So you know you need some work done, but do you need a handyman or a contractor? When do you hire which one? Below are some guidelines you can use to determine who to call.
Size of the Project
For a large project, such as a bathroom remodel, you may need to hire a contractor. For smaller projects, you are generally better off hiring a handyman. To determine the size of the project more accurately, read below.
Number of workers
How many workers will be involved in the project? A handyman is usually a one person operation, and is the best choice if you only need one worker. For projects that will require multiple workers, a contractor may be a better option.
Need for a specialist
Handymen are jack-of-all-trades, and are perfect for a wide variety of jobs. But if you need a licensed specialist for a job, you may wish to hire either the specialist or a contractor who can oversee multiple specialists.
When a Handyman is Perfect
Lots of small projects
If you have a long list of things you’ve been meaning to do, but haven’t found the time, consider a handyman. From replacing door handles with more accessible models, to unclogging the sink, a handyman can take over your list.
Projects that don’t require specific licensing
Many projects that are hard for the average homeowner are within a handyman’s purview, such as replacing a garbage disposal. These types of jobs might take an entire day for a homeowner but, an experienced handyman can get them done much more quickly.
If a handyman can do the job, they will be cheaper to hire than a contractor. This is in part due to the difference in licensing requirements between the two.