A common question that many homeowners ask is “how do I know when a job requires a handyman or a tradesperson?” We understand how confusing the two can be, especially since they are in the same industry. That’s why in this guide, we go over the difference.
The Difference Between a Handyman and a Tradesperson
The first step in discovering if a job requires a handyman or tradesperson is to learn about the difference between the two. A handyman is a person who is competent in a variety of skills and can work on many different repair or maintenance jobs. A tradesperson is an individual who works in the building industry under a specific trade — plumber, electrician, landscaper, etc.
The Type of Project
Specific projects require specific people. Even though handymen do many odd jobs, it does not mean they know how to do specific jobs like plumbing or electricity. Jobs that need extra care and attention or can harm you if not installed correctly need to be done by a tradesperson who has the proper training and licenses. Repair, maintenance or odd jobs should be left to a handyman. Some handymen have experience, training and licensing in projects like electricity, plumbing, fire safety and more, but always check before hiring them on.
The Equipment Needed
Many jobs need specific equipment. Not all handymen and tradespeople will have the equipment or materials you will need. If you have a job that requires multiple tasks that uses different tools, then go with a handyman. If you only have one specific job, then find the proper tradesperson.
Your contractor’s experience will also play a role in which one to go with. In some cases, a handyman can do everything a tradesperson can do. In this case, you will want to go with the one that has the most experience. While looking into experience, check out customer reviews and past project photos. This will help you determine if the quality is up to your standards.
At Valor Home Services, we have a skilled team of contractors that can help you with specific industries as well as handymen who can do odd jobs around your home. Whether you need to repair your baseboards or remodel your bathroom, we are here to help. Feel free to contact us at any time for more information or to book an appointment.