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Speedy Home Repairs
Find a qualified handyman now by logging on to House Doctors (HouseDoctors.com) or Handyman Connection (HandymanConnection.com). You'll be connected with a local franchise owner who'll contact you to schedule an appointment and estimate. They're reputable, insured, experienced, and, in the case of House Doctors, in uniform.

The average job for Handyman Connection is $500, says marketing vice president Jim Rocchetta, who says that one visit might include replacing a garbage disposal, installing a ceiling fan, changing a faucet, recaulking a tub, and fixing a sticky door.

Best of all: Instead of waiting months for a contractor's schedule to free up, Handyman Connection will typically send someone in two or three days. "And we don't do those 'windowed' appointments between 8 and 12, where you're under house arrest," says Rocchetta. "Man, that irks me. If we tell you we're going to be there at 9, we're there at 9."