How To Know If You Need a Handyman or a Contractor

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If you own a home in Orange County, chances are you have an ongoing list of home improvement projects that need to be addressed. Here’s an example:

Get screen door installed before summer
Refinish the patio furniture
Check on dishwasher leak
Fix the garbage disposal
Paint guest room

The more things you add to your list, the more overwhelming it can become, particularly if you are holding down a full time job and have a family. That’s why it might be a great option to hire a handyman that can take care of some or all of the projects that you don’t have the time or the experience to tackle on your own.

Benefits of using a handyman

There are a number of benefits of using a professional handyman in Orange County.

  1. They know what they’re doing because they’ve done it before and can probably do it 10 times faster than you can.
  1. Since they are doing it for you, you get the benefit of the extra time spent not doing the home improvement chores you dread.
  1. And, if you are an amateur at home improvement tasks and decide to hire a handyman, you’re project will likely be done to a higher quality of standard than if you completed the task yourself.


Differences between a handyman and a contractor

So what is the difference between hiring a handyman and a contractor anyway? A handyman is traditionally a jack-of-all-trades that can preform a variety of different duties around the home. Everything from interior painting, to cleaning out gutters, to refinishing furniture, to replacing doors can be done by a competent handyman.

A licensed contractor is typically used to manage a larger home improvement project. The contractor will then hire specialized workers for each project depending on the need. If you’re doing an addition on your Fountain Valley home for instance, a contractor might hire someone to tile the bathroom, an electrician to install the lighting and a plumber to take care of the sewer and water pipes.

Depending on the city you live in within Orange County, you may be required to use a licensed professional for tasks that include electricity, plumbing and HVAC systems. Be sure to check on your local licensing requirements and if you live in a community with a homeowners association, be sure to check your bylaws before moving ahead with any larger projects.

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