Need a major reno done around the home … have a broken door or cupboard? Michael Linhart’s your man. A qualified carpenter, Michael’s a Forster local and our new “Hire a Hubby” expert … no job’s too big or too small for this handyman …
What’s your association with the Forster area; what led you to move there originally, and how long has it been home?
Forster has been my hometown for the past 16 years, so my wife and I know the area like the back of our hands. We knew the location was where we wanted to raise our family, surrounded by amazing beaches and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
We’re a close-knit community; the neighbourhood is safe and the locals are friendly, and everyone is always happy to lend a helping hand.
Your career background has been quite varied. What are a few of the different jobs/roles you’ve had over the years?
I am a qualified carpenter and have 19 years of experience in crafting furniture and goods. In the past I have worked at a designer kitchen manufacturer building high quality kitchen bench tops and cupboards for clients, but I’ve always had an interest in property maintenance – everything from small repair work and odd jobs around the home – anything that will challenge me.
Why did you decide to take on the Hire a Hubby Franchise in Forster?
It started with various jobs around the home for friends and family, and then when this opportunity came along, I thought, why not? Joining Hire A Hubby has given me the chance to turn what I love doing most into an exciting career, but also free up my time to spend with my family.
It’s always a little tricky in the beginning, as it is with starting any new business, but Hire A Hubby, Australia’s largest handyman franchise, provide so much support and has a network of experts to guide you through the whole process. The hours are flexible, the workload varies depending on the job, and you find the right balance between work and family commitments.
What types of tasks can you help people with as a “handy hubby” for hire?
I am a fully licensed carpenter, so my expertise is woodwork, but the benefit of being a handyman is that I can do so much more. We can do anything from fixing broken doors, replacing window panels to large-scale kitchen or bathroom renovations. For me, no task is too big or too small. We’re also fully certified and police checked.
What do you most enjoy about home renovation/repairs?
The great thing about being a Hubby is that no two days are the same, and knowing that all my hard work has made my customers happy is the best part of the job.
A memorable project I worked on was completing an entire bathroom renovation and then flooring of the entire home for a local veteran. It was one of the larger scale jobs, but seeing his reaction after the completion was truly rewarding and gives me peace of mind, knowing I’ve done the best I can to support my community.
Typically, what types of clients will you be able to help? Can you assist commercial clients/businesses, as well as individuals?
The Forster-Tuncurry area is a split community of homeowners and rentals, but there is a new trend of brick-style homes in the mix of older fibro homes.
There are also a number of holiday units and homes, with people requesting to refresh a particular part of the home for the summer.
Our aim is to help individuals as our priority, although we hope to grow our business with a small team to assist commercial clients with a family-based approach, to match our growing community.
What are you most looking forward to about moving forward with your new business?
Being a local myself, my aim is to support the community in any way I can – firstly, by sharing my skills and knowledge, but also by providing locals with work when business grows.
When you’re not working, what else do you enjoy doing in the Forster area?
My downtime consists of spending time with my family (my three adult children and my new grandson). Now that I’ve joined Hire A Hubby, I can have a flexible work week and can see them more and more.
Where can we contact you/find out more about you?
To get a quote or to get in touch, you can contact me through
www.hireahubby.com.au or call our hotline on 1800 803 339.