Houston, Heights Handyman Service

If you already have an honest, hardworking, and dependable Handyman, keep him.

IF NOT, call me: 713-548-3114

Friday, May 24, 2013

Yelp's Reviews

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4 friends   3 reviews  
Franklin Z.     
Houston, TX
Rico showed up to my place an hour earlier than our appointment (but had told me he might be doing this when I called him to confirm our appointment). He installed a ceiling fan after finding which switch led to the unused cabling, put on a new valve knob for my water shut-off valve, and removed a bird's nest and covered the vent where they were getting in for very cheap. His total cost was roughly equal to another handyman's quote on putting on the new knob. I would recommend him to get your general fixing and installations done around the house.

Photo of Robert I.   0 friends   1 review   Robert I.     
Houston, TX
Very professional and up front

We have worked with Rico on two occasions and he has gone above and beyond each time. He is great to work with. He is very clear on what jobs he excels at and which would be better handled by a specialist. His pricing is reasonable and detailed up-front.

Photo of Mike R.   0 friends   1 review   Mike R.     
Houston, TX
We used David and his guys to do a full interior and exterior touch-up and repair on our house before we put it on the market and were very pleased with the work that was done. Attention to detail and the desire to do to a "Good Job" were well demonstrated.
I would recommend Big City to any and all.
Mike Reynolds
Houston, Tanglewood

Photo of Linda G.   0 friends   1 review   Linda G.     
Houston, TX
Rico has done some work for me back in 2010 and have  yet to acquire any additional help.  2 years later I have still not forgot about BIg City House Calls and decided to give him a call when needing a flat screen mantled.  He quoted me a fair price as always and worked in timely manner.  Very professional and most importantly....I felt comfortable to open my door to him.

Photo of James H.   0 friends   1 review   James H.     
Houston, TX
Thanx Rico for saving me a lot of money...

Photo of Hakeem A.   0 friends   1 review   Hakeem A.     
Houston, TX
After 2 weeks of vigorous search for a handyman that is reliable, capable and professional with "hope" almost lost then I was reffered to Rico. He exceed my standards and expectations, his professionalism and honesty will always make him my first and only choice for services. Thanx Rico....

Photo of Neal B.   0 friends   1 review   Neal B.     
Houston, TX
Rico is an absolute godsend. He's professional, thorough, and efficient. He's probably saved my a couple thousand dollars in contractor's cost over the years

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

William Wordsworth

I Just liked it.
poWilliam Wordsworth
Then sing, ye birds, sing, sing a joyous song!
And let the young lambs bound
As to the tabor's sound!
We in thought will join your throng,
Ye that pipe and ye that play,
Ye that through your hearts to-day,
Feel the gladness of the May!
What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death,
In years that bring the philosophic mind

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A Handyman Can Assist You

A Handyman Can Assist You With All of Your Projects, Large and Small
When a lot of people need a project done for their home, they usually call a business or person that is geared to that specific area of expertise, whether it is painting or plumbing, for example. This article will describe why it may be a good idea to hire a western suburbs handyman to do the job since they typically are more well rounded in how to do a lot of different things as well as usually costing less. It will also discuss ways some handyman specific companies have emerged to assist people with very small projects like fixing a ceiling fan to remodeling a western suburbs bathroom.

The next time you need a project to be completed in your house you should perhaps think about hiring the services of a person who does many jobs. Hiring a person that can do many different things is a wonderful suggestion when you need to do some type of a remodel where many different things must be done. It will result in saving you money because you will just be dealing with one person doing all of the construction, electrical, painting and installation of additional things . When you do not have to pay for all of these different services, it will help the project go along quicker and save you a great deal of money.

Several businesses and companies have emerged promoting the services of a jack of all trades . They also let customers know that no project is too little to contact them . This greatly appeals to single women who may not know how to replace a ceiling fan or just need some small jobs done around the house. A lot of older widows have found this type of business to be helpful too as their husbands used to do all of these things before. Hiring a company such as this for a day to get all of those nagging projects accomplished around the house is a big relief to these women.

A lot of people that are handymen for jobs have had a lot of experience in various home building jobs. A lot of them may have been contractors themselves or even builders at one time with a wealth of experience on their resume . Others have worked for various types of jobs like an electrician and then a landscaper. When you are considering hiring one for a job, be certain you find out their exact areas of expertise so it will be a good fit for your own project .

With the economy in such a horrible place and homes not selling well currently, many homeowners are staying put in their homes and may want to do some renovations to make their homes a place where they can stay in for a little bit longer. By hiring a handyman service it will help you to get the renovation done and probably for less money . If you want some wallpaper taken down and a room painted or to have your basement totally finished, think about contacting one of these companies .

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Home Services

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

Albert Pine quotes

Sunday, March 7, 2010

What is a Handyman/Person

I am a handyman.
I was born to Puerto Rican immigrants in 1957 on the Island of Manhattan, New York City.

I've lived in Brooklyn but grew up in Queens. I've been working with my hands for as long as I can remember - from salvage yards removing parts from cars as a young man until my later years when I worked as a carpenter's apprentice - plumbers apprentice - electricians apprentice - floor covering [carpet-vinyl tiles and linoleum] appliance home delivery and installations etc...

Now I work for myself; I am the owner and operator of Big City House Calls a Handyman service provider in Houston,Texas, and I enjoy every minute of it.

I started this company, of course, to make money but more importantly because I enjoy serving people and using all the skills I've acquired throughout my life.

It seems like I have always been helping someone fix something or replace something that they didn't know how to do or they just couldn't afford to pay a professional to it.

So now I'm a Handyman serving the Houston Greater Heights area. I'm not saying I know everything or that I can do everything, but if I can't I'll
be the first one to tell you.

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Gustave Caillebotte, Les raboteurs de parquet (The Floor Scrapers), (1875), Musée d'Orsay, ParisThis article is about persons skilled in home repairs. For the popular song "Handy man", see Handy Man. For the tugboat, see ST Handyman.
A handyman, increasingly known as a handyperson or handywoman, is a person skilled at a wide range of repairs, typically around the home. These tasks include trade skills, repair work, maintenance work, both interior and exterior, and are sometimes described as "odd jobs", "fix-up tasks", and include light plumbing jobs such as fixing a leaky toilet or light electric jobs such as changing a light fixture.

Contents [hide]
1 Handyman projects
2 Handyman businesses
2.1 Market estimates
2.2 Independent operators
2.3 Franchise businesses
2.4 Assessment of Handyman Options
3 Legal issues
4 Handymen in popular culture
5 List of handyman jobs
6 See also
7 References

Handyman projects
The term handyman increasingly describes a paid worker, but it also includes non-paid homeowners or do-it-yourselfers. Tasks range from minor to major, from unskilled to highly skilled, and include painting, drywall repair, remodeling, minor plumbing work, minor electrical work, and furniture assembly (see more complete list below.) The term handyman is occasionally applied as an adjective to describe politicians or business leaders who make substantial organizational changes, such as overhauling a business structure or administrative division.[1][2] In the past, handypersons have usually been men, and home repair tasks have been seen as a male-oriented activity, but handywomen are becoming more prevalent as well as women using the term handypersons to describe themselves.

A handyman built this mailbox from particle board, with hinges, and exterior paint; the rounded edges were made with a sanderMany people can do common household repairs. There are resources on the Internet, as well as do-it-yourself guide books,[3] with instructions about how to complete a wide range of projects. Sometimes the fix-it skill is seen as genetic, and people lacking such skills are said to "lack the handy-man gene."[4] One trend is that fewer homeowners are inclined to do fix-up jobs, perhaps because of time constraints, perhaps because of lack of interest; one reporter commented "my family's fix-it gene petered out before it reached my generation."[5] A primary rule for all do-it-yourself repair work is focus entirely on one thing at a time.[6] For example, focus on getting a nail; then focus on hammering the nail; but don't try to do both tasks simultaneously. In this manner, injuries and mistakes are avoided.Assessment of Handyman Options
How well do the franchise chains perform? One Wall Street Journal reporting team did an informal assessment by hiring "handymen all over the country and asked them to fix a wide range of problems, from a relatively routine leaky faucet to a sticky door."[9] The reporter concluded that "with few licensing requirements and standards for the industry, prices are all over the board."[9] One quote was ten times as large as another.[9] Further, the reporter concluded "A big corporate name is no guarantee of quality or speedy service."[9] One corporate firm took three weeks to fix a stuck door.[9] Service varied from spotty to good, with complaints about unreturned phone calls, service people standing on dining room chairs, leaving holes between wood planking, but liked getting multiple jobs done instead of just one.[9] Customers liked handymen wearing hospital booties (to avoid tracking dirt in houses).[9] The reporter chronicled one experience with repairing a water-damaged ceiling. A franchise firm fixed it for $1,530; a second (non-franchise local handyman) fixed a similar ceiling for $125.[9] The reporter prefered the second worker, despite the fact that he "doesn't have a fancy van -- or carry proof of insurance."[9] Tips for selecting a good handyman include: ask questions, get written estimates on company stationery, make sure handymen guarantee their work, pay with credit cards or checks because this provides an additional record of each transaction, check references and licenses, and review feedback about the contractors from Internet sites.[1

List of handyman jobs
The list of projects which handymen can do is extensive, and varies from easy-to-learn tasks which take little time such as changing a light bulb, to extensive projects which require multiple steps, such as kitchen remodeling. Here is a partial list:

Air conditioner installation
Barbecue pit maintenance
Cabinet refacing
Ceiling repair
Concrete work
Curtain hanging
Decks repair
Doggy doors   
Door installation
Door repair
Drain cleaning
Dryer repair
Dryer vent cleaning
Dryer vent installation
Drywall repair
Fan installation
Fence fixing
Fireplace cleaning
Flooring Installation and Repair
General Maintenance
Gutter Cleaning
Gutter Repair
Lamp repairs
Lockset adjustment
Molding installation
Patio stone installation
Plumbing repairs
Sealing driveways
Shelf installation
Staining furniture
Storage area repair
Swapping a toilet
Waste and junk removal
Window cleaning
Window installation
Window repair

Handymen in popular culture
The handyman image recurs in popular culture. There have been songs about handymen recorded by Elvis Presley in 1964, Del Shannon in 1964, James Taylor in 1977.[17] There are femme-fatale TV characters who fall for handymen.[18] Handymen have been portrayed in books and films, generally positively, as do-gooder helpful types, but not particularly smart or ambitious. In a book by author Carolyn See called The Handyman, a handyman is really an aspiring but discouraged artist who transforms the lives of people he works for, as well as sleeping with some of his clients, and his experiences improve his artistic output.[7] The book suggests handymen discover "the appalling loneliness of the women who call him for help" whose needs are sometimes "comic," sometimes "heartbreaking," and deep down "sexual."[19] A 1980 movie called The Handyman was about a carpenter-plumber who was "good at what he does" but is "too honest and trusting", and gets taken advantage of by "women who find him handsome and understanding;" the movie earned negative reviews from critic Vincent Canby.[20] Other movies have used a rather tired formula of sexy-handyman meets bored-housewives, such as The Ups and Downs of a Handyman, a 1975 movie in which "Handsome Bob also finds he's a fast favorite with the local housewives, who seem to have more than small repairs on their minds."[21] In Canada, there's a television show called Canada's Worst Handyman which is a reality-show in which contestants work hard not to become labeled as the worst handyman. Home Improvement was an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, which aired 1991 to 1999.

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