Contractors and consumers vote on hardest home renovation jobs
What are the hardest contractor jobs in North America?
CraftJack, a company that serves to connect homeowners to home renovation professionals, surveyed 1,609 and contractors and 652 consumers to answer that question. Respondents had to rank 32 types of contractor work.
"With DIY home renovations on the rise and heavily edited home improvement shows blurring the line between reality and entertainment, it’s easy for everyday Americans to misunderstand how much physical labor and hard-earned skill is required for most contractor jobs.
The question remains: What sort of work is most physically grueling and what’s hardest to learn and master?"
"Consumers and contractors both said roofing and demolition are the most physically demanding trades," says CraftJack. "While contractors voted carpentry as the third-most physically demanding trade, it barely cracked the top ten for consumers.
CraftJack then asked each group what sort of work is most difficult to master.
"Interestingly, contractors don’t believe painting, carpet cleaning, and electrical work to be very physically demanding… unless it’s their specialty! On the other hand, carpentry was equally saluted by both carpenters and non-carpenters," writes CraftJack.
"A similar pattern emerged when we asked about the trades most difficult to master. According to other contractors, electrical and HVAC are among the hardest to learn, but flooring and cleaning specialists were most likely to call their own crafts the toughest. Again, carpentry was viewed as one of the most difficult by both groups."
Average age for the respondents was 43.
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Robert Dalheim is an editor at the Woodworking Network. Along with publishing online news articles, he writes feature stories for the FDMC print publication. He can be reached at [email protected].