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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 Aliso Viejo handymen
Soren P.
Thomas is very professional, polite, and precise handyman. I highly recommend him.
Your Home ImprovementYour Home Improvement
Handyman is very skilled & kind! He handled my dishwasher drainage problem. It was repaired in a timely & efficient manner.
Las Brisas HandymanLas Brisas Handyman
Austin R.
Mario is fantastic- super responsive, very fair and knowledgeable- I have found my handyman for the future. I highly, highly recommend him.
MR HandymanMR Handyman
Alyse D.
I just moved and needed a reliable and efficient handyman to mount my tv and hang pictures. Everything looks great and I’m looking forward to hiring again for one more project. Thank you !!
FixTman LLC (LA-OC-SD Top Pro)FixTman LLC (LA-OC-SD Top Pro)
Candee F.
We had a wonderful experience and will absolutely use this company/handyman in the future! His work is great, his prices are great, & his professionalism was great!! He even used the cutest, mini shop vacuum to clean up after himself! Yay! Highly recommend!! :)
Aloha Handyman CompanyAloha Handyman Company
Max S.
The absolute most amazing handyman I have ever worked with. On time, responded right away. Installed and mounted two TVs and helped me save my very expensive studio desk that I was worried was broken from the move. Thank you so much. I give my heartfelt recommendation.
Matijevich Assembly & InstallationMatijevich Assembly & Installation
Hilary G.
Abraham is far and above the best handyman we have ever had in our home. He is punctual, knows what he is doing, cleans everything up immaculately and is just a really interesting and smart man! I promise you will not be disappointed by this very professional, hard working man. We will use him for all of our future jobs. Thank you Abraham for hanging 5 large ceiling fans and a handicap bar so quickly and efficiently!👍
Abraham HandymanAbraham Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Amin responded to my request for a shelf installation within an hour of my post, which was a pleasant surprise. After receiving his proposal through email, I spoke to his wife on the phone to set up the appointment. She is a really sweet lady and was extremely informative and accommodating. I was delighted when his wife told me that they would be able to make a same day installation appointment! Amin came 10 minutes early to our appointment and was able to finish a keyboard tray installation in less than 30 minutes. Overall, very satisfied with this job and will be calling Amin for any of my future handyman jobs!
B Modern construction & ElectricalB Modern construction & Electrical
Kamia K.
I’m a home owner and single mom and often times, I need things done around the house that I can’t do myself or not knowledgable. Found John with Las Brisas Handyman and helped me put my rental property back together and ready for new tenants. He did everything from patch holes in the wall, paint a whole room, change locks, stucco the outside of the house and now preparing to mount wall mirrors and Install over the range microwave for me. He’s a God sent and just what I needed to get things done around my house. He works fast and his work is neat and professional.
Las Brisas HandymanLas Brisas Handyman
Jiaxin A.
Eric is absolutely amazing. Professional, respectful, time-efficient and honest. He just works hard and gets the job done I had a very big hole in my garage wall that runs side ways. Someone checked it out first and tried to make it a thousand-dollar project saying we have to take the whole bottom wall down, which was actually believable . Eric took a look at it when he was here fixing our bathroom door, came over today, replaced and patched the damaged area fixed the drywall in less than two hours(and cleaned up)!! Props to him for saving us ton of money! He also installed our whole bathroom sets within 30 minutes. The last handyman we had took an hour to do this. We are so impressed with his work we already asked him to repaint our house and would definitely recommend him to anyone we know!
Irvine Hanging Handyman ServiceIrvine Hanging Handyman Service
David U.
I purchased a couple saferacks for a DIY project, how hard could hanging a couple in the garage really be? Well, 2 hours in, I had my answer. I was in way beyond my capabilities. I found LGO Handyman on the app and reached out to them to see what their availability was and how much my DIY was going to cost me to finish. They quickly got right back to me with next day availability and an estimated price that I thought was reasonable. We agreed and set a schedule. Daniel was the installer that came out. He arrived on time, knew the scope of the job, and was ready to get right to work. I showed him where my desired location for the racks was, but gave him an alternate location in the event my desired location wouldn't work. Have you ever met someone that is an expert in what they do and in the initial discussion proved it in just a few moments? Daniel is this guy. one quick look at the mounting area and he pointed out exactly where my mistake was when I tried to DIY. Kind of made me feel dumb and smart at the same time. Dumb because once pointed out, it was obvious, and smart because I called in the right guys. The work was done well and quickly given the challenge of where I wanted them hung. Mounting into a ceiling is dirty work and Daniel cleaned up as best he could before I stopped him. I had a lot more dirty work to do in there so I didn't want to waste his time when I w going to dirty it up again. He did get all the big trash and I appreciated his willingness to leave the job as clean as he could. For such a long review, I could have easily said that going with LGO served me well and I'm sure a similar experience will be had by those that choose to call in this pro team.
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
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