About Me

So you’re curious to know a little more about me?  Fair enough.  I’d like to start by saying two things I’m not good at are talking about myself and remembering to take ‘before’ photos on a project.  I’ll do my best here with the former.

I grew up in Oak Lawn, IL and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.  If you want to get my goat, as it were, please confuse it with ITT Technical School, which went bankrupt in 2016. Those of us who went to IIT would prefer you think of it as Illinois’ version of MIT, or at least, any legitimate university. But I digress.  I know what your first question is.  Why in the world is this guy doing handyman work??  He could be making big bucks chemically engineering things!  You’re probably right.  But I spent 8 years working as an engineer in the hazardous waste and recycling industry and another 5 years in various positions in the carton making industry and in those 13 years, I never went home at the end of the day feeling satisfied or particularly proud of the work I had done.  The people above me were forever complaining that I hadn’t done enough and the people below me were always upset that I wanted more out of them.  It was a no-win sandwich that left me wondering if there was something wrong with me.  I wasn’t happy, and as time went by, the people around me began to notice it too.

So right around that 13th year, my father was diagnosed with cancer and not too long after, passed away.  The event left me pondering my existence and purpose.  I trudged on for a short while longer, but eventually, I resigned from my position in the corporate world and took a ‘time out’ to see if I could find a better path that made me feel useful and productive.

During my time off, I spent a lot of time working on my house.  It had always been a hobby of mine and I remember fondly helping my Dad with projects when I was small.  Soon enough, friends and family were asking me to help them out with their projects.  It was therapeutic, but most of all, at the end of the day, there was quantifiable progress made and I felt good about having helped someone who needed it and appreciated it.  And that, as they say, was that.  I emptied out the 401k and the pension funds and started this business.  I didn’t know what was going to happen or how any of this would turn out, but it seemed to me it couldn’t be any worse than how I felt before.

That was back in 2015.  The business has become a resounding success and I am forever grateful and humbled that each of my clients takes a chance on me to help them with their projects.  Why should you give me a chance?  Mostly because I’m going to shoot straight with you.  I’m not going to recommend things I don’t think you need.  I’m not going to overcharge you.  If you ask me for advice, I’ll give my honest opinion.  I show up when I say I’m going to and if I’m running late, I’ll let you know.  If I don’t show and I don’t call,  I’m probably unconscious or dead.  I’ll never steal or snoop through your things.  I guarantee there’s nothing in your residence worth the loss of my reputation.  That, and I already have enough of my own stuff I’m trying to get rid of.  It’s more likely that I leave small boxes of my own stuff in your closets.  I listen, offer suggestions, and work with you through the whole project to be sure it turns out how you want it. I do high-quality work with high-quality materials.  I can’t stand doing anything over again, so I like to be sure it’s done right the first time around. Finally, I stand behind what I do.  You won’t have to send a search party out for me.  If there’s a problem, I’ll own it and take care of it.  Ultimately, I love the feeling of going home at the end of the day knowing I put in a hard day’s work and that someone appreciated it.  That only happens if you are satisfied with the job.  So that’s my motivation.

You still want to know more about me? OK, let’s see…  I currently reside in the Plainfield, IL area.  I’ve been in my current home for the past 20 years and am forever using it as a testbed for improving my skills or trying out new techniques.  I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, road trips, traveling, listening to music, playing guitar, writing songs and short stories to amuse my kid, and I’m a sucker for a good movie.  If I’m at your house, feel free to discuss any and all.  I love a good conversation and enjoy getting to know my clients and the interesting ways they like to pass the time.

Current Status:

As of March 8, 2024, Fix n’ Do is available for estimates immediately and projects with a 2-3 week lead time.

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Chris inserted dry wall and mounted our brand new 65 inch television last week. We were completely satisfied with his work and will definitely be calling him for more projects! He was professional, efficient, knowledgeable, and fair with his price. We would recommend Chris to anyone looking for superb handyman services!
Michael D. -5/30/2017
As a first time home owner, it's awesome to have someone help with all kinds of things. Chris has been great getting things done, as well as providing advice. From painting to changing light bulbs to plumbing and electrical. Working with Chris and his team has been a pleasure and I look forward to working with him in the future!
Heather D. -9/10/2017
After getting estimates from larger construction firms, Chris provided a very reasonable quote; both in terms of cost & time to complete. He was very professional and made very quick work of our project. He also provided some excellent recommendations for where to get granite & glass products. All-in-all a great value & experience.
Dino B. -9/24/2017
Chris completed a number of longstanding repair needs. We are already creating a new list for him. He was courteous, knowledgeable, prompt, reliable, and reasonable. I have already shared his contact information with my neighbors and family.
Jean F. -4/18/2018
Chris installed an over-the-range microwave and ceiling fan for me, and I was very pleased with the service I received. He almost immediately responded to my initial email, came to my house the next day to give me a quote, and had the project finished by the end of the week. His prices were reasonable and he did a great job. I'll definitely call him again for future projects!
Kristin S. -8/1/2015
Chris helped me replace two outdoor light fixtures and fix my storm door. He completed the work fast and even took the time to answer my questions on another upcoming project. Great communication through email and confirming his ETA on the day of work.
Debbie C. -3/31/2016
We had a major remodel of our master bath, and Chris handled it from start to finish. He made the big project go so smoothly, from the initial estimate and scheduling, to staying on track with the timeframe, excellent communication every step of the way, and making sure we were totally satisfied with each aspect of the project. I am amazed at the variety of skills Chris has- framing, drywall, plumbing, electrical, tiling. Each step was handled expertly and with attention to detail. We'd previously had him do a simple faucet repair, and then tile a kitchen backsplash, and both of those projects were also completed with a high level of professionalism, which led us to him for the bigger master bath project. So glad we did! Any project, big or small, Chris will be our go-to guy.
Deb P. -4/11/2016
Chris was responsive to my initial inquires and provided a reasonable price quote. He arrived on time and was very professional. He worked quickly and flawlessly. We will be calling him again.
Mike C. -8/13/2017
We've had a relationship with Chris for about 3 years and he is our first call for anything we need around the house. He is quick, reliable, and completely fair in his dealings with us. He stops by to brainstorm projects with us and provides multiple options depending on our questions. He has done everything from major sewer line repair to painting to hanging pictures in an awkward spot. There seems to be nothing this man can't do. In addition, he has worked the last two Christmas Eves as Santa by doing playroom projects while we get the kids out of the house. AMAZING.
Mary H. -12/5/2017
Needed 2 faucets installed in my master bathroom so I did a quick internet search and found Chris's business and I am very happy that I did.  I left a message via Yelp and within minutes I had a reply and the ball was rolling.  My appointment was set up, Chris arrived as scheduled, and took care of business.Very professional service, top quality work, and overall a very pleasant experience working with Chris.  I will definitely look to hire Fix n' Do for future projects and would highly recommend to anyone looking to get some work done around the house.Thank you Chris, the faucets work and look great!
David D. -4/15/2018