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Handyman call-out service for tenants

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

helping out: Chris Thomas, Teign Housing's Handyperson, and Denise Bell-Stacey

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A NEW handyperson service has been launched by Teign Housing for people in Teignbridge.

The first customer was Denise Bell-Stacey from Newton Abbot who was visited by handyperson Chris Thomas.

She said: "I live by myself and sometimes struggle to do DIY jobs around the house.

"I was able to make a list of all the things that needed doing and book the handyperson to come over one morning to help me out.

"Chris, the handyperson, was very friendly and did a great job for me. I'm already working on my next 'to do' list."

The service, which is being piloted over the next six months, has been created through Teign Housing's Tenants' Forum.

This service is available to anyone living in Teignbridge, not just Teign Housing tenants, to help with jobs around the house and garden.

Barbara Bottomley, Teign Housing's property standards manager, said: "We are really pleased to be able to provide this service to our tenants and the wider community.

"Our handyperson can help people with jobs such as painting and decorating, assembling flat pack furniture, putting up blinds and curtains and gardening.

"Our tenants' forum has been itching to get this service up and running for everyone and we were very proud to have successfully completed our first appointment."

The handyperson service can be booked for a minimum of one hour, with additional increments of 15 minutes, thereafter.

The service costs £19.90 per hour which includes transport costs to and from your home and VAT.

The disposal of unwanted electrical items costs from £8 to £15.

The handyperson cannot repair or install any gas or electric goods. Teign Housing's handyperson is CRB checked and will always carry an ID badge.

To book the handyperson service, call Teign Housing on 01626 322722.

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