Having a good neighborhood handyman you can trust can be especially valuable to a homeowner. However, finding a trustworthy handyman can be extremely tricky. You can't be too careful when you hire someone because some work without licenses. That's legal only if the job costs less than $1,000--including materials and labor. But do you really want someone without a license to work on your home? Ensure you're working with an experienced, licensed, trustworthy handyman; look for the Rosie on the House certified partner seal of approval.
How can I teach my children to be ‘handy?’Have you noticed that fewer young people can diagnose and repair even simple, ordinary breakdowns, like a clogged toilet or a flat tire? Their lack of “handiness” is bound to land them in more than a few tight spots—and paying a lot of money to people who have these basic skills. See Rosie's suggestions for teaching your children trade skills.
How can I tell if I’m hiring a legitimate contractor?The short answer: Hire someone with a contractor’s license. Qualified general contractors are licensed by the state. If your job will cost $1,000 or more—including materials and labor—you should ask the contractor to show you his license. Read more
I’m a woman who wants to be handier around the house. Where should I start?Most of us handymen and women started right where you are: without much of a clue. Like we were, you’re probably a little nervous that the roof will cave in if you hammer a nail into the wrong spot. It won’t. Bolster your confidence as a do-it-yourselfer by making your first jobs small ones that are more forgiving of the mistakes of a beginner. Some suggestions for beginner handywomen
What kind of tools are right for women DIYers?Any woman knows it’s often quicker and easier to do something herself than to wait for, pay for or pray for someone else to help her out. So more women are becoming do-it-herselfers. If you’re a handywoman—or want to be—consider investing in lighter-weight tools designed to feel comfortable in a woman’s hand
See full list of FAQs
Catch Rosie and Romey Saturday mornings on their call-in home improvement radio show on all things related to your house, home, castle or cabin. Below are a few clips from shows that have covered topics relating to handymen and handywomen.
Radio show archives and show times