Jul 25

Five Things Every Handyman Needs

Five Things Every Handyman NeedsThey say that a worker is only as good as his tools. While this is true, for the professional handyman there are other “tools” to keep in mind other than just hammers, nails, and pairs of pliers. And don’t forget the best tool of all: good customer service.

Actual Tools Are Important

None of this is to diminish the importance of hammers and other handyman tools. A hammer, screwdrivers, and drill are obvious needs, but don’t forget things like levels, laser and conventional tape measures, and a waste bag for shavings and bent nails.

A Camera Helps You

Consider keeping a cheap digital camera with you on jobs, for before and after photos as well as evidence of what you actually did — before any potential “adjustment” by a customer.

A Toolbox Is Essential

A well-stocked, portable toolbox helps the handyman on the go to have most of what he needs with him when he visits a work site, be it an apartment complex, single-family home, or small business. Having to constantly leave a site to go get something simple like a wrench or certain size of wood screw leaves the impression with customers that you’re just some guy off the street, not a real professional they can count on. Keep all the small stuff near to hand

Proper Storage Makes You Look Sharp

While you should always have the most common small tools with you or in your truck, some items are too big or used too infrequently to justify giving them space as you make your regular rounds. For example, in North Fort Myers, FL storage units are inexpensive. You can even bring a customer along as you fetch a certain electric saw or all-purpose vacuum so he can see the high quality of your operation. (So keep it well organized and maintained, obviously.)

There’s One ‘Tool’ You Can’t Do Without

Some people become handymen because they work better with tools and appliances that they do with people. That’s fair enough, but in order to make a fix-it sideline into a real business, a handyman should go to the library or the Web and learn some basic customer-service techniques. There are dozens of incredibly simple ways to give customers a good feeling in addition to a repaired or installed item in their homes. An accomplished handyman with positive people skills will succeed.

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