5 ways a Handyman value adds to your business
Here are 5 ways that a handyman can help with your commercial interior design projects so that you're one step closer to having an office space that improves functionality, promotes productivity and organization.
The average office renovation can be an expensive endeavour if you don't pay attention to costs of materials and services. The fees associated with hiring a professional contractor and/or interior decorator add up fast for large office spaces. Even in the case of a home office, you're likely to end up overspending.
This is where the often overlooked "handyman" comes into play. Handyman services fill a niche that most small business owners are desperately grappling with. Budgeting while staying innovative and growing a business can be hard.
For more on how these services can allow you to renovate while saving thousands, keep reading. We'll break down all the benefits and cost-saving measures.
What is a Handyman?
The term is often associated with the family "jack of all trades" repairman (or woman). Anyone skilled enough to (properly) repair plumbing, electronics, furniture, or all of the above can be considered a handyman. Many handymen are as skilled as any professional contractor but lack the credentials.
In fact, a lot of handymen services contain employees that worked various trades for many years, only to retire and still need supplemental income. It is not uncommon to find engineers and retired foremen offering handyman services.
With that said, there are no official licensed or regulations attributed to the multi-faceted handyman. Many places require registration and insurance to work in commercial business, for obvious reasons. Because they lack contractor's licenses, handymen services are considerably cheaper and more robust.
Why Choose Handymen Over Contractors?
The ultimate question for most businesses is whether it is worth the risk of getting a less skilled worker over a contractor? This will depend on the complexity and scale of the job, of course. Does your office renovation require tearing down walls and adhering to strict safety regulations?
If your interior design is more involved than installing fixtures, building furniture, fixing appliances, and etc. then you might need a contractor. Again, this depends on the experience of the handymen you're talking to. Some handymen do, in fact, know how to build to code and renovate walls.
Handymen are excellent time-savers, especially when it comes to office renovation. When you have large spaces that need to be rearranged, upgraded, or truncated, a handyman is going to save you a ton of time and money. It's also a great idea to find a handyman that you can have on-call.
A contractor is going to charge you an arm, a leg, and a lock of hair to perform an emergency repair job. Handyman services excel in busted pipes and uncooperative electronics that need to be repaired immediately.
Potential Savings with Handymen
Hiring a handyman is more than just getting a cheaper rate for the same work. With a handyman, you can knock two, three, maybe four jobs out with one call. There aren't any contractors out there who will come down, paint your office, fix a leak, and reprogram your television in one day.
The level of flexibility leads to more savings and more possibilities for an interior design job. You don't have to settle for completing your renovation in baby-steps due to budget and time constraints. If you try to hire a contractor for each job and try to get it all done in a few days, good luck. Scheduling conflicts will tie you up so much that even a week of renovating is a challenge.
One of the most overlooked differences that set handymen apart from contractors is the final cost. With a contractor, you will never get an exact figure of what an office renovation project will cost you. You'll get an estimate that may or may not match the final bill.
With a handyman, they're going to charge an hourly rate, plus materials if you don't supply them. This makes it much easier to budget large-scale interior design projects. While it might be tough to hear, it is common practice for some contractors to hide the true cost of their services until the job is done.
Hidden fees, delays, and esoteric trade knowledge can keep a lot of businesses from realizing their renovations. Handymen services are the only true "what you see is what you get" deal. The only potential obstacles here are your willingness to participate.
Because most handymen require materials pre-purchased to begin work, this can be overwhelming for the inexperienced layman. If you want the job done right, you should consider investing the time to research what you need for the project. This can help you define your budget further and set expectations for quality and quantities.
1. Office Interior Design
While it might not be something you immediately associate with a handyman's job, interior design is among their specialties. Handymen who know how to do various interior renovation jobs can have a good eye for design, too. Interior designers are mainly decorators with a higher pay rate and responsibility.
If you hire a handyman over, say, an architect or an engineer, you can expect to save hundreds on estimates alone. As long as you're not going to require complete foundational overhauls, your office renovation doesn't need "experts."
A good example scenario is needing to compartmentalize office space. Your average contractor or interior designer is going to want to put up permanent walls. The handyman who has experience with renovating offices will opt for moveable dividers and organic solutions.
It's not because the handyman is limited by skill or imagination, it's what is most economical and effective.
2. Plumbing and Fixture Work
Most plumbing in an office is going to consist of replacing old pipes, fixtures, and preventing water damage. A plumber is great to have during the initial construction of a building, but they aren't required for every leak or clogged toilet. A handyman has access to all the tools needed to fix and upgrade basic plumbing.
Take, for instance, a faucet upgrade for that office kitchen space. Getting that older faucet out of the sink can be too hard for the average person. It isn't a difficult job, though, and hiring a plumber can be a bit overkill. A handyman will just need his basin wrench and a little elbow grease to pull it off.
If it's a really old faucet, they might even use a Dremel to cut those old, corroded nuts out. These are the types of cost-saving measures that handymen provide.
Upgrading Supply Lines
When taking out the old and putting in a new plumbing fixture, one has to be careful. It is assumed that a plumber has to be the one to lay down new lines and ensure that they won't leak. The truth is, newer connectors and supply lines are much more straight-forward.
A handyman doesn't need any special tools to connect the gaskets if you're upgrading to the braided types. This is the perfect cost-saving solution for offices that see a lot of use from their sinks, i.e. bathrooms.
3. Hanging Artwork
Sure, anyone can hang a piece of artwork up on the wall. For a professional business space, would you risk sending a bad impression, though? A crooked line of paintings down the line can exclaim "shabby and sloppy" to a client.
Oftentimes, we don't even notice that we have our paintings handing crooked until we step back. Fresh eyes will always notice a poorly hung piece of art, though. When you have dozens of paintings that must be hung, the job can be overwhelming.
Handymen are the perfect candidates for this job. It's basic in premise, doesn't require special tools or materials, and is a straight hourly rate. You're essentially paying for the time and patience used to plan and design your interior walls.
If you've never put much thought into investing in paintings, you should consider their value. Art has been proven to boost productivity in the workspace, as well as property value. Just having a nice antique mirror or large mural painting in the bathroom can improve employee morale.
Nothing is worse than going to work in a building that feels like a prison.
4. Furniture Assembly
For new office spaces, the time it takes to set up all the desks, chairs, and furniture can be astronomical. Even opting for basic IKEA furniture can prove to be a challenge for the average person. Hey, we get it, those instructions could use a bit more direction outside the pictures.
The average professional handyman will have plenty of experience building entertainment sets, shelves, desks, and chairs. They'll also be equipped with power tools to get through assembly much faster. You would be flushing money down the toilet if you hired contractors to build 18 copies of the same desks and chairs.
What's better, handyman services can help integrate your furniture with surrounding infrastructure on the fly. Because you aren't having to pay a separate interior consulting fee, you can complete renovations with a much smaller budget. You also aren't stuck having to plan every move in advance.
Office furniture receives the highest volume of wear and tear than any other indoor setting. If you want to avoid having to buy new furniture every month, you're going to need to do regular maintenance. This can be very expensive and time-consuming if you try to do it yourself.
Handyman services will give you the most thorough and consistent office maintenance outside of janitorial services. The janitor won't be able to keep your chairs from cracking or wheels from breaking. Protect your investment with a do-it-all handyman.
5. Electronics Installation
This last category of office interior design is vital. Whether you need to mount display monitors, calibrate a projector, or install video security systems, a handyman can do it all. Electrical services, outside of hardwiring through the foundation, are best left to handymen these days.
For one, installing new technology like a Ring Doorbell system doesn't require special tools or experience. These types of installs are easy to mess up for the technologically-challenged. Handymen can get you set up in minutes, then take the time to actually show you how to use it.
Owners and managers that are trying to usher their office spaces into the future need to know how all this stuff works. The Internet of Things is a world of fully-integrated and streamlined technology. You can control everything with just a smartphone, all you need is a little help to set it up.
For those unfamiliar with the Internet of Things, you'll be surprised by how much it makes sense. Basically, with internet-connected devices, appliances, and computers, everything works smarter. Your printer orders ink when it runs low, your fridge restocks itself, and your phone gets updates on energy usage.
These are just a few examples of how IoT offices can improve efficiency. Most of all, these devices and controls are provided with more security. Access is tied to the cloud, not physical keys or passwords. Business data and activity is monitored and controlled by you and those with clearance.
Gone are the days of badges and paper record-keeping. The future of the office space is in biometrics, wearable tech, and voice-controlled operations.
Hiring the Wright Handyman
Now that you have a good idea as to just how much freedom you can have by hiring handymen, it's time to start planning. Your dream interior design renovation can be yours with the right experienced handyman. Start brainstorming with your colleagues to figure out the best use of your space.
Once you have a concept down and an idea for what types of furniture, electronics, and fixtures you want, call us. We'll give you a breakdown of how much work that needs to be done and how much it will cost. From there, we can start figuring out a timeline for completion.
For some inspiration, you can take a look at our blog. You can find out what is trending in office renovations and what you should prioritize. With Mr. Wright, you'll get the job done quickly, safely, and at an affordable rate.