When considering a remodel many customers are confused whether they should use a handyman or a licensed contractor. Here are a few factors to consider before making your choice.
A handyman is a person who is good with working with their hands in many different facets. They are great for smaller jobs around the house; such as cleaning gutters, repairing widows, painting, small renovations, or a honey-do list for example. Most are well qualified to perform these tasks and some are even retired contractors. A handyman can be a great choice for your project because they can save you time and money but there are some disadvantages. For example, a handyman may be able to execute electrical and plumbing projects but in Massachusetts you are required to have have a license. The cost of a handy man will probably be cheaper than a contractor because of less overhead, but you as a consumer has less recourse if something goes wrong with the project. Ultimately, the jobs performed by a handyman in your home should be tasks that you could probably do yourself but do not have the time or motivation.
If your project is large or extensive you should hire a HIC (Home Improvement Contractor) licensed contractor. Any job such as a home addition, bath remodel, kitchen remodel, finished basement, sun room, or any large project should be handled by a professional. These large project usually have many facets to the job that require precise plans and time schedules. A good contractor, especially a design/build company, will be able to provide you with not only a detailed schedule but also a detailed written quote. Bigger remodeling projects, most of the time, require some other type of licensed professional such as plumber or electrician to perform duties. Most reputable contractors have a list of subcontractors they regularly work with regularly and trust to get the job done right.
Both handymen and a contractors have similar abilities and are useful to homeowners in different ways but the question of which one to hire is basically answered by the size and scope of work of your project.