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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.

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.

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.

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 Fontana handymen
Cynthia R.
He was amazing. Quick to respond, very nice and professional. Would recommend for handyman jobs. He will be doing our next work too!!
RC Handyman Service’sRC Handyman Service’s
Jessica P.
Very happy with how fast and how well the job was done. Greg was honest and very professional as well. If I need another plumber or handyman I will call Greg.
Greg the Handyman/PlumberGreg the Handyman/Plumber
Jamia c.
Jimmar was great. He showed up on time and did an amazing job installing my arlo doorbell. Very nice and professional. Couldn't have asked for a better handyman. Will definitely remommend and use him in the future.
JC FixJC Fix
Joe C.
We needed help replacing our chandelier with a new ceiling fan, and the height was too tall for us to do it ourselves. If We Can’t, We Won’t Handyman Services quoted us a good price, was on time, and was very professional and prompt with their work! Highly recommend!
If We Can't, We Won't Handyman ServicesIf We Can't, We Won't Handyman Services
Nanette J.
July 24,2021 Chris Nowell of , The Patriot Handyman It was my understanding that today Saturday July 24, 2021 in returning to the residence in completing the master bathroom vanity lamp switch out & electric panel shocket plug replacement Respectfully, Nanette Jauregui (909)489-0778
The Patriot Handyman Veteran Owned & OperatedThe Patriot Handyman Veteran Owned & Operated
Jamie G.
I reached out to Mo earlier today needing an electrical outlet install, an electrical outlet to be fixed, and some cabinet drawers fixed. Mo came as he said he would late afternoon and knocked it out of the park. He was a pleasure to work with and I will contact him always with my handyman needs. Thank you Mo!
If We Can't, We Won't Handyman ServicesIf We Can't, We Won't Handyman Services
Antonio t.
I consider myself very lucky to have found Oscar Mike out of so many Handyman companies listed in the internet. Why? Because they are courteous, honest, very responsive professionals that perform a good quality job at a very reasonable price. I'll be calling Oscar Mike again and again from now on and you should too.
The Patriot Handyman Veteran Owned & OperatedThe Patriot Handyman Veteran Owned & Operated
Michelle T.
Brian is genuine in his work as a handyman. His knowledge on various aspects of the home is quite worthy of assurance that he definitely knows what he is doing. In our case he fixed the washing machine. And while on the job he explained to us the smell in the house came from a residual gas leak from an old gas furnace recently removed. While we didn’t get to see the full extent of his abilities, I know from other reviewers and from himself that he is an honest worker. Thank you for your work! I hope others appreciate your handiwork!
Handyman at your serviceHandyman at your service
Michelle T.
I’m not one for writing critical reviews, for I feel bad for the people who’ve worked, but I felt this is necessary for improvement. As per thumbtacks rating message: “How can [blank] improve?” The assumption should be the customer should not determine the quality of their project. And the assumption should also be the customer does not know anything about the constructing in regards to their project. One question my husband was frequently asked was: “Are you okay with this?” And to my husband’s dismay, he said “Yes” to avoid conversation as to why it’s not okay when actually meant to say “No, I’m not okay with this.” The customer should not be okay with broken trim, uneven paint throughout the window frame, pieces of trim chopped off to be put into the frame, paint on the windows, paint on the walls, white stuff on the floor, white stuff on the couch. I can certainly say he, the person who did the job, is good at other things as a handyman, but he was not good at this one. Nobody wants to be the one to tell you how to do your job, but at the same time someone has to tell you that this isn’t how a window frame is supposed to look like. I could take one short walk to the newly office next door and see the door trim has even paint that was seamlessly nailed in. We weren’t asked if we were on a budget, or if we wanted the living room to be unaffected by the work being done. Plus that shouldn’t be put into question, it should’ve been priced and done as a courtesy to the customer and their items. There shouldn’t be a question of “Are you okay with this?”, it should to the worker himself “Are you okay with your handiwork?/Is this what you would like in your home for years to come?” And the answer to that question should be no. My husband wanted his money’s worth he sunk into this project and he’s unhappy with how it looks. In other words, he wants his money back. Hire this person for other services, but for ones like these ask yourself if you would actually like to determine the quality of your project.
Showroom-Floor Builders inc.Showroom-Floor Builders inc.
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