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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 Tempe handymen
Suzzy C.
AZ Handyman responded, and I responded back. Then never heard a word from him.
COS Handyman ServicesCOS Handyman Services
Rosemary M.
The AZ Handyman did not disappoint! He did the job to exact specifications. I highly recommend him.
COS Handyman ServicesCOS Handyman Services
Cheryl M.
Mike did a an entry door for us. He was from and communicated very well. His work was excellent. Would recommend him for your handyman needs.
Mike BuschMike Busch
Bonny T.
Ray did a great job patching old holes and hanging up new pictures and centering them. I'll be hiring him again for my other handyman needs.
Ortega & SonsOrtega & Sons
Felicia R.
Tristan is our new handyman! Responsive, professional, friendly and extremely thorough. He treats your house like it’s his own and you can trust him to get the job done right. Highly recommend!
Fortified Concepts, Inc.Fortified Concepts, Inc.
Grace O.
I needed some whiteboards fixed in the office and artwork hung very last minute. Allwood Handyman Services was able to come out on the same day as my request and did a great job. Thank you so much!
Allwood Handyman ServicesAllwood Handyman Services
Clint A.
J.C. was great. Quick response, showed up on time, got the work done fast, cleaned up after even better than the room was before. Well worth it and I’ll be calling him again if I need a handyman.
J.C. Home ImprovementJ.C. Home Improvement
Lisa D.
Robert was quick to respond to my inquiry. When he came to do the requested work, he was very friendly but also professional. His work was done well, and was reasonably priced. I would recommend Robert for handyman work and will hire him again.
Robert WhiteRobert White
Michelle R.
Jesus did a great job installing several different models of sliding kitchen drawers and shelves, installing a "floating" picture frame, installing curved shower curtain rods, and mounting a large TV. He was punctual, professional, and friendly. Jesus is now our #1 handyman.
The GuildThe Guild
Stephen S.
Hector was great! Having just moved to AZ finding a reliable and quality handyman is a big relief. Was prompt, courteous and did great work with top quality. Flexible to go buy additional items at Home Depot and ensured everything was done just how we wanted it. Definitely use again and highly recommend!
Royal Service ProsRoyal Service Pros
Heidi Z.
Our goal was to hide our electrical box, irrigation system, wiring etc. from our patio seating by the pool. A true eye sore. We reached out to four handyman/contractors. We selected Pablo as he was the only one that suggested putting the screens on wheels. He was successful in bringing our idea to fruition. My husband and I are very pleased with the outcome.
At Your ServizAt Your Serviz
Dustin I.
We couldn’t be happier with the work that was done for us, or the honest work ethic Adrian brought with him. We had an issue with carpeting that was installed poorly in one of our closets, and Adrian really went above and beyond to make sure that we were satisfied with the patch job before he was done. Finding honest guys like him feels hard to do these days, but we’ll certainly keep his info handy for any of our friends that need a good handyman.
129 Home Improvement Services129 Home Improvement Services
Lauren P.
Geoff managed to find time in his schedule to complete our tasks before the weekend and he did a great job quickly. I asked him to hang a bunch of stuff on our walls – things I hung in our previous apartment but he did it in about 25% of the time because he's a professional and didn't have to do things twice like me. I'm glad to have my go-to handyman in our new city, thanks Geoff!
Those Handy Guys!Those Handy Guys!
Eden M.
The best! I immediately recommended Ray to my neighbors because i know people struggle to find someone good and Ortega and Sons was fantastic! Quick, efficient, and super helpful. Seriously, Ray saved me a couple hundred dollars that another handyman quoted me on for a couple jobs that Ray quickly figured out, one of which didn’t really need replaced, just adjusted. Super service, super personable, and super value. What more could you ask for? Highly recommended
Ortega & SonsOrtega & Sons
Oliver Y.
David was a godsend. I needed help installing some antique wall sconces. After 5 previous and frustrating attempts with other contractors, I found David. He was professional, prompt, friendly and provided excellent service. He made sure to carefully inspect the sconces and the (poor) electrical installation done previously, explained the work he’d need to do to install them properly, and provided a very reasonable quote. He showed up right on time and did a great job. Very happy to have found my new go-to handyman. He was a pleasure to work with.
David’s Craft, LLC.David’s Craft, LLC.
Jess B.
John was great at installing our small pet door. He came with the right tools to determine if there were any electrical wires and informed me there was one. We consulted my electrician on-site about it, but ultimately decided to cut because we didn't have another location the door could go. He was very careful and we ended up being able to just barely pull the wire slack above the pet door, so no electricity changes needed. He finished and swept up after. Nice guy and knowledgeable, will hire again for some small handyman projects I'm already thinking up.
Buzzworthy Home ServicesBuzzworthy Home Services
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