Affordable Handyman

Mario Carta lays fieldstone tile.

Mario Carta specializes in small household repair jobs, which are big deals to homeowners.

“I had a lot of rental property in South Florida, the Miami area, and there was no way I could hire people to take care of all I needed to have done,” said Carta, who, together with his wife, Alina, owns and operates Affordable Handyman Service.

“Having worked with my father years ago — he was a master bricklayer — I learned a bunch of different trades, and after I did it for myself, people would ask, ‘Could you do this for me? Could you do that for me?’ and it grew into a business,” Carta said.

He and Alina have worked as a team for the past 17 years in Citrus County, doing home repairs, from carpentry and plumbing to painting, fixing locks, cleaning gutters and everything in between.

“We do the things contractors don’t want to do because they’re too small,” he said.

When the coronavirus first hit Florida and many businesses were closed, as more people started staying home, Carta said his calls for service actually increased.

“They were home, looking around at things they needed to have done and called us,” he said.

He said the most challenging part of this time has been finding the parts and materials he needed for jobs, since stores were having trouble keeping their shelves stocked.

That, and not shaking hands with people.

“That was hard, because I’m a hand shaker, but we do what we need to do to keep ourselves and others safe,” he said. “I just tell people it’s not personal, and they understand.”

Carta said of all the jobs he does, his favorite so far has been working on coy ponds.

“I love designing and installing them,” he said.

Contact Mario Carta/Affordable Handyman Service at 352-257-9508 or email mc0869@yahoo.com.

Contact Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy at 352-564-2927 or nkennedy@chronicleonline.com.