Remodeling contractor or handyman service? Which fits the bill?

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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Not sure whether to hire a handyman or a remodeling contractor? Getting the right person or company for the job is crucial for your budget and sanity! Start by focusing on the details of the project and what services you need.

Handyman services often charge by the hour and do one to four day projects, such as:

  1. Repairing or replacing faucets or electrical outlets or adding light fixtures.
  2. Drywall and painting
  3. Home repair–fixing broken steps, tearing out old cabinetry, replacing doors
  4. Kitchen cabinet replacement or refinishing

Remodeling contractors focus on bigger projects, such as full scale bathroom or mudroom remodeling that combine several skills. Many have crews of workers to supervise.

How much remodeling do you need?

If you’re looking at broken floor tile in the bathroom, can you get by with just replacing the tile (with a handyman service)? If the floor is uneven, needs to be rebuilt or you also want a new shower stall, look for a bathroom remodeling contractor who can coordinate it all.

Some projects can go either way, depending on the contractor and handyman’s skill level. Repairing roofing, for example, requires some knowledge of flashing, the metal that goes around openings to prevent water infiltration. It’s often best to hire your original roofing contractor for this type of job, but a handyman with roofing knowledge can do the trick. Just remember that repairing roofing requires a good command of ladders and heights!

Larger projects, such as the ever-popular kitchen remodeling, are best left to contractors, as tearing apart the kitchen involves several skills:

  1. Demolition
  2. Carpentry
  3. Plumbing
  4. Electrical
  5. Drywall
  6. Flooring installation

Always check the scope of the job, says Angie’s List. If it’s remodeling that will take less than a week and involve only one or two skills, try a handyman. If it’s a complex project requiring permits, insurance, and multiple skills, a contractor would fit the bill.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Remodeling contractor or handyman service? Which fits the bill?”

  2. Kitchen Renovations Sydney
    Sep 29, 2011

    I think; if I need to make a choice from both given options, I will go with handyman. The reason is handyman services are quite cheap and they provide excellent services. Good post.

  3. Feb 15, 2012

    I would agree with you Sydney, Handymen are cheaper and do provide excellent service. I am a handyman and know many other handymen and we can build you a house from the ground up.

    I have stayed a handyman because I like to have a low over head and be able to keep my prices affordable for my customers.

    I would call your local handyman first and try to see if they can help you out before contacting a contractor.

    Hope this helps.

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