Can a Licensed Handyman Perform the Same Work as a Contractor?

When it comes to repairs, making sure you use the right person is key. One of the main questions that may come up is, “Can a licensed handyman perform the same work as a contractor?” While there are handymen who are very good at what they do, it’s difficult to determine whether they can do the same work as a contractor. They may have experience in certain areas, but may not have the experience or expertise for your project.

In most cases, the answer is yes, but there are distinct differences, including certain protocols and regulatory measures contractors must follow. A handyman usually takes care of the smaller items that do not need overseeing because in most cases, handymen aren’t licensed. Additionally, handyman work can be done by one person.

What Are the Differences Between a Handyman and a Contractor?

A handyman has a diverse skill set to perform minor tasks and simple repairs. In many states, a handyman can only work on jobs in a certain cost structure in the home or office. In order to perform work that needs to pass inspection, the handyman must take the time to obtain a license in that specialized field.

A general contractor usually manages larger projects that require a license or permit. They are also able to oversee residential or commercial projects. A general contractor usually hires other team members who can assist and get the job done. There are numerous licensing requirements for the general contractor that vary based on state.

Tasks Handymen and Contractors Perform

A handyman usually does work like hanging shelves and doors, painting, laying tile and other things that are not as intense or regulated by an agency. Although general contractors usually hire other specialized contractors such as electricians, plumbers, and engineers, they have a specialization as well. Their role is usually to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to successfully complete a project. A handyman with a license is more diverse and can adapt to tasks with more responsibility.

Is it worth it to get a general contractor’s license? It depends on who you ask. There are many lucrative handyman businesses that are excellent in what they do. Are you looking for a licensed handyman or general contractor? For more information, contact the team at Multi-M contracting today!

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