Find a handyman near Huntington Beach, CA

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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 Huntington Beach handymen
Amit S.
Excellent professional and very knowledgeable Handyman. Always goes above and beyond
Handy14UHandy14U
Tammy L.
Ethan was awesome. He didn’t stop until I was completely satisfied with the painting project he did. I will definitely use him again for any handyman stuff. He even brought in my groceries. Super nice guy.
True American Handyman LLCTrue American Handyman LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Jerry did an excellent job on tile work as well as some carpentry work. He was efficient, on time, creative and committed to doing a good job. I would highly recommend Jerry for any handyman projects. I will use him again
JerryJerry
Thumbtack Customer
Jim (Mobile Authority Handyman) is one of a dying breed. I mean he seems to take pride in doing a great job and giving good customer service. Actually, I was WOWED by his work ethics and his professionalism. Though this was my first experience in using his services, I do not feel any hesitation in recommending him to someone.
Mobile Authority Handyman and Plumbing ServicesMobile Authority Handyman and Plumbing Services
Cindy B.
LGO sent over Brad Petersen who who did a great job. He really listen to what I wanted and changed even for a simple AC install. He was very professional. Plus Rob Owens the boss talked to me the night before going through everything He was very kind. I am 64 and not used to hiring handyman. But they really made me feel comfortable and did a great job and went above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you so much. Grandma Cindy
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
VAL G.
Ha Mid is a wonderful man. I hired him to assemble a Murphy Bed with two matching cabinets. The results were precise. Ha Mid tries very hard to speak and understand English, so we were able to communicate well. I’m very proud of the work this gentleman did and am proud to have met him. I contacted him on a Friday and he was able to start the job the next day. He cleaned up after himself and he was very reasonable with his pricing. I would most definitely recommend Ha Mid to any one needing a handyman service of any kind.
Ha mid OC.handymanHa mid OC.handyman
Erik A.
Not just excellent but outstanding. Yes he did a great job and was friendly and professional but the exceptional value he brought to the work was the ability to use his creative solutioningto to overcome the obstacles that always seem to happen no matter how easy the task would seem. Without missing a step he developed a solution when the microwave was taller than the original. I offered to buy another and he called Lowe’s for me to find one. But no need, he fixed so that it fit and looks great. Extra value to an already very fair price and expert workmanship. He’s my go to handyman now.
Cotoman handyman/maintenanceCotoman handyman/maintenance
Mecca W.
Wonderful find! Mike is a very responsive professional. I made the request late Wednesday and by Thursday, Mike was at my new home. He was my second opinion on a washer dryer project that I wanted to do. The first contractor said that he could put the pipes of the w/d into the wall but didn’t explain how so I wanted a second opinion. This is where Mike (Alp’s Handyman) comes in. Mike measured the wall behind the washer and dryer and explained to me why this project couldn’t work. He was through and very patient. He and I worked very hard to install the washer dryer and after playing some Tetris with the actual appliances, we were able to get the job done. Yes, I helped with every step of the way! 👍🏾 He did such a good job that we walked the rest of the house to see what other projects I would like to get done. Mike came back the next morning and we shopped at Home Depot for wood to build shelves in my closet. He is very aware of cost savings but keeping the quality good. Now we’re back at the house working on additional projects. I would highly recommend. To top this all off - he is very passionate about good work and loves what he does! Very fairly priced for his work too!
ALPS Home Improvement ServiceALPS Home Improvement Service
Deborah T.
Vic cancelled on us…twice. Yesterday he cancelled an hour before we were expecting him. We texted back and forth about other tasks I needed accomplished. He said he would pick up an extension ladder and materials for patching the wall and provide the receipts.Today he showed up without a ladder or patching materials. We move in two days and he really left us in the lurch at the last minute. I will now try to track down what I needed. He should have been upfront about not wanting to do the other work instead of showing up without the equipment without giving us a heads up in advance.I paid him 150 bucks for what amounted to about 15 minutes of work today. He had to return today to hang a door. The same task he was paid for in a previous visit.The original door I bought for the job was cut to size by Vic before he noticed the predrilled holes didn’t match up to our door frame. The new door couldn’t be salvaged or exchanged because he had cut it. To Vics credit, he arranged to have another door fabricated. But we had to pay for the door as well as pay him the two hour minimum again. I really needed his help with patching the walls and felt he could have easily done that within the two hour time frame. I have no idea why he would act like he was willing to patch the walls when he had no intention of doing that. When you are in a serious time crunch, it’s problematic when the handyman is not reliable.
Vic's ServicesVic's Services
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