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Home Maintenance and Repair

Keep clients’ homes in tip-top shape with a home maintenance and repair business.

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Home Maintenance and Repair

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

If you’re the type who can (and likes to) do just about anything around the house–mend a leaky faucet, nail down those sagging shingles, paint a wall, unstick a sticking door, repair a broken cabinet or build a garbage can enclosure, then this might be just the business for you.
You’ll be on-call in your neighborhood for all those jobs that aren’t quite big enough to hire an expensive contractor but are beyond the homeowner’s expertise or time constraints. This is a business with room for growth: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans spent nearly $43 million on home maintenance and repairs in a single recent year. The advantages to this business are that you can work from home, you can start on a shoestring, you’re always doing something different, and it’s gratifying. People are delighted when you can save them money by doing the job yourself and appreciative of skills that they don’t possess. You’ll need a variety of home-repairs skills–everything from minor plumbing to minor electrical to painting and carpentry. You’ll want people skills because you’ll be dealing with a variety of personalities on their home turf, and a good sense of logistics to help you determine which jobs to schedule in what order.

The Market

Your customers will be mostly homeowners, but you can also target owners or managers of small apartment buildings or condominium complexes who don’t have a maintenance person on staff, and small shopkeepers and real estate agents who may need help with a vacant property. Deliver fliers detailing your services to potential customers by tucking them under doormats or making them into door hangers. (Don’t place them in mailboxes–the U.S. Postal Service gets very upset about this.) Place ads in your local newspaper and in your neighborhood Yellow Pages. For small-business commercial customers, hand-deliver fliers or brochures and explain your services. You may not get any takers the first time you visit, but don’t get discouraged. A repeat visit or two can often seal a deal.

Needed Equipment

In some states, you’ll need a contractor’s license, so be sure to check with your local contractor’s board or commerce department before you start. You’ll want to be bonded. And you’ll need the handyperson’s stock-in-trade: hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, grip vises, flashlights, a cordless saw, a stepstool and ladder, and paint brushes and rollers. You should also have a pager so customers can reach you during the day and a pickup truck for making house calls.

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Zinc Strips And Moss Removal

Do you live in a wet area? Then a zinc strip and moss removal business may be for you.

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Zinc Strips And Moss Removal

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The biggest requirement to starting a zincstrip and moss removal service is that you must live in a wet and rainyarea of the country where moss accumulations on rooftops can causebuilding and structure problems. Providing this requirement is met, thebusiness is very easy to set in motion.

Simply put, this businessventure involves removing moss from rooftops and installing mosspreventative zinc strips and flashing. The fastest and most economicalway to market this service is to design a highly effectiveinformational flier explaining the benefits of moss removal andprevention, as well as your service. Distribute the fliers to homes andbusinesses in your community that have a visible moss problem.Providing you have included the right information in the marketingflier, it will not take long for the phone to start ringing and profitsto start coming in. Potential income range is $20 to $30 per hour, plusa markup on installed moss prevention zinc products, such as ridgestrips and flashings.

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Handyperson

Fix yourself up with a handyman business and start helping others today.

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Handyperson

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Cash in on the multibillion-dollar home repair industry by starting your own handyperson service. Handyperson services require little explanation about the business opportunity.
 
The main requirement for starting such a service is, of course, that you are handy with tools, have the required tools and equipment and have a good understanding and working knowledge of many trades’painting, carpentry, flooring, plumbing’basically, that you are a jack-of-all-trades. Currently, handyperson billing rates are in the range of $25 to $40 per hour, plus materials and a markup to cover the costs associated with handling and delivery. The service can be promoted and marketed to both residential and commercial clients through traditional advertising and marketing means such as the Yellow Pages, newspaper advertisements, fliers and door hangers, site and vehicle signage, door knocking and home-and-garden shows. Repeat business and word-of-mouth referrals will become your main source of new business once you are established, providing you offer clients good value and excellent service.

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Gutter Cleaning

Everyone hates cleaning the gutters–so help them out.

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Gutter Cleaning

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Armed with nothing more than a ladder, garden hose, and basic transportation that will take you from one job to the next, it is possible to earn $200 to $300 per day cleaning leaves and other debris from rain gutters.
 
You will also need to obtain liability insurance coverage as well as workers’ compensation coverage, especially if you employ people, but these are also great sales tools because they give customers the peace of mind in knowing that they’ll be protected in the event of an accident or damage to their homes; they also project a professional image for your business. Market your gutter-cleaning services by designing a flier outlining the details of your service, along with contact information. Hand-deliver the fliers to homes in residential neighborhoods, and be sure to advertise a special promotion on the flier, such as a 20 percent discount to help secure work quickly. In addition to single-family homes, you can also contact home owner associations and property managers and pitch the benefits of your service.

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