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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 Burbank handymen
Regina & Sheldon R.
The handyman was on time and got the job done in a timely manner
Simple Fix Handy Man ServiceSimple Fix Handy Man Service
Michael E.
John was excellent. Would highly recommend his services for any handyman work you need. Very knowledgeable and professional.
Sicilian handyman services LucianoSicilian handyman services Luciano
Shilo R.
He was so sweet and easy to work with. Very helpful with moving my piano to my back bedroom. I highly recommend him if you're looking for a handyman or even someone to move very heavy furniture around!
Thumbtack Customer
Luigi is responsive at getting out to get you a quote, makes a fair quote, and gets the job done quickly and professionally. I am grateful that we have found such a reliable and competent handyman! We will definitely use him again!
Luigi HandymanLuigi Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
John hung two large mirrors and a picture. He also fixed a mirror in my guest bath that no one else seemed to be able to fix. John was professional and friendly. He had all the equipment necessary to complete the task. I would definitely hire John in the future and will refer him to others in need of a handyman.
JCM EnterprisesJCM Enterprises
Sally V.
TJ was wonderful. He put in a new sink faucet and two bathroom faucets for me. He also fixed our slider that wasn’t opening or closing any more. I always knew when he was coming and he was very responsive which is sometimes hard to find in a handyman. He thought outside the box to fix some problems that came up. I told him as he was leaving that he is my go to guy from now on!
House To HomeHouse To Home
Thumbtack Customer
I was impressed by Franco. I told him that I would be happy to share my experience on here because he did such a great job. I rely on reviews when selecting services online so I hope this helps someone decide. Franco is worth the hire and very fair. He is trustworthy and reliable. It is not often you find a handyman that can do anything you ask, make accomodations for your needs, and go beyond your expectations to live up to his word. He is absolutely one of the best on thumbtack and I would recommend him to anyone on the search for a great handyman. He is a joy to work with and has a great moral and professional standard that shows quality and character. I had him paint my baby nursery and he did it as if it were his own. It meant so much to me. I can tell he is passionate about his work and truly takes pride in this job. He does not have to work as hard as he does but he just has an amazing work ethic. Make sure you put him at the top of your list. We may have to fight for his availability if we all hire him because I guarantee we will all call him again for more work!! Haha.
Franco's Electrical Services LLCFranco's Electrical Services LLC
Nancy S.
Ramiro & Fav Electrical were awesome! We needed a drop ceiling in an office that included two lights and an ac vent in the ceiling. He replied within a few hours of my posting to Thumbtack. I was really happy when he sent me pics of another drop ceiling he had completed. Drop ceilings are very specific, so i was happy to see that he was familiar. He got here early, when does that happen? and he didn't stop till the job was done. He explained his process and the job very clearly so I wasn't guessing or wondering about anything. We plan on keeping him on speed dial for all our handyman needs.
Favela servicesFavela services
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