Whether a small household repair job, interior or exterior painting or a larger project, such as a screen porch addition or basement remodel, a homeowner needs to be able to trust his contractor for fair prices and reliable work. For the past 15 years, over 10,000 customers in the Charlottesville area have come to trust and rely on Advantage Handyman Services, a local company with an office on the corner of Rio Road and Brookway Drive. Advantage Handyman has three separate divisions and offers customers a wide variety of services.

“Our Handyman Division is designed for smaller projects, but we have an entire staff of employees with different skills,” said Sean Castrina, owner of Advantage Handyman Services. “A single worker may or may not be good at dry wall, for example. If you need dry wall work, we will send someone who specializes in that field.”

Sean said that his Handymen average over 10 years experience and each undergoes a criminal background check and is personally screened. “I wouldn’t send anyone into your house that I wouldn’t feel comfortable having in my home,” Sean remarked. “You can have confidence that we will send skilled people and those you can trust.”

The local contracting company also has a Construction Division for larger projects such as sunrooms, small additions, in-law suites, basements and garage conversions. Advantage Handyman also has designers on staff, who can assist clients in designing their projects. “If you have a good idea about what you want and if you have a budget for the job and a time frame in mind, we are the company for you,” Sean confirmed. “We handle all the permits and will give you firm prices and firm start and completion dates. We can make the process effortless on your part. We also offer in-house financing and accept major credit cards.”

Some construction companies, particularly smaller operations, can leave a family’s home in disarray for months once the job begins. Not Advantage Handyman, where the motto is: “We come to your home and we don’t leave until the job is finished.

A third division is the Painting Division at Advantage Handyman Services. “We have as skilled a painting division as can be found in Central Virginia,” Castrina noted. “We have painted for many companies in the area including Martha Jefferson Hospital, Albemarle County, WVIR Channel 29 and well over a thousand residential homes.”

George Elder of Charlottesville was delighted with the recent work done by Advantage Handyman in a major renovation project. “Their prices were competitive, they came to work every day and finished the job when they said they would. Their work was outstanding,” Elder said.

Advantage Handyman also keeps costs and prices low by never adding markup on materials and never subbing out work to other contractors. “This way we can control our labor costs,” Sean noted. “We are competitive with any reputable contracting company carrying a class a license who is fully insured.” “Our mission is to provide craftsmanship that exceeds our customers’ expectations in a timely and professional manner,” Sean emphasized.


Sean Castrina has a Virginia Class A Contractors License and the firm belongs to the Better Business Bureau. Advantage.

From around the house by Jim Brewer

For a free estimate on your next project, call the professionals at Advantage Handyman Services at 434-817-7222 or go to their web site at www.AdvantageHandy.com.