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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 Escondido handymen
Anjan k.
Fantastic person..has great knowledge and listen well to your requirement. I would hire him for any handyman work going forward :)
Limitless Service’s L.L.CLimitless Service’s L.L.C
Michelle W.
Wrench Handyman services was excellent! Professional, great service! I would highly recommend this company and will defiantly use them again for our fix it needs.
Wrench Handyman ServicesWrench Handyman Services
Nurse M.
Dominick is a hard working professional and does great work! He installed new baseboards and did an amazing job. I would definitely recommend him for any handyman job.
D.L.ProjectsD.L.Projects
Tami M.
Excellent job! Very meticulous, attention to detail kind of guy. Reminded me of how my dad use to fix things. If I was staying in CA he would be my handyman
Shawn The Irish Handyman and Project SupervisorShawn The Irish Handyman and Project Supervisor
Wanda T.
So Cal Handyman did a excellent job redoing my patio cover! I would recommend them for any Job. They are professional and the work quality is great!! I will be using them again!!!
SoCal.HandymanSoCal.Handyman
Alan B.
Work quality was good. The job took an hour longer than anticipated, based on an assessment by an experienced handyman, who has done many jobs for me. Amigohandyman lacked several items needed to complete the job, which I purchased.
AmigohandymenAmigohandymen
Shona B.
Jordan really takes pride in his work. He did a fantastic job installing our laminate flooring. He is friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and conscientious. He went above and beyond expectations. I highly recommend Jordan for any of your handyman needs.
Handyman JordanHandyman Jordan
Franc O.
Russ was honest with us right from the get go. Provided estimates based on photos we provided him. He came over and got the job done the right way and even stayed in the rain to finish the job. I will recommend Russ to anyone who need handyman services.
Limitless Service’s L.L.CLimitless Service’s L.L.C
Chiemi Y.
Anthony came along with the cutest helper to take an excellent care of replacing my kitchen faucet job!! He answered all my questions & even more by offering to help with additional projects I've been procrastinating. I highly recommend his service for anyone needing a good handyman you can trust!!
Aboveboard Home ServicesAboveboard Home Services
Nicole W.
Seriously awesome guy! My handyman cancelled in the morning, I messaged Adlan and within an hour he was at my house! He did a multitude of tasks for me which were done with quality and care. He was kind, professional, extremely start and helpful. A really great guy! Can’t wait to work with him again!!
Fast ServiceFast Service
Amy M.
I was so impressed with everything about joes home service, joe is absolutely nice, punctual, affordable (which was important for being a single mom), professional!! It’s been years to find a handyman like joe!! I will be referring him and I will personally be using him for all my home needs!!! I recommend joe!!!!
joe's home servicesjoe's home services
Courtney C.
Kevin was super flexible and worked with my schedule. Even showed up an hour early which was awesome he definitely takes the time to get things right. Super nice guy and answered all my questions! Will definitely be going to him only if I need any handyman work done! Thanks so much for installing my tv!
KPG Home Repair & InstallationsKPG Home Repair & Installations
Stephany B.
Cristofer is a true handyman. He is incredibly capable! He replaced our kitchen sink, the fan over the stove, and installed an expandable drying rack and shelf. He did a beautiful job. This young man is so efficient! He is friendly and polite. We look forward to having him do some more projects for us in the future. Thanks Cris!
DO IT ALL HANDYMAN ( Chistofer)DO IT ALL HANDYMAN ( Chistofer)
Nadi D.
Sean made everything so easy from the start to end. His bid was reasonable, arrived on time and finished within an hour. We needed new air gap for our kitchen sink and he did an excellent job installing a new one plus he assured me that he guarantees his work. Will definitely use his handyman services again. Thanks Sean!
O'Meara Services / Master Handyman...O'Meara Services / Master Handyman...
Susan P.
A Job Well Done ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ + Russell is quick to respond, arrives on time, meticulous in the work he does, patient and communicates extremely well. The completed job was done efficiently and is very high quality work. He certainly exceeded my expectations and charged a very fair price for the job. I definitely recommend him to anyone looking to hire a knowledgeable professional handyman.
Limitless Service’s L.L.CLimitless Service’s L.L.C
Richard W.
The handyman showed up on time, worked hard, and was professional and polite. He did forget to clean-up the drywall dust after installing some towel rods, it wasn't a lot to cleanup, and they did offer to have someone come back to clean (it only took 3 minutes to clean so I did it myself, no need to waste that much gas), so just a minor thing to remember for next time.
FixTman LLC. (California)FixTman LLC. (California)
Michael P.
Nacho is one of the busier handymen in the San Diego area with good reason. He is an exceptionally hard worker and spends the time to ensure the job is done correctly and within budget. With his busy schedule, one may have to exercise patience, but it surely is worth it. He helped to fix a Webster space saver attic ladder, as well as seal a wall in our attic with fire retardant drywall. Nacho is conscientious and knowledgeable. You’d be remiss if you did not consider Nacho for your next handyman job.
Nacho HandymanNacho Handyman
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