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Earn Money from Home Handyman Repairs

Updated on June 11, 2010

Thousands of people need a help with doing odd jobs in their homes because they cannot repair things themselves. People need outside help for a variety of reasons. They may have work commitments which take them away from their homes for periods of time.  Age may have caught up with a person; their health could be a factor stopping them from doing those little mundane jobs.

Accidents at work or in the home could prevent them from mowing the lawns, cleaning the gutters and many other jobs suitable for a handyman.  This is where you come in. If you are the type of person that has always repaired thing in your own home, then why not help someone out and earn money at the same time.

You may not be able to do all of the things that I have listed. By doing some of these, you could save someone from injuring themselves and earn money to buy the bread and milk and a few extras each week at the same time.

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Here are a few Suggestions

Lawn mowing and weeding the garden- If it is ok with the house holder you could use a small rotary mower to cut the lawns. If they need a roller mower then it is better for them to employ a lawn contractor. Weeding can be done at the same time. Digging up the garden and planting the vegetables could also be done.

Cleaning out the Gutters- Climbing ladders is responsible for a lot of injuries to senior citizens. You could avoid this from happening by cleaning out the leaves from the gutters. They may want leaf guards fitted to avoid the buildup of leaves.

Painting the Guttering and downpipes- This is another tedious but necessary job to be done to prevent gutters from rusting.

Replacing the Gutters- This is quite simple to do if you have the right tools. It would be preferable have someone to give you a hand with this job.

Fix water reticulation and replace sprinklers- This can be a time consuming and tedious job, you may need to charge a set fee and not by the hour depending on your expertise.

Replace tap washers-There is nothing more annoying than listening to a drip, drip of a tap as you lay in bed at night. This is quite a simple job although you need to make sure you have the right washer for that particular tap. Some are different. You will not want to have to go back and do same job again.

Replace light fittings or hang curtains- Fixing brackets and the covered wires onto the brackets can be hard to do for an older person.

Window Cleaning-Now what could be more simple than this? Oh boy that is something I absolutely refuse to do. They end up worse when I finish than when I started.

Sliding Doors and fly screens - How many times have you changed the rollers on your sliding glass doors or the fly screen door? We have a lot of sand near our place and always have to change them. I am sure there are other people with the same problems. Then of course there is the fly wire itself, could you pull the old torn one out that the dog went through and replace it with new wire.

Feed the pets, walk the dog and water the garden while owners on holidays- your neighbors may need someone to do this is around while away on holidays and collect the mail at the same time.

This is just a few ideas to get you started on a Mr. Fixit or handyman type of career for yourself.  Whatever type of work you do, be reliable and trustworthy and please do not overcharge seniors, they are old. 

Remember they have to pay for their medications and expenses the same as anyone else.  And all of them are not rich, that is for sure.  They may live in a big house, but large houses have large repairs and expensive rates to pay.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Funny. I'm doing exactly this line of work the entire week! Yes, times are rough and those who can adjust to its changes will come out on top. A little money does help especially during the holiday season. Thanks, Eileen.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Dohn, That is funny I must be sychic too. ha ha. Oh well glad that you have that extra money coming in now.

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      Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

      Eileen, These are great ideas. I really like the last one since I would enjoy doing it as well... receiving payment for doing something you like... how could that be bad? Thumbs up on this one!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Linda, yes, working with any tpye of pet would have to be goo. Not crocodiles or lions though. Thanks for stopping by

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      Nemingha 7 years ago

      Great hub full of ideas, thanks.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      nemingha, thanks for stopping by

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Great ideas Eileen

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      Eileen , great ideas you have put forward. I have been doing this sort of work for family and friends for years, but somehow or other the getting paid for the job never seemed to eventuate ;-)

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Agvulpes

      I know the feeling, dont do for friends, do a small add in paper once in a while and you will pick up paying customers

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      shabarigirish 7 years ago

      Nice hub Eileen.. A Thumbs UP for your hub.

      But unfortunately I don’t get enough time do all these at home.. :(

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      shabarigirish,Thanks for that. Jus stop working so hard elsewhere then

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