Why Are Some Handyman Services So Unreliable?

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Getting around to doing house repairs is hard. You’re busy! You’re tired. You have more important things to do. Maybe you aren’t exactly sure how to do the jobs. Or maybe it isn’t really safe for you to get up on a ladder anymore or try to handle electricity.

You know you need to call in an expert for help.

When you need your honey-do list taken care of or you have house repairs that simply must be done ASAP, you need someone who will do what they say they will do. You want someone who will get things done on schedule. You don’t want to mess around with people who will waste your time, not do the job well, or overcharge you.

You don’t’ want any drama. You just want a reliable handyman you can trust.

Unfortunately, there are some unreliable handyman situations out there. Why is that? And how can you avoid being taken advantage of?

Why some handymen are unreliable

There are a lot of reasons for this, of course. And there are other industries that suffer from many of the same issues because they are human issues that aren’t limited to one profession. 

But some of the main reasons some handymen might not be dependable could be that:

Some handymen are

Not qualified

Some people who do handyman work are not licensed and insured and don’t necessarily have a lot of qualifications. They think they can get easy money without much commitment.

Lacking accountability

If you hire someone who isn’t qualified and who answers to no one, there is a lot of room for problems. 


For some people, if they don’t have a lot of oversight and supervision, laziness, greed, drugs, or alcohol can be an easy path to take.


Some handymen workers really are talented and capable but maybe they overcommit themselves to too many jobs at once and can’t juggle everything.

Prone to underestimate job times

Sometimes a handyman company may not leave enough time to account for hiccups that inevitably happen with home repairs.

Not experienced

Those who know how to do repairs well tend to make fewer mistakes and take less time than those who are new at a skill. Experience and the quality of previous work are important factors to consider.


Some handymen tend to run late and take too long on jobs because they care too much. They spend a lot more time than they intended to because they want to get things right. But if someone can’t manage time properly, everyone else’s projects suffer and the whole schedule falls apart.

Dealing with health issues or injuries

Handyman work can be kind of brutal sometimes. No one wants to think about a handyman getting injured on the job (or sick), but these kinds of things can happen and derail even the best handyman.

Delayed by weather

Some outdoor projects are weather dependent. It’s impossible to paint a fence in a rainstorm—or at certain temperature extremes. There are some delays in life that are out of a handyman’s control.

Delayed by a backorder

Occasionally, a handyman might experience delays because the item he needs for a job is on backorder. Hopefully, he will communicate this unfortunate news to the homeowner quickly. But if he can’t get a certain part or supply he needs, that can set the schedule back.

Scam artists

Some people who profess to be handymen are actually con-artists who just plan to take people’s money and not do much, if any, work for it. Consumers must use caution to avoid being scammed by a handyman like this.

Hopefully, you can talk with your handyman and let him know that you are disappointed if he is not reliable and perhaps he may be willing to improve.

But some situations are so far off course, you need to do something more.

If you have a terrible experience with an unreliable handyman, you can always file a claim with the Federal Trade Commission or file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. You can also turn to Yelp, Google, Angie’s List, or other online review sites.

Looking for a handyman service in Columbia, SC?

We are a licensed and insured general handyman service in the Midlands of South Carolina. We offer a wide variety of services, like many of those listed in this post and more.

We can help you with your punch list, whether you are selling, you just bought a home, or you just want to catch up on your honey-do list if you need a handyman in Columbia, SC.

When you hire a handyman company, you know that you will save a lot of your free time for more important things in life. And you won’t have the stress and hassle of working on all the little home improvement projects around your house yourself.

The best part is, you still get to enjoy the beauty of a job well done. And if you are selling your home, your buyer will be happy, too!

We can help you get your house ready to sell or ready to enjoy for many years to come. Stop feeling embarrassed about all the glaring repairs and maintenance issues at your house and let us help you do something about it!

Contact us—your local handyman service— today!

Our service area includes:

Lexington, Irmo, Columbia, Forest Acres, Cayce, and West Columbia.


How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by a Home Repair Service

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