

To repair damage caused by short-term renters

Short-term private holiday rentals often have a very short turnaround time between check out and check in, sometimes only a matter of hours. If a guest checks out and leaves a property with damage such as broken fixtures or fittings, a handyman can carry out repairs to make sure the rental meets advertising standards before the next guest checks in.  

In extreme weather events

If a fan or cooling system breaks during extreme heat, a handyman may be able to carry out minor repairs to regulate the temperature in a home or workplace.

Does my handyman need to be licensed?

A handyman is an ideal profession for someone with a wide range of DIY knowledge and an impressive collection of tools. There are no licensing requirements throughout Australia for basic handyman jobs.

Anyone can become a handyman and sell handyman services unlicensed as long as they have the following:

  • ABN number

  • Insurance – personal injury and property damage at a minimum

  • Business registration

When you engage with a handyman, it's essential that you check whether the tasks are classed as a skilled trade. If a handyman is carrying out minor electrical, plumbing or building tasks (for example rewiring electric circuits or re-plastering walls), you must check their licences are valid and meet the requirements from state to state. It's always best to check paperwork before letting anyone into your home or business as if they're uninsured and they cause damage, any claim may be rejected by your insurance provider.

What to ask your handyman before starting work?

Do you have appropriate paperwork? 

Because of the nature of handyman tasks, it's easy for anyone with a toolkit to sell handyman services. It's therefore vital that you choose someone credible with a strong portfolio. Depending on the nature of the tasks, your handyman may not need to be licensed, but always check their business name is registered, and they hold a current ABN certificate and insurance. If any damage is caused to your home by an uninsured person, your insurance may not be valid, so it's your responsibility to check.

What's your previous handyman experience?

Again, handyman skills are those that can be developed through work experience and life skills, so it's important that the person you choose has knowledge of your chosen task. A credible handyman will be able to give you details of how they've become so handy with a screwdriver.

How much do you charge?

Get a quote in advance to avoid getting hit with unexpected costs once the handyman arrives. Some handymen charge per hour, and some charge per job so always clarify in advance.

Do you guarantee your handyman work?

While handyman jobs may be relatively minor, it’s important you understand whether they guarantee their work and what the process is if you’re not satisfied. Handyman jobs are often standard and relatively low risk but outline obligations from both sides from the outset.

Do you provide materials?

 A handyman may give you a low quote which doesn’t include all the materials required, or their quote may be higher, but they provide everything needed to get the job done. Check beforehand the tools and materials the handyman carries with them and if you’re expected to make any purchases beforehand. A handyman skill level can range from a jack-of-all-trades odd-job man to an experienced and skilled tradesperson such as an electrician or plumber. To make sure you get the best handyman suited to your needs, thoroughly investigate all your options with Service.com.au!

Is your handyman Strata certified for maintenance and repairs? 

A select portion of the handymans will be certified for work on Strata buildings, however it is highly recommended to confirm the legitimacy of the Strata qualification prior to work and if they hold a current ABMA membership.

What Strata jobs can a certified handyman do? 

Carpentry & Building Services
Handyman Services
Reactive Maintenance
Repairs & Installations
OH&S Building Defect Repairs
Programmed Maintenance
Emergency Work
Painting Signage
Trip Hazards

HandRail and Bollards
Car Park Maintenance
Letterboxes
Brick/Colorbond Line Marking
Speed Humps
Guttering Replacement
Upgrading the landscaping
Renovating th eFoyer
Bin Bay building and maintenance
Impact Damage Repairs Retaining Walls
Steps and Repairs
Roofing and Repairs
Water Leaks
Fence/Gate/Door Repairs
Gyprock Repairs
Water Damage Repairs
Vandalism Repairs
Graffiti Removal
Property Maintenance
Concreting, big or small
Air Conditioning
Plumbing
Painting
Graffiti Removal
Convex mirror installation
Safety Signage and Convex mirrors

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