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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a handyman charge?

Minimum rates for handyman jobs typically range from $60-$100. Pricing will depend on skill and experience required for the job, as well as regional labor rates. Here are a few examples of average handyman flat rates:

  • Attic ladder replacement: $150.
  • Toilet replacement: $75.
  • Ceiling fan and light fixtures: $75.
  • Faucet replacement: $125.
  • Garbage disposal: $75.

A handyman performs general maintenance and repairs for residential and commercial properties. A handyman may charge a flat fee for standard services that take a predictable amount of time, such as installing a new appliance, as well as an hourly rate for larger projects such as digging out and replacing a rotted fence post. A cost-saving strategy when hiring a handyman is to bundle all the tasks you want them to do into one visit to make the most of any minimum service fees.

What does a handyman do?

A handyman is a skilled laborer who provides basic home repairs. Anyone can call themselves a handyman, although most who do so are skilled with repairs and home projects. Reading reviews is a good way to determine their fitness for your job. The tasks a handyman can perform include assembling furniture, painting interiors and exteriors, repairing fences, repairing broken doors or replacing trim, hanging lights, hooking up appliances, and much more. Handymen may have flat fees for certain services, or charge an hourly rate. Handyman rates are often lower than those of a contractor, as they don’t have the same specialization. Some states have no limit on the work a handyman can perform, while others do. For example, California’s Building and Professions Code section 7048 (small operations) permits handymen to provide work similar to that of a contractor (floor installation, painting, etc.) provided the total cost of labor and materials does not exceed $500. A handyman is a great resource for minor home repairs at a lower cost than a licensed contractor, but for more complex projects, it pays to hire a specialized contractor. Fore more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

Can a handyman do plumbing?

In some states, a handyman can provide plumbing services, but it may be in your best interest to call a plumber, particularly for issues more major than unclogging a drain or attaching a new sink. Hiring a plumber is important because mishandling your water and gas lines has the potential to do great damage to your home, your family’s health, or even the safety of your neighborhood. A handyman is not legally required to have any training or licensing in plumbing matters, while a licensed plumber has undergone years of education and on-the-job training. In some cases, homeowners insurance won’t cover damage caused by plumbing repair done by an unlicensed handyman.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most plumbers learn their trade through a four- or five-year apprenticeship with 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. They also receive classroom education including “safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and blueprint reading. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry. After completing an apprenticeship program, plumbers … are considered to be journey workers, qualifying them to perform duties on their own,” according to the DOL. Licensed plumbers should do continuing education to keep abreast of safety and technology changes. Poor plumbing can lead to sewage backups, a flooded home or even natural gas leaks, so it’s best to leave it in the hands of a specialized professional.

Is it worth it to hire a handyman?

It’s worth it to hire a handyman in many cases. For example, you should hire a handyman when the project’s size and scope make it challenging to complete by yourself. These projects may include major home remodels or additions, foundation work or electrical/plumbing/HVAC-related tasks. However, make sure the handyman has the proper credentials or license to perform the necessary work.

You might also want to hire a handyman if a contractor’s price is too high. Handymen often charge less than general contractors, but contractors typically have the required license to perform certain tasks.

And, lastly, think about the complexity of the job and the cost of future repairs. It’s worth it to hire a handyman when the project is complex. Doing something incorrectly can wind up costing more than hiring the pro in the first place.

Does a handyman need to enter my home?

In many cases, a handyman will not need to enter your home for outdoor repairs, but they’ll likely need to enter your home for indoor repairs. With the pandemic’s associated safety guidelines, it’s important that this only occurs for absolutely essential projects. Avoid any physical contact with the handyman if this is the case. Sanitize surfaces, and conduct payment through a digital platform like PayPal or Venmo. Be sure to contact your handyman and develop a plan before the job commences.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a handyman during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Setting up a safe consultation or appointment with a handyman during the COVID-19 pandemic starts with comparing local professionals online. Message or call the handyman to ask about performing a consultation over the phone or, better yet, a video call. This will allow the handyman to assess the problem without increasing the risk of transmission by visiting your home. If the service is essential and the handyman needs to enter your home, you’ll need to take stringent safety measures for the visit. Discuss temporary fixes if possible, and come up with a plan for safety and digital payment.

Can I use digital payments to pay for handyman services?

Many handymen accept digital payments for work done repairing homes. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the urgent need for social distancing, this trend is likely going to increase. Handymen often accept payment through popular platforms like Paypal, Google Pay, Zelle, Venmo, Square Cash and more. 

Consult with the handyman before you begin work to ensure you’ll be able to conduct the transaction safely and in compliance with official guidelines.

How can I find out if a handyman is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Depending on the service needed, a handyman may be considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can check by visiting your city or state’s government website. In addition, CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage offers national guidelines for determining essential services. Their page delineates 16 essential infrastructure sectors that can continue to operate during the pandemic. But note that not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do handymen offer remote or virtual services?

Because a handyman needs to be physically present to perform work, they have not traditionally offered remote or virtual services. However, if you come across handyman profiles that state they offer remote services, message the handymen to see what those services include.

Confer with your handyman to see if consulting over video calls is possible. The professional may be able to walk you through performing basic plumbing, electrical, HVAC and other types of repairs around the house. Compare the handymen in your area side-by-side online, and ask whether they’re willing to help remotely.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a handyman when social distancing?

If you hire a handyman, stay 6 feet away from the handyman at all times. If you have an indoor emergency and it’s considered an essential service, take extra social distancing precautions with your handyman. Do not make physical contact, stay at least 6 feet from the handyman, and exchange payment through digital services instead of cash or check. Talk with your handyman and agree on a plan in advance.

Reviews for Anchorage handymen
Gerni M.
Vicente did an excellent job fixing my relatives electrical issue. He gave my relatives helpful instructions too about fixing things that do not really need handyman, which means that this person is a honest, trusted handyman. He was very polite and I would recommend anyone to hire him next time you need a honest, polite and trusted handyman. It is worth hiring him for your next project.
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Vee P.
Vicente is a great handyman! He is skilled and courteous and I will be using him again for future home projects
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Gregory R.
Mr. Gonzalez was very prompt on our requested job. His work was efficient and professional. No hesitation in recommending him for handyman job.
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Heather V.
Vicente has been wonderful! He arrives when he says he will and is very clean and tidy. I trust his advice and craftsmanship. I am happy to have found a great handyman who can help me complete things I cannot do on my own. I highly recommend his services!
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Thumbtack Customer
Fredrick is very nice, honest, hard working and does the job for a fair price. He is also very knowledgeable. We have had him chalk our windows, doors and other trims- he said the chalks we gotten were from a bad batch and went to store to return and replace them for other brand. The extra mile he went to get a job done is highly recommended for any handyman type work!
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Chuck F.
We have a three-sink setup in our kitchen and two of them were closed completely. I went through Thumbtack to arrange with Vicente to do the needed work for us. Vicente arrived at the appointed time and got right to work. He worked on the myriad of pipes; diagnosed the problem; and fixed it quickly. Vicente is a real professional while maintaining a great sense of humor and pleasantness. We will continue to call on him whenever we need a great handyman.
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Junior A.
Mr. Vicente was extremely professional. He just finished my flooring work and he did an amazing job with it. I will be hiring him for more work in the house within the next few months. He does everything except work on the furnace from what he explained to me so a handyman with this skillset is hard to find. He will continue to be my go to for any odd jobs in the house that require his expertise. He ensures that he does the job right the first time around and he is all about customer satisfaction. I highly recommend him to others needing handy work to be done in their homes.
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Liz V.
Super nice polite man, but poor quality work. I’ll have to hire an electrician to fix the outdoor light fixture he installed (the piece of shim wood he propped up the fixture with will not withstand the wind for long), and he only completed one of the other three projects I had lined up for him to do. He didn’t know how to program a garage door opener, used blue screws to attach a white hose hanger to white siding, and didn’t know to use a metric allen wrench to remove a shower handle. Overall I would rate him poorly as a handyman, skills-wise.
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Alex B.
Mr. Gonzalez is AMAZING! I almost don't want to review him b/c I don't want anyone else to hire him. :) I told two other households in my family that they have to hire him. He was very fast to respond, answer questions, make plans, etc. He came over right away to give an estimate. He's super busy but agreed to squeeze me in on a weekend. I had tons of small projects. I thought it would take 2-3 days, so 2-3 separate visits, for a handyman to get them all done. Some were simple like hanging up a cubby with hooks inside the front door. Others were more complex like installing a medicine cabinet in a very tricky area in the master bath, or fixing the wiring for my outdoor light. He did everything IN ONE DAY. And everything was perfect. I love every single project. He's really talented. He was careful to talk to me about the some of them (the ones that needed decisions made), but for others, he just knocked them out. His hourly rate is more than fair for his work. He shows up on time, he has tons of tools, and he can fix anything. Bonus: He was wonderful with my dog. :) 5 stars all the way! I would give more than 5 if I could!
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