How do I learn to become a handyman?
August 16, 2011 8:05 AM Subscribe
How do you gain "handyman" skills to the extent that you can manage a rental property?
posted by abdulf to home & garden (20 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I've always rented an apartment and never had a reason, or a chance, to fix things up myself.
I'm currently saving for a house, but instead of purchasing a single family house, I want to try to purchase a duplex or something similar. I would like to have at least one or more units that I can rent out.
I have read up on this subject and many people suggest that for it to be profitable, you have to know how to do things like repair leaks, paint, change carpet, etc.
I'm fairly limited in my house repair skills. Let's just say, if it involves more than changing a lightbulb, I hire someone to do it.
I think I'll start by attending home improvement workshops at places like Home Depot and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
But maybe you have some experiences or ideas I haven't thought of. How did you learn to become a handyman?