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Groupon Review: Mr. Handyman

I have been buying a lot of Groupons. I'm going to share with you how the purchases went, so you can judge whether Groupon deals are indeed good deals. (In my opinion, many are great deals but some are mediocre once you really look at the value.)

 

Today Mr. Handyman came by to tack down a corner of my roof shingles that were sticking up and allowing birds to get in. I'm generally pretty skeptical of these handyman services because I don't like the idea of paying a rate -- often around $100/hour -- that covers electrical and plumbing skills but also hammering nails.

However, today's experience was great. My Groupon covered one hour of work, plus the $40 service fee and even the materials used (nails and some metal strips as makeshift flashing). Since the worker from the Oak Park/River Forest location was able to do the job with materials he had in his truck, he got it done within the hour and I didn't pay a cent beyond the $49 I'd paid for the Groupon.

He was courteous and a nice guy. He provided me with some information above and beyond the job -- information that I didn't really want to hear because it sounds like we'll need to replace our roof sooner than expected. He wasn't trying to upsell; he provided me the name of a roofing company that would do a good job.

So I got my problem taken care of for $49 -- pretty much the lowest you're ever going to pay to have a worker come to your house and get up on a ladder. While I'm still skeptical of the Mr. Handyman pricing model, I'm now confident that their workers are good guys who won't try to run up the clock on you, so I might actually call them again.

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