A handyperson, carries out minor repairs and small jobs in people's homes and businesses.

What does a handyperson do?

You would use your DIY skills to deal with a wide variety of jobs and repairs. These could include:
  • putting up curtain rails, shelves and picture frames
  • fitting smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and grab rails
  • replacing fuses, plugs and light bulbs
  • fitting door and window locks, and alarms
  • unblocking sinks, and fixing leaking taps and overflow problems
  • adjusting or re-hanging doors
  • moving or assembling items of furniture
  • painting and decorating
  • basic gardening services, clearing out guttering or minor building repairs

You would also record details of the work carried out and fill in timesheets.

What do I need to do to become a handyperson?

There are no set qualifications needed to work as a handyperson. Employers will expect you to have good DIY skills.

Previous experience and qualifications in joinery, plumbing or electrics will be helpful and may give you an advantage when looking for work. Most colleges offer short courses in DIY skills and this can be a good starting point if you haven't done much DIY before.

Experience of working with older people or people with disabilities in a housing or social care setting can also be useful although not essential.

You can volunteer to help out with DIY jobs for a housing association or charity that runs maintenance services, like Age UK. This can give you the chance to pick up skills and make contacts which may lead to paid work.

You may need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance if you are going to be working with vulnerable groups, like the elderly or people with disabilities.

Related skills

  • Customer service
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Physical fitness

Where to find out more

The Building Futures Group

Where could I be working?

You could be working in a customer's home, or business. You might also provide services to organisations like local councils, sheltered housing schemes, nursing homes and property agencies. 

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