The Differences 

Contractors — especially in strong economies — have plenty of work. But so do handymen, largely because they’re considerably cheaper than contractors.

As far back as people can remember, handymen have always been around. They are jacks-of-all-trades, they can do basic wiring and plumbing, paint, and do simple household repairs.

Because of a global shortage of skilled craftspeople, handymen — have more work than they can handle. But changing demographics and the fear of another recession have also sparked a marked increase in the demand for handymen throughout Europe.

Even though the handyman’s image has been upgraded, for large projects most homeowners are more likely to hire a contractor over a handyman. That’s largely due to the perception that they’re more qualified, which is often not true, but more realistically because contractors must meet strict licensing requirements.

Advantadges Of A Handyman

Since there’s no law that says all contractors must be licensed, many entrepreneurial handymen have created their own businesses so they can take on larger home-building projects. Many perform contractor functions, yet they don’t call themselves contractors because they haven’t met national or regional licensing requirements.

Like contractors, they hire craftspeople or handymen, and manage the project for a percentage of the total project price. The advantage to using them is their hourly or project rates are usually less than those of licensed contractors.

That’s not to say that homeowners should stay clear of all unlicensed contractors and tradespeople. Many do great work but opt not to be licensed, which can be costly, so they can charge less than their licensed counterparts.

Whether hiring a handyman or a contractor, there is great truth to the saying, “You get what you pay for.” Unfortunately, most homeowners learn this fact of life the hard way. However, thanks to lifestyle’s partnership with Ashford Home Services, you don’t have to. Ashford Home Services are quick, reliable in an emergency, and have great prices. For a free quote on any job, just fill in your details on our form and they will contact you as soon as possible.