​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.





#1.

Handyman

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.

#2.

Handyman

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.


#3.

Handyman

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


General Contractor

Job focus usually involves building or redeveloping from scratch.


Common Tasks Performed:

Handyman

• 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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