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the Handy Guy

Estimating common home improvements just got easier!


Contractors estimate from a stash of data. Handy Guy took the next step.

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A handyman repair service in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Very helpful with home repairs or improvement. 

Say, "Hello," to a convenient, comfortable and rewarding experience.


Handy Guy is here.


Helping customers as a handyman all over Des Moines - and Iowa - with their home repairs, custom carpentry, installations and small remodeling projects for more than 25 years. There's no job too small. Local, expert, sole proprietor, best price - no hassels!





Independently owned.

The guy in the picture does the work!  A State of Iowa Certified Lead Safe Renovator, Jeremy Olson's the original Handy Guy. One of the best handymen today. Always recent excellent references available.


Worked steadily through THE GREAT RECESSION. Helped over 3,500 face-to-face customers in the Des Moines area since 2006.


For more information, call 515-326-4596


The following tags take you to the Categories in the Members Estimate Builder. Non-Members can see a lineup of Services we provide below or on the SERVICES PAGE.


I'm handy in Bathrooms. It's one of my favorite tasks! I'm always proud to solve troublesome plumbing problems with repairs and Remodeling made to LAST. Services include: base molding, quarter round, basement bathrooms, bathroom ideas, bathroom vanities, cabinet doors, cabinets, casing, caulk removal, caulking, ceilings, doors, doors cut-off, doors reversed, drains, exhaust fans, faucets, fiberglass repairs, flooring, glass block windows, grab bars, granite, macerators (grinders),marble, mirrors installed, mirrors removed, repairs, shower seats, shower valves, showers, shut offs, sinks, space saving, storage, stub-outs, supply hoses, surrounds, tile, toilets, towel bars, traps, tubs, wainscoting, water lines

I'm handy with Flooring. From recommendations to installations I have extensive experience with flooring of all types and eras. I do sheet goods, laminate, hardwood and tile. I always envision and produce a beautiful floor. Services include: bamboo flooring, base molding, basement floors, carpet, carpet tiles, caulking, ceramic tile, cork flooring, floor jacking, floor leveling/patching, floor refinishing, flooring ideas, flooring repairs, granite tile, hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, laminate hardwood flooring, marble tile, onyx/gem tile, quarter round, scratch repair, sealing, slate tile, staircases, stripping/waxing, subfloor, tearout/demolition, transitions/thresholds, under floor heating

I'm handy with plumbing. From plumbing upgrades to major repairs I have over 25 years experience with cast iron, galvanized iron pipe, copper tube sweating, pvc & Pex systems. Services include: basement bathrooms, bathroom ideas, bathroom vanities, cleanouts, condensate lines, copper tube, dishwashers, drains, faucets, fill valves, floor drains, flush valves, food disposals, frost proof sill cock, galvanized iron pipe, gas line, hydrants, hydronic heating, ice maker water lines, Pex systems, plugs, plumbing leaks, plumbing repairs, plumbing upgrades, seats & springs/washers, shower valves, showers, shut offs, sprayers, stop valves, stub outs, supply lines, surrounds, sweating, toilets, traps, tubs/replacement, washing machine hookup, waste lines, water heaters, water purifiers, water softeners

I am a Carpenter. From framing a shed, or wall addition up to fine hardwood trim and moldings, I am your guy.  Services include: balusters, bannisters, base molding, cabinet doors, carpenter, closet rods, crown molding, cupolas, custom cabinets, decks, door casing, door slabs replaced, doors cut down, doors jambs repaired, doors replaced/installed, facia repairs, fence repairs, fireplace mantles, framing, handrails installed, hardwood floors, hardwood staircase, newel posts, openings added, pergolas, pickets replaced, play sets assembled, porch additions, quarter round/base shoe, railings, rotten windows restored, sheds built, shelving, siding repaired/replaced, sills replaced, soffits repairs, spindles, vaulted/coffered ceilings, wainscoting/raised panels, wall additions, woodwork

I'm handy in the Kitchen. I solve plumbing, disposal, dishwasher, fridge, ice maker, sink, faucet/sprayer, cabinet, flooring, and spacemaking remodels, repairs and replacements. Services include: cabinet doors, custom cabinets, dishwasher repairs, faucet/sprayer, food disposal, garden windows, ice maker replacement, ice maker water lines, kitchen cabinet ideas, kitchen conversions, kitchen electrical repairs, kitchen faucet, kitchen floors, kitchen ideas, kitchen islands, kitchen peninsula, kitchen plumbing, kitchen remodeling, kitchen storage, pots & pan racks, pull out shelving, refrigerator panels, repairs and replacements, rotten cabinet bottoms, sink upgrade, space-making remodels, vegetable sinks

I'm handy with drywall repairs of all types. From old plaster & lath to mildew resistant materials I can repair damage to walls & ceilings using various textures. My repairs are seamless and invisible using knockdown, orange peel, splatter, acoustic and sand textures. Services include: acoustic texture, buildup, bulkheads, bullnose corner, ceiling damage, ceilings replaced, curtain walls, doorknob holes repaired, drywall finishing, drywall repairs, dust protection, executive finish, knee walls, knockdown texture, mildew damage, mildew resistant materials, orange peel texture, patch, plaster & lath, sand texture, seamless and invisible, shower/tub walls, smooth finish, soffits, splatter texture, stain blocking, tray ceilings, wall damage, walls replaced, water spots

I'm handy with Doors. From modern upgrades to pre-WWII door replacements, I have the experience to assess, plan and execute a successful upgrade to your interior or exterior door scheme. Services include: 6 panel doors, Beaverdale arched doors, bi-fold doors, broken jambs repaired, bypass slider doors, cabinet doors, code locks, deadbolts, door adjustments, door casing, door closers, door guards/bumpers, door seals, door slabs, door spray finish, doors cut down, doors filled in, doors installed, doors jambs repaired, doors replaced, epoxy repairs, entry doors, French doors, glass doors, insulated doors, interior doors, locksets, patio doors, pet doors, pocket doors, pre-hung doors installed, remote locksets, security chain, security doors, shower doors, sills replaced, steel doors, storm door safety chain, storm doors, thresholds, transitions, voids filled, wood doors

I'm handy with Painting. From painting your whole house to one wall or a railing, I possess the accountability and skills to ensure your complete satisfaction. Services include: 3 story painting, Bond's One Time Guaranteed 7 year polyacrylate deck sealer, airless spraying, appliance painting, awnings, ceilings, chip remediation, color match, commercial painting, concrete painting, countertop paint, debridement, decks, door painting, enamel, epoxy paint, exterior painting, floor enamel, furniture painting, garage floors, high painting, house painting, HUD requirements, interior painting, latex/acrylic, lead safe renovator, metal railings, oil based, porch painting, rooms, scraping, sealers, staining, trim, Victorian painting, walls

I fix Windows. Oh...this is where I really shine. Everyone advises you must replace your rotted window sill. I rebuild them with vinyl and save you hundreds!

I am handy with so many things that I dont have categories for everything I can do.  So I have included the rest of repair, maintenance or odd jobs I offer here.

These are some of my most often provided services. I keep extensive data regarding actual cost of work done over my 25 plus years experience. I use this data to accurately estimate work and regularly satisfy the estimated price. Services include: bath exhaust fan repaired, ceiling fan repaired, ceiling patch/texture, dishwasher repaired, exterior door replaced, flat screen TV mounted, flush/fill components replaced, food disposal installed, garage door opener installed, gutters cleaned, kitchen faucet replaced, kitchen sink & faucet replaced, lock set & deadbolt installed, lock set remote automatic , mailbox & post installed, microwave range hood installed, pet door installed, storm door installed, vanity faucet replaced, vanity top & faucet replaced, vertical blinds on patio door, whole toilet replaced

"I have had Jeremy out several times over the years for various jobs and I have never been disappointed. His expertise in plumbing, and remodel work is all exceptional! I have and will continue to recommend him to many co-workers and friends and they have also been very satisfied with his professionalism, his approach to solving a situation and is cost minded for the home owner. He is very good about explaining exactly what needs to be done and the pros and cons of options available to do the job. He is tops in my book! Kudos Jeremy!"


"It's nice to know I can depend on you! I'm recommending you to everyone!"

Joy/West Des Moines

" I have always been happy with your work and how you fixed my door and not just replaced the lock - having someone else come in not knowing what will happen...but I prefer you - thanks for everything!


Jamie, West Des Moines

"You showed up on time...every time! You did a great job and it was half the price of other estimates. You are very professional and personable. The best part is I didn't have to do the painting! Thank  you."


Brian, Des Moines

“I’m so relieved to have all those annoying things fixed. They’ve been broken forever, and I never dreamed you’d get them all fixed in one visit! I’ve got a lot of work for you now.”


Julie, Beaverdale

"Your professionalism and abilities are worth every penny."


Helen, Des Moines

Jeremy, I have had several compliments on the front door and how nice it is to be fixed. Good job." 


Jerry, West Des Moines

“Fast, Fantastic work! Everything looks just great. It looks better than it did when it was brand new! This was a great experience and I’ve already recommended you to three other stockholders.”


Jim, Urbandale

“All I have to say is that God has blessed you with some serious talent.”


Gretchen, West Des Moines

“Great work and done so fast!  Our garage has never looked this good.”


Jim, Urbandale

“The locksmith told us we needed a new door, but Jeremy restored the big void where the old lock was, and installed a secure lock.  I don’t know what a 1923 round top front door costs but, I’m so glad I found Handy Guy!”


Michael, Drake Area, Des Moines

“Thank you SO much for taking care of this so quickly and efficiently. I appreciate it!!”


Megan, Des Moines

“I really could not speak more highly of the Handy Guy, Jeremy and his crew. I called the Handy Guy late on a Wednesday evening and to my surprise a real human answered.  Jeremy is trustworthy, honest and great to work with. I would recommend them to anyone needing almost any type of repair on their home.”


Phil, Urbandale

“You came out so fast and fixed our shingles JUST IN TIME for the downpour.  I was so relieved.”


Denise, Waukee

“I’m so pleased with your suggestions; I didn’t picture the porch looking this good. This will really help me sell!”


Tom, Sherman Hills, Des Moines

“They did an excellent job. They came out promptly to do the work and I was pleased with the results. They were responsive to any questions I had and I would not hesitate to call them again.”


Sue, Ankeny

“The Handy Guy said he would be there at 9 a.m. and he was there.  Very friendly and easy to work with. I told him I would be calling him again soon as my house needs many things done!”


Deb, Des Moines

“They are quality people who do a quality job.”


Greg, Johnston

“I plan to have them back again to do the work that they suggested. Both of them were friendly and professional. I was extremely happy that I called them and very satisfied with the work they had performed.”


Rick, Des Moines

“Very professional, courteous and prompt. I would definitely hire them again and recommend to others. ”


Roger, Clive

“They were easy to work with. Were very competent and friendly. Explained what they were doing.  I will definitely use them for all the jobs I need done in the house. They are great. ”


Gregory, Johnston

“First impression was excellent.  They suggested an appointment time which worked with my schedule and came to do the work. Everything was done perfectly. They were polite, efficient and very nice people in addition to doing an excellent job. They are now the folks I will call for any kind of handy help I need. ”


Sonja, West Des Moines

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