Re: How handy around the house are you?
Not a handy guy. I can turn a screwdriver, drill a pilot hole, hammer a nail, and that's about it.
Our house was built in the early 1940s. It had been through a decent renovation before we bought it 3 years ago. Plenty to do, though.
My wife has worked for both a home builder and an apartment construction / management companry, so it's usually pretty easy for her to get the name & number of a handyman to come over to take care of something for us. I work for a decent sized organization and I've gotten to know a couple of the maintenance guys. A couple times a year, they'll come over and take care of a list of a half-dozen things (replacing light fixtures/switches, minor carpentry & plumbing, installing a screen door, etc). My philosophy is that these folks (1) know what the heck they're doing, (2) have the tools, and (3) do great work for pretty reasonable money. I, on the other hand, don't have a clue what I'm doing, don't have anything beyond a basic tool set, and am pretty strapped for time. Therefore, we outsource.