Any homeowner knows that maintaining a house requires a lot of work. It can feel overwhelming when you consider everything that needs to be regulated, from the up-keep of electrical and plumbing lines to managing the foundation, the heating system and the AC, the landscaping and exterior of the home, and so much more. In most cases, a licensed contractor (such as a plumber or electrician) can take care of these types of home repairs and maintenance issues. However, aside from keeping all of the mechanics of the house in proper and safe working order, most homes built even as recently as 10 years ago need some level of remodeling. This could be for functional or aesthetic purposes, and often times, both. Perhaps your kitchen cabinets need a fresh stain, or maybe you’d like the old bathtub in your master bathroom to be removed to make room for a walk-in shower. These projects might seem minor in comparison to a large-scale remodel, and leave you asking the question — does this project require a contractor or a handyman? It’s important to know the difference between the two before you hire.
Here are some tips to help you determine whether a handyman or a contractor will be the best choice for your specific project:
1. Most trade-specific repairs require a licensed contractor
Anything that involves modifying or handling things like electrical lines, gas lines and plumbing, asbestos, or HVAC should be completed by a licensed contractor. A licensed contractor is either licensed by the state or registered with the state and must take the necessary steps maintain their license. Licensing involves passing exams, obtaining insurance, and meeting certain criteria to prove reasonable competency in a trade. This means they must have the background and adequate training to complete home repairs within the state. With all of the risks involved with these types of projects, you can imagine how important it is that the person you hire is licensed, insured, and experienced in their specific field. The main priority should always be the safety of your family and your home by ensuring these types of repairs are done correctly and to code.
2. A handyman can take on smaller projects and minor home modifications
Unlike a licensed contractor, a handyman is not required to abide by any state regulations. It might be concerning to know that just about anyone can call themselves a “handyman.” However, so long as you understand what kind of projects do and do not require a licensed professional, a handyman might be exactly what you need. Most handymen are very skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to minor home repairs, such as hanging drywall, painting, replacing trim work, repairing a fence, unclogging a drain, installing tile, pressure-washing the home’s exterior, and so on. These types of projects can be considered “small projects” or “minor modifications” because they don’t pose any real safety threats and therefore do not require a license to be completed.
3. Keep the price point in mind
Typically, the larger and more expensive the project, the more likely you’ll need to hire a licensed contractor. If you’re in need of a home repair that costs more than you’d be comfortable losing, should something go wrong with the job, it’s a good rule of thumb to hire someone licensed and insured. Since many contractors carry large insurance policies, the work is safer than with a handyman carrying a smaller policy, or with one who doesn’t carry insurance at all.
4. Hire someone that can do both
If you have multiple projects you need help with around the house, including some small jobs as well as some large-scale renovations, hiring someone that can help with both levels of projects is a great option.
Medford Design-Build has provided design and luxury remodeling services for thousands of clients across Tarrant County since 1982. We specialize in complete remodels of kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and more. Our team recently introduced an extension of Medford Design-Build specifically for handyman projects – Mike’s Guys Handyman and Construction! Offering both large-scale remodeling services as well as handyman services for smaller projects allows us to better meet the various needs of our clients.
Not only do you have the convenience of only contacting one company, but you can also feel comfortable and confident you’re your home is in good hands with our professionals, no matter what type of project you need help with! Contact us today for more information!
The Medford Design-Build Team