CONTRACTOR VS HANDYMAN

Who needs a contracting license?

Anyone working in Virginia who is managing or performing construction, removal, repair or remodel for a project over $1,000 must obtain a license from the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR). There are three license classes, they are Class A, Class B and Class C. 

 

Class A is the most qualified. At K.M. Cash Remodeling we are a Class A Contractor licensed in Virginia and North Carolina.

Porch Addition in Chesapeake, VA

What is a Class A Contractor?

As a Class A Contractor K.M. Cash Remodeling are legally qualified to construct projects in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth and across all of Virginia and North Carolina. We have 30 years of remodeling experience, renovating kitchens, bathrooms, home additions, in-law suites, garages and more. 

Virginia Beach, Double Garage Build

I am thinking about renovating my Virginia Beach kitchen and bathroom. Should I get a handyman or a Class A Contractor?

The kitchen and bathrooms are the most complicated part of a house and involve the coordination of nearly all of the trades (e.g. designers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, cabinet installers, HVAC, tilers). The quality and cost of the project depends on effectively scheduling, briefing, planning and managing all these tradesmen.

 

A handyman would focus on one aspect of the remodel, thus leaving the home owner having to manage the rest of the building process, hiring multiple different handymen for different sections of the kitchen and bath remodel. Additionally, the homeowner would have to apply for permits on their own.

 

Contractors take control of the planning, designing, initiating, implementing and scheduling of all the workers coming in and out of your home throughout your Virginia Beach remodel. This ensures that high quality results are achieved and the remodel is completed in a timely manner.

Before and After Bathroom Renovation in Virginia Beach, VA

I’m going to build an in-law suite in Chesapeake, VA. Could a handyman be a cheaper option for the home addition?

A handyman is limited to the types of projects that they can complete and they may not be licensed to do an in-law suite. Make sure you ask the right questions and see if they can pull permits, are legally qualified and have great in-law suite reviews.

In-Law Suite with Ramp Access, Virginia Beach, VA 

When should I use a handyman?

A qualified handyman is great for small projects to improve your home. For example:

-a blocked pipe that a plumber can easily fix

-hanging pictures

-hanging curtains and blinds

-filling holes in walls and painting walls in your home

When should I use a Class A Contractor?

Contact a qualified Class A Contractor when considering large projects in your home that require a lot of coordination, permit approvals and usually a couple of weeks to complete. Contractors have ample experience in construction and are legally qualified to do your remodel. These projects include:

  1. Kitchen remodeling

  2. Bathroom renovation

  3. Home additions

  4. In-law suites

  5. Deck builds

  6. Sunroom addition 

  7. Garages

Your home is one of the single largest investments you will ever make. Therefore, when your home needs updates, remodels, home additions and renovations make sure you find someone you can trust, are qualified, have great reviews and come highly recommended. 

 

Good luck with your next home remodel!