After 15 years providing services to Portage Park neighbors and the Chicagoland
Community, I've retired and would like to sell the Portage Park Handyman Service.
There is a significant need for handyman services in the community. Proximity to
the expressways and northwest side of the city make it an ideal location to base
a handyman service. If you are comfortable doing home repairs, or are willing to
learn, it's a very rewarding field. If you are considering contacting one of the
franchises, this opportunity is available for thousands of dollars less. Contact
me directly to talk about a transfer of ownership. The positive reviews, good
reputation, and need for honest service delivery make owning your own business
very rewarding. Because of the established reputation and good reviews, the phone
If this might be a good fit for you or someone you know, please contact me to
Portage Park Handyman
Below is an article written by a friend of mine that mentions some
experiences over those years.
Life as a Handyman
Rich Escallier is the owner of Portage Park Handyman Service (PPHS),
founded in 2004. His brochure asks homeowners, "Not enough time to do it all?
Enjoy your time at home. Call us for help with your to-do list." Electrical
repairs, flooring, yard work, decks and fencing, gutters, plumbing, drywall,
painting and touch-up, flooring, general repairs, and carpentry work are just
some of the common services provided by Rich. Rich offered his services in the
neighborhood for 15 years. Calls still come in asking for services even though
Rich has moved out of the neighborhood. His work as a handyman has given him
personal and professional rewards.
Rich worked in the medical field as a certified clinical perfusionist. A
perfusionist operates a heart-lung machine, which is an artificial blood pump,
which propels oxygenated blood to the patient's tissues. His work was critical
but often interrupted family dinners and holidays; and although his efforts were
live saving, Rich wanted more.
Rich worked with his carpenter brother. They knocked a roof off and put a
second floor on his home. Rich found his passion. "I would come home filled with
satisfaction from the heartfelt thanks I received from homeowners. I loved this
job. I helped people in more ways than repairing household items. Once I was able
to enable a woman to stay in her home, by adding rails to help her move around the
house. Her housekeeper exclaimed, 'You were sent by God!' Sometimes it's just an
easy fix that makes a homeowner's life easier. A young mother would awaken her
toddler every time she touched the squeaky bedroom door. A dab of Vaseline on the
hinge pins, and her life was a little easier."
There is so much job satisfaction and with owning your own business, you can
adjust your schedule to fit your family. Most of the calls came in after the
weekend. You would start your day with no scheduled appointments, and at the end
of the day, you would have a full schedule. Rich's success rate was that he was
always prepared. "I have a van that was equipped with tools, construction
material, and miscellaneous items I had picked up at hardware shows that came in
handy." A lot of homeowners not only don't have the time or the skill but also
don't have the right tools to get the job done, and it might not be worth the
investment in the tools for one job. It is a great feeling to have a
reputation that grows fast and to be trusted in anyone's home. One of Rich's
solutions to a common issue in the city dealt with garages that were broken into.
About nine percent of burglars break in through the garage, according to the
National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). The intruder can gain
access into the garage simply by kicking the doors in. Rich replaced all the
original screws, which are often shorter than an inch, of the strike plate and
hinges to new ones that are at least 2½ inches long. Short screws are
unable to anchor the strike plate and the hinges to the door frame properly and
highly increase the chance of a successful break-in.
Rich feels that for a successful business to grow, you need to answer your calls
and show up and, most importantly, clean up after yourself. "It was easy to be
happy; I loved what I did."
Rich is ready to hang his hammer up and enjoy his life in a senior community.
Handyman businesses range from individually run small businesses to giant
handyman franchises. The U.S. handyman franchise industry earns $3 billion. With
a strong reputation and people at home more now than ever, Rich handled various-size
projects with tremendous online reviews and great customer satisfaction ratings. PPHS
is a well-established specialty home improvement business. Reviews from customers on
www.portageparkhandyman.com give Rich high praise. Portage Park is on the northwest side
of Chicago. Easy access to the Kennedy and Edens Expressways, Metra, and the 'L' make it
a convenient and appreciating place to live. Anyone interested in discussing the purchase
of PPHS, and the skills and experience necessary to continue its successful operation as
a thriving small business, can e-mail Rich at
firstname.lastname@example.org. For those with talent, patience, and passion for perfection,
finding a handyman business for sale can create a fine living out of an honest day's work.
Being willing to learn is more important than having vast experience.
Thanks, friends, neighbors, and anyone interested enough to read this article.
Portage Park Handyman