Sep 27, 2018

Handyman or contractor?

Exactly what advantages does a handyman have over a general contractor (GC)? 
Large remodels can often be broken down into small projects to make them affordable. Know that handymen specialize in smaller, cost-friendly projects.

Because handymen focus on smaller jobs around your house, their cost is consistently less than a contractor. You should hire a GC for jobs that require the licensing and coordination between multiple trades.   Most handymen are able to address projects on an immediate basis. Once you have worked with a qualified handyman, you may be able to time, money and frustration by tackling several household needs in one visit. Do research your job before you hire a handyman. Some municipalities require licenses for even around-the-house jobs, and if you need a permit, your project is generally large enough for GC.

What kind of projects does a handyman do?
Install sink fixtures.
General plumbing repairs 
Install ceiling fans and light fixtures.
Install dimmers and replace switches and receptacles.
Gutter cleaning.
Home power washing. 
Drywall patching.
Install window treatments.
Build bookshelves. 
Interior and exterior painting.
Basic carpentry.
Repair and install new screens. 
Insulation upgrades.
Tile, laminate, hardwood and other flooring installations.

Unlike specialized contractors, handymen aren’t required to pass tests or obtain licensing. Do check references before you decide to hire. A thorough hiring process can ensure that your handyman will provide you with good service and a job done right.   Be sure to create and prioritize a project “wish list”.  Review that with your handyman and get his input and advice. Does he have an online presence?  Read ratings and reviews from past customers. Do ask to see a license if one is required in your area. Be sure they have liability insurance and get a quote before work begins. Good luck checking off your to do list!