Hire a Pro Advice: Build Utility Shelving

Find someone to build utility shelving and expand the storage space in your attic, basement and garage.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Just about any tradesman can build a utility shelf. It requires the skills of a handyman, a jack-of-all trades who can evaluate, estimate and complete small home repairs. You'll usually find that they advertise in local newspapers and are listed as "Handyman Service" in the Yellow Pages. If there's a bulletin board in a hardware store or home center you may find postings of their business cards.

Plan to call a handyman service when you have more than one job. Often they charge a minimum fee to cover the expense of traveling so make it worthwhile for you and the handyman. If you have to take off work to be home for the repair work, you'll benefit from having more than one job on your house "to-do" list checked off.