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Ask Angie: Do handymen bring their own tools?

To save money, collect a list of jobs a handyman can complete and only make an appointment once you have collected a few odd jobs.
To save money, collect a list of jobs a handyman can complete and only make an appointment once you have collected a few odd jobs. Angie’s List

Q: Do handymen bring their own tools?

Wendy H., Spring Lake, N.C.

A: Yes, and they prefer it that way. Part of their job is making sure they have all the tools necessary to complete their work.

While some homeowners want to be helpful by providing certain heavy-duty tools, such as an extension ladder or miter saw, a reliable handyman or woman will have his or her own tools, and they’d rather use their own.

Why? Pros typically buy professional-grade tools. Even if your ladder is brand new, it may be a lower grade and not as safe as the one the handyman plans to use.

Handymen provide a wide range of services, such as repairing drywall or fixing faucets, and they’re accustomed to using their own tools. For instance, a handyman working on crown molding will want the highest quality miter saw possible.

So don’t sweat it if you’re hiring a handyman but don’t have any tools. They’ve got you covered. But there are a few things to know about hiring a handyman service.

While handyman services may market themselves as jacks or jills of all trades, there are situations when it’s best to hire a plumber, electrician or other specialist.

Common handyman services include carpentry work, asphalt repairs, drywall repair, faucet repair, light installation, ceiling fan installation, fence repair, concrete repair, masonry work, insulation work, painting, trim work, plumbing updates and stucco repairs.

Since handyman work varies so widely, most charge by the hour. Therefore, many offer estimates after first visiting your home to determine the scope of a job. However, unforeseen circumstances can increase the final cost.

According to Angie’s List reviews, a handyman’s hourly rate typically ranges from $50 to $100 per hour, but can stretch to up to $200 an hour if you live in a major metropolitan area.

When hiring a handyman or other service provider, confirm licensing, if required where you live, as well as insurance and bonding. Also, get a written contract that covers all pertinent details.

Angie Hicks is founder of www.AngiesList.com, provider of consumer reviews and services. Send questions to askangie@angieslist.com.

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