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Virtual home repairs becoming a new trend during Coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 8:16 AM, Jul 12, 2020

Not all of us are gifted with the skills to fix things or make upgrades to our homes and that's where a handyperson could help you out.

But during the pandemic, you may not want people to come over in fear of getting COVID-19 from them.

Another option you could try, which is gaining popularity, is virtual home repairs.

Fixer.com is a website you can go to to get an online walk-through with a home repair specialist for fixing, beautifying, or upgrading your home.

Mike Evans, the Founder of Fixer.com, said they started out as an in-person home repair service, but they found they needed to adapt fast when COVID-19 hit and lockdowns were put in place.

"What we’ve found since launching this video chat is that with a coach and a screwdriver most people can fix just about anything in their home with just a little bit of expert advice," said Evans.

The people who give the virtual helping hand are called Fixers and they're able to help you with things like electrical and plumbing repairs, installing smart home accessories, and assembling furniture, among other things.

Obviously it has a lot to do with how comfortable you are in terms of picking up some tools and getting started.

Evans said, "Some people are really excited to find out that they know how to fix a toilet and don’t have to spend $300 to bring a plumber into the home the next time that that happens and then some people find it's not for them."

The first five minutes of a video consultation is free and then it's $15 for every 15 minutes after that.

"It’s so much more convenient and much more affordable to get expertise digitally with just your phone and doing a video than it is to have somebody come into your home for every little thing," said Evans.

Once you've fixed or installed something with the help of a Fixer, you can retain those skills for the next time you need them or teach someone else you know how to do the same thing.

An easy alternative to this service that some people have also been doing during the pandemic is calling a family member who's good with tools on FaceTime, or another video chat service, and having them walk them through it.

You could also try learning things from YouTube videos with all of the tutorials that are available these days, but it's best to consult a professional to reduce the risk of serious injury.

It also goes without saying that if you aren't confident you can complete the task without putting yourself at risk, contact a professional who can help you with the home repair or installation.