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What Does A Handyman Do?

At Guy Building Services Ltd, you will be able to benefit from a dedicated one stop solution to all of your building, renovation and maintenance projects. We operate under two trading names to reflect the type of work we can do, renov8experts and HandymanVIP. As these identities show, we can do everything from very small jobs to large renovation projects. Overall, the list of services we cover is vast. We really are your one stop shop for handyman and renovation work.
So, if you are looking for a serious, professional and competent company to deliver your projects, then renov8experts will be able to deliver all your renovation, refurbishment and home improvement projects such as:

Extensions and side returns of all types, to include extra floors
Loft conversions and roofing works
Basement conversions and tanking works
Internal renovations with re-configuration of your home layout
Fitting all types of kitchens and bathrooms
Dilapidation work and preparing rental properties for new tenants
Project management to include architectural drawings

On the other hand, if you require help with the smaller jobs, with the help of HandymanVIP, you can also use our services for all of those little jobs in and around your home to include:

General repairs around your property and home, leaking taps, silicon replacement, adjusting doors, etc…
Laying and repairing of wooded and laminate floor
Carpentry/joinery services for any work around your home
Repairing damaged tile-works in around showers and bathtubs
Hanging of blinds, pictures, mirrors, etc…
Building shelves, cupboards and other furniture around your property
Interior and Exterior decorating services with repairs to water damaged walls and ceilings
Green solution – loft insulation, draft proofing, etc…
With over 20 years of experience, we offer a very high level of service focusing on delivering high quality finishes within an agreed budget and time frame. We are reliable, punctual and courteous and will ensure that you are satisfied with the work!

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What Electrical Work Can A Handyman Do?

Firstly, let’s differentiate between a handyman who is a qualified electrician and a handyman who isn’t a qualified electrician. There’s an obvious difference to the type of electrical work each one will be able to carry out. At the end of the day, electricity is dangerous, and tradespeople should never put themselves or others at risk, either at the time the work is carried out or afterwards. 

DIYers should only carry out minor electrical fixes as should handymen or handywomen who aren’t qualified to conduct work that only a registered electrician can. When new electrical work is being conducted, here in England Part P of the Building Regulation, which covers electrical safety in dwelling, must be complied with. 

Carrying Out Notifiable (To A Building Control Body) Electricity Work 

If a non-qualified handyman needs to carry out notifiable electricity work then the work will need to be inspected for safety following a Building Regulations application. You‘re better off getting an electrician for notifiable (certificated) electricity work since they can self-certify the work with no need for a Building Regulations application and subsequent inspection. Example of this kind of work include replacement of a consumer unit (fusebox). 

What Are DIYers And Non-qualified Handymen Permitted To Carry Out? 

Anything that includes replacement, minor repairs and like for like changes such as adding extra (or moving) switches, lights and plug sockets. Changing old or damaged electrical wires. Any places that are subject to water such as outside areas, bathroom and kitchen will need to be worked on by a qualified electrician. 

Any kind of work that is carried out will still need to meet regulated standards so any handyman or DIYer who is thinking of carrying out this type of work will need to understand the dangers and work to regulated standards. They’ll essentially really need to know what they’re doing. 

Can A Handyman Replace Or Add Addition Switches, Lights and Plugs Sockets? 

As mentioned above, anyone who is competent to carry out this work can replace outlets or plug sockets, since you don’t have to be a qualified electrician to do this type of electrical work. But make sure you aren’t tired before starting this work and always work to regulated standards as these standards will need to be met for work of this type. To reiterate anyone who is competent to carry out this work to regulated standards, is ok to carry out this work. If you’re a DIYer considering carrying out this work and you’re at all unsure about what you are doing, then don’t even attempt it and hire a professional to do this work for you. Remember handymen who aren’t qualified electricians can do basic electrical work but can’t do work that requires certification. It’s highly recommended that if you require certificated work to be carried out that you hire a qualified electrician or a handyman who is also a qualified electrician. 


Handyman Tools Which Every Handyman Needs

Here’s a few of the tools that every handyman needs. The tools required by a particular handyman will all depend on the types of tasks, jobs and projects that they do. 

  • Safety equipment – work boots/shoes, overalls or work trousers, knee pads, ear defenders, ear plugs, goggles (safety glasses), etc. 
  • Tool bag or tool box 
  • Tape measure 
  • Hammers (claw hammer, sledge hammer, joiner’s mallet, ball pein, cross and straight pein, soft-faced hammer) 
  • Screwdriver set 
  • Chisels 
  • Electrical tester 
  • Putty knife 
  • Paint brushes 
  • Wire cutters 
  • Wrench / spanners 
  • Clamps 
  • Workbench 
  • Socket and bit set 
  • Brench vise 
  • Sandpaper 
  • Jigsaw 
  • Files 
  • Pliers 
  • Saws (wood saws, hack saws, etc) 
  • Supplies including screws, nails, gaffer tape, masking tape, etc 
  • Crowbar 
  • Digital calliper 
  • Pipe wrench 
  • Stanley knife plus extra blades 
  • Allen key (Hex key) set 
  • Stud finder 
  • Scissors 
  • Shears 
  • Strimmer 
  • Chainsaw 
  • Vacuum cleaner 
  • Ladders 
  • Utility knife 
  • Multi-tool 
  • Shovel 
  • Spirit level or laser level 
  • Chalk, pencils, etc 
  • Wire strippers 
  • Staple gun 
  • A selection of power tools (including a cordless drill, glue and heat gun, etc) 
  • A radio! 
  • Left-handed screwdriver 😉 
  • Glass hammer 😉 
  • Tartan paint 😉 
  • Skirting board ladder 😉 
  • Replacement bubble for the spirit level 😉 

Of course, the last five are fool’s errands, just thrown in for a laugh but the rest might be absolute essentials for any self-respecting handyman or handywoman, depending on the types of tasks, jobs and projects they carry out. 

Ok so that’s a long, long list of tools so if I was to narrow this down to just ten, yes ten, tools that are essential for a handyman to possess, here’s what I’d probably go for. If I could only carry around ten tools, here’s what I’d opt for: 

  • A tool bag or tool box – you need to keep your tools safe and together somehow right. I suppose you could keep them in your van all separately and take them into a property to do a job one by one (or, more realistically, a few at the time) but you’re much better off having some type of holdall to keep them in and carry them around in. 
  • A level of some kind e.g. spirit level, laser level – pretty obvious why this is at essential tool. No-one wants wonky tiles or photos which aren’t perfectly placed. 
  • A cordless drill – many jobs that a handyman will carry out will almost always involve a cordless drill! 
  • A hammer – I’d go for a claw hammer as it’s probably the most popular and versatile. 
  • An electrical tester – essential when you’re carrying out a wide range of tasks. 
  • Screwdrivers – can’t really put screws in or take them out without a set of these. 
  • Socket set – absolutely essential if you ask me. 
  • Vacuum cleaner – useful for preparation and cleaning up afterwards. 
  • Utility knife – no handyman can be without this tool. 
  • A tape measure – obvious if you want to plan your jobs properly. 

Gifts For The Handyman Who Has Everything

Winter is coming (well Christmas and Winter!) 

This is just a fun post because, we in the UK and the rest of the world, have had enough doom and gloom in 2020 due to Covid-19 and the Coronavirus. Also, it’s coming up to Christmas and you may be looking for gifts for the handyman who has everything! Whether he’s your husband, partner, boyfriend, brother, son, grandson, great grandson, great, great grandson, cousin…have I missed anything off? Maybe. Nevermind, let’s list a few great gift ideas for handymen who have everything. 

Tools, tools and more tools!

How about tools then? Then tools make a good gift for a handyman? Well, a handyman may have all the tools they need to do their work but you can probably always get the latest version of a tool. It might be that fabled expensive toolbox to replace that old and rusty toolbox the handyman has been using for years and years. Or perhaps that deluxe power tool to replace the years old power tool that just doesn’t make the grade anymore. How about a pocket multi-tool which consists of various different types of tools, all in one handy package including a pair of pliers, a pen knife, a small saw, a small pair of scissors and much more? Maybe this would make the ideal, thoughtful gift for a handyman. 

Belt up! 

Another idea might be a leather tool belt. Belts made of synthetic materials might be ok and get the job done. But a quality real leather belt is just a beautiful item to own. Just the smell of leather means the belt is special, not to mention hard wearing. 

A measured approach! 

A laser measure – these are brilliant and if the handyman who you’re buying a gift for doesn’t have one of these yet and this could be the ideal gift idea for them. Laser measuring devices also known as distance measurers, are great to use, accurate and can save time and effort for the man who’s trying to get more done per day. 

Keep a level head! 

Whilst we’re on the subject of laser devices, how about surprising the handyman with a laser level. An excellent alternative to a standard spirit level, laser level can make everything from aligning tiles to putting photos up straight, an absolute doddle. 

It’s a JOINT effort! 

Knee pads – save those knees with a pair of these which are surely some of the best protection that a handyman can have when they’re doing a hard day’s graft. 

It’s all in the wrist! 

Have you heard of magnetic wristband? These are worn around the wrists (as the name suggests) and are magnetised so screws and nails are attracted to them and stick to them. This means there’s no more rooting around looking for screws and nails that a handyman has dropped. 

Getting bag to basics! 

Having a good, well-made, quality tool bag is absolutely essential for any hard working handyman. Every handyman loves a new tool bag to keep his tools safe and all together in one place. A spacious and durable tool bag can be the ideal gift for a handyman. Get one which as wheels to save the handyman’s back when he’s carting his tools around with him from job to job. 

What Is A Handyman?

Handyman's Toolbelt

Handymen are known as repairers, fixers, they typically have a broad skillset, also known as a handyperson or handywoman, or a handyworker. These skilled and experienced individuals usually have trade skills and are often thought of as multi-trade. Lots of tradespeople are fully experienced and qualified in a range of skills due to years’ worth of experience in what they do and dedicated to continuous learning and application of theirs trades. There’s no rule about just sticking to one trade. Ambitious individuals might learn many trades, just like many musicians learn a range of different instruments. Handymen, handywomen or handypeople are generally thought of as working on residential properties or around the home but many also are also perfectly competent at applying their skills to commercial premises too. A good handyman’s skills aren’t just limited to the interior of a property either. External property maintenance, odd jobs, projects and fix-up tasks are also well within the domain of any good handyman too. 

What Does A Handyman Do? 

It depends on the individual handyman’s skills but generally speaking a handyman should have a broad skillset and be able to complete lots of different types of home improvement, project based and odd job type tasks. A handyman who is good at his job should have excellent craftmanship and practical skills. General property maintenance and repair skills are really useful skills for any handyman to have. Skillset should be quite broad, ranging from general plumbing skills (although not necessarily Gas Safe Registered), gardening, property maintenance, and painting and decorating skills. A good handyman should be able to carry out a wide range of residential and commercial property tasks whilst knowing when to recommend or “get in” other tradespeople to do specialist tasks, such as plasters and Gas Safe Registered plumbers. 

What Jobs Does A Handyman Do? 

When you find a good handyman you’ll learn that regular property maintenance, cleaning, repairs and generally building a good working relationship with them is the way to go. You can build up tasks that need doing but little and often is certainly a good method when it comes to an economical way to get tasks complete. They say prevention is better than the cure when it comes to medicine and our bodies as this also rings very true for property upkeep too. Don’t let things get too bad before fixing them. For example, a leaky roof following some of the heavy rainfall we get in the UK, could soon turn into something worse and cause property damage and damage to items, if left unrepaired. Little and often is the way to go. 

A good handyman will generally do the following types of jobs: 

  • Regular property maintenance 
  • Additional repair suggestions (consultation) 
  • Painting and decorating including filling gaps and cracks although not generally plastering services. Not necessarily though, some handymen might have worked for years as a plaster and picked up other skills along the way. It does really depend on the individual handyman 
  • Gardening and landscaping 
  • Odd jobs 
  • Light repairs 
  • Cleaning services including end of tenancy cleaning for property maintenance companies and landlords/landladies 
  • Identification of issues, repairs that are necessary and assessments 
  • Flat pack furniture construction 
  • Some joinery joinery/carpentry tasks 
  • Bathroom / Kitchen installation 
  • Plumbing tasks (usually not Gas Safe formally Corgi Registered tasks unless they’re qualified and up to date) including toilet repair, bath fitting, leak repairing and so on. 

Does A Handyman Just Do Odd Jobs? 

No. Certainly not. It depends on the skills of the handyman and generally the questions you should ask when hiring a handyman should be around their specific skills and experience in the tasks, job or project that you need doing. Check testimonials, particularly relevant testimonials for the type of job you need help with, look for reviews (check any bad ones too not just the good ones), and check for any case studies, including details of projects that they’ve undertaken. This will give you a good idea of if the handyman is a good fit for your project. 

What Kind Of Projects Does A Handyman Do? 

Projects undertaken by a handyman will generally range from unskilled to highly skilled. Typical projects that a handyman will do includes: 

  • Painting and decorating (both interior and exterior) – including walls, woodwork, hard to reach areas such as high ceilings in hallways and above staircases
  • Flooring (carpet, wood, laminate, linoleum, etc)
  • Tile installation
  • Carpentry and joinery work
  • Wood and uPVC window installation
  • Door installation and adjusting
  • Drywall repair
  • Home renovations
  • Gardening and landscaping including decking (mowing lawns, trimming hedges, etc)
  • Electrical wiring and rewiring
  • Putting up and fixing shelves
  • Loft conversion
  • Plumbing
  • Putting flat-pack furniture together
  • Fixing drawers, dressers, cupboards and wardrobes
  • Hanging curtains
  • Hanging pictures and mirrors
  • Cleaning – such as cleaning the exterior of a building before applying paint (painting preparation), and end of tenancy cleaning
  • Consulting on a range of tasks to help homeowners and commercial premises owners/leaseholders choice the best options for them 

What Industry Is A Handyman In? 

Handymen are considered to be multi-skilled so don’t often fit into just a single trade. Although some handymen tend to specialise in one trade whilst covering over trades. Whereas others are real generalists who can provide an excellent all round service. If you’re looking for a local handyman, then your best option may be to seek or ask for case studies and make sure the handyman is suitable for the odd jobs or project you need carrying out. In a nutshell, a handyman can be considered to be in what I known as the “General home repair industry”. 

What Type of Insurance Does A Handyman Need? 

At the very least any good handyman or handyman company should hold up to date Public Liability Insurance. This provides protection in the unfortunate event that someone is injured or damage is done to property as a result of the handyman’s business. Handymen will generally have between around £1million to £5million in terms of this type of insurance cover. 

What Qualifications Do You Need To Be A Handyman? 

There are many different types of qualifications that handymen need to have. Many are apprentice trained and so may not hold modern up to date qualifications, as experienced goes a really long way. The essentials tend to be qualifications including City & Guilds, BTECs and NVQs. Handyman courses tend to be vocational and involve having good knowledge of using tools and machinery, an excellent knowledge of propertmaintenance in general including building construction and being able to work well with their hands is obviously very important. Numeracy and literacy skills are also very important which are often referred to as “functional skills” and excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills (including being able to weigh up options and decide the best way forward with a task, job or project). Any handyman business needs quality control to ensure work is up to industry standards and handymen need to have really good attention for detail to check their work meets required standards. Skills that are needed in terms of running are business are also handy to have (no pun intended!) including being able to quote for jobs, having excellent customer service skills and project management skills. With larger jobs, a handyman may need to work well with others if plasterers need to be hired too, to complete jobs within their areas of expertise. 

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Find A Local Handyman In Cranleigh 

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Handymen In Cranleigh 

Handyman VIP is based in Cranleigh, Essex, and can provide a range of property maintenance, odd jobs, and home improvement projects to homeowners (residential) as well as commercial property. Our handyman services include putting together flat-pack furniture, painting and decorating, internal and external and much more. 

Handyman Quote In Cranleigh 

If you’re looking for handymen in Cranleigh then you need someone or a team who are experienced and qualified in delivering an excellent service which you won’t be disappointed with. Obtaining a quote is easy – just use the quick and easy contact form on our website and we’ll be in contact with the shortly to speak to you about your odd jobs, home improvement and property maintenance project. We’ll give you a quote and ensure you have a fantastic service. You’ll benefit from our friendly local Cranleigh handyman service. 

How Do I Find A Good Local Cranleigh Handyman? 

Ask for referrals – this is the best way to find a trusted multi-trade expert. An important aspect of find a local Cranleigh handyman is to find and read online reviews. Look for a company which is established, carries out work on time and to budget. Avoid time wasters who don’t turn up and do a terrible job. Make sure you hire a good local Cranleigh handyman who is experienced in doing the kind of work you need – look for evidence of past projects including before and after images. Case studies like these should form a good part of any handyman’s portfolio of work. Check out our Project Gallery for a range of case studies.  

Finding A Local Cranleigh Handyman Near Me? 

Once you’ve found a trusted local handyman, you’ll want to use them again and again for tasks, jobs and projects. Your local handyman will look after your residential or commercial property and strive to do a fantastic job each time. 

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About Cranleigh 

Cranleigh is a village and civil parish, about 8 miles Southeast of Guildford, Surrey. Cranleigh is one of the largest villages in the UK – if not the largest village! It lies on a minor road east of the A281, linking Guildford with Horsham. It’s a beautiful place to visit, with a plethora of leisure activities, visitors attractions and independent retailers. It’s also renowned for its art scene. Some of the most popular things to do and places to visit in Cranleigh include: 

  • St Nicolas Church – a beautiful building dating back to the 12th century (it was built around 1170). 
  • Cranleigh Arts Centre – offering music, film, theatre. Also, visit the Art Tea House for a nice cup of tea and some cake. 
  • Cromwell Coffee House – a lovely place to have a coffee. 
  • Cranleigh Leisure Centre – helping you and your family to be physically active.

There are lots of other great places in visit in Cranleigh.

How To Choose The Right Company For End Of Tenancy Cleaning, Decoration and Repairs?

Interested in finding out how to choose the right company for end of tenancy cleaning, decoration and repairs? At the end of a tenancy, before new tenants arrive, a property is generally decorated, repaired and thoroughly cleaned. Generally, any handyman odd jobs are carried out. When choosing a company to carry out this work always ask for recommendations from friends, family, colleagues and associates, check online for reviews, check for qualifications, experience and how complaints are dealt with. Checking for memberships, associations and many other factors can ensure you have a good experience with the right company. If you’re not sure how to find a company you can trust then read How Do I Choose The Right Handyman?

It’s vital that you choose a company that is used to carrying out this type of work and understands of end of tenancy process. Popular properties usually require a quick turnaround time before new tenants are shown around and decide to move in. The time between previous tenants and new tenants occupying a property is usually a great opportunity to carry out any property maintenance.

Cleaning a property is one of the leading causes of disputes between landlords and tenants so this step is vital. It depends on the landlord and the tenancy agreement regarding whether carpets will be changed and flooring repaired but essentially is more maintenance jobs that start to stack up, the greater the problems there will likely be down the line. That little leak with the temporarily repair than never had a permanent fix and was forgotten about can soon become a big leak and cause damage and potential insurance claims further down the line. It’s always better to be proactive about repairs and generally improving the curb appeal of a property in regular bite sized chunks rather than waiting until the last minute and realising there’s a huge problem to deal with. Regular home improvement is better than letting jobs mount up.

Repairs should have been regularly carried out during the previous tenancy and certain regularly maintenance should have been carried out. However, you may find other issues that had gone unreported by prior tenants which will need to be carried out before the new tenants arrive.

If you’re read this far into the article and you’re still with me, then the chances are you’re a landlord or landlady who is looking for the right company to help to bring a property to a rent-able standard after the latest tenants have left. The number one piece of advice I can give you is try to use the same company you used during the previous tenancy as you do between tenancies. This way you’ll maintain continuity and the maintenance company will have a good overview of what needs to be done and, essentially, a good lay of the land. It’s really worth having a chat to anyone you’re thinking of hiring to carry out this work and really drill into their process. Because there’s little bits you can do to really add value that aren’t that time consuming and don’t cost the Earth.

Once you’ve found the right company for you, try to negotiate a contract with them so they can plan the resource necessary which will surely be a more cost effective solution than adhoc jobs. I find that regular maintenance contracts tend to be best all round for all parties involved.

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How Do I Choose The Right Handyman?

Handyman working on a sink

When choosing the right handyman for your job or project, it’s important you know what to look for. The key attributes you should look for in a good handyman are as follows:

  • Delivers high-quality work to a professional standard
  • Is punctual – arrives on time and delivers work to an agreed schedule, keeping you informed about any delays
  • No hidden costs – upfront about how much money the job or project will be including materials and labour
  • Will charge a reasonable going rate that is acceptable and inline with market rates
  • Is respectful or you and your home, and your neighbours. For example, without use of foul language on the job, working at reasonable times, cleaning and tidying up each day and afte the job or project is complete

Next, here’s six steps to finding a good handyman in your local area:

  1. Ask your family, friends, colleagues and/or associates for referrals. This is the best route to finding a trusted handman. Asking those around you will help you to learn how key facts such as if they arrived on time, completed the job on time and to a high standard.
  2. Check feedback. There are many online sources to check testimonials and feedback. Check performance on recent jobs particularly by filtering based on most recent completed jobs. This will be useful in uncovering handymen who did a good job previously but now might have started to underperform. Look for any complaints and negative comments, and see if the handyman has explains the situation by replying to the feedback with a resolution. It often how well a complaint or issue is resolved, that shows how good a tradesperson really is. You can also check local online forums for good tradespeople in your local area or networking groups.
  3. Get a few quotes. They say get three quotes, especially if you’re really not sure what the going rate for a job is. A good handyman will be completely transparent about their work and encourage you to seek out other quotes so you can be armed with all the knowledge you need to choose the right handyman for your job or project.
  4. Get it in writing. Check the project management skills of your chosen or proposed tradesperson. They should be proactive in offering this as part of their service anyway, especially for larger scale projects. It can be a red flag if the handyman skirts around the subject to agreeing a deal in writing. Working in this way can reduce the risks on not being on the same page and work towards ensuring everything stays on track.
  5. Ask for a little job to be done before the bigger job. There’s nothing wrong with dipping your toe into the water before diving in head first. If you’ve done your research and you’re still not sure then why not set your chosen handyman on with a smaller job to start with and see how they perform on that. Before “promoting” them to the main event.
  6. Use that handyman again and recommend them. Customer loyalty is great to use your handyman again and again once you’ve found him. Also recommend them and write a honest review to help others with their decisions.

It’s also worth asking for details of insurance, professional associations, memberships and qualifications.