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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Fremont handymen
Frank T.
Great handyman - really knew what he was doing and got a number of my list items completed quickly. Would recommend to anyone who needs general handyman type work.
Bay Area Construction & RemodelingBay Area Construction & Remodeling
Ting N.
Luis showed up on time and he is professional and fast. Will definitely recommend him for handyman service.
Hire a HubbyHire a Hubby
Deepak A.
I really liked working with Jacob's Handyman Services & Gutter Cleaning. He was very professional and knowledgeable yet also very friendly. I’d definitely hire him again to work on other services. I would also recommend him to anyone who needs a handyman for quick fixes around the house.
Handyman Services & Junk Removal - Veteran OwnedHandyman Services & Junk Removal - Veteran Owned
Sathya S.
Gabriel is an excellent handyman. Very knowledgeable. We had to install a hammock. He was able to install within 2 hours including running to Home Depot to get materials and fix it from the attic side as well to ensure that it’s strong. Very reasonable pricing as well. I would recommend him to anyone who looks for a handyman.
Dinamax Pro Services inc.Dinamax Pro Services inc.
Raghav P.
Preet has been very professional and finished the work as promised, on time and meticulous. I would definitely recommend Preet as a handyman.
Singh’s HandymanSingh’s Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional & well mannered ..He showed up on time and did a good job... Recommend him for all handyman jobs.
AA Ortega ConstructionAA Ortega Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Andrey is a great handyman. He cares about the quality of his work. I will recommend him and will hire him again for my future projects.
GORGON ConstructionGORGON Construction
Tominger Z.
He is a very good Handyman. He will not make the project looks so hard to elevate his service. He will explain to you if there are issues in details. Highly recommended
Proper Hour Handyman ServiceProper Hour Handyman Service
Yan y.
Angel did an amazing job installing some shelves in my laundry room! It’s exactly what I wanted. His price is reasonable. I’d highly recommend Angel as a handyman.
Angel’s Handyman servicesAngel’s Handyman services
Kumaran J.
Paul came on time, cleaned & fixed the gutter, finished two other installation job, quite a nice guy, He is a young Father too. I ll recommend Paul for handyman job for your home.
Paul Handyman ServicePaul Handyman Service
Apurva B.
They did a good job of installing sliding doors for my 2 closets. They also picked up the doors from my supplier, which was great and the handyman fix small issues we pointed out, with patience and meticulous.
Proper Hour Handyman ServiceProper Hour Handyman Service
Sham K.
I certainly recommend Russian hands. Very professional, highly skilled in plumbing, Doors kind of work and more than anything has a great attitude. I would always go back to him for any handyman related work.
Dima HandymanDima Handyman
Sanket P.
Joshua did a great job in installing my RO water purifier. Instead of rushing in, he took his time going thru the instructions and doing the proper setup, also patiently drilling through the granite. My go to handyman now onwards.
Vulcan’s WorkshopVulcan’s Workshop
Prasad M.
Marquis did an outstanding job moving my kids sofa, dining table and assembling bed, desk and other items. He was patient and spent extra hours when the bed needed additional unexpected assembly work. He’s on my top handyman list now!
M.P LABOR ( No Portable Basketball Hoops)M.P LABOR ( No Portable Basketball Hoops)
Nirmalya G.
Davis is absolutely fantastic to work with! Always on time and does a great job! I have hired him on multiple counts for mounting my tv, putting up wallpaper, mounting curtain rods and installing waterdrop filter. I have already referred him to multiple folks in my community. Would recommend him to anyone looking for a great handyman!
Spectacular ProjectsSpectacular Projects
Sri S.
Rinat did a couple of jobs at my home last week. He was punctual, very professional and completed the tasks so quickly without compromising on quality. I would advise calling him with multiple tasks so you can make use of his 2hr minimum. And yes, I would recommend Rinat to anyone looking for a quality handyman.
GM HandymanGM Handyman
Grace G.
I was so impressed by Joshua willing to take a job that was larger than the typical handyman job. Due to a major joist cracking that held up a garage storage floor he had to work with a 24ft 2x8 to hoist it up and fit in a tight and difficult space. He could have given up after many obstacles but he persevered to complete the job. We could not be more happy with his work. He also replaced and installed a dual mailbox post. Would definitely hire Joshua again.
Vulcan’s WorkshopVulcan’s Workshop
Not sure what kind of critter ate a big hole on my outer wall of my chimney. Wife panicked and told me I need to get it taken care of the same day. Contacted SM Repair and he was able to come by late afternoon to fix it (the other ones I contacted weren't able to stop by until at least two days later. I was originally thinking he was going to split the task into two days, but he was able to do it in one afternoon (including a run to Home Depot). He also gave me some advices about the condition of the chimney which I will likely look into. All in all, a great person for your handyman tasks.
SM RepairSM Repair
Deepak S.
Mohamed was extremely professional and easy to work with. The scope of work initially identified was less than what it ended up being. The work started at roughly 5 pm and I was expecting it to be done by 7 pm at the latest. But as these small things add up, Mohamed ended up being at the home up until 10:30 pm. Not once did he complain about getting this late despite having very small kids waiting at home. Regarding the work done, he helped install a new kitchen sink faucet and caulked a few areas where there was a potential for water leak, repaired the flush in one of the bathrooms, and the toilet seats in two bathrooms, the shower head and tap for the bathrooms were replaced. He also helped replace the lamps in the foyer which was extremely difficult to reach (22 ft. height). I most definitely recommend Mohamed's professional services for any handyman work.
Gulf PillarsGulf Pillars
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