Hiring a handyman can be tricky and hiring the wrong handyman can be a disaster. At ANDY OnCall® Tampa, some of our biggest projects are from Tampa-area homeowners who hired the wrong craftsman and turned an inexpensive fix into an expensive repair.
If you’re in the Tampa area and you’re hiring a handyman service, there are specific qualities that you should consider “must-haves.” Here at the six most important:
When hiring a handyman in the Tampa area, experience should always be one of your foremost concerns. A qualified handyman will have years of experience in construction and/or related trades. Focus on for job-specific experience — after all, five years as a woodworker doesn’t make a handyman qualified to fix leaking pipes.
Inviting someone to do work in your home or on your property requires a high degree of trust. No handyman service should be putting you in a position where your belongings or personal well-being are at risk. Screening standards are a must, and background checks like those performed by ANDY OnCall Tampa, should be a given.
You should never need to pay for an estimate on a handyman-performed installation or repair. You should also expect to receive estimates in-person. Over-the-phone estimates are inherently inaccurate and often lead to a much higher price once the handyman is on site.
Quality workmanship can only go so far if your handyman isn’t using quality materials. Handymen services who charge a mark-up for materials are liable to use cheaper, lower-grade materials to help their margins. We recommend hiring a handyman service that charges materials at cost or a service with a proven track record of using high-quality materials from reputable suppliers.
You should never allow a handyman to perform work on your home if they are not bonded or licensed. In Tampa, a handyman needs to carry an occupational license issued by Hillsborough County. Bonding will protect you against financial liability in the event of incomplete work or damage to your home.
A warranty remains one of the best markers of quality in the handyman industry. At ANDY OnCall Tampa, our handyman services are backed by full a one-year warranty on workmanship.
Looking for a trustworthy handyman in the Tampa, FL area? You’ll find the handymen you need with ANDY OnCall Tampa. Book a free estimate by calling (813) 961-2600 today!
Installing a tile backsplash in your kitchen is a great way to beautify your home, protect the walls behind your sink and stove, and add value to your home. It’s also a budget-friendly home improvement project, giving you the chance to update your kitchen without completely rehauling your cabinets or swapping out major appliances.
As Tampa’s trusted handyman service, the team at ANDY OnCall® Tampa can make your tile backsplash installation a simple, stress-free, and successful project. Thanks to our experience, we can also help you make key decisions about your project, including finding the right materials, choosing the right look, and planning ahead to avoid common problems and delays.
When installing a kitchen backsplash, you’ll have plenty of different types and styles of tile options to choose from. Here are a few of the most commonly used tile types for kitchen backsplashes and their basic pros and cons:
One great thing about installing a tile backsplash is how much flexibility you have when it comes to design. Tile is available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors. Some of the design trends we see in tile backsplashes include:
If you’re thinking of installing a tile backsplash in your kitchen, you will benefit from having a professional’s help. As one of the area’s most trusted handyman services, ANDY OnCall Tampa is the perfect choice for any backsplash installation. Our handymen provide Tampa homeowners with free, in-person estimates, can help you plan your backsplash project in detail, and offer the assurance of professional craftsmanship on every job.
Choose Tampa’s trusted handyman service for your kitchen backsplash installation. Call ANDY OnCall Tampa at (813) 961-2600 today to schedule your free in-person estimate.
When you’re looking to improve your Tampa home’s value, smaller handyman projects can have an outsized impact.
Take your home’s entry door. Compared to a new kitchen or a remodeled bathroom, a new entry door is a relatively small project. But few projects yield a bigger dollar-for-dollar ROI than installing a new entry door for your home. With the right entry door, you can dramatically boost your home’s curb appeal, increase its energy efficiency, and make a winning first impression on visitors or potential buyers.
Here’s why Tampa’s trusted handymen at ANDY OnCall® Tampa recommend a new entry door for your next remodel…
When you’re remodeling on a budget, your options are limited. Luckily, a new entry door is a budget-friendly project. A quality steel door can cost as little as $250, while higher end wooden doors often cost less than $1000. In terms of value-added remodels, there’s almost no other project that’s as easy to work into your budget.
In recent years, the energy efficiency of entry doors has improved dramatically. Installing a new, more energy-efficient entry door can allow in more natural light, retain heat, and keep out cold. This not only makes your home more environmentally friendly, it also reduces the amount spent on air conditioning and heating.
Most homes’ entry doors are a focal point, attracting the eye of visitors and potential buyers. The right entry door will impress onlookers and can even draw the eye away from minor flaws. With a new entry door, you can create a great first impression and boost the curb appeal of your home.
An entry door replacement isn’t just an easy fit into a limited remodeling budget, it’s also one of your best options in terms of dollar-for-dollar ROI. According to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report, a new entry door has one of the best dollar-for-dollar cost-to-value ratios of any remodeling projects.
Here are some tips for installing a new entry door from Tampa’s trusted handymen at ANDY OnCall Tampa:
Need a hand installing a new entry door? Call Tampa’s trusted handyman service today at (813) 961-2600 for a free, in-person estimate.
Are you handy around the house? Do you pride yourself on being a DIY expert? Do you love to tackle projects that improve the look and value of your home? Many people who answer “Yes!” to these questions get a little squeamish at the thought of having to install or repair drywall. Drywall installation and repairs are tricky and require the skills and finesse that many homeowners simply don’t want to attempt. If it’s time to make drywall repairs or install drywall in your home, call your local handyman at ANDY OnCall Tampa.
It takes practice and experience to achieve a smooth, seamless finish when installing or repairing drywall. While you may be skilled at framing, painting and a wide variety of other home improvement tasks, mudding and taping can leave you wondering why you ever decided to finish the basement, garage or move that wall. Your local handyman from ANDY OnCall Tampa understands where you are coming from. We’ve worked with hundreds of homeowners in the Tampa area who are deep in the home improvement process when they discover that hanging drywall and finishing the seams is a much bigger task than they anticipated.
You could call a drywall contractor to do the taping and mudding for you, but finding a qualified, experienced and affordable contractor can be challenging. Our experienced handyman team can complete your job quickly, on time and on budget. At ANDY OnCall Tampa, we’ve recruited some of the finest craftsmen and home repair experts in the area. We will arrive on time and provide you with a comprehensive quote for the work you need completed. Once you choose our experienced handyman services, we’ll do the job quickly and efficiently. The end result will be an expert finish you can be proud of. Our home repair specialists will leave your home clean and ready for you to move on to the next step in your project.
Installing drywall is a big project, but drywall repairs can be equally challenging. Knowing how much drywall to cut away and the best way to patch and repair damaged wallboard isn’t always intuitive or easy. Our home repair specialist can help by fixing:
When you choose the home repair experts from ANDY OnCall Tampa to do your drywall installation or repairs, you’ll only pay for the actual cost of materials and labor. We never mark up the price of materials and allow you to supply your own materials if you like. All our drywall installation and repairs are backed with a one-year written warranty so you can have confidence and peace of mind with the work we complete.
You can tackle the drywall project on your own and spend countless hours working to get smooth seams and a flat surface or you can call the local handyman at ANDY OnCall Tampa to complete your project quickly and affordably. Call our Tampa office today at (813) 961-2600 for a free quote.
It’s the time of year for Floridians to prepare for hurricane season. There is a lot to consider when it comes to preparing yourself and your home to withstand this natural disaster. In the Tampa Bay area, the first thing to understand is if and when you might need to evacuate. This is based on your location within the area and the strength of the storm. If you don’t know when or where to evacuate, review this map provided by Hillsborough County which outlines in detail Tampa evacuation zones and shelters.
Whether you evacuate or not, you should still have a disaster supply kit at home. Plans to evacuate don’t always work out and storms increase in strength at that last minute which may leave you stranded at your house for several days without power or drinking water. The essential supplies in your emergency hurricane kit are:
You home requires some preparation before the storm. You can hire a Tampa-based handyman or do these tasks yourself.
Assessing the damage to your home after the storm can be a stressful situation. Try to remain calm and patient as there are several others trying to contact insurance companies to file claims and get back to their daily life before the storm. Be careful of any damage done to the roof like a fallen tree as this may settle and cause additional damage. Don’t put yourself in danger.
Also, don’t get ripped off. Make sure you work with a licensed trusted home improvement professional. We, at Andy OnCall Tampa, live right next door to you in the Tampa Bay area. We are licensed and insured and ready to help both prepare your home for hurricane season as well as make home repairs after the storm. Give us a call for a free estimate, (813)-961-2600.
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