When and why to choose an experienced contractor instead of a handyman

Some jobs concerning maintenance in a building you own can be conducted by your handyman, or maintenance person. That’s why you hire employees, you expect them them to conduct routine maintenance tasks and keep the building running according to code requirements. Your maintenance person can conduct their daily routine efficiently, but sometimes a job comes up that simply requires a licensed contractor. You’ll find the contractor has skill and expertise beyond what a handyman can offer, additionally, will meet the requirements of your lien holder or mortgage broker according to what is required for you to maintain your end of the negotiation.

Engineering and Design

Although a maintenance person can typically repair a broken system, or the handy man approaches the job by simply replacing parts and fixing pieces in the system until it works again, the experienced contractor approaches a job from a different point of view. The contractor uses blueprints and engineering schematics to determine what the problem is and how to fix it, or if it may be a better idea to replace the entire system rather than continue to conduct ongoing repairs.

Professionalism and Time Management

A different perspective of viewing how the contractor works compared to how a maintenance man works is the contractor is conducting a job at an agreed upon price whereas the maintenance man works by the hour. The handy man is going to be in the building every day to continue making repairs regardless of the inconvenience other people in the building suffer as the system is broken down. The contractor is a professional with expertise in making the system work properly so the employees and clients can be comfortable in the building whether it is heated in winter or cooled in the summer.

Warranty Work

A final consideration is the warranty which comes with the work which was conducted. The warranty of a maintenance person is they’ll be in the building every day to continue repairs according to what they’ve already done. A contractor, on the other hand, takes responsibility that the job will be done right the first time around. The bottom line is that the handyman will be capable of conducting basic annual maintenance, but you do need an actual contractor when ongoing repairs make the system unreliable. It just doesn’t make sense to conduct ongoing repairs to a system which has outlived its usefulness.

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