This is a free or low cost service to carry out minor repairs to homes for occupiers (who own their home or rent from a private landlord) who are over 60, and certain other residents. The service will carry out simple maintenance tasks from changing a light bulb to fixing a broken step.
There is an initial free assessment, with reduced rates for materials and labour. Costs and materials up to £30 are free if you receive certain benefits.
What can the Handyperson do?
The Handyperson can do a range of jobs inside and outside the home that you may be unable to do yourself, with a limit of 2 hours per visit. Example jobs include:
- Jobs inside the home
- Fitting a door handle or security chain
- Putting up a curtain rail
- Fixing a leaking toilet or tap
- Jobs outside the home
- Repairing loose paving slabs
- Fixing grab/hand rails
- Repairing a broken doorstep
- How much does the work cost?
A free assessment is available to everyone and if you do decide to go ahead with work there are reduced rates for labour and materials. For example, a door lock could cost up to £60 through the Yellow Pages but is likely to cost about £25 through the Handyperson service, and if you receive a benefit the work could be even cheaper! Labour costs and materials up to £30 are free if you receive certain benefits, please contact The Society of St. James to check if you are eligible.
How do I find out more?
Contact Society of St James to book an appointment by calling freephone* 0800 085 4802.
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