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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.

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.

Reviews for Hayward handymen
Devin P.
Cristopher removed a tarp from my roof. He did an excellent job and explained every step. I would highly recommend him for handyman services.
OTG HandymanOTG Handyman
Liz M.
I had a few misc projects to do and Luis was responsive and quick. He takes pride in his work, which is great. He will now be my to go handyman!! 👍🏼
Hire a HubbyHire a Hubby
Angela M.
I was given updates on arrival times and he worked with me on my quote. He made all of the requested repairs quickly and with excellent quality. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a handyman.
Handyman Services & Junk Removal - Veteran OwnedHandyman Services & Junk Removal - Veteran Owned
Hana a.
His prices are extremely reasonable and his work is very good. He is also a very trustworthy and honest handyman, so you do not need to worry about being scammed. Definitely recommend him to all!
Thai P.
Gamez Handyman did a great job hanging a 5ft Christmas wreath on my house. He ensured that the wreath was secure and work was clean. He was responsive and was able to complete the work on the same date as my request. I highly recommend him.
Gamez HandymanGamez Handyman
Charlene C.
It would be better for everyone if Plumber-Handyman, Unlicensed (Not Contractors) would adjust their rates honestly as well as if they truly understand building codes. Be honest if they can complete the work & bid & what they can't do. In CA an unlicensed Handyman can charge $500.00 period for their labor per job. They are also not supposed to ask for more than 10% of the job for materials or anything. I have filed a complaint on Thumbtack for these illegal activities. Meantime I am out $5,000 with a copper re-pipe that isn't to code & will cost $$$ for a licensed Plumber to repair & bring up to code. I have drainage pipes like the Winchester house (that don't connect & go nowhere.)
Elias constructionElias construction
Clarice a.
Josh came and helped with all our handyman needs in just one visit. He responded with quickness and came on time at the time we agreed on. He was also very professional and went above and beyond. He is also very quick and efficient. We will most definitely be using Vulcan’s Workshop in the future.
Vulcan’s WorkshopVulcan’s Workshop
Diva g.
Uri did an amazing job with putting the organizer in my closets and a lot of ither work which involved plumbing and electricity jobs. He gave some really good ideas about where the equipments should be installed and all. The work was so clean that after he left there was no trace of any work being done in the house. I would be working with Uri for all my future handyman needs!
Paredes Bay Area  constructionParedes Bay Area construction
Varsha A.
Vulcan's service was very detailed and perfect. He was prompt in responding. Very professional work quality. All the repairs were done properly. On-time, efficient, and reasonably priced . Great handyman services. He fixed a very difficult bathroom fixture (didn't give up despite the fixture presenting some challenges at first). He also did weather stripping on some of the windows and doors and helped cover chimney vent. Great service definitely would call him again
Vulcan’s WorkshopVulcan’s Workshop
Thumbtack Customer
Bill was excellent. Showed up a little early which was awesome. I can tell right away he was an professional. Everything we discussed on phone prior to him coming was great. I had an old kitchen faucet that i was needing to be replaced with an new and updated one. Bill came with the tools to do the job and got straight to work. Had it swapped in no time. I will definitely use him again and recommend to all my friends for all my handyman needs. The price i was quoted was the price i paid.
Bill's  Quality  Tile & MarbleBill's Quality Tile & Marble
Ben C.
Mo was friendly and came on time. He was flexible on the job's needs, and was able to stay long. We had to do basics for a house showing - moving furniture, taking some things down, doing spackling and touch-up. That said, there were some issues: 1. Mo applied touch-up paint across the house. He left paint drips on the floor, and two on a rug. I had to ask him to clean them (and he didn't clean them all). 2. Mo used the same touch-up paint in all rooms, without checking. Turns out, not all rooms were the same color. I'll need to re-do the touch-up in those rooms myself. 3. Mo cut bolts leaving metal in my walls. He used a screwdriver to take bolts put into studs - not surprisingly, they stripped. A socket wrench would have been a better choice. 4. I had asked Mo if he could go long before the job started, and had assumed Mo's hourly rate for a third hour would be the same as the prepaid amount for the first two hours. It was at least 50% more. Mo didn't mention that until the job was done. I find that to be a pretty shady way to do business. Overall, I'm very appreciative that Mo helped me on a short time-frame (I did pay extra for the fast turn-around time), but the quality of Mo's work was lower than I expected. I would look for another handyman in the future.
Draou DimeDraou Dime
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