The Secret Weapon for the Family Handyman

Does your family rely on you to fix EVERYTHING???

Not to fret.  While, it’s not always easy to save the day, I have a few helpful tips to make life as a super hero just a tad bit easier.  First, compile a list of all of the things that you need to do around your home.  Identifying your entire honey-do list will make it easier to prioritize and sequence your projects.  Try to segment the related projects by level of perceived difficulty. If you think the project is too difficult, get connected with a service expert.

Secondly, remember that you don’t have to do everything yourself.  A common mistake homeowners make is assuming, “Getting it fixed is going to be expensive.”  This may be true, but most of the time there is no cost in finding out exactly how much it will cost to get your problems handled for you.  This prevents you from doing further damage to your property and will usually come with helpful advice in the event you do decide to go down the path alone.

#Tips – There are several free online marketplaces and directories that offer access to a network of rated, reviewed, and background checked contractors that are hoping to come out, estimate your project and win your business.  There are pros and cons to them all, but we at ServiceLive are kind of partial to the pros at

Third, relax.  After receiving your estimate/diagnosis of your exact problem, you still have options.  There is never an obligation to get your work done by any particular contractor, although some contractors will want to charge you a trip charge for their trouble.  They will have to tell you that upfront that they charge a fee for providing an estimate.

Now, you should have a good understanding of all of the projects that you need, should have grouped your related projects, and you are now armed with knowledge of costs and difficulty from your referred service contractors.  Its decision time, what’s it going to be?  Are you brave enough to boldly go where few homeowners have gone before, or not and say that you did?  Either way there is help.

For the DIY projects, it’s never too late to teach old dog new tricks!  In fact, thousands of people are digitally transforming how projects get done online from How-To videos.  But with How-To Guides, Video’s, and Blogs I’ve been able to replace engines on my Lincoln LS, work on my motorcycle, fix the plumbing, and even paint my mother’s house.  All it takes is a little bit of confidence and knowing where to go for help.  They say a good man learns from his mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.  Learn from experts that can be found at the following sources

  • YouTube and subscribe to people that you trust.  The videos are great and are from multiple sources.  Look at the number of views and how positively they are rated.
  • Talk to the associates at your local or big box hardware store.
    • Always ask about the common mistakes amateurs make
    • Google “How do I fix, replace, repair, a broken, damaged,  ____________
    • Use multiple sources.  There is generally more than one way to skin a cat.  Find the way that’s most applicable to your situation
    • Questions you need answers to:
      • How do I complete this task?
      • What is the level of experience required to complete this task?
      • What tools are required to complete this task
      • How long does it take to complete this task?
      • How much will it cost me to complete this task?
      • Is there a good, better, best approach that allows to control your compromises?
      • After I’m done is there a time that something needs to dry, cure, harden before it can be used
      • Are there any hazardous materials involved that will impact children or pets

Once you have everything you need to complete your project, understand that this is only half the battle.  Remember there is nothing to it but to do it.  Whether “it” is turning a wrench or calling us to get you connected with a service expert to do it for you.

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4 Responses

  1. John says:

    I typically get estimates from 3 contractors. I dont always go with the middle quote like some do. I really gauge it based on everything…professionalism, reputation, and price.

  2. Anna says:

    Great article; thanks for the tips! Sending my honey-do list, along with a link to this post, to my husband now. 😉

  3. Tom says:

    I am an electrical contractor and I see the typical 3 quote status as well. I usually turn 2 out of 3 into jobs, but I have a good indication one the 1/3 that is looking for the lower bid…price shoppers.

  4. I agree. As long as capable to do a DIY or repair you don’t need to call the electrician, carpenter etc. Aside from that it is additional skills.

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