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Handyman vs Contractor


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.


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