Handyman

Understanding Handyman Job Description

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Learning is always the best method that makes the experience of starting a new business or shifting careers less intimidating. For a handyman, the first thing he must learn is the job description.

In general, the handyman job description is focused on basic maintenance and repair jobs. This includes, but not limited to, cleaning, roof fixing, painting touch-ups, flyscreen installation and more.

This is one of the reasons many often describe a handyman as a “jack-of-all-trades” professional. But not because a handyman works on basic jobs does it mean that they are limited to those areas. There are certainly more to know about the handyman job description.

Here are the important things you need to observe to understand all the handyman job description.

1. Overall handyman job description

A handyman completes their work using their technical and problem-solving abilities. These help them come up with the most accurate and efficient solution for every problem at hand. Aside from basic maintenance and repair, a handyman can perform any job as long as it is not overly complex like providing guidance for repairs, carry out assessments, remodelling and more.

2. A handyman works on the residential, commercial and industrial property

A handyman may commonly be seen working on the residential property, but they are versatile too on working on a commercial and industrial property. The handyman’s jobs for commercial and industrial properties are still focused on general repair and maintenance. They only have additional tasks included in their job description such as:

  • Preparation of cleaning/inspection status reports
  • Inventory of maintenance supplies (e.g. cleaning)
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Maintenance of orderliness and cleanliness of tools and equipment
  • Reporting all existing concerns (as per owner request)

3. Limitations on the handyman job description

Every professional has a limitation on their job description. For a handyman, the only limitations they have is handling overly complex jobs as these tasks always require a permit and a licensed tradie to do the job. Also, local councils (on every State) designed regulations and standards on how a licensed tradie can perform each job.

These jobs are mostly covered in electrical, gas, and plumbing. To prevent confusion, the only jobs (in electrical, gas and plumbing) included in the handyman job description are the following:

Electrical Duties

  • Test power outlet and switches;
  • Changing batteries on devices (e.g. a smoke detector);
  • Install antenna for television or radio

Gas Duties

  • Connecting/disconnecting a gas cylinder to any equipment that uses it

Plumbing Duties

  • Connecting dishwasher or washing machine;
  • Replacing shower head;
  • Replacing a washer in a tap;
  • Working on stormwater pipes that has a diameter less than 90mm;
  • Clearing a blocked wastewater drain that has a diameter of less than 50mm

The number of jobs included in the handyman job description varies per State. The above-mentioned job descriptions are only applicable to South Australia. So, before finalising the services you will offer, it’s wise to visit your local council first.

Important Note: It is inevitable for a handyman to encounter a complex problem. When this happens, immediately call for a licensed tradie. Never try to solve a complex problem yourself as this will only lead to various accidents that may harm your life (and your clients’) and damage the property.

The consequence of performing jobs for licensed professionals are fine and/or imprisonment.


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Aside from the handyman job description, all aspirants must understand the requirements of being a handyman. This is to ensure if they are 100% fit for the handyman’s work.

Handyman Requirements

1. Physical fitness requirement

The handyman is known for working comfortably using their hands. So, everyone can expect to do physically-demanding tasks for most of the time. Though there’s no specific weight or height required to be a handyman, every aspirant should have the following:

  • Good eyesight;
  • Can lift heavy objects or equipment;
  • Can work comfortably in crawl spaces or in heights;

2. Education and Training

Unlike with other trades, a handyman is not required to have formal education. They only need to be trained under a senior handyman to learn all the skills needed for the position.

3. Professional Attitude

Attitude may not be included in the handyman job description, but it is one of the must-haves in becoming a handyman. This is because it has a great impact on their career or business growth. Acquiring it all can easily gain people’s trust and hopefully, turning them into loyal customers.

A handyman must possess the following work attitude:

  • Committed to the job;
  • High-level of energy and enthusiasm to help;
  • Attentive to client and job’s demands;
  • Respectful to the work environment and to others;
  • High interest/passion in finding new ways to complete a job.

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