|Posted by bill on February 25, 2015 at 9:40 AM|
That depends mostly on the type of project you need done. A General Contractor typically has his business set up to run larger projects over a longer period of time. His is often registered by the state and carries a large liability policy and is bondable. He may hire an architect or engineer to help with design and planning. His projects may take weeks, months, or years to complete. If he does residential work he is probably not interested in projects less than $5000 since he has to keep his overhead covered. In most cases he is not interested in small repairs. His skilled people are one or two trade professionals and he sends multiple guys to a project to get it completed. Many general contractors started out their business as a handyman business.
A handyman or home repair person will have his business set up for smaller projects and will have a smaller liability insurance policy. He may or may not be required to be registered depending on the state he is working in. His projects need to be attended to quickly and may only take hours or a week to complete. He can also get in faster to begin work since he is not tied up on other larger projects. A home repair person or handyman will have experience in a variety of trades. He needs to be able to do some plumbing, some electrical, and some carpentry as some smaller projects require multiple trades. Sending multiple tradesman out is inefficient, time consuming and often upsets the home owner. Most handymen are not set up for larger projects and would probably prefer projects under $5000 depending on their skill set and experience.
Neither way proves competence to complete a project correctly, on time, on budget, or in a professional manner. Only your due dilligence checking into past projects and experience can reduce that risk