I have become of an age where I can no longer perform even the easiest
of DIY jobs, apart from finding it extremely frustrating it has become
almost impossible to get these jobs done by a professional. If they
bother to respond to my request they will turn up asses the jobs, say
they will come back at a future date but never turn up.
If I wish to have my boiler service regularly I can pay a company an
annual fee then they will come as and when required. Id there no company
that does a similar thing for small general maintenance jobs? The
companies that advertise on TV are useless.
Although you will probably find a local independent heating engineer who
will do a better job when needed for less money if you ask around.
Again local tradesmen by personal recommendation is probably the way to
go if you have a job that is beyond the scope of DIY. You can even go
and take a look at some of their work locally first (or keep your eyes
peeled for anyone doing a good job on neighbouring properties).
Any chance of getting some kid in to do it? No experience, but willing and
capable of learning?
When I was in my very early teens, I started doing DIY for others. I was paid,
of course a lot less than a professional -- but I felt very well paid. And the
people paying would sometimes be able to tell me exactly what they wanted and
how to do it, so I gained in experience with time (and bought more tools). With
experience came speed, and a better understanding of what I could do, and what
jobs I'd turn down. I enjoyed having a steady supply of money, and I still have
most of the tools i bought then...
I don't think you'll get a prepaid handyman to work on jobs as they
come up. With your boiler the workman defines what's needed but for
handywork you would and potentially that could be open ended.
I also have difficulty doing even simple physical tasks and have a
cleaner who is paid by the hour and arranged for him to visit more
than is strictly necessary. As maintenance jobs come up, he does
them. He uses our tools, equipment and materials and we order in any
items he needs which we don't have. It works reasonably well.
There are 'property maintenance' companies as used by remote landlords -
especially where they need someone to do a first assessment before sending
for a specialist (does tenant reporting 'no heating' mean a broken boiler or
they don't know how to use the timer?)
But I have no idea if they're in general any good, or interested in dealing
with a single property.
Where are you? There are various handyman schemes for the elderly in
Norfolk, for example.
You could probably find something similar in your neck of the woods.
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