So frustrating. The problems. A flickering restroom light. How much time has it been doing that? The unopened level cram in the shed. Photos that cost an eye-watering sum to frame yet are still waiting to be hung. One year on. These aren’t just grabs. They’re snide little reminders that you’re Not. Quite. Coping.
The root of weekend break debates and also stubbed toes. Get somebody in, we claim. Who? These men. We have actually found 20 great handymen directly recommended to us. They’ll fix the wobbly little bits, develop the various other stuff and make points really feel a bit much less broken.
1. Have-a-Go Hero: Martin Grogan, Sutton Cold field
Your family pet hedgehog obtains stuck under the dishwasher (real tale). It stresses and also increases. Who to call? Martin, a.k.a your house Martin. As well as indeed he saved the day.
This, we’re informed, is regular of his can-do (practically anything) method. When he’s not conserving jeopardized wildlife he’ll tackle most jobs big as well as small. He’s been doing this for more than 30 years so he recognizes his things. From suitable a shower to mending a flushless bathroom or producing a yard fish pond, he’s on it. He’ll also install a water fountain.
2. Handywoman Whizz: Spruce Handywoman (Angie Clemson), Sheffield
Angie likes a listing– that does not? If you book her she’ll make you detail everything you intend to do despite how tiny. By doing this she can actually pack the tasks in. As well as hooks, photos and so forth she’ll bring her mower and also type your garden.
She does bathroom reconditions too– she’s simply finished one for ex-Green Event leader Natalie Bennett. She has a degree in layout as well as technology and also showed in a college for a while, but this is her ideal work ever. Yes, she gets guys en route vans gesturing idiotic things when they see her handywoman van. Yet Angie gets the last laugh. Greater than 90% of her consumers are ladies so she’s located herself a niche, is in continuous need as well as likes it.
3. Old-School Odd-Jobber: Jonathan Parker, Norwich
His slogan is ‘Straightforward useful handyman’ and– for once– you get what it states on the tin. An old-fashioned man-about-the-house, Jonathan transformed his lifelong Do It Yourself skills right into a career when he was made repetitive in his 50s.
He isn’t interested in renovating or refurbishing your place, however he’ll take on any kind of odd jobs you wish to throw at him. In addition to hanging mirrors, putting up racks and also smoke alarms you might attempt him in the yard too. He’ll cut overgrown yard and also bushes, installed secure fencing and guttering, no worry. * sobs with relief *.
4. The Helpful Chunk: Duncan Haynes, West London.
West London-based Duncan Haynes always vacuums the area later on, we’re told. Wonderful. However can he take care of things? Very well.
He’ll do all the common smidgens like adding an added outlet, mending cupboards as well as hanging a shelf, but he’ll do larger work like flooring an attic too. Duncan is, how do we place this politely, easy on the eye as well. Our spy says her mother-in-law constantly pops round when he’s booked in. He was flagged in The Sunlight paper as “Dunc the Hunk” … “A knight on the floor tiles” … We’ll quit now.
5. The DIY Master: Chris Rice, London.
Little bit of a master, this. He has over thirty years under his device belt and also it shows. From changing light bulbs and also hanging things to standard pipes and also whole repairs, he was recommended to us by 4 various Midults, no less. He takes a trip all over South London and Surrey.
Or if you fancy actually finding out to do some of this things, you might enrol in the home renovations program he instructs at Sutton University, ₤ 120 for 10 two-hour sessions, covering whatever from hanging a picture to backgrounding a space.
6. Dr Repair It: Clive Overlanded, London.
Clive actually does answer to Dr Fix It (so his mum can say, “My kid, the doctor”). Fixit by name, fixit naturally, he does the jobs you do not intend to, from level packs to fridge fixings.
Before this he was a BBC movie editor and optician technique supervisor, so when he claims, “I’ll try my hand at most points,” our team believes him. He functions mainly around North West London and also is a gem, occasionally rejecting to take money from old women whose light bulbs he’s transformed. He was as soon as paid to choose 1,000 blobs of Blu Tac off a ceiling so we reckon he’s an appealing individual as well.
7. The Shrink: Albert Smith, London.
He’s from Latvia, his name is Albert Smith but he calls himself Alex as evidently we Brits can’t say ‘Albert’. A handyman network for over 20 years he’s knowledgeable in 8 professions consisting of plumbing, woodworking and painting.
There’s absolutely nothing regarding your residence he doesn’t comprehend. Up for travelling all over London, he’ll come out at 2am if you’ve got a dripping pipe. A bit of a Renaissance guy, he’s also a professional photographer, likes style, architecture and also was a young people priest. Did we state he’s a psycho therapist? After years of hearing customers speak about their issues he started researching psychology, being experts in depression. “It has become part of what I do,” he says. “My passion is to aid people any way I can.” Be it via your mind or busted shower head.
8. The Superstar: Neal, Bristol.
Fitting stair gateways as well as photo frameworks are his support yet he’ll extend to placing in a brand-new restroom. He was a timber machinist and also home window fitter so carpentry is his strong point.
His rates are excellent for Bristol. As well as if you don’t require any type of shelves fitting, you can schedule him for a gig. A little bit of a local Rockstar, he’s a guitarist with the Imperials, ‘The South West’s favorite ska band’ who play in bars and also festivals. He’s developed a recording workshop in his attic room as well as does a bit of web design also. Plus he’s the most easy-going, friendly chap out West.
9. The Marital Relationship Conciliator: Johnny Haik, London.
He obtains numerous married women calling him to groan about how worthless their hubbies are. “I’m a 2nd spouse to some clients,” he describes. So when points are heated in a ‘Why the heck haven’t you done the important things on the checklist?’ type of method he’ll action in and do them. He’ll do whatever it takes. His dad was a building contractor so he matured living and also breathing this work.
Along with the odd job stuff he’ll do plumbing, electrics, tiling and has actually just done a big refurbishment on a 3-bedroom semi in North London. He covers all of Hertfordshire. Bit of a workaholic this and energized too, so you get a whole lot for your money.
10. The Thrifty Northerner: Phil Starkey, York.
An actual Mr Nice Guy, Phil does his reasonable share of flat pack building and also hanging photos though these jobs are such a breeze for him he feels bad charging for them. Do not be amazed if he attempts telling you exactly how to do the work yourself to conserve you some cash.
As well as fitting bathrooms and cooking areas, 13 years with an electrical company implies he’s a whizz with electrics and also fundamental pipes. He’ll take a trip out of the community if need be and also his costs are, truthfully, also low.
Though when a movie crew was shooting in the Artful Dodger Pub around lately Phil was called to place a solitary screw right into the wall surface and also they paid him ₤ 50 for the task, which pleases his Yorkshire humour.
11. King of the Castle: Max, London.
Max is a rock. He’s reliable, has abilities coming out of his ears, recognizes just how your residence works inside out and also thinks of fantastic concepts you ‘d never ever have thought about. He’s constructing his own home in his extra time which is encouraging.
Some guys do not get why you want that photo moved up one inch. Or why that light switch simply can not be in that place. Max does. He wants what you’re doing as well as why. Much better still he’s a down-to-earth chap you can speak to without having to get on your unpleasant builder-chat voice. When good friends tell us, “We’ve obtained Max,” we know all will be well.
12. Makeover Man: Graham Houliston, Edinburgh.
He’s the salute of many an Edinburgh-based Midult having simply transformed a Mid Male’s single man cave right into a lovely pair’s corner. Graham is an all-rounder, fine to fix, takes care of and also hangs images but additionally excellent on the big stuff like kitchen area refitting. He’ll stretch to roofing and has just built a beautiful cedar greenhouse at the Herb Gardens, if you intend to assume huge. Midults are his essential.
They’re functioning so hard they do not want to invest weekend breaks doing Do It Yourself, he states. So he does it for them. Apart from level packs. There he fixes a limit.
13. Go-to Glaswegian: Mark Lavery, Glasgow.
Some men hate the teeny stuff, the entire ‘Oh while you’re below there’s this shelf/flickering light/wonky handle’, yet Mark is up for anything. “Big stuff, little things, toss it at me,” he claims. He helped a huge building service provider after that in double-glazing which is where he found out the joinery.
All his various other helpful skills he obtained with a little mouse as well as some programs. Distance isn’t a huge issue and also he would certainly hit the road if you were offering a good few hrs of a job. Finest feature of Mark? When he leaves he leaves you a delighted client. Every time. He’s never ever had a complaint in 3 years, a record he’s very pleased with.
14. Mr Nice Guy: John, London.
Our source called John to transform those fiddly recessed limelight’s which you would certainly think he would certainly sneer at seeing as he’s developing an entire home. But no. He’s fine to develop your Billy bookcase or repair your buzzer because the method he sees it, the little tasks cause larger ones.
Plus that’s where he began, doing tasks as well as he’s keen to adhere to his roots. So hooks develop into restroom installments which may one day come to be a three-bedroom residence refurbishment.
He’ll take a trip all over North West London if the task’s right. Obtain him to repaint, he’s a dab hand as designing is where he started out. He’s friendly and good, someone you ‘d welcome right into your house with open arms.
15. The Neighborhood Tale: Mike Baker, London.
A bit of a regional much-loved, Mike has actually stayed in West London all his life as well as he does not require to wander off far from the nest to discover work. His lots of regulars talk of him in reverential tones and also among our sources almost had to undergo water torment to also turn over his details, lest his prestige come to be too widely recognized.
He’ll put a level pack together, do woodworking, as well as paint tasks large and also small. When it comes to large refurbs, he knows all the very best plumbing technicians, electrical experts and more you’ll require.
He recognizes everyone and also is an amazing resource of neighborhood knowledge about every person and every little thing. In conclusion, a splitting old-school regional handyman.
16. Moonlighting Guy: Dave, Leeds.
If Dave had his time once again he would certainly have done this 20 years back. He fits the handyman job around his day task for the council to make some additional cash and genuinely enjoys Do It Yourself. To him it’s a leisure activity. He’s genuinely mystified that some of us ‘can not be bothered’ to place a level pack together yet is happy to aid. Hanging a mirror, putting down flooring, Dave will certainly deal with most tasks.
He’ll go anywhere around Leeds, mainly on weekdays and at nights. He’s been solitary for a few years now as well as this has come to be a little bit of a social life for him too, as he’s a friendly guy that loves to conversation.
17. The Force for Good: Chris, Analysis.
We fear of Chris. A cop for thirty years, he has an air of authority that’s unusual in a handyman. He’s done Do It Yourself all his life so putting up a curtain rail, repainting a space or cutting the yard are a force of habit.
The man’s an optimist– as well as sincere. When he underestimates for how long a task will certainly take (often) he sticks to his original quote. As when a current one hour stairgate task developed into a 7-hour marathon (dodgy building contractors having done a shoddy stonework task, if you need to recognize). Chris helps Count on Blue, which matches retired policeman with handyman tasks. A beneficial care in case you intend to offer your place the once-over prior to he gets here.
18. Do-It-All Designer: Keith Wheeler, Tunbridge Wells.
He may be based in Kent however Keith is a Londoner born as well as bread and also thinks nothing of going as far as North London for a day’s work. A carpenter by profession, he’ll do anything from installing a hook to restoring your kitchen area.
Anything he can’t do, he recognizes a male who can and also has unlimited electricians, plumbing’s as well as other tradesmen at his fingertips. Sharp as a tack, Keith’s a little bit of a residential property whizz– he and his companion do up a residence every 18 months and also he will sell his most current. “There’s not much I can not do,” he states.
19. The Keen Machine: Stephen Galloway, London.
A round of energy this set, he’s nowhere close to 30 but already has a lot of electrical and structural experience in his tool box. He is a 6-year-old, will travel wherever the job is even if that implies going across London to reach it and also his nights are invested packaging in the handyman work to make some added cash.
He will not transform his nose up at putting together a flat pack yet he’s greater than competent in the loft conversion division also. Absolutely nothing is a trouble for Stephen. He’s easy going, conscientious and also will forthright.
20. P.S. Flatpack Favorites.
Why this desire to develop every furniture ourselves? So boring. You put in the job and also your address and also it gives you a quote. A bright young point showed up with his tools, shut himself in the bedroom, pushed his earphones on and sat constructing our breast of drawers. Two hrs. later he emerged, took settlement and disappeared into the night. Magic. We like flatpacks.