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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 Cupertino handymen
Pailing W.
I hired Vadlin Handyman to replace a gas cooktop. The experience was pleasant in that they were responsive, professional and honest. Before I ordered the replacement, their handyman, Dmitrii, came to my house to help take the measurement and later approve a few models from which I eventually ordered one. When the unit arrived, he came to install withing a day. Dmitrii is a polite young man who worked swiftly. I am happy with the new cooktop and will definitely use their service again in the future for any handyman work.
Proper Hour Handyman ServiceProper Hour Handyman Service
Madhumita N.
Majid was professional, on time and did a great job installing a study table. I recommend him for your handyman needs.
Ocean tileOcean tile
Edie N.
I feel SO fortunate to have found GM Handyman. What a professional! My draperies were hung beautifully; totally straight. He knows what he is doing for sure, using a laser to do the job perfectly. Also had an area rug laid down and I was totally satisfied. On time and wore booties and mask. Five stars! Will use GM Handyman again without hesitation!
GM HandymanGM Handyman
Jiten V.
Jed came to our townhome with high ceilings to hang two big sized picture frames (55" x 40") and one mirror above fireplace when no other handyman was ready to accept the job. He was very punctual, courteous and professional. He understood our needs and hanged the frames precisely where they need to be. Definitely recommend Jed and will be our go-to handyman from here on...great work Jed!!
Eniwoke’s Handyman BusinessEniwoke’s Handyman Business
Tara C.
Jed was great. He responded quickly to my request and came out the same week. Took care of our problem with ease. Would definitely consider hiring again for small handyman jobs in the future.
Eniwoke’s Handyman BusinessEniwoke’s Handyman Business
Gerald P.
Best Handyman Services was able to complete a job that an different service could not. The worker took all the time necessary to make sure the job was done well. I would definitely hire this service again.
Best Handy ServicesBest Handy Services
Chanden M.
Jose was prompt in responding and was professional to provide us an update on when he was going to show up. He was efficient and did a great job. We look forward to hiring him again for other handyman services.
JPfloorings and handyman servicesJPfloorings and handyman services
Kellye L.
Paul was just great. He responded quickly to discuss my repair needs & schedule an appointment. He arrived promptly at our pre-arranged date/time, assessed the repairs we needed & started work immediately. We had a toilet lever needing repair & a new kitchen sink faucet installed. He did a wonderful job with both repairs; was nice, friendly & professional. We will definitely call on Paul again for any future handyman needs.
Donald N.
The tl,dr is George did a great job and I’d hire him again in a minute. I’m selling my home in Cupertino. It’s a relatively new home (7 years old) in an expensive neighborhood. I needed the following work done: - A complete downstairs repaint along with touch ups upstairs - Various repairs (smoke detectors, doors hung, etc.) - Cleaning pretty much everything including windows inside and out - Repairing the irrigation and sprinklers for both front and back yard - Carpet installation estimate - Hauling stuff away - Misc I don’t really remember. Due to some earlier scheduling snafus I needed all this work done ASAP. I had anticipated needing to work with multiple trades people to get all this done, and I needed it completed within a week to keep a staging appointment and photo shoot. I spent some time on the phone with George describing what I needed done. He felt capable of taking over the job and just finishing it. I agreed we could try, and he started first with getting a very competent handyman to my house. Following that success, he made (and kept)immediate scheduling commitments that would allow me to finish on time. For example, he had a painting estimate in my hand in hours and was able to schedule the work to start the next day. The quality of all the work was very good. Care was taken in paint matching for touch ups in the places where that was done. Downstairs was completely repainted and I feel no fear letting buyers see how nice it looks. I certainly hope others give George and his team an opportunity.
A Dariano ConstructionA Dariano Construction
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