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Steve
08-15-2006, 02:11 PM
Have you noticed younger home owners to be repair-challenged? Have they asked you to provide services above and beyond lawn care?

Do you think there is a business opportunity in offering home maintenance services as well?

Young homeowners often repair-challenged (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14171265/) - With low interest rates allowing more young adults to buy property in recent years, many inexperienced homeowners are desperate for advice when the furnace goes out, the roof leaks or when a home project that seemed like a no-brainer goes terribly wrong.

"They know they've got to buy real estate; they know it's a good investment. But that doesn't help you when you swing a hammer and hit a pipe in the wall," says Lou Manfredini, a Chicago hardware store owner who gives do-it-yourself advice on local radio and nationally online and on TV. "Unfortunately, homes don't come with an instruction manual."

Contractors say it's not unusual for them to get frantic calls from young do-it-yourselfers who get in over their heads.

Howard Roark
08-22-2006, 05:07 PM
Interesting...

One of the largest lawn care companies in Central Texas began offering a handyman service earlier this year. They're now all over the radio advertising help wanted in this department.

We got a bid once for some tile work from a Franchise handyman operation. The bid was ridiculously expensive, but people will pay!

tlclismore
08-23-2006, 08:13 AM
We already offer this type of service. A sort of one stop shop for the home owner. It can be a very lucrative part of your overall business if you play your cards right