What Every Newly-Single Woman Needs: A Handyman

Have you ever heard that January is the month with the highest number of divorce filings? It’s a difficult statistic to prove since there’s no central database of divorce filings. However, Judy LaBuda, a now former divorce attorney in Boulder, believes this to be true.

“We often meet with people for initial consults in November and December who decide to wait until after the holidays to file,” Judy said. Couples often choose to wait until the New Year to tell their children and it also puts off having to complete the financial documents.

What that means is that come January/February, there are lots of people living the single life again, often after being married for many years. I was married for almost 18 years and once I was in the house on my own with my two children, the prospect of maintaining it was overwhelming. I even worried about remembering when garbage collection day was and what I would do if I forgot to put the trash out!

One way to ease those worries is to have a good, honest handyman standing at the ready. Hope you enjoy listening to this story …..

I loved interviewing Maggie for this piece – quite aside from all the practical how-tos, the biggest message I got from her was not to take it all so seriously. Listen to that laugh! I’m not sure just when I started losing my sense of humor – definitely sometime before the divorce – but regaining it is absolutely a commitment I’ve made to myself for this year.

Have you rediscovered your sense of humor? Got a funny story to share?

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  • http://www.FEASTofBooks.com Rosemary Carstens

    Good audio, Mandy. I enjoyed it and thought you did a great job. I’ve been divorced for so long–and was never married to anyone who did any maintenance chores anyway–so I am pretty used to either (a) letting things go as long as I can, (b) disastrously trying to do something without a clue about how to do it–imagine a suddently exploding caulk gun in the bathroom! or (c) hiring someone when I can’t take it any more. I also take the long view–it’ll be there tomorrow and if it’s not flooding anything, ruining the value of my home, then procrastination can be a handy tool–

  • http://admin mandywalkerco

    Hi Rosemary – I do do a fair amount of procrastination myself. What I can’t figure out is why a put off doing some really simple tasks? Like changing the filter on the furnance – I know it isn’t that difficult – ther service man even showed me how to do it last time he was here. I don’t understand it …. why don’t I just get on with it?

  • http://www.handymantemecula-handymanmurrieta.com/ Gregory Despain

    People have little or no room to attend to the little things in their home and apartments. Therefore handyman services have become very important. While most handyman services are similar, they will not offer exactly the same thing. How does one choose a good handyman? +++ Experience The first thing that one should check on is how much of experience does the company have. Ten years is a good amount in this industry. It is vital for any handyman service to have been around for awhile as this would mean that they have the basic knowledge and experience to get the job done right the first time. + Hiring from a locally operated firm Before hiring a local handyman service to do the work, check to make sure that they are adequately insured and licensed. Both of these factors can play a important role if there is a problem. + Get your estimate in writing. Carefully look at the bid, make sure all the details discussed are included. The estimate should include labor cost, materials, how long the project will take, in the estimate.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/SinceMyDivorce SinceMyDivorce

      Thanks for the tips on finding a good handyman.

  • http://www.stlouishandymanservices.com Don@handymanservices

    All good advise as a good handyman can save you money and time and yes look for at least ten years experience as simple as many people think the trade is it is not it takes years to master many of the problems encountered daily by a handyman as they need to have a good command of all the trades painting plumbing electrical just to name a few do a little research you will find a qualified handyman services in your area that can take care of all your home needs

    Don