The entry doors to any home offer both function and aesthetics. Sealing to keep unwanted drafts, noise and possibly critters out is essential, but you also want to consider the beauty a door, whether new, upgraded or refurbished can bring to your home, after all, it often delivers a first impression to guests!
New doors can help make your home look more modern and welcoming, while increasing efficiency to keep heat or air conditioning inside and drafts outside. There are endless options for new doors, make sure you take the time to pick the best for your home, where your home is and the climate as well.
Maybe the time to invest to replace your entry doors with new is not in the cards right now. No need to worry, refurbishing them can be a relatively easy and cost-effective way to make your doors look like new again! Consider adding a coat of paint to refresh the color or go bold and add a new color. Replacing the current doorknob or locks can have an impact as well. There are many small projects available to make your doors that first impression of your home look great!
When it comes to door jambs and framing, consider contacting a Professionals for assistance. This type of repair can be cumbersome and require tools, saws and extremely careful measuring.
Doors, who would have thought there were so many choices to making them an integral part of your home, whether repaired, replaced or upgraded.
Recently, it was announced that we’d been selected as one of America’s Best Companies for Customer Service by Newsweek in 2019. Not only that, we are the #1 Brand in the Handyman Referral Service and Home Repair category.
You may be asking yourself, I wonder why Handyman Matters was chosen? While we believe there is a myriad of reasons, it really comes down to three:
First, we have a meaningful and authentic focus on our customers. We know you have a choice and we know your home is extremely important to you. Because of this, we developed and implemented a Customer Experience Program inside our company called Service Path. We designed this program to ensure that we consistently treat you as an individual and treat you beyond your expectations at every point of the Customer Journey.
Second, we possess a TEAM of employees that are aligned with our culture of values & ethics and share in the insatiable desire to do the right thing at all times. We all believe in our mantra of helping you love your home and is shown by our Guarantee and our “Like it’s our Home Promise”. Simply put, We Are Different!
Third, our goal is to earn your Trust and become your Home Ally. This cannot be accomplished by only focusing on making repairs or updating a bathroom. It also involves your experience with Handyman Matters from the moment you contact us to the moment our Craftsman is leaving your home after completing a job. Throughout that time, we ensure we communicate along the way and even send “On My Way” Text Notifications so you know when we are on our way. Sometimes it’s the small things that really count!
Rest assured that we do not take earning this distinction lightly. Additionally, rest assured that we are not done with continually improving the Customer Experience we will provide our customers day in and day out.
Thank you for choosing Handyman Matters and for helping us to earn the distinction as one of America’s Best Companies for Customer Service. See the results here.
At the start of a new year, we’re all aspiring for personal growth and improvement, we’re full of ambition and resolutions. Whether it’s to lose weight, become more active, or get organized, we all have great intentions to make these essential changes in our lives.
Then reality kicks in…work, school, kids, family, and other commitments take over…and before we know it months have flown by and we’ve yet to accomplish a single goal for 2019.
Well, don’t beat yourself up too hard as we can help you cross a bunch of things off your to-do list.
With Take YOUR Pick 1-2-3, you can choose one of our pre-built packages, like Organization & Shelving, OR pick two OR three home improvement projects (like installing shelves, tiling a kitchen backsplash, and repairing drywall, for example) to take advantage of our Winter Season Promotion.
Not only will you get the job done properly and professionally, but you’ll also get a GIFT CARD from a top retailer while you’re at it!
You’ve got the word out–the party’s at your place. You found your seven-layer nachos secret recipe that you bookmarked last year, but there’s one very critical problem with your party plans for the Big Game…the 37’’ TV just isn’t going to cut it. With the Big Game quickly approaching, you only have a few weeks to purchase a new big screen AND get that 75” bad boy mounted on the living room wall.
Why not leave it to the experts at Handyman Matters?
Our “Mount a TV Package” is the perfect solution. You buy the TV, and our professional Craftsmen will do the rest! They will assemble the mount and hardware, connect the cables, install a U-Channel* to hide the wires, and professionally mount your television to the precise viewing location of your choice. And that’s it, game on…literally!
Picture it…everyone hanging out at your house, you & your buddies gathered around, rooting for your team, and the ladies staring at Adam Levine as if he is performing his half-time show right in your living room. Party perfection!
So, call or book a “Mount a TV” package online today, before it’s too late.
The holidays have passed, the decorations are down, the guests have returned home, and we’re still looking at a few more months of cold temperatures and long dreary nights… It’s easy to let the winter doldrums take hold. But it’s also a great time to tackle a handful of those household repair projects that you haven’t been able to get to the rest of the year. And the odds are it will boost your spirits when you can finally cross a few of those items off your to-do list.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Select just two or three projects you’d most like to tackle (as well as the budget and time you have to allot to them), and see these through to completion. Focus on indoor projects that won’t be delayed or made more complicated by the weather. Here are some suggestions, ranging from small to larger tasks:
Check doorknobs, hinges, cabinet pulls and drawer nobs around the house that may need tightening. Change out your furnace filter. Upgrade your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Reorganize a closet and other storage areas with an eye toward decluttering.
January is a great month for updating your home’s lighting. Maybe you’ve been contemplating adding recessed lights or under cabinet lights. Now would also be a fine time to install a ceiling fan.
Organize the garage, the area that most notoriously becomes a convenient dumping ground for everything that you couldn’t find anyplace else to store. Consider putting up shelves and possibly a peg board for hanging tools. Inventory those boxes, gardening implements and sporting goods to see what should remain and what needs to go away. Take the time to clearly mark boxes when you place them on shelves or return them to overhead storage so that you can know at a glance what they contain. It saves time and reduces frustration later.
If you’re feeling particularly ambitious and your budget will permit, winter is the perfect time to renovate your kitchen or your bathroom. Go as simple as adding a backsplash, painting walls, adding new cabinets, or if you like, go for something bigger—an entire remodel! If you’ve got more than one bathroom, then an upgrade is a minor inconvenience, at best. If you’re looking to change up your kitchen completely, then that will require a little more advance planning. Ensure that all the supplies are on site and that you have back-up cooking preparations in place before you begin, so that you don’t find yourself stranded in mid-remodel.
The best way to begin any winter home project is with a pencil and a pad of paper. Conduct a walk-through of your home, identifying and writing down all the things that could use some attention and tender loving care. Once the list is complete, prioritize the tasks you’ve identified. As mentioned earlier, pick the two or three that seem most important to you personally, and tackle those. Keep the list for reference further down the road. When these upgrades are complete, you can move on to the next items you’d like to see finished.
Handle those chores that you are most comfortable undertaking on your own; if your free time is limited or you have any doubt about your abilities to successfully complete the projects you’ve selected, call in the experts to ensure things are done quickly and correctly. Your local Handyman Matters office has qualified craftsmen who can efficiently undertake virtually anything you might have on that list.
Handyman Matters has been recognized as the top Brand in the Home Referral Services and Home Repairs category as part of Newsweek’s inaugural list of America’s Best Companies for Customer Service. We attribute this honor and recognition to the laser focus our owners have placed on Customer Experience & becoming the Home Ally.
In collaboration with Statista, Newsweek sanctioned the independent study that was based on several criteria used to measure the customer service experience.
The five evaluation criteria were:
Quality of communication
Range of services offered
The results were published in the 11/30/18 issue of Newsweek and can be seen here. The independent study used data from a vast sample of more than 20,000 US customers and a total of 132,954 customer evaluations collected.
Owner and founder, Andy Bell stated, “What an honor! We cannot be more thrilled for the recognition our Owners earned by being ranked first in our category. It’s so gratifying to see the efforts our Owners’ focus on our customers day in and day out rewarded by those they are serving.”
“This recognition is validation that our objective to Redefine Home Improvement is gaining the traction it so well deserves!” echoed Chris Bue, CEO of Handyman Matters. “With enhancements like “On My Way” Text Notifications and the ability to Book Online 24/7, we will continue to meet and exceed our customer needs.”
Committed to helping you love your home, we are locally owned and independently operated locations which provide professional and multi-skilled Craftsmen trained to handle a homeowners’ to-do list in addition to larger, more critical projects like a bathroom refresh or remodel. At the end of the day, “We Do It All!”
While the December holidays evoke a spirit of peace on Earth and goodwill toward all, not everyone embraces that philosophy, so just to be sure, it makes sense to take a few extra steps to keep your home and your loved ones safe this upcoming season.
We’ve become pretty well-schooled in the idea of having packages delivered to our offices if no one is going to be home, or having a neighbor bring in any parcels that are left unattended on our porches or by our front doors. You don’t want items stolen any time of the year, but particularly when these are intended to be gifts. However, your precaution shouldn’t stop there.
Most folks like to display their Christmas tree in front of a living room window where they can be enjoyed not just by family members, but by neighbors and folks passing in front of your home. But if you’ve also placed gifts under the tree, this inadvertently creates an invitation to burglars. Better to either keep the gifts hidden elsewhere or move your tree to a spot away from windows or other places with a view.
If you will be traveling during the holidays, it’s best to notify a trusted neighbor or engage a reputable housesitter to keep an eye on your property while you are away. Arrange to have someone shovel your walks if it snows in your absence, and rather than discontinuing your mail or newspaper delivery, which can be a signal that no one will be at home, have someone collect these and keep them safe for you until your return. Put a few lights on a timer, or better yet, have a friend or neighbor come over to leave on different lights on different nights so that a “pattern” isn’t readily obvious to anyone who might be checking out your place.
In this age of oversharing of information on social media, keep your travel plans offline. Don’t post that you’ll be out of town, or where you are going, or for how long.
One of the best deterrents, of course, is to install a home security system that triggers alarms and that can alert you to any suspicious activity taking place, no matter where you may be when it occurs. Some of these systems are easily installed with a minimum of fuss; others—hardwired security, for instance—can present more of a challenge, and may require the assistance of a professional service such as Handyman Matters who have Craftsmen well-versed in such installations.
There’s a lot of things going on this time of year that require our attention; worrying about the security of our home shouldn’t have to be one of them.
Adding a backsplash to your kitchen is both an economical and functional way to upgrade your kitchen. It’s a remodel that can be done with a minimum of fuss, time and expenditure of money. Not only will it give the room an attractive facelift, it makes one of the more challenging areas of your kitchen easier to clean.
Wallpaper and paint tend to absorb odors from cooking and can easily stain from both grease spatters and other liquids hitting them. A tile backsplash removes all of these challenges. Additionally, tile can cover small gaps when countertops don’t sit flush against walls.
Installing a backsplash is a simple task that’s relatively easy for even a “beginner handyman” to undertake. The first step is to select the tile material you want to use. For the budget-minded, your best choices are ceramic or porcelain. Somewhat pricier options are glass, marble or granite.
You’ll want to begin by deciding the height you’d like to incorporate into your design, and the total area you want to cover. Make certain the surface is thoroughly cleaned before applying mortar or mastic adhesive. Most tiles will come with a set of manufacturer’s instructions, enabling you to follow a simple and direct series of guidelines that will result in a professional-looking finished job.
However, if you are considering a more complicated installation, something that involves tiles with more intricate designs and patterns or ones that will require the use of a tile saw, or if perhaps it’s just simply a job you don’t have the time or the inclination to undertake yourself, it’s far better to spend the additional money to ensure that the backsplash installation done efficiently, precisely, and correct the first time.
That is the 2018 slogan—and the warning—of The National Fire Prevention Association. And while October 7-13 is officially National Fire Prevention Week, we should be vigilant all fifty-two weeks of the year. Fire is a devastating and quick-moving danger, and mere seconds can mean all the difference between safety or tragedy. How ready are you—and your family—to handle this kind of a crisis?
Every home should be equipped with at least one smoke detector on every floor and one near every bedroom. If battery-operated, the batteries should be changed every six months and the detectors themselves tested monthly.
Is anyone in your home hearing-impaired or are they heavy sleepers? There are smoke detectors designed to awaken people in other ways besides sound. Investigate these types if there’s a risk that anybody in your house might not be alerted to the alarm a standard smoke detector produces.
Keep a fully-charged fire extinguisher on every level of your home and inspect it regularly to make sure it remains in good working condition.
It’s important to plan not one, but multiple escape routes from your home. Every single member of the household should have a clear plan in mind for getting out of the house as quickly as possible, and to practice the route several times. It’s a good idea to keep your phone by your bed in the event that you aren’t able to escape. By the same token, when staying with friends or in a hotel, take a few minutes to spot fire exits, fire extinguishers and the best route for getting out of unfamiliar surroundings as quickly as possible.
Everyone should conduct a thorough safety inspection of their house and to do so often. Chimneys and furnaces should be inspected and cleaned regularly. Make certain that all objects—flammable or not—are never closer than three feet to any heat source. There should be a clear and unobstructed path leading out of every single room. Never leave portable heaters running when you are asleep or out of the house.
These are just a few of the fundamental things to keep in mind to ensure that your home is as “fire-proofed” as possible. Take the time to visit The National Fire Prevention Association’s website at www.nfpa.org where you can click on “Safety Tip Sheets” for much more valuable information on the steps to keeping yourself, your family and your pets safe.
Remember, too, that you can rely on the professional and friendly Craftsmen at your local Handyman Matters office to assist you with the installation of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and any other tasks—large or small—that will make your home a safer and happier place to live.
The longer you live in a home, the more possessions you acquire, say nothing of how your family itself may have grown through the years. Whether you live in a small place, to begin with, or a larger one that somehow seems “more full” than it did once upon a time, there are ways to open up those cramped rooms. These options do not require actually having to expand the walls, and many can be accomplished without spending a fortune in the process.
Dark flooring, walls, and paneling can give a room a cozy appearance that feels great on a chilly winter’s evening but creates a claustrophobic atmosphere the rest of the time. Consider taking advantage of our Accent Wall package by adding a decorative accent wall using reclaimed wood, similar to the one shown in the image below, or painting one wall in a cooling shade of blue or green, or simply changing out curtains, fabrics, and a piece or two of furnishing for ones with lighter tones.
Mirrors are an excellent way to create a comfortable illusion of added space, particularly if your room’s configuration allows for mirrors that can face each other from opposite walls. In tiny kitchens, reflective surfaces such as stainless steel appliances serve the same purpose.
Too many decorative elements “shrink” a room, as well. As an experiment, remove a third of the knick-knacks that occupy shelf and table space to see how much of a difference their absence makes, and whether you can—or you want to—live with the difference. Inspect your furnishings, as well. Is there a chair that remains unoccupied most of the time, or an end table or lamp that don’t really need to be there? Or you can always trade these out for taller, narrowing furnishings which tend to give the illusion of added volume.
If the budget allows, there are other options. Could small paneled windows be traded out for a larger single pane which will bring more light into the space? How about installing a bay window to add square footage to a room? Could shelving be narrowed or recessed without taking space away from adjoining areas? Can you “go more vertical,” installing double-height cabinetry, which allows for more display areas without sacrificing already-limited space?
These are some of the more straightforward options for “expanding” a room. Your local Handyman Matters office can assist you with any of these types of alterations. Or, if you have bigger ideas in mind for enlarging your living space (like, combining two smaller rooms into a larger one) they are happy—and qualified—to help you with those options, as well.