Historically, being a handyman was regarded as a lower-status profession than that of a plumber, electrician, or carpenter. With the rise of huge national chains, attempts have been made to reverse that view by highlighting the professionalism of the trade and the fact that a handyman is a technician with a wide variety of skills and expertise.
The word handyman is increasingly being used to refer to a paid employee, although it may also refer to unpaid homeowners or do-it-yourselves. The epithet handyman is sometimes used to characterize politicians or corporate executives who undertake significant organizational changes, such as rebuilding a firm structure or administrative division.
According to one estimate, the market for home maintenance and repair spending increased by 14% from 2001 to 2003. According to another estimate, the US market was worth $126 billion and was growing at a rate of around 4% per year. Homes in the United States are aging; according to one estimate, more than half of all homes in 2007 were over 25 years old. And, as the world’s population ages on average, and as more senior individuals become less willing and capable of maintaining their houses, demand for handyman jobs in Fulshear, TX is projected to rise.
With a few exceptions, there are minimal legal difficulties in the United States if an unpaid homeowner works on a project in their own house. Paying handymen may be required to be licensed and/or insured in some areas. All handymen who operate in for-profit enterprises serving residential and commercial customers in New Jersey, for example, must be registered and insured. For safety concerns, handymen are sometimes excluded from large plumbing, electrical wiring, or gas-fitting projects, and authorities may require employees to be licensed in certain trades. Minor plumbing work, such as repairing water taps, connecting sinks, repairing leaks, or installing new washing machines, is frequently allowed without a license. Many handymen are protected by property damage liability coverage, which covers property damage caused by carelessness or accidents.