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The Ultimate Handyman Skills List for Home Renovation Franchise Owners

Posted Feb 13th, 2020

If you’ve developed interest in owning a home renovation franchise, you may be setting your sights on a concept that provides a focused service concept, such as ShelfGenie. Obviously, we encourage that.

But though that focus makes for a great brand and calling card, ultimately, you can also capitalize on a lot more revenue opportunities by branching out with related skills, to complement and augment your more specialized home improvement franchise services.

Having a more dynamic set of handyman skills not only opens up more revenue streams but will also make you a better owner with respect to your specific home renovation franchise. You’ll develop much more insight into the bigger picture of remodeling. What’s more, if you already have handyman skills, you’ll have a head start when you launch your own franchise, such as a ShelfGenie business.

The Handyman’s Role

First, consider a handyman’s role: doing small(ish) remodeling or repair jobs that the homeowner either doesn’t have time to learn, doesn’t feel comfortable attempting, or just would rather have someone else do it more easily and quickly. We’re not talking about a construction contractor who, with subcontractors, tackles major renovation and tasks that require professional licensure and specialized training.

A handyman should possess a skill set that a homeowner can call upon for those fix-it and small-scope renovation items that would cost an arm and a leg if they hired a true contractor—if the contractor would even take such a job in the first place. Everything is relative.

Deciding What to Offer

Now that we understand where the handyman lives in the world of home remodeling—just above the would-be-DIY homeowner but hovering below the radar and taking jobs contractors won’t give time to—we can really understand what skills a handyman should offer.

Essentially, the handyman skills list should consist of those jobs that a very handy homeowner maybe could do himself or herself, but which the handyman can do for them more efficiently and immediately, saving the homeowner time and heartache.

A truly “ultimate” handyman skills list could go on for days and probably also be unrealistic for a home remodeling business owner to get a handle on. A home has myriad features, rooms, panels, doors, windows, fixtures, mechanisms, nooks, and crannies that could use some TLC or outright renovation at any time.

But being a “handyman” doesn’t mean you should be able to do everything. As noted above, you shouldn’t need to offer services requiring extensive training and licensure, such as electrical or plumbing work. And obviously, you don’t need to provide any work that requires a contractor’s license unless you have one.

It’s a good idea to start with listing everything you know how to do and skills you would like learn.

The Handyman Skills List

This isn’t an exhaustive list, because that could include just about anything. But here is a solid list of handyman skills you can draw from in creating your “menu” of offerings. Each can bring additional revenue to complement your home renovation franchise.

Be sure to check your local laws and ordinances to be sure which of these requires special licensing, before you embark on performing a service you’re not sure about. Laws vary by state and sometimes by locality.

Consider any of the following services to offer in different areas of a home:

General Maintenance

  • Cleaning and repairing rain gutters
  • Testing and maintaining smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Replacing light bulbs in difficult locations
  • Painting
  • Hanging holiday decorations
  • Replacing HVAC filters
  • Installing insulation and weather stripping
  • Replacing water filter cartridges
  • Draining water heaters


  • Tile installation and repair
  • Cabinetry installation and repair
  • Countertop installation and repair
  • Painting
  • Caulking and grouting
  • Drywall/plaster repair
  • Installing glide-out shelving in cabinets and closets


  • Drywall/plaster repair
  • Window treatment installation
  • Painting
  • Door installation and repair
  • Bookcase installation
  • Molding and trim work
  • Assembling furniture
  • Flooring
  • Hanging mirrors and art


  • Drywall/plaster repair
  • Caulking and grouting
  • Installing/repairing cabinets
  • Installing glide-out shelving in cabinets and closets
  • Tile installation
  • Installing backsplashes
  • Installing and repairing doors
  • Window installation
  • Window treatment installation
  • Molding and trim work
  • Flooring

Living Rooms and Dining Rooms

  • Painting
  • Molding and trim work
  • Window treatment installation
  • Hanging mirrors and art
  • Building/installing shelving
  • Assembling furniture

Laundry Rooms

  • Installing shelving
  • Draining water heaters
  • Cleaning dryer vents
  • Installing clothing rods
  • Installing glide-out shelving in cabinets and closets


  • Drywall
  • Organization/shelving
  • Installing garage door opener
  • Installing glide-out shelving in cabinets and closets


  • Gutter cleaning and repair
  • Installing gutter guards
  • Cleaning and resealing decks
  • Building/repairing decks
  • Installing/repairing screen doors
  • Installing/repairing doors
  • Installing pet doors
  • Replacing broken glass
  • Painting touch-ups
  • Power-washing driveways, awnings, etc.
  • Window installation/repair
  • Flushing downspouts
  • Building walls (hardscaping)
  • Masonry repairs
  • Repairing roof leaks
  • Repairing fascia and soffit
  • Installing/repairing fences
  • Installing/repairing siding

In areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and garages, a franchise of a shelving and organization business can streamline selling and installing glide-out shelving, establishing your business as a go-to for this service/feature. This is a way to add a real, branded specialty as you build out your offerings of needed solutions.

By offering more services from this handyman skills list to complement your home renovation franchise, revenue per customer will grow—and you’ll get more and more customers as well.

ShelfGenie Business Model and Support

We have highly effective tools and resources in place that allow franchisees to focus on scaling their business. Our franchise model allows the owner to focus on marketing and sales while leveraging designers, installers, and our centralized Business Support Center to handle most day-to-day activities of the business.

To learn more about ShelfGenie franchise opportunities, simply download our Franchise Information Report and someone from our Franchise Development team will be in touch with you shortly. Now is the time to take advantage of ShelfGenie’s one-of-a-kind support to start your business and hit the ground running!

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