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You want an honest person who you can trust to work on your house so don’t ask me to be dishonest with the government.I am a man of integrity. That means I do that what is right even though I am not being watched. I have principles that I live my life by and I will not go against my principles just to get a job and make a quick dollar.

There are significant risks if I accept cash for the job without reporting it as income.

Contractors caught not reporting cash income face serious consequences, such as penalties, court fines, and even jail time, in addition to having to pay the taxes they are trying to evade, plus interest.

You may think you are getting a deal by paying cash and avoiding taxes, but it can leave you with no warranty, no recourse for poor workmanship, and the added risk of liability if an injury takes place on your property.

As a member of the Association of Certified Handyman Professionals (ACHP) I have committed to run my business according to the standards set out by the association. Being a member is a mark of excellence and accomplishment. I will not risk losing my membership in ACHP by working for cash under the table.

To schedule a handyman appointment fill out a service request on our contact page or call 905 818 1162 or e-mail theancasterhandyman@gmail.com leave your name, location, contact information and a description of the project and Stan will call you back as soon as possible to schedule your appointment

I do free estimates on the telephone. When you call we will discuss jobs on your list and I will give you an estimate of how long I think it will take. I am a fast worker and accomplish a lot in the time but free estimates are just an estimate.

I can not justify the time to come and look at the work you want done if it is only a few hours work. If you want my advice on a project there will be a $75 consulting fee.

The cheapest way to hire a handyman is to pay time plus materials. I come and do the work you want done and you pay for the time it takes. If you want to add jobs to the list while I am there that is not a problem.

A fixed price quotes will be more expensive because I have to come and look at the job to see what all is involved estimate enough time to cover any and all problems I might run into and price out all the material required. I also have to include some money to cover my time doing the quote. If I do not run into any problems, it may take less time than I estimated, but you will still pay the fixed price you had agreed upon.

Stan McCallThe Ancaster Handyman, The man you can trust with all of your home repairs. I do not send some low paid unskilled person to your home to do your  repair work. I will show up at your home at the agreed upon time with my van and all the tools to do the repair work. I have many years of experience doing home repairs and there is not much that I have not done before.  For more information about Stan and his qualifications click here.

While I am happy to provide the material for handyman jobs it is better and cheaper if you provide the materials yourself. I can provide the material however I will have to charge you an hour to cover my shopping time, delivery and fuel. If it is too big a load for me to bring in my van then you will have to pay for the lumber store to deliver it.

I do have some basic things in my van like screws, wall anchors and calking. If you can send me pictures and a list of what you want me to do I will endeavor to bring all of the material with me however there is no guarantee that I will have everything to your liking.  If I have to leave the job site to go and get material you will have to pay my hourly rate for that shopping trip and the cost of the material.

If there is a problem with defective material I will return it but you are paying for all of my time to replace the parts. I do not mark up material to cover these costs. I am just doing shopping on your behalf.

The minimum charge is one and a half hour.

I have the utmost confidence in my work so all the work I do has my personal guarantee. I will make one return visit to investigate any claim of defective craftsmanship without a reasonable time.

Material or items that have their own manufacturers warranty must be followed by the specifications of the manufacturer. The customer is responsible for keeping purchase receipts, and any other documentation that may be needed for the manufacturers warranty.

If any work, material, or items under warranty are tampered with by any other person besides The Ancaster Handyman warranty is void.

If customer has any concerns or questions, they are to contact The Ancaster Handyman immediately.

You do not pay until the work is completed and you are satisfied.  By paying the full amount on the invoice, you confirm that you are 100% satisfied with the installation, repair or services performed by The Ancaster Handyman.

I do not warranty parts and material. I purchase material for you and do not mark up my material costs to cover replacing defective parts. If parts are defective I will replace them for you but there will be a charge for my time.

Normal business hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. If there is an emergency or special circumstances other arrangements can be made so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Full payment is required on the same day the job is completed. By paying the full amount on the invoice, you confirm that you are 100% satisfied with the installation, repair or services performed by The Ancaster Handyman. I will write up an invoice itemizing the time and material used and you can pay by check, cash or electronic transfer.

Check Policy

By using a check for payment, you agree to the following terms: In the event your check is dishonored or returned for any reason, you authorize us to electronically re-present the check to your bank account for collection of the amount of the check. You will also be invoiced a return check fee of $30.00.

Late Payment

Accounts not paid within 2 days of the date of the final invoice are subject to a $30.00 fee.

Collections

Accounts not paid after 30 days will be forwarded to collections and may be report to the credit bureau.

The Association of Certified Handyman Professionals (ACHP) is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose and vision to improve an unregulated handyman industry. Members must pass an exam and commit to run their business according to the standards set out by the association. Being a member is a mark of excellence and accomplishment. It demonstrates that you have the necessary knowledge to finish whatever jobs come up and proves your success and reliability as a competent professional.

I work on an hourly basis, I charge $50 per hour plus material and taxes. If I am picking up material for you I charge an hour to help cover my shopping time, delivery and fuel costs. The clock starts when I arrive in your driveway and stops when my tools are loaded back in my van.

My minimum charge is one and a half hr. plus tax.

For handyman service calls in Ancaster there is no trip charge but for handyman service calls outside of the Ancaster area there is a $30 trip charge to put my van in your driveway.

If you can give me a list of the jobs you need done and some pictures I will endeavor to bring the material required with me and give you an estimate of how long I think it will take. I don’t give fixed price quotes because it is the most economical for you that I work on an hourly basis. People who give a fixed price for home repair projects have to charge enough to cover all unforeseen problems that they might run into in repairing your home. You would end up paying for time not worked and if they run into some unforeseen problem they would still want to charge you extra.

I just charge for the time it takes.

If I have to make a special trip to the store to complete a job the clock is still ticking.

For time over the hour I charge by the half hour.