Handy Van service to the rescue for South Glos residents

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By Trucks79 | Friday, March 11, 2011, 10:08

South Gloucestershire Council's Handy Van service hits the road to help people over 60 as well as people of any age with disabilities with minor household repair jobs at a reduced rate.

One Downend resident that was particularly pleased is 77 year old Brian Smith, Brian usually does most little repair jobs himself, but when his tap started to leak it was of a type that he just couldn’t budge. He’d heard about the Handy Van service through the local Senior Citizens’ Forum and called them in.

Brian said “As well as repairing the tap with the minimum of fuss they also gave me advice about general home safety and security. They noticed, for example, that my door bolt was a bit weak and I didn’t have a security chain on the door. The Handy Van service fit all these things free of charge. They even showed me the best way to mend my extractor fan, something I’d been puzzled by for a while. I can’t praise them highly enough. The chap who came to see me was friendly, efficient and the price, just £30 for all that, was very fair.”

The idea of the Handy Van service is to help people maintain their properties so that they can enjoy living independently for as long as possible.

The Handy Van service is available to do a wide range of small jobs around the house – the sort of jobs that will take less than three hours. Labour is charged at a subsidised rate. Materials are charged for as necessary.

They can carry out:

Odd jobs around the home include

• fitting curtain rails

• hanging pictures,

• laying floor coverings

• moving furniture within the property

Plumbing jobs such as:

• taps

• washers

• leaks

• blocked sinks

Carpentry jobs such as:

• door repairs

• putting up shelves

• fixing sash cords

• assembling flat packs

• window repairs

General building work:

• gutter cleaning

• fixing slabs and cracks in paths

• pointing and plaster repairs

• washing lines

• fencing

In addition to that the Handy Van service offers a free home security and safety check and where necessary will fit free door and window locks, door chains and door viewers, and free low energy light bulbs.

To contact the Handy Van service call: 01454 863 857

Have you or anyone you know used the Handy Van service? If so we would love to know what you thought of the service and prices.



  • Profile image for louise0011

    so is this service paid for by the local council? or is it just kind local people helping out other community members?

    By louise0011 at 13:37 on 13/03/11

  • Profile image for bigmandave

    great little service a perfect way to get the job done cheaper without the feel of being over charged.

    By bigmandave at 10:44 on 11/03/11

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