This is a guest post written by Dmitri Kara. The views expressed in this article are not necessarily shared by Property Moose or DFI Financial Services.
The niche of tradesmen services is extremely vast and highly specialized. Property and household maintenance is tricky and regardless if a homeowner, a buy-to-let investor or property developer, it’s in your favour to learn about the different types of tradesmen and how their level of expertise can vary.
The ultimate handyman should be well-aware of basic know-how and tricks for everything in between basic painting and decorating, to cable and wire management, electrical repairs, bespoke carpentry, woodworking projects, plumbing solutions, appliance repairs and the list does go on. But can one really master all these trades?
The average investor might assume that one size fits all but in reality the types of tradesmen are as versatile as those of doctors.
Some experience and skill demanding jobs are complex while others are, quite on the contrary – easy to carry out.
“A person employed to do occasional domestic repairs and minor or major renovations” according to Wikipedia, but that can clearly stand for one too many types of trade.
What we are trying to do is to talk you through the obvious.
Here’s a bit of know-how for you to consider:
- There is a handyman for every odd job;
- Each job is different, respectively equipment and tools vary as well;
- To be a skilful and detail-aware tile installer, electrician or plumber is as complicated as being a doctor;
- Top to bottom home refurbishment is crazy and requires a ton of know-how and experience;
- Domestic maintenance and repairs can literally stand for anything.
What are the different types of tradesmen?
To answer that, we have listed and reviewed the most common approaches tradesmen seem to choose.
Here is how Tradesmen are Segmented, based on the Level of Expertise and Know-how:
1. The “Jack Of All Trades” is The Average Do-it-All Handyman
“Big or small, I do it all”
This approach to property maintenance and repairs is the most common of all because ubiquitous jobs come with have higher demand and fewer requirements.
Some tradesmen take a 100% focus on tight handyman services segments such as: installation of home appliances, wide-scale cable trunking wire management, but most don’t.
This means that most craftsmen are ready to handle everything from a leaking faucet to simple socket repair as long as they are busy.
The “I can do it all” type stands for a local handyman who can and often builds steady relations with clients but lacks in-depth know-how and experience in those more specific jobs.
Why so? The average demand for basic repairs predominates that of bigger household improvements.
A peculiar fact is that once people get familiar with a certain tradesman, they will rather prefer having their fixes done by the same person than building trust with a new person each and every time.
“Jack of all trades, master of none”.
Have in mind that for some of the larger jobs (in size and skills), professionals are often bound to obtain a number of licenses and permits, most of which are not easily nor cheaply acquired.
A do-it-all handyman will aim for quantity over quality, which is undoubtedly both their strength and weakness.
2. To-Do-List Handymen
When we first came across this approach to maintenance and repairs we were quite surprised. It is clever and efficient.
Even though it’s far from rocket science, to base service fees upon a list of fixes instead of a single job is an option customers seem to be highly interested in. A great example is how landlords utilise to-do tradesmen handling property chores.
The main idea of this type of policy is to aim at potential handymen clients, who by some reason can’t or do not want to carry out regular home maintenance and in fact prefer to simply hand out a list of tasks to a professional tradesman every here and there.
The process of household care can slowly evolve to an unwritten form of subscription. A do-list handyman can work on a day to day principle.
The complexity of maintenance and repairs does not exceed those of a do-it-all handyman, but the do-list approach requires a wider timespan and bigger commitment.
3. The Niche-specialized Repairmen
To be a niche-oriented handy pro stands for a specifically focused professional.
Such tradesmen handle a rather narrow segment of odd jobs such as tile installations or replacement due to signs of mould. Some require experience and licenses at a slightly higher level, sort of speech, while others – don’t.
Highly-focused professionals come with a number of pros and cons. Here are some of the benefits for niche-specialized handymen:
- Expert authority;
- Better wage and income;
- Better rate of inquiries to jobs done;
- Easier for partnerships;
- Simpler business model.
Some repairmen do bespoke carpentry and woodworking as others stick to plumbing services, electrician emergencies, installing tiles and etc. But not all tradesmen know the ins and outs of the various electrical repairs, custom floorboards or the leak-free installation of a kitchen splashback.
4. The “Job Collector”
This approach is based on choosing which jobs to carry and which to decline (or forward to another tradesman). Such tradesmen only handle jobs, that are enjoyable or “worth” their time and effort, such as designing wetrooms, fitting kitchen appliances, flooring jobs and etc.
The good thing here is that homeowners, landlords, tenants, property managers and etc. would rather trust a conscientious professional that delivers quality, rather than a regular do-it-all tradesman.
The cons are: reliability and safety.
To forward a handyman job is a luxury choice. With a good handyman company, an odd job can be easily forwarded to another contractor via dedicated scheduling or an inquiry management app to help distribute jobs in an simple and efficient way.
5. Handymen Franchisers
The road of a franchise repairman is based entirely on the policy and marketing of the core franchiser. People who deliver handyman services upon the rules of a franchise benefit from a previously built system and steady flow of job inquiries.
A steady domestic maintenance and repairs company in London can deliver thousands of potential customers and that is something we can confirm as well.
Although an initial investment is always required, income flow is on contract, the franchise approach is not an option to be underestimated. A truly fantastic franchise provides up to date technology, a fantastic marketing attitude and ace home maintenance and repairs customer acquisition.
To work free of pressure about conversions and brand awareness is a bliss.
The downside here is on the tradesman side. Customers have nothing to worry about, since the core of the franchise will always pursuit a positive feedback.
This means that a maintenance and repairs franchise will guarantee a company focused on class A jobs done, no matter if it’s an odd job, property maintenance, painters and decorators. carpentry, plumbing and etc. a steady flow of work.
6. A “Handy Man” for the Weekend
Full time or part-time?
Some tradesmen do maintenance and repair services 2 days out of 7.
Weekend availability is something not all tradesmen offer and that’s why it’s considered to be a valuable benefit. This approach aims at high profitability, while availability is strictly fixed to Saturdays and Sundays.
If you ever go for “weekends only” tradesmen, have in mind that they might not be as qualified as you need them to be.
Tradesman can be versatile. In case you do not have the time and resources to handle a certain fix the DIY way, you should have a basic idea of how professionals treat and carry out handyman services depending on their level of expertise and know-how.