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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 Elmwood handymen
Liz m.
Excellent handyman who took care of 4 different tasks. Would hire again for sure.
F&Y HandymanF&Y Handyman
Iona B.
Definitely would recommend him as your handyman. Communication was great. He did a great job on the project I needed him for.
HandyLee LLP. (Handy-service etc)HandyLee LLP. (Handy-service etc)
Claudine G.
Our large pictures, a heavy mirror and a new light fixture look great! Very professional, on time and paid attention to details. I will certainly be using Yong’s handyman services again. Highly recommend!
YONG'S  PAINTINGYONG'S PAINTING
Nina W.
Renato was very responsive to texts and emails, showed up on time, and was always friendly and professional. He and his helper did a good job with the handyman tasks we needed done. Their paint job was not perfect, which is why I'm not giving 5 stars, but overall a good experience.
Hilux Maintenance, Inc.Hilux Maintenance, Inc.
Katie M.
Frank was great. We had a phone booth that we needed disassembled and he was able to break it it down so that it would still be usable when we moved to our new office. He was easy to communicate with and friendly. We’ll definitely be using him in the future as our office handyman.
The Hardcore HandymanThe Hardcore Handyman
Susanne K.
Ian has been our go to handyman since we moved in to our house a couple of years ago. He consistently does good work with all sorts of things from electrical, plumbing, painting, floors, and carpentry. He is creative with solving problems in our 100 year old house. He’s nice, trustworthy, and responsive to top it all off.
Ian the ProfessionalIan the Professional
Francois C.
The house suffers from many window sills with dry rot, areas needing paint touch-ups, and cracked stucco. Shaun did a great job patching these up. He is punctual. Gets to work with little instruction. Next thing you know, he is done and gone. I would confidently have him work on any handyman type job.
Advocate Systems, Inc.Advocate Systems, Inc.
Tracy M.
Dan is a great handyman. He's calm and capable and completed a number of projects I had no idea how to get done. He's very knowledgable in a number of different areas, but honest when it's something he feels he can't do. I admire that. He always delivered what he promised. I'd use his services again in a heartbeat. Can't recommend highly enough.
Daniel DudleyDaniel Dudley
Christina C.
Mr. Yong saved me when I needed a handyman to quickly and professionally install new mini-blinds at a tenant-occupied investment unit. I posted my project on a Thursday and he was in the rental unit by the next Tuesday, installing all seven mini-blinds on various windows throughout the apartment. Mr. Yong was very responsive, punctual and professional during the installation while one of the tenants remained on-site. He even did some additional painting around the windows to ensure a clean and polished look. My tenant-customers were happy with Mr. Yong's work, which means a lot to me because I want to diligently maintain the rental property. I will definitely hire Mr. Yong again to help me with my investment property and my own family's home.
YONG'S  PAINTINGYONG'S PAINTING
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