Help with odd jobs at home

Greenwich Handyperson Service

Need some help doing jobs around your home? Contact the Greenwich Handyperson Service.

The service provides help for people who are 60 or over, or those with a disability, doing essential small jobs around the house so you do not have to.

What jobs can I get done?

Here are some examples of the jobs that the Handyperson Service can take on:

  • checking and installing smoke detectors
  • hanging or taking down curtains, curtain rails or blinds
  • changing fluorescent light tubes
  • putting up shelves
  • replacing toilet seats
  • setting central heating programmers
  • bleeding radiators
  • minor plumbing jobs
  • minor electrical jobs
  • minor carpentry jobs
  • cleaning out gutters.

How much does it cost?

Any older or disabled resident can get these jobs carried out free of charge:

  • changing simple light bulbs
  • installing grab rails
  • removing trip hazards.

The Handyperson Service can also carry out other jobs, which are:

  • free if you get an income related benefit, such as Housing Benefit or Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • carried out at a reasonable charge for other older or disabled residents.

Some examples of the charges are as follows:

Handyperson Service charges
Job Cost
Set central heating programmer  £18
Supply and fit door security chain  £40.20
Replace plastic toilet seat and lid  £31.20
Clear out gutters   £36

We will give you an estimate of the cost over the phone or visit you and give you a written estimate.

We will send you an invoice after the job has been completed to your satisfaction, which you can pay in person at the Royal Borough's customer service centres, online or over the phone. 

What can I expect from the Handyperson Service?

We aim to give you an appointment for a visit within two weeks of your call.

We offer morning or afternoon appointments.

Our handypeople are directly employed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich. They carry identification and wear the Handyperson Service uniform.

Our handypeople are professional, friendly and polite.

Are there any jobs the Handyperson Service cannot do?

We are unable to offer gardening, painting or decorating services or to put flat-pack furniture together but we may be able to put you in touch with other agencies who can help. The Greenwich P2P Marketplace is an online service that can help you to find and book support services such as this.

Visit the Greenwich P2P Marketplace website to find out more.

For more advice on how to choose a reliable builder to carry out work for you, you can use our What Trader? scheme.

If you are a tenant, we are unable to carry out repairs that are the responsibility of your landlord.

Find out more

For further information or to arrange an appointment, contact the Handyperson Service.