Hiring a Drywall Contractor vs. a Handyman: Pros and Cons

When you have a home renovation or drywall repair project, homeowners often choose between hiring a Drywall Contractor or a Handyman. If you want to get the job done right (and as efficiently and inexpensively as possible) there are a few points to consider before making the call.

Here are the pros and cons of hiring a Handyman, versus a specialist Drywall Contractor:

Drywall Contractor - Pros

Keeping projects on schedule

Drywall happens in the midst of everything else during a home renovation. If your drywall gets mucked up, it pushes back your whole timeline and can be very costly for other trades like electricians, painters, and flooring installation. Hiring a specialty drywall contractor means they knows just what to do and how to get it done. That means they will adhere to all related building codes, use the correct materials, and get it done right the first time.

Best quality and value

Unlike a Handyman, who usually works solo or with a single helper, Drywall Contractors like Custom Drywall can select installers with specific skills for each project. That means that you get the best finish possible for a standard rate.

Can do more than just Drywall

Drywallers can often accomplish more that just drywalling. For example, if you’re undergoing a home renovation, a company like Custom Drywall can take care of soundproofing, insulation, popcorn ceiling removal, and more. Drywall contractors have special knowledge of auxiliary projects’ costs and can help you get the most bang for your buck out of a renovation or drywall repair.


Handyman - Pros

More broad knowledge

For some jobs, hiring a generalist is worth it. If you have previously worked with a Handyman and are happy with their skills and rates, they may be a great solution for smaller repair jobs or more general maintenance and improvement projects. A stellar Handyman will know when to call in reinforcements for larger projects.

Low hourly rates

While Drywallers have honed their expertise in a select few services, Handyman are generally capable in a variety of home maintenance and improvement services. With more generalized expertise, Handymen tend to charge lower hourly rates than most specialized trades. If you’re looking for a ‘good’ job at a good price, a handyman may be your best choice. If you’re looking for a great job at a fair price, consider a drywall contractor for your drywall-specific projects.


Drywall Contractor - Cons

More limited skillset

Drywall contractors tend to be very good at a handful of special skills. If you’re looking for one person who can complete a wide variety of projects outside of drywall installation and finishing, a Handyman might be the right hire for you. But, if you’re looking to pay a fair rate for excellent drywall work (and auxiliary services), hiring a drywall expert is the way to go.

Higher hourly rates

The hourly rates of a drywall contractor may be higher than those of a handyman. Because their specialized trade requires thousands of hours of work to perfect, a higher hourly rate is expected. However, it doesn’t mean that you’ll pay a drywall contractor more that a Handyman for completing the same job. All those hours installing and finishing drywall makes these trades people extremely efficient, compared to generalized contractors. Because it will take much less time to complete the same work, you’re likely to get a better quality finish for about the same cost as a handyman.


Handyman - Cons

Insurance complications

A handyman doesn’t need a certification or specialty license to do their work. Without a certified, licensed professional completing your home improvement or repair projects, your home insurance may be compromised.

Quality concerns

While drywalling is commonly considered a viable DIY project--something that takes minimal skill or expertise--in reality, finishing drywall is not easy. There are provincial apprenticeship and certification programs that prepare drywallers for the skills and knowledge required to properly install and finish drywall. When you trust a specialized trade to a generalist tradesperson, you risk poor-quality workmanship.


If you’re choosing between hiring a Drywall Contractor or a Handyman consider these pros and cons, then contact Custom Drywall for a free quote. Professional drywall installation and repair may cost less than you think (and save you a bundle tong-term).