UPDATED 9 September 2022

House Specialties is always looking for individuals with high integrity, high attention to detail, and a high level of technical skill. If that describes you, we’d love to hear from you. Send your resume to oz@housespecialties to start the conversation. Please put your best foot forward.

Workers here are limited only by their innate learning speed and personal maturity. As a small company the opportunities for advancement are readily available and not constrained by corporate politics or managerial red tape. We want to promote our staff and reward them with the compensation, benefits, and independence that comes with increased responsibilities. 

To be successful at House Specialties an individual must be organized and responsible, time-conscious, and have proven customer service skills. We’re looking for folks who learn quickly, enjoy working independently and as part of a team, and take 100% responsibility for themselves. Attention to detail is paramount.

Things move too fast here to start with an entry-level employee at square one. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their carpentry skills, and have knowledge/ability in at least one of these areas:

  • electrical
  • plumbing
  • handywork
  • scheduled maintenance
  • gutter cleaning
  • pressure washing
  • low voltage installation

The more skills you have, the better your chance of being hired.

Each day is different at House Specialties. Because our projects are 1 hour to 4 days long, everyone on the team must be able to change direction quickly, adapt to new circumstances, and apply previous knowledge to new situations. Critical thinking minute-by-minute is a prerequisite for success. Team members must be able to present a professional appearance. Every work day begins at our shop in Skokie at 8am and employees must have reliable transportation to get to work. 

House Specialties provides for team members:

  • hourly pay $17-$40/hr based on experience, skill set, and level of attention to detail
  • health plan and medical expense reimbursement
  • PTO
  • other unique benefits
  • work vans for use during the work day
  • speciality tools (employees provide basic hand tools and a cordless drill)
  • tablet computers
  • uniform shirts (employee provides work pants and shoes)

If you are looking for a year-round paycheck you can count on with variety in your work, let’s talk about whether you might be a fit for House Specialties. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States, an acceptable driving record and a full background check.

House Specialties tackled my "to do list" with ease, precision, and care. The quality of work exemplified fine craftsmanship throughout the entire time they worked on the projects. While the work was being done I was kept apprised and asked for input or clarification. When the projects were complete, House Specialties cleaned up thoroughly. Another plus, House Specialties was prompt on the job, communicated digitally alerting me of the time of arrival. I highly recommend House Specialties for home improvement projects, and will call them again when more work needs to be done. This company follows COVID 19 protocol.

Patricia Tomich, Evanston, IL

This was literally the best experience I've had with any handyman/contractor. They came out and talked me through several options (correcting some SERIOUS issues that my home inspector uncovered when we bought the place), offering suggestions that made my ideas better. They were prompt with everything and really patient as I kept flip-flopping on the work to be done (we probably had 3-4 revisions to the quote). I like the easy-to-use online platform they use for all the quotes, notifications, invoicing, etc. Most of the contractors I've used in the past who say something like, "Eh...it's about $1,500 of work" and that's the quote...they write it on a pad of paper and that's the invoice. These guys are professional, but also personable and available.

Jeremy E, Chicago, IL

What a great day of getting a whole list of projects taken care of by the team from House Specialties. Work included: long overdue tile grouting in two bathrooms; various electrical issues solved; vacuuming out and replacement of a gable vent that had been damaged by birds; and a few other jobs that had been on our list for a while. Hard-working, cleaned up after themselves, and checked in with us when they noticed something we hadn't mentioned, or had an idea of how to save us a little money along the way.  When it comes time to sell our home, this is absolutely the team that will get us ready for listing!
(Appropriate COVID-19 measures in place the entire time Lightning and Mike were in our home.)

Eileen Heineman, Skokie, IL

As we were preparing to put our house on the market, we contacted House Specialties and bought their “pre-listing package.” We were shocked by the huge difference power washing made in the overall appearance of the house—it absolutely sparkles. We are delighted that when a prospective buyer pulls up, they will have an overall impression of an attractive, well-maintained house. It won’t be a “wow, it’s been power washed” response, but rather “this is a nice looking, well-maintained house.” The floor plan creation was also great – prospective buyers can only get so much information from pictures – a floor plan augments the pictures with facts. Throughout the process the professionals at House Specialists were responsive to our needs and very easy to work with. We’ll be using their services at our new home.

Jane A, Skokie, IL

Attention to detail. That’s what this company is great at. They built custom wooden framing at my storefront office to support digital signage in my front windows. Their carpentry work was rock solid and perfect down to the 1/8 of an inch, and the paint job looked like a custom car. They accommodated my schedule and worked with masks on for two days in the heat. They were quiet and respectful of our ongoing business and beyond clean. When they left my office was cleaner than when they arrived! Two thumbs up for House Specialties.

I highly recommend and will be using Lightning and crew again & again.

Steven Schwartz, Niles, IL

We hired Lightning and his crew to relocate a crowded electrical box in our basement. They did a fantastic job of rerouting the conduit and working around all the other mechanicals. The job took two days, and they let us know in advance that several circuits were going to be disconnected overnight. Before they left at the end of the first day they ran extension cords to power our basement freezer and other essential items. It’s that consideration, and the quality of the work, that makes me recommend House Specialties without hesitation.

Jim Hart, Skokie, IL