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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average fixed rate for handyman jobs ranges from $120-$175. Hourly rates for a handyman can average $50-$100 per hour. 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.

What do handymen charge per hour?

On average, you can expect to pay a handy person around $55 per hour. However, this cost can range between $35 and $80 per hour, depending on a number of factors. For instance, a handyman may charge a minimum fee of $50-$100 for small jobs that won’t take much of their time. The complexity of the job will affect the price as well. Your final price will also depend upon where you live, as certain regions have higher labor rates than others. 

Get in touch with a few handy people near you, and ask for free cost estimates.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Bakersfield handymen
Kathryn S.
Needed something as simple as a waterline ran to our fridge, and was given an outrageous estimate by another handyman. Kuntz Handyman service stepped in quickly and gave a reasonable estimate and took care of everything and it’s been a few weeks now and have had no issues. Communication was great, friendly demeanor, and knew what he was doing. Will be using him again 😊
Kuntz Family Home and GardenKuntz Family Home and Garden
Kristina D.
Alex is great, went above and beyond to do the job right! After all the bad ones finally found a good trustworthy handyman!!
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Matt O.
Dane came over on short notice and was able to help me with my shelving project. I would highly recommend him with any handyman project that you have.
Kuntz Family Home and GardenKuntz Family Home and Garden
Marisa M.
His quality of work exceeded my expectations! He assembled one daybed and one loft bed with great ease & accuracy. My kids were beaming with how great the projects turned out! Best handyman ever!!!
JuJu’s Handyman servicesJuJu’s Handyman services
Jay s.
Very knowledgeable, brought his own tools, has a truck to dispose the trash, he has experience from previous jobs. Spoke to him once, 3.5 hours later the gym equipment was assembled. Responses in a timely manner, and very reasonable with pricing. I would definitely reach out to Julian for my next handyman needs.
JuJu’s Handyman servicesJuJu’s Handyman services
Nicole G.
Really happy I hired Don for some repairs at my rental house. It was a little tricky because he had to coordinate with my tenants but that wasn’t a problem at all for Don. He followed up and kept me informed on the process of the work and when it was finished. Definitely calling Don again next time I need a handyman. Thanks!
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Andrea V.
Joe is AWESOME! He’s a true “jack of all trades”! He fixed many things in my home. He does quality work and works fast. He was quick to respond, on time, and willing to do any task I had for him. And he didn’t price gouge me!! I’ll be using him anytime I need something in my home completed. I’m very thankful I found him! Look no further after reading this review. Hire Joe for your handyman needs!
Yerkich Handyman servicesYerkich Handyman services
Theresa F.
He is a friendly man. Chris isn’t license but did let me know how much experience he has working as a handyman . I figured he would be a good candidate for simple jobs that don’t require Chris tobe bonded. Chris did quote an amount to change 2 faucets but only one was completed due to not having the right item for the 2nd project. The price wasn’t adjusted which made me feel a little awkward about the ordeal having still to pay full quoted amount. He did only re-screw a lose screw for the faucet i didn’t replace?? I assumed the screw broke since the handle kept falling off- all it needed was to be re-tighten. I guess rehiring CHRIS for future projects will be a “No”😟.
The HandymanThe Handyman
Dennis H.
Mr. Guillen arrived on time. He was very professional. He worked on schedule the entire time and communicated with me as I was purchasing materials in a way that made the purchase easy and effective (I bought what I needed - not a lot extra; didn't come up short). We are very pleased with the work that he did. He finished the entire job in the time he said it would take and did it for the estimate he quoted. We were having trouble finding someone to take on the job (installing insulation under the floor). Even insulation companies were refusing to bid the job. He bid the job. He did the job. He did a WONDERFUL job. And he did it for what he said he would! You can't do better than that! I plan to call Mr. Guillen for any other handyman projects I have. I believe I've found someone I can rely on. I would recommend Mr. Guillen whole-heartedly for any job he bids.
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