When it comes to home repairs or renovations, do you really always have to call a general contractor to do the job? For example, you have a light switch not working properly – is it really necessary to go through all the hassle of finding a general contractor, just for a replacement of a single light switch?
Let’s admit it, hiring a contractor for either renovation or construction can be really expensive, too. On the other hand, hiring a handyman can be affordable; especially that most of them just charge by the hour. Therefore, if a handyman has successfully fixed your light switch in around two hours, then you save a lot of cash.
It’s true that many handymen are extremely skilled that they share some of the skills experienced contractors have. There are numerous handymen that could fix anything from a broken toilet to a leaky roof.
But where do you draw the line between hiring a contractor and hiring a handyman?
Basically, a contractor and a handyman work in the same line of business in the sense that each profession shares the same skills: both are knowledgeable in home repairs including plumbing, electric wiring, roofing, minor home structural repair, and so on.
The main difference between the two is that a general contractor has a broader scope of work and is licensed to perform more types of intricate home renovation tasks than a handyman.
Hire a handyman for:
- Minor home repairs
- Replacing light fixtures
- Fixing light switches
- Replacing or fixing a toilet
- Replacing or fixing a faucet
- Painting jobs
- Minor roof or gutter repairs
Hire a contractor for:
- Major home renovations such as remodeling or adding a room
- Renovating the stairs
- Making some significant renovation or adjustments in the HVAC systems, water lines, or electrical wiring.
- Entire floor replacement
- Entire roof replacement
- The building or demolishing walls