October 29, 2021

Here is what we will cover in this post;

  • What is the job?
  • Do you need a permit?
  • How long will it take?
  • Will it require more than just one task or does it have a lot of different parts to do it?

What is a handyperson?

A handyperson is someone that is handy and can perform various tasks around the house. A handyperson isn’t usually licensed, and they have general knowledge and experience in many types of work.

A list of handyperson jobs might include:

  • Pressure washing the outside of a house or deck
  • Removing outdoor mold
  • Removing brush
  • Repairing an appliance
  • Doing minor HVAC repairs
  • Painting
  • Doing minor plumbing repairs
  • Repairing drywall
  • Repairing tile in the bathroom or kitchen
  • Hanging pictures and curtains
  • Repairing a fence
  • What is a contractor?

A contractor is usually licensed, insured and bonded by the state requirements. A contractor organizes the project and makes sure deadlines are met. Most contractors have a specific trade they are experienced and skilled in.

Common handyperson rates are typically by the day or hour, often making them more cost efficient than a contractor. They also don’t typically have a lot of overhead costs.

The simplest way to determine the difference is licensing or certification depending on the scope of the job that is needed/required. Below are some simple examples of who you would use per job.

Table Source: homes.com

What is the job you are looking to have complete

The scope and size of the project will dictate the type of person you hire. Small repair jobs are generally something a handyman can do. The cost, time and experience set will determine if the size and skills involved would be best suited for a handyperson or a contractor.

Cost of Work (Budget)

Generally, you will pay per hour for a handyperson, and most contractors do not work hourly. 

Handyperson’s are often limited on the total cost of a project. This is dictated by state and/or local laws and they should be aware of what size jobs he/she can take on and inform you. Example: some states might limit painting to a maximum of $1000. Anything higher would have to be performed by a licensed contractor. 

Permit Requirements

If you need to pull permits for the work you do, it’s better to hire a contractor and they are responsible for knowing about codes and can pull the permits for you. Handyperson jobs are generally smaller tasks that don’t require building permits. Like licensing, permit requirements vary widely from state to state and county to county.

Some things to consider and do when hiring or contractor.

  • Are they licensed?
  • Obtain a written copy of the insurance policy
  • Ask for a detailed cost estimate with all expenses considered
  • Have they done similar projects recently?

Once you’ve selected the right person for the job.

  • Secure a detailed contract in writing.
  • Ask for a written agreement that details the job, the cost, and the payment schedule.
  • Keep Records of Your Project
  • Do you need a building permit?
  • Do specialty tasks need to be performed?
  • Will you be able to stay in your house while the work is being performed?

We hope this helps and we would love to see your before and after photos as the work progresses!