Not sure if you should call a Handyman or a Contractor to fix repairs needed in your home or business? Here are some comparisons between hiring a Contractor and a Handyman so that you can make an informed decision on who to call.
Contractors vs. Handyman:
- Calling contractors and setting up times to have them come out look at the area of repair, and then return to do the repairs can be a pain. Most contractors will only come on their time and it is usually between times that range from a couple hours to a whole day.
- A Handyman is more flexible with scheduling time and can usually work around your schedule, some handymen include weekend scheduling.
- Contractors have to pay their guys to go out bid the job and then sends others to go out and complete the job. So you have different people in your home in and out until the job is complete.
- A Handyman works for himself so he is generally more efficient. He recognizes the value of time and the importance of managing it wisely, unlike an employee.
- Contractors have much more overhead. They have to pay their employees, accountants, insurance, rental property, trucks, gas, uniforms, materials, electricity, advertising costs the list can go on…. Costs that get billed to the customers.
- A Handyman has almost no overhead. Gas for the vehicle, and any materials he may need to purchase for a particular job.
- Contractors employees don’t always care what you think of their work, or the mess they leave behind, as long as they get their paycheck.
- A Handyman cares what you think of his work, he will be more likely to go out of his way to clean up and keep his customers happy. He knows that referrals to neighbors, friends and family only comes with quality work and service.
- Contractors are usually only knowledgeable about their service and the goods they use. They won’t be able to offer information or advise on different products or services.
- A Handyman has a wide range of expertise and is knowledgeable in many different industries and can offer suggestions and advice on which products, brands or solutions can be used in repairing, maintenance or renovations.
- Contractors buy so much material that they get discounts through the distributors. Yet they always pass the discounts onto the customers!
- With years of experience in the industry and the connections they have made with vendors, a handyman can usually get materials at a significant discount.