The types of work that a handyman and a contractor do often overlap. This can make it confusing for homeowners to determine which professionals to call when they have a job that needs to be done.
Handyman and Contractor: A Quick Comparison
Although a handyman can do all kinds of jobs, there are certain projects that may be off-limits to them because the work requires a licensed professional. Plumbing and electrical work, for instance, require licensing. If you’re hiring a handyman for these types of jobs, you should check whether your handyman is properly licensed or not. If not, you’ll have to find a specialized contractor. Otherwise, you could be financially liable in case of damage.
Moreover, as a general rule of thumb, a handyman typically dabbles in smaller projects that can be finished in one visit. Meanwhile, a contractor handles larger projects that need a lot of coordination, time, machinery and workers. These usually include home additions, kitchen remodeling, storm damage roof repair, etc.
Tips for Hiring a Handyman or Contractor
Whether you’re hiring a handyman or contractor, it’s important to have a chat with several candidates about your project. Review their qualifications, and make sure that you feel at ease with the company that you will choose. Look at the previous jobs they have worked on, and check references or customer reviews online. Ensure that you’re dealing with a reputable business. Lastly, ask for a written agreement that contains all the specifics of the job, including the cost and payment schedule. Request a guarantee in writing as well.
Restoration Services has on staff many types of experts, including roofers, electricians and plumbers. Offering a range of services, we can definitely help you with your home improvement needs. Call us at (334) 350-3350, or fill out our contact form to request an estimate.