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What can a handyman do in Australia?

Handymen are a popular choice for homeowners in Australia who need minor repairs and maintenance work done around their homes. However, many people are unsure about what a handyman can do and whether they need any qualifications or expertise to do their job. In this blog, we will explore what jobs a handyman can undertake in Australia and the requirements for working as a handyman.

Some of the services a handyman can provide include:

  • Carpentry workA handyman can repair or install shelves, doors, attach window coverings, Mount hooks, repair skirting boards, sand and refinish a deck, small pergolas and other timber structures and other small carpentry projects.
  • Electrical work: While a handyman cannot perform electrical work that requires a license, they can replace light fixtures, install ceiling fans, replace air filters, and change light switches.
  • Plumbing work: A handyman can replace faucets, unclog drains, and repair minor plumbing issues such as leaky faucets.
  • Painting: Interior rooms or touch-ups in small areas, painting or touching up exterior timber.
  • Furniture assembly: Putting together furniture is an extremely common role for a handyman and can be a massive help when you’re moving house or having new furniture delivered. 
  • General maintenance: A handyman can perform general maintenance tasks, such as hanging large objects on the wall (such as mirrors), fixing holes in the wall, doing door repairs, cleaning gutters, pressure washing, fence and gate repair, and the list goes on.
  • Senior home upgrades: A very senior-specific home upgrade that handymen can help with. Items such as walk-in tub installation, grab bar installation, stairlift installation, motion-sensor faucets, and shower seats. They can also assist with ramps and other accessibility projects.

Do handymen need qualifications or expertise?

In Australia, there are no specific qualifications required to work as a handyman. Many handymen have experience working in the construction industry or have completed vocational training in a related field, such as carpentry or plumbing. However, formal qualifications are not required to work as a handyman.

It’s important to note that handymen are not licensed tradespeople, and there are limits to what they can do. For example, a handyman cannot perform electrical work that requires a license, such as rewiring a home or installing a new electrical panel. Additionally, a handyman cannot perform gas fitting or any work that requires a license or certification. When the job is more complex, that is when to call in the trade-specific professionals.

Hiring a specialized professional handyman who can help you save money as they can perform minor jobs safely just as well as a trade-specific professional, and at a much lower rate. They can quote beforehand on services ‌that fit within a fixed budget. But it is good to note that the average hourly charge is subjective and depends on service to service.

Hiring a handyman

If you’re hiring a handyman, be sure to check their reviews and the different types of jobs they have completed prior to hiring. Additionally, if the work requires a license or certification, you will need hire a licensed tradesperson to ensure that the work is done safely and up to code. Finally, make sure to also confirm that your handyman is insured so that in the rare case anything goes wrong in your home you will be financially protected.

Handymen are skilled tradespeople who can perform a wide range of repair and maintenance tasks around the home. Local Expert can assist you in choosing the right person for your job and all our handymen are covered by the Local Expert Service Guarantee. 

While there are no specific qualifications required to work as a handyman in Australia, Local Expert handymen are checked thoroughly during the onboarding process and have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their job safely and effectively. Time to get a Job Well Done with Local Expert.

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