From Floor to Ceiling Repairs: How to Decide Which Handyman Services to Offer

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Jul 17, 2018

Jul 17, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Can you fix anything from a broken door to a leaky sink? Do you enjoy working with tools and fixing things?

If so, you may be thinking about starting your own handyman business. After all, there's nothing better than working for yourself and doing what you love every day of the week.

But if you're just getting started, you may be asking yourself questions, like:

What are my specialties? What should my list of handyman services include? What are the types of skills I need to demonstrate in my portfolio?

Even though you can fix just about anything, you need to narrow down the services you offer. That way, you can build your reputation as an expert handyman who offers the best services.

In this article, we'll help you decide if becoming a self-employed handyman is right for you. We'll also go over all the different types of handyman services. Let's get started!

Is Handyman Work the Right Career for You?

Not everyone is cut out to be a self-employed handyman. The work is labor intensive and requires handymen to be physically fit.

There's always the potential for injury. But there are ways you can prevent injuries at physically demanding jobs.

The role also requires a lot of organization and motivation. You have to be able to complete projects on time without sacrificing the quality of your work.

A lot of self-employed handymen will start off by working for other employers. Eventually, they start working towards starting their own business.

As you get started on your business, consider who your target customers should be. Do you want to work exclusively in people's homes? Or do you see yourself working on commercial buildings, as well?

You may not enjoy certain jobs as much as others. Perhaps you prefer to work with plumbing and wood as opposed to repairing appliances. It helps to know not only your strengths and weaknesses but the areas that interest you the most.

List Your Handyman Skills & Strengths

First things first. Compile a list of all the types of skills you possess. Look back on all the projects you've completed in the past.

Do you have experience doing carpentry or electrical work? What about your experiences working on windows, doors, and floors?

Have you ever fixed a dishwasher, refrigerator, or a car?

What kind of work have you completed on an HVAC system or a television set?

Ask yourself these types of questions and list of the skills you feel confident with. Believe it or not, people are willing to pay for anything as simple as changing a light bulb!

List the Skills You Want to Learn

Are there certain handyman jobs you're not so comfortable doing? What are some services that you wish you could offer but need more experience with?

The broader your experiences, the more credible you'll seem. A lot of people look to hire handymen who can complete many projects for them in one job.

It's okay if you have no interest in learning certain skills. You may even feel limited on the type of work you're physically capable of doing.

But it never hurts to stop learning. Think about which services you're willing to invest time and money into learning. That way, you can broaden your list of handyman services and build a diverse clientele base.

Next, we'll explore different handyman skills to help you narrow down your options.

Window & Door Repair

Broken windows with shattered glass or a door with big holes in it. Old windows and doors that cause heat loss in the winter. A jammed window or door that won't open or close.

There are many things that can go wrong with home windows and doors. People will pay top-dollar to fix them in the winter and summer especially.

The bottom line? You can build your reputation and credibility by knowing a thing or two about windows and doors.

What to Expect as a Window & Door Repairman

Fixing windows and doors may be the thing you're best at doing. Because of your expertise, you could be the first person people call.

Repairing windows and doors may not be your thing. But there's still potential to capitalize on this area.

You could be on a job for something unrelated. But the client could ask you to help them with a broken window. Or, you could have a client ask your advice on windows and improving energy efficiency.

The same goes for doors. You could have a client who has a squeaky front door or a loose closet door. And you could make more money by performing these repair services in one single swoop.

Floor Installation & Repair Services

Do you have experience installing hardwood floors and carpets? If so, you may be able to capitalize on your experiences as a floor installer and repairman.

Don't have much experience working with floors? That's okay! It may still be possible for you to learn the floor installation trade.

Floor installers work will all types of flooring materials. From linoleum and tile to marble and hardwood. There's no shortage of flooring materials that installers will measure, cut, and place.

But the role entails more than knowing how to install each type of flooring. For one thing, installers have to be able to safely remove old flooring that may contain toxins. They also have to be able to level uneven grounds and properly layer and smooth them out.

What to Expect as a Floor Installer

The job is physically demanding, especially on the lower body. You'll spend a lot of time on your knees, so you'll need to wear padding most of the time. The job involves a lot of bending and carrying heavy materials, as well.

If you're new to installing floors, you'll need to complete basic training. Some employers will train entry-level handymen or offer apprenticeships. You may be able to find courses at a nearby community college or trade school, as well.

It also helps to know how to work with floor materials that are in high demand. For example, lots of homeowners want carpet tiles for their floors. You can read more here about the history of carpet tiles and why they're so widely used.


Plumbing problems are urgent matters that need immediate fixing. A severely clogged toilet or a busted pipe is a big (and expensive) problem. So, the sooner homeowners can fix these types of problems, the better.

With that said, there's a lot of potential revenue to make in the plumbing sector. You may have done other kinds of work for past clients. But when something goes awry with their toilet or shower, they'll call you if they know you're also a plumber.

What to Expect as a Plumber

Plumbing requires that you own a variety of tools. Your basic tools will include wrenches, a drain snake, and tube cutters. And that's not even the half of it!

Because plumbing problems can become costly, you have to know what you're doing. You have to be able to identify the source of a problem and fix it as soon as possible.

One bad job could hinder your reputation and even result in some legal trouble. If you're just starting out in plumbing, consider doing an apprenticeship. You'll also need to obtain the necessary licensing in your state.

Ceiling Repair

A cracked or leaking ceiling as a result of ice damage. Busted ceiling drywall or peeling. A broken ceiling fan.

There are many things that can go wrong with a ceiling. And like plumbing, fixing a ceiling is an urgent matter.

Some homeowners may try to fix the problems themselves. But more times than not, this results in shoddy work that requires the help of a repairman. That's where you come in.

What to Expect as a Ceiling Repairman

Often times plumbing and ceiling problems go hand-in-hand. Additionally, it helps to know about drywall repair. Most ceiling jobs will require you to drill into the ceiling. You'll then need to patch up the job with drywall.

It's also crucial that you know about electrical work if you plan to fix ceiling lights or fans. Not all lights are the same, either. Repairing a chandelier is a lot different than repairing recessed lights, for example.

The bottom line? If you plan to offer ceiling repair services, you need to know about plumbing and lighting, as well.

Market Your List of Handyman Services

Becoming a self-employed handyman is immensely rewarding. But it requires years of hard work.

Once you know your strengths from your weaknesses, you can focus on the services to offer. But how will you market your list of handyman services and kick-start your business?

You may want to start a website and market yourself online. More than ever, people search for handyman services on their phones and computers. If you have a strong online presence, the more clients you can connect with.

For more business tips and ideas, check out our Career Blog!