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If you're not much of a do it yourself type, there's nothing like a good handyman to keep up improvements and make repairs.

Angie Hicks with Angie's List points out that hiring a handyman can save you time.

"If you have a long honey-do list hiring a handyman can be a great way to knock them out quickly. A handyman will typically charge by the hour so you can aggregate a bunch of different little projects together and hire a handyman for the day," said Hicks.

Kris Wu keeps the number for her handyman stored in her cell phone when her list of repairs and projects starts to grow.

"Our handyman's been very helpful and done a lot of work around our house. He's done everything from staining decks to hanging picture frames, electrical work, building a shelf in my son's bedroom, tiling floors," Wu said.

Handyman Dan Higgins said he typically purchases everything that's needed to do what the customer wants done.

"When we meet with the customer primarily we take a look at they want to have done, then we develop our own list of materials, we go to the stores and buy all that and bring it to the job. They don't need any tools, they don't need any supplies. We take care of all of that," Higgins said.

Hicks points out it's important to make sure your handyman is qualified to tackle the work for which you're hiring him or her.

When you hire a handyman you want to be sure to check their credentials, but remember it will be dependent on the job they are doing and it's going to be dependent on your city and state. For example, plumbing and electrical are typically required to have a license so if you are having those trades done you want to be sure you check that," Hicks said.

Also, she said make sure your handyman is experienced in the work you want to do because you do not want to be the guinea pig for the handyman learning a new kind of project.

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