Rick the Handy Man
Santa Monica, CA
Areas of service:Los Angeles, Glendale, Torrance, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Inglewood, Compton, Bell, Burbank, Pacoima, South Gate, Hawthorne, Santa Monica, Gardena, Carson, Huntington Park, Canoga Park, Redondo Beach, Lynwood, Reseda, Panorama City, Woodland Hills, Monterey Park, Northridge, North Hills, Sherman Oaks, Culver City, Sun Valley, Winnetka, Rancho Palos Verdes, Beverly Hills, Encino, Manhattan Beach, Lawndale, Venice, Maywood, Valley Village, Tarzana, Studio City, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Harbor City, Calabasas, West Hills, Pacific Palisades, Lomita and West Hollywood.
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About Rick the Handy Man
Rick the Handy Man does it all! We are the rick of all trades and our services are available for both residential and commercial.
- Hanging flat screens and putting together Christmas stuff
- Home improvements
- Tile work
- Wood floors
- Putting new furniture together or fixing what you have
- Moving and others
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Questions and answers
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
Guarantee that the work will be done right and to the satisfaction of the customer. Rarely do I have an issue because I always finish with a satisfactory result.
- What certifications or professional affiliations do you have?
I was a drywall contractor to start out but ventured into general construction after a few years. It all comes down to good drywall.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
Dimensions of rooms to be worked on are good to have on hand. A little research into the kind of project you want to do is helpful. Also, know the hours that you are available and be ready to pull the trigger.
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
Choose your projects and prioritize. One great thing about a handyman is that all hourly rates can be rolled into one continuous stream of work.
There is no set up and take down fees and time per profession. Plus, in general, a good handyman is cheaper than the specialized outfits (plumbers, electricians, etc.)
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
HANGING FLAT SCREENS AND PUTTING TOGETHER CHRISTMAS STUFF
Putting new furniture together or fixing what you have
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
The most frequent things that customers ask me about are color schemes and palate. I help in choosing which wall to add the accent to and where to start in picking out colors.
Believe it or not, most people are afraid to add a non-neutral colors to their home. I help ease those fears and get the customer enthusiastically over the hump and the results are always amazing.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
I just did a bathroom re-model (in the photos) with a very intricate shower inset. You wouldn't think much to look at it, but there were over 150 tile cuts to get that in there.
It was a little extra that the customer and I designed and it came out great. Both of us were very pleased with the results.
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
I have a USC degree in finance with a film producing minor. I do handyman work to give me flexibility instead of waiting tables.
- What types of jobs are the most common?
The most common jobs that I get to be honest are assembly of furniture, hang a lot of things on the wall (paintings, TVs Mirrors). Changing light switches to dimmers is a common add-on once I am there.
I usually get a quick run of things right at the end that the customer has been putting off for years. Suddenly in an hour or two, all of the nagging little projects are done and there is such a look of relief and satisfaction on their face.
That is quite rewarding for me as well. People LOVE getting their deposits back when they move as well, I repair holes in the wall, etc.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
They should ask what kind of experience that a handyman has. You should hear ideas from him that you haven't thought of and be excited for the work to begin.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
It depends from year to year. Some years I have projects that run for a month, then the home owner keeps on adding things to do.
Because my rates are inexpensive and I am very efficient and creative, not only does the "Honey-Do" list get done but it gets done really well. Other years I may be doing 6 jobs a week.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
One great thing about a Handyman is that all hourly rates can be rolled into one continuous stream of work. There is no set up and take down fees and time per profession. Plus, in general, a good handyman is cheaper than the specialized outfits (plumbers, electricians... ect)
- What brands or products do you work with?
I love the Home Depot. I prefer Behr Paint and Purdy brushes. I am a huge Craftsman fan, but will use DeWalt and Ryobi power tools. Skill is the only circular saw I use.
- How did you get started?
My father was into flipping houses when I was a child and always took me along. I wanted to learn everything there was to do in a house so that I could flip my own one day.