When you're hanging something on your wall, remember there are wires and pipes hidden inside your wall. Don't just stick big screws in there or you'll create a huge issue.
I compete against handyman franchises (I'm not a franchise) that can be very expensive. Mr. Handyman charges $200 for the first hour and $100/hour thereafter. They charge $75 to go to Lowes plus a 20% markup on purchases. They want your credit card and signature up front before they'll consider helping you.
My rates average $50/hour. I'm licensed and insured and I hope you find that fair. I don't have a contract to sign nor do I need your credit card to get started. We can shake hands and come to an agreement.
When your electric goes off during a storm, make sure you unplug anything sensitive like computers and televisions. When the electric is turned back on, the surge can ruin your hardware. Doesn't matter if you have a surge protector. Filing a claim with insurance is a hassle you can avoid by simply unplugging things.
Phoenixville Handyman. Licensed and insured. HIC # PA1221101. Locally owned and operated by Mike Ellis, resident of Phoenixville for over 15 years. Before you pay a handyman franchise over $100/hour, please call me, or text me if more convenient, at 484-682-5493 for free quotes and to answer all your questions.
Tip of the Day #5
When you go on vacation, turn off your water main valve. Don't come home to a flooded house. Your homeowners insurance will cover the damage, but now your house gets listed on a mold registry since the flood got water and mold in your walls, ducts and everywhere.
Not only is it much more difficult to sell your house when you're listed on a mold registry, but your policy may be cancelled forcing you to renew and buy a more expensive policy for houses listed on the mold registry. Your real estate broker has access to this datebase if you're buying a house.
Go find the shutoff valve right now if you're not sure where it is and show everyone in your house how to shut it off. My friend's pipe froze last month and it took them 40 minutes to locate the shutoff valve in the basement, all the while flooding their house...
Be careful when purchasing countertops and other products from the big-box stores. A friend purchased a granite countertop that is too heavy for the existing cabinetry underneath. Now the cabinets are cracking. The store told them the granite will crack next.
The main problem is the big-box stores hire third-party installers (from Jersey??) When there is a problem, they're quick to tell you to call the installer who may or may not return your calls. Legally, you're in a lot of trouble, especially with companies out of state.
Hence the expression, "tailgate warranty." Once the tailgate disappears over the hill, there goes your warranty.
So stick with local carpenters and installers. I know a bunch to recommend. Many cost less than the big-box companies as you're dealing direct with the installers. And you won't have a problem with their warranty. The cabinets should've been shored up prior to installation of the granite.
Handyman Mike Ellis, Phoenixville, PA
484-682-5493. Call or text
Licensed and insured. PA HIC # 122101
I've really enjoyed helping families with their handyman requests ever since I was a kid helping my dad with our neighbors requests.
Here is a list of some of the services I provide:
If it isn't listed above, please ask! Call Mike Ellis at 484-682-5493 or you can text him also if more convenient.
The new wainscotting kits are beautiful, affordable and transform your dining room.
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Beadboard is perfect to update your old, tiled bathroom without spending $1,500 on demolition.
Phoenixville Handyman. Locally owned and operated by Mike Ellis, resident of Phoenixville for over 15 years. Before you pay a handyman franchise over $100/hour, please call or text me at 484-682-5493 for free quotes and to answer all your questions.
Some new projects I've been working on.