Below are client testimonials originally posted to our old website and in or on public forums between the years 2006-2012. We stopped adding testimonials in 2013; we figured that if you couldn’t get the proper impression from the extent of content listed below then no level of additional content would be much for motivation. Since then, now that EVERYTHING has moved into the digital world (when we started back-in-the-day, we only had print ads), we are aiming for testimonials galore.

Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:40 pm    Post subject:

I recommend Darren strongly. If he knows how to do it, it will get done.

John W.

Woodland Heights

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 9:05 pm    Post subject: Great Work!

I can highly recommend Darren, he did a great job re-organizing my garage.

The Heights

Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:10 am    Post subject: nice job

I had Darren repair a metal fence of mine and was quite pleased with the job done. It was a fair price and done quickly. Thanks again Darren.

Chris S.

Woodland Heights

Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:33 am    Post subject:

Darren fixed our wrought iron fence by welding several pieces that had broken off of it – it’s hard to find someone that knows how to do this type of repair.


Woodland Heights

Posted: Thu May 25, 2006 5:46 am    Post subject: rec

Darren came over this week and fixed the closet door that has stumped all others for almost 3 years. It is GREAT to be able to get into my closet without picking up and moving the door!


Woodland Heights

Posted: Sat Jun 24, 2006 1:55 pm    Post subject: Odd Jobs

Darren helped me out this week with some heavy yard work and installation of hammock posts. He is very personable and I found his rate reasonable. On top of that and best of all, he showed up when he said, worked hard and did a great job. I’ll be calling on him again in the near future


Woodland Heights

Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:46 pm    Post subject: Darren Etlinger- wonderful work!

Darren came to our place recently and did a fabulous job removing some truly hideous wrought iron from the top of our brick fence around the side of the yard. It totally transformed the look of the house!

His work was great, he came on time, and the fee was quite reasonable. We plan to use him again soon!

Woodland Heights

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:09 pm    Post subject: recommendation

Darren helped us out with removing an old chain link fence from property. He got the job done quickly and efficiently and was pleasant to work with.


Woodland Heights

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:39 am    Post subject: House Washing

Just had Darren wash my house and he did a good job and much more economical than the last time I had it washed. I’ll be calling on Darren to do some other odd jobs around the house that I cannot do myself.
Thanks, Darren.


Woodland Heights

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:49 am    Post subject:

Darren just washed our house as well. He did a great job! He’s reliable, honest and hardworking. We’d use him again for projects around the house that we can’t get to ourselves.


Woodland Heights

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:12 pm    Post subject: Darren

I’ll third that … Darren caulked all the gaps between my windows outside and then pressure washed the entire house. Great job. In addition, he installed some smoke alarms, fixed the running toilet, and told me what to do to get the ice maker working again. I’m sure there are other things that I’m forgetting.

Darren arrived when he said he would, did what he said he could, cleaned up after and charged a reasonable price. What more can you ask?


Woodland Heights

Posted: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 23:46:11 pm    Post subject: A/C Cage

Hi Darren,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the stellar job you did with my A/C cage. The build was solid and it was aesthetically pleasing! As you know,  my air conditioner was stolen, and I felt it necessary to have this cage as a means of protection. You’ve given me a product that assures me peace of mind. I thank you again, and will certainly use your services (as well as refer you to others) in the future.



Rice Military

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2007 08:09:03 am    Post subject:

What I liked best about working with Darren was his ability to handle many different kinds of projects. I needed a metal gate latch welded, some tile caulked, and some landscaping done. Instead of having to call and schedule a lot of different people to do each task, I just called one person. Darren was capable, reliable and easy to work with.


Posted: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 19:10:53    Post subject: Feedback from Happy Customer


Thank you very much for helping me take care of my Home. What may seem like small jobs to you and your crew are monumentally important to busy, single women like me that want to insure the proper maintenance on our Homes but do not possess any carpentry skills to do so.

Your follow up is impressive and uncharacteristic of “contractors”.

I would recommend you, without reservation, to anyone needing a handyman around their Home.


Allison Mitchell

Woodland Heights

Posted: Fri, 9 Mar 2008 21:37:00    Post subject:

As a single woman, I had been afraid to hire anyone to come into my townhouse to fix all the little things that were bothering me. Frustrated, I turned to Google and found Houston Honey Do. After reading the testimonials on the site and corresponding with Darren, I decided to take the chance. Darren and his colleague, Luke, arrived on time and with all the tools necessary. Immediately, they made me feel comfortable and safe. They were friendly, listened carefully to what I wanted, and gave me an honest assessment of what they could fix. The work was done in a timely manner and with attention to detail. I will definitely be calling Houston Honey Do for future projects and home maintenance, and I will be recommending them to my friends.

Christine L.


Posted: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 16:23:19    Post subject: testimonial

We mistakenly tried to re-caulk our shower twice ourselves with awful results. Darren did a brilliant job removing and then re-grouting our shower with the perfect color grout. He did a brilliant job waterproofing the back door and fixing the associated weather damage. He even told us how to fix our electric blinds! Our previous handyman had misdiagnosed the problem and told us that our blinds weren’t working because of an electrical wiring problem. We were planning on hiring an electrician but Darren told us that our type of electric blind was battery operated and we fixed it ourselves for free. He also found an innovative, cheap, aesthetic way to fill in the drainage holes in our sun room which used to be a balcony. Darren was personable, flexible and arrived right on time. We had no communication issues. I recommend Houston Honey Do to everyone that wants a trust-worthy, reliable and innovative home improvement. We will definitely hire him again.

Trudi and Henning
Woodland Heights

Posted: Tue, 27 May 2008 10:15:19    Post subject: testimonial

I needed a hefty job done for a house in which 15 college girls live. The work needed to be durable and done quickly. I don’t know much about carpentry and I didn’t even know where to begin. I met Darren at the house and he immediately gave me an assessment and got to work. The work was done that day. I was able to give him full access to the home. The girls and I felt safe and he worked with the utmost professionalism. They left the work area cleaner than the way they found it. I am extremely satisfied with the work and the way they conducted business. I am so glad to know that if there is a job no matter how big or small I can trust that Houston Honey Do will help me get it done right the first time so I can get on with the next task!!!

Claire O’Malley

UH Main Campus

Posted: Tue, 27 May 2008 08:34:55    Post subject:

Houston Honey-do did a very nice job repairing my termite-damaged job, and put on a wooden exterior that matched the original.  Their work was done on time, the cost was moderate, and they responded readily to requests for changes or other work.  They also did some painting touch-up work which was done well. I recommend them for very competent household repairs.

Wayne X Shandera, MD

West U

Posted: Sat, 31 May 2008 13:35:10    Post subject:


You did a great job repairing and replacing the rotten siding on our house. We are very pleased with your work, and will not hesitate to recommend you to our neighbors for any work they need done. I also appreciate you coming back to fix the rotten spot in the eaves. Thanks.

Scott Owen

Woodland Heights

Posted: Fri, 06 June 2008 13:35:10    Post subject:

Dear Houston Honey Do:

Thank you so much for your hard work!  This was a job I could never do on my own!  You and your partner came in and did and excellent job, left everything clean neat and tidy and got it done quick! I’m already collecting a list of other items I need your help with! I tell my family and friends about you and the best thing being, I completely trust you to get the work done, both in the house and out!

Your awesome!

Kristen McDade

Client for life…

The Heights

Posted: Fri, 31 July 2008 17:21:09    Post subject

Darren did a great job working on a fairly unconventional claw foot tub/plumbing job in our garage apartment.  He was very courteous and professional.  We would use him again for miscellaneous multi-trade jobs.  He’s a talented handyman.


Woodland Heights

Posted: Fri, 01 Aug 2008 08:21:01    Post subject

I just bought a new house in the Heights and Darren has already taken care of two projects for me.  He’s awesome! He’s professional, arrives on time and takes great pride in the work he does.  I’d recommend him to anyone anytime.

John Oakley

The Heights

Posted: Tue, 9 Dec 2008    Post subject: HONEY DO


THANK YOU for the referral of Darren with Honey Do………he’s magic man! Absolutely he solved problems that others would not approach.

I’m in love.

Talk soon,


Kirby Area

Posted: Mon, 2 Feb 2009    Post subject: testimonial

Ending 2008, we had substantial post-Ike damage (not covered by insurance) and a newborn baby on our hands.  I had researched, interviewed and obtained estimates from 9 contractors.  I had the greatest comfort level with Darren, and immediately felt that I could trust him.  This was definitely an excellent decision; outstanding workmanship, cost-effective, conscientious, and timely completion of the entire project.  I have started referring him to our closest friends.

Sean Reilly

Hyde Park/Montrose

Posted: April, 2010     Post subject: testimonial

I just can’t say enough about Darren of Honey Do. Finally we’ve found someone who not only shows up on time, he does a great job at a fair price. We have such peace of mind now that we don’t have to wonder what sort of person we’re letting in our home. From the first job he did for us, we were sold on his work ethics and how comfortable he made us feel. We would not hesitate to recommend “Honey Do,” to our friends and neighbors.

Sally Jewell & DeAun Faulkner


Posted: April, 2010     Post subject: testimonial

Darren is professional, courteous, and honest. He’s versatility and skill make him somebody I would feel comfortable hiring for a variety of household jobs, both big and small.



Posted: May, 2010     Post subject: testimonial

I feel very comfortable referring HH to my friends and clients.  I always find the work to be high quality and thorough.  The owner is easy to talk to and not only listens to the needs of the job at hand but can trouble shoot and develop the best way to get the job done.

Natalie Smith

west U

Posted: May, 2010      Post subject: testimonial

“Darren was great to work with.  He worked quickly and competently on a number of various projects.  He was quick to return all calls/emails and always showed up on time, which I greatly appreciated.  My client was very pleased and I definitely plan to use his services again in the future”.

Michael J. Ross

The Puryear Team at RE/MAX Metro

Posted: May, 2010      Post subject: Houston Honey Do – Prompt, Polite & Professional

I needed some overhead storage racks hung from the garage ceiling.  I tried to do it myself, but realized I did not have the tools or experience to do it right.
I contacted Houston Honey Do and I received a quote the same day.

Houston Honey Do arrived at my home at the appointed time, they even called first an hour before just to let me know they were on the way.
He took the time to understand my requirements and even made a few recommendations I hadn’t thought of.

We briefly discussed the quote that they had previously emailed so that everything was clear before the job was started.
He quickly got to work and the job was finished in less than the time quoted, so he revised the quote to reflect the lower price.  I was very pleased with the installation, especially the fact that the work area had been cleaned up.

I would definitely recommend Houston Honey Do’s services to anyone looking for a dependable, professional handyman for all those jobs we never seem to get to in our homes.

Bob Costantini
2205 McDuffie St.
Houston, TX  77019

Posted: May, 2010    Post subject: testimonial

I have challenged Houston Honey Do with a wide spectrum of tasks and they have exceeded expectations in each of these projects.  The challenges have ranged from changing lights, building custom structures,  custom joint work around a pool, paint, and curtain rods.  Its great to send Houston Honey Do an email with my to do list and they complete it for me.  Houston Honey Do completes my to-do list and they do it better than I could or could imagine someone to do.


Rice Military

Posted: May, 2010    Post subject:

Everything was going well until I was asked to show my father-in-law how I had “fixed” the ice maker, when he was helping me install a new part. ([Darren helped remove the original, faulty party] One of the many repairs Darren made, while my wife was out of town.) When I fumbled to remove the faceplate from the ice machine, it quickly became obvious that I was a handyman imposter. I had to confess (in front of my wife!) that I had a “professional” come in and complete my list of “honey-do” projects. We all had a good laugh, and in the end, my wife was happy that I had at least taken the initiative to hire someone to help with the tasks that I did not have the skill to complete on my own.

Darren has since returned to work on other miscellaneous projects around my home. My advice to homeowners is there will undoubtedly be projects/repairs that will be outside of your level of expertise. Never hesitate to contact Darren as he can move from project to project, helping you avoid costly service call fees that result from bringing in multiple contractors. I highly recommend “Houston Honey Do” – and have recommended them to my family, friends, and co-workers.

Ron Dyson


Posted: May, 2010    Post subject:

Darren has worked on several home projects for me and, each time, the results exceeded my expectations.  Actually, I think his goal throughout is to exceed expectations.  What I like best about working with him is that it’s a collaborative process – he listens carefully to understand what I’d like, clearly outlines options and costs, and offers creative suggestions that in each case improved upon my starting idea.  He’s absolutely dependable – he provides regular updates during the project, is careful about leaving the area as clean as possible at the end of each day and I feel comfortable having him working in the house when I’m not there.

I recommend him highly.

Joe Carroll

Shepherd Curve

Posted: May, 2010    Post subject:

I have used the services of Houston Honey Do on several occasions and have been very satisfied with the work product, the responsiveness and the price. I have recommended their services to my friends and will definitely call on them again when I have “honey do” projects that my husband can’t or won’t do.

Jo Ann

West U

Posted: May, 2010    Post subject:

“I’m new to Houston, and new to home-ownership, and I have to admit: I was overwhelmed pretty quickly. Between the “joys” of moving, settling into a new job, and jumping through hoops to get a home loan, I just didn’t have the time or the tools to try and check things off my growing “to-do” list.

And trust me, after buying an older house, there were *tons* of things on my ‘to-do’ list. I really needed to tackle the multitude of little things I thought would make my house more livable, but after putting down a large down payment, I didn’t want to strain my budget in the process.  Enter Darren from ‘Houston Honey-Do’: this man was a lifesaver! In one day, he managed to finish everything I could possible think needed doing in my home. He corrected sticking doors, fixed my desk, hung up curtain rods, installed peg boards, and even put in an automatic thermostat for me.  Fast, professional, and very likeable, Darren was a real lifesaver—and best of all, getting his help was actually pretty inexpensive! I can’t recommend Houston Honey-Do enough.”



Posted: May, 2010    Post subject:

Houston Honey Do is helpful in so many different ways. I have had the pleasure of having Darren help fix my office desk to working with him on a contract based pricing model to help me with my current and future sales opportunities.  Houston Honey Do is extremely diligent and thorough in their work, and they always manage to do it with a great attitude. Thanks again for all your hard work!

Jessica Pierce

Director, Business Development

Crisis Intervention of Houston

Posted: May, 2010    Post subject:

I am very happy to say that I am a repeat customer of Houston Honey Do for many reasons, but the 2 main reasons are: 1) everything on my honey-do list gets done professionally and is quality work, and 2) the price is not only fair but unbeatable!  Darren’s friendly, sharing, and entertaining personality is a free bonus! Darren can not only do the mundane and the usual but he can also do custom built and artistic work. I was very happy and impressed when Darren quickly and easily built a custom frame for a Charpai (a hand woven bed used in Pakistan and India)!  I would recommend him to anyone looking for the piece of mind of getting things done… And done well!



Posted: Aprils 19, 2012    Post subject: Long time customer

We have worked with Darren multiples times [over several years] and expect to continue to utilize is services going forward. We appreciate his professionalism, attention to detail and courteous demeanor.

Zach & Allison


Posted: Aprils 22, 2012    Post subject:

Recently, after purchasing my first home I decided I needed help in hanging a heavy mirror and with several other small home improvement projects (assembling a toy shelving unit, assembling & mounting bathroom vanity cabinets, etc.).  Darren, of Houston Honey-Do, was an enormous help in removing these projects from my never-ending “to do” list.  Darren performed quality work and provided more than fair pricing for his work.  As this was my second time using Darren for this type of help, I can highly recommend Houston Honey-Do and will definitely be using them again in the future as home maintenance and repair projects are required.

Amy Hastings

Houston, TX

TESTIMONIALS: Posted 2006-2012