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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Crocker-Amazon handymen
Shetal D.
Zach is the best handyman in SF.
Zack of All TradesZack of All Trades
Delal K.
He is perfect gifted handyman
PSd HandymanPSd Handyman
Pedro R.
Best Handyman ever. Thanks a lot
welington Handyman And Painterwelington Handyman And Painter
Eva H.
The handyman did not show up at the scheduled time.
Sergio v handymanSergio v handyman
Albert a.
Best handyman service I ever had
Sergey's Handyman ServiceSergey's Handyman Service
Michelle S.
Ben was so helpful and will be our go to handyman!
Ben Handy, Fully InsuredBen Handy, Fully Insured
Susan c.
I highly recommend The British Handyman😀👍
The British HandymanThe British Handyman
David H.
Fantastic handyman, prompt, meticulous and skilled — happily hire again!
The British HandymanThe British Handyman
John M.
Steve is not only an excellent handyman but also one of the best in San Francisco.
Steve Switchenko Installations/ Handyman ServicesSteve Switchenko Installations/ Handyman Services
Kelly K.
Sergey was 5/5! Definitely recommend him for any handyman service!
Sergey's Handyman ServiceSergey's Handyman Service
Aubrie C.
Excellent job and service! I would recommend to anyone looking for a handyman.
GM HandymanGM Handyman
Wendy s.
I am a Real Estate Agent and hired Steve for a handyman project VERY last minute. Steve is fantastic, responsive and a joy to work with. He will be my "go to" guy for all my handyman needs going forward. Thank Steve!
Steve Switchenko Installations/ Handyman ServicesSteve Switchenko Installations/ Handyman Services
Natalya S.
Ryan was very helpful and corrected the flaws of another handyman. Prompt and excellent job!
Thé Lynx ProjectXThé Lynx ProjectX
Francois G.
Mike was punctual and did a great job in no time! Will definitely contact him for any handyman jobs!
Infinity property solutionsInfinity property solutions
Joseph L.
Stephen is a professional, knowledgeable, efficient handyman and had a great experience working with him! Highly recommend.
Steve Switchenko Installations/ Handyman ServicesSteve Switchenko Installations/ Handyman Services
Suzanne R.
I'm thrilled to have discovered Welington Handyman. He was on time, prepared and fixed everything on the list.
welington Handyman And Painterwelington Handyman And Painter
Jennifer D.
I highly recommend Magaña Time Handyman. I hired them to remove a difficult wall sconce. They did a very thorough job, were professional, courteous, and able to problem solve thoughtfully. I would hire them again. Thank you, Magaña Handyman!
Magaña Time handymanMagaña Time handyman
Prabesh R.
Faris did a great job and will be using him for all of my handyman needs going forward.
Handy Bear (Bay Area)Handy Bear (Bay Area)
Meghan B.
Jim was a great Handyman! He was really nice, efficient, and did excellent work! He came extremely prepared for my project and was able to finish it in half the time I expected. I will definitely be recommending him to friends and will contact him for any future handyman work!
Jim MacoveJim Macove
Thumbtack Customer
Renato was Great and we would definitely use him again when we need another handyman!
Hilux Maintenance, Inc.Hilux Maintenance, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful handyman! Can do any task. Very fast, efficient, cheerful and kind. Will definitely hire again!
Casiano's Handyman and PaintingCasiano's Handyman and Painting
Richard F.
Did a great job caulking my tub and vanity. And was able to show up the next day. A nice handyman.
Copenhagen handyCopenhagen handy
Arthur W.
A very professional and experienced handyman. Andrew and Amy are easy to work with, and very honest about what they can do.
Andrew McCullough - HandymanAndrew McCullough - Handyman
Kunal B.
Mike was great to work with. Very professional and cleaned up anything he touched. Highly recommend for your handyman needs.
Centered Level Handyman ServicesCentered Level Handyman Services
Qin W.
Nas is a very good handyman, Professional worker, I am very satisfied with his job. Thank you! Qin
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