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Hiring the wrong handyman can lead to heartache

The New Year is nearly here, and for many of us that means it’s time to get serious about some of those neglected projects around the house. The question is, if you need help, who do you call? When a home improvement project falls between the level of DIY and hiring a contractor, this is where a handyman can come in, well, handy.  

Here’s a look at what you need to know about hiring a handyman.

A Handyman is Not a Contractor

We’ve seen it time and time again, people speak about using a handyman or contractor as if it is an interchangeable profession. However, this is incorrect. A contractor is a licensed professional whose job it is to plan, budget and oversee a renovation or other construction project.

A handyman is a home improvement generalist. He or she can take on a variety of jobs around the house, ranging from painting, to drywalling, and basic maintenance tasks. Some handyman services can also help you build a deck, install fixtures, and take on flooring or tile work.

Some examples of when to use a contractor …

  • Renovating your kitchen
  • Adding an addition to your home
  • Finishing your basement

Some examples of when to use a handyman …

  • Repairing a fence
  • Adding caulking or weather-stripping to doors and windows
  • Installing a new faucet
  • Assembling furniture

How to Choose the Right Handyman

Choosing a reliable, skilled handyman professional can be challenging since the profession is largely unregulated. More often than not, a handyman service provider is not a licensed individual, which can make it hard to tell the good from the bad.

Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that you find good help.

Online Presence

This may seem obvious in our hyper-connected age, but a good place to start is by shortlisting only those individuals with some sort of online presence. Whether it’s a website, online listing, or a social media presence, a handyman with a website can be better researched.

Reputation and Past Work

If you’ve found a handyman via word of mouth or some type of printed ad, try searching for them on a site like or on Google to see what you can find.   Look for reviews of past work and try to see if you can find out if they have any sort of reputation on social media. In addition to your online search, ask neighbours, friends, and coworkers about a handyman professional they might have used.

handyman serviceACHP Certification

Look for an ACHP (Association of Canadian Handyman Organization) Canada certified professional. Handyman services are not regulated in Canada, unlike contractors or other tradespersons. Unfortunately, this can make it easy to inadvertently hire someone unqualified. The ACHP certification can help you avoid that.

ACHP is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to connecting the public with certified, reputable handyman professionals.


Prior to hiring a handyman, you should ask if they carry general liability insurance. General liability insurance is necessary to protect against bodily injury, property damage, or personal injury.

Are you looking for a handyman to complete a project around your home? Visit to browse our listings of professional handyman services in your local area.

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