​The 3 Main Differences Between a Handyman and General Contractor

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

What are the 3 Main Differences Between a Handyman and a General Contractor?

When it comes to hiring a handyman or a licensed contractor, the issue is not about who can do a better job, the issue is about who is better able to handle the responsibilities of the job based on the scope of the project.



Is individually responsible for completing the work within a job.

General Contractor

Is responsible for completing the work with the assistance of other sub-contractors.



Usually is called in for short term jobs lasting from a couple of hours to a few days.

General Contractor

Usually is called for long term projects that last a week up to several months.



Job focus is usually: repair work, maintenance, and installations.

General Contractor

Job focus usually involves building or redeveloping from scratch.

Common Tasks Performed:


• Constructing and hanging shelving and cabinets • Repairing damaged or broken stairs and decks • Performing finish work • Painting or staining custom woodwork • Erecting prefabricated outbuildings

General Contractor • Helping to secure construction-related permits • Conducting certified energy audits • Supervising a sub-contracting team • Adding a second story to a residence • Finishing a job that requires a builder’s permit

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