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Smoke Detectors- did you know that your smoke detector is only good for 10 years? So if you have an old yellowed battery operated detector, it may be time to replace it. They now have sealed detectors with 5 or ten year batteries. You just need to do the monthly testing. Carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years.

Leaks- that running toilet or dripping faucet is increasing your water bill, wasting water, making your well pump run needlessly. Fix the minor leaks before they become big ones.

Weather stripping- Keep the cold air out and the warm air in. Replace worn or missing weather stripping around doors and windows. Caulk any exterior cracks around window frames.

I am very passionate about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Did you know you can donate household items and gently used construction materials to their ReStore in Chalfont? Proceeds help fund construction of Habitat houses. 

A handyman, increasingly known as a handyperson or handywoman, is a person skilled at a wide range of repairs, typically around the home. These tasks include trade skills, repair work, maintenance work, both interior and exterior, and are sometimes described as "odd jobs," "fix-up tasks," and include light plumbing jobs such as fixing a leaky toilet or light electric jobs such as changing a light fixture.
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Bucks County Herald April 12, 2007

Contractor caters to small household jobs no one else wants to do


Lennon’s Small Jobs was started with a specific purpose: to help the increasing number of senior citizens who have chosen to remain in their homes and the growing market of single women who own homes.

Both these groups have small repairs that are deemed "not worth it'" by general contractors, says Mary Lennon, a handyperson and owner of Lennon’s Small Jobs.  Lennon provides home repairs and painting to homeowners and renters in Central and Upper Bucks counties.

“I have found that there are many woman homeowners who are more comfortable working with me since I am female”, said Lennon.  “There is an added benefit in that I will take the time to explain what needs to be done and offer different repair options to keep the materials cost as low as possible. 

“My goal is to fix it rather than replace if at all possible” she added. “There is a shortage of people that will do the small jobs such as hanging a light fixture, painting a bathroom or repairing a storm door.”

The idea of only small jobs is to fill a need as well as keep the repairs manageable for Lennon who works by herself. 

Lennon does not limit her customers to women only; she has worked with couples and men of all ages also.  There are plenty of repairs that renters and homeowners need to have done and many people don’t have the time or the inclination to do them, she says.

Lennon wasn’t always a full time fix-it person.  As with many baby boomers, she wanted to leave the corporate world working in Information Technology, and do something with her hands instead of a computer.  She started by watching and then helping her father remodel the many houses that they lived in as she was growing up.  This then translated to maintaining her own home, a Victorian frame house over 100 years old.

“When I decided that I wanted to leave IT, I wasn’t planning to start my own business”, she said.  “I first looked for jobs working with seniors but could not find a good match.  I remembered a recent family story from a friend, whose elderly aunt lives alone and enjoys her independence.  However, her bed frame had come apart and she was unable to fix it herself,” Lennon continued.  “She didn’t want to bother her family so she lived with it for weeks before she asked her niece for help.”  That story was the beginning of my idea to help seniors maintain their homes, doing the high ladder work they were no longer able to do and the repairs that needed doing.  In three months time, Lennon had a business plan and made the plunge by leaving her office.

Lennon said she finds the work rewarding and enjoys working locally and meeting new people.  “It’s a great feeling when you can fix the problem for someone, “she says.  “And there is a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day, seeing how many small jobs I’ve completed.”   For more information, visit www.LennonsSmallJobs.com or call 215-421-3708.

 

 

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