When there is a home improvement or home repair job at hand, there are numerous options at our disposal. As a homeowner, you have the option of DIY, hiring a handyman, or hiring a licensed contractor. DIY home repair projects could definitely be rewarding, particularly in terms of saving money and feeling a sense of accomplishment. Hiring a handyman could also mean that the home improvement job will be done at a lower cost. However, choosing the wrong person to carry out your home improvement projects could have dire consequences. While you will probably have wasted a lot of time and money hiring the wrong person, the truth is that some improvements could expose you to plain danger.

Therefore, before you can pick up the phone to call for help, it is important to know what tasks should be handled by a licensed contractor rather than a handyman. Read on to find out what jobs should be left for a licensed contractor.


It is obvious that installing a new roof or upgrading an already existing one has numerous benefits. A new roof instantly gives your home a visual upgrade which improves its curb appeal. When there is a roof installation or roof repair project at hand, many homeowners think of getting a handyman to do the job. However, the truth is that this home improvement task is better left for a licensed contractor. A majority of modern-day roofing systems are complex and not friendly to the inexperienced personnel. Roofs often have multiple layers which work together as a single system to provide shelter and protect your home. Proper installation of every component of a roof protects not only the roof but also the walls, attic, and foundation from rain, wind, heat, humidity, and ice.

While roofing seems to be a simple chore, the truth is that to get the best results, you need someone who knows what they are doing and licensed contractors are your best bet for the job.

Electrical Installation

When there is a small electric fault in our homes, we always want to try our hands on it. However, the truth is that when you have an electrical installation project to handle, there is a lot at stake. While hiring a handyman would be the first thought in mind, the truth is that this job is best left to a licensed contractor, particularly if it involves running new cables or working with electrical circuits. A licensed electrician is trained to handle such a project and they understand the risks as well as safety protocols to follow.

We are not saying that handymen cannot perform electrical installations. What we mean is that if you are fortunate enough, you could end up with faulty connections and fried appliances. In worst case scenarios, you could have to deal with electric shocks or fires in your home. There are strict codes that come into play when determining how and where to install electrical outlets, switches, and appliances.

Plumbing Repair

Unless you are fixing a leaky faucet or unplugging a drain, plumbing repair projects are better left to licensed contractors. Besides, larger projects like installing water heaters or sewage tanks should not be left for the handyman because things could go terribly wrong. Improperly installed piping, bathtubs, and toilets could result in leaks or even flooding which would result in extensive water damage in your home.

When you are in doubt about hiring a handyman versus a licensed contractor, consider whether each has the tools and expertise required to safely and effectively execute the home improvement project. And if you are looking to save money on your project, take the time to assess whether the money saved will be worth the effort and time in the long run.