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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 Irvine handymen
Zhuoxin T.
Sergei Is professional, efficient and honest. Such a good handyman👍🏻
Mercedes A.
Jorge is just amazing! Professional & reliable. Would recommend him to anyone looking to hire a handyman!
Nita M.
Gregory installed a kitchen faucet and did a quality service. Would definitely recommend him for handyman jobs
Chris S.
Mo + Mani were great. Extremely communicative, punctual, very friendly, etc. All of the things you want in a handyman!
BlueFiks LLCBlueFiks LLC
Mike is knowledgeable and efficient and has all the ancillary qualities you would want in a handyman. We would certainly hire him again..
ALPS Home Improvement ServiceALPS Home Improvement Service
Hemant D.
Brent was very professional and did the job very well. We will certainly call him again when we need a good handyman.
OC Tasker Smart Hows ⭐️ OC Top ProOC Tasker Smart Hows ⭐️ OC Top Pro
Priya N.
We had a great experience working with LGO Handyman! Rob was so responsive! Matt did an amazing job with our house and was accurate and reliable!
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Sevda M.
Aloha Handyman (Kui) did a fantastic job installing my Ring pro doorbell. He was super flexible working around my schedule, communicative, polite, and professional. I highly recommend Kui for any project and like everyone else has stated, you will definitely use him from now on as your exclusive handyman- I know I will! Thank you, Kui!
Aloha Handyman CompanyAloha Handyman Company
Thumbtack Customer
Amin is an honest and friendly handyman with reasonable prices. He showed up on time and was very professional. Hard to find someone like him. 5 stars!
B Modern construction & ElectricalB Modern construction & Electrical
Dan h.
He is simply awesome, quick and professional. he response fast and does a great job, I will use Armen again. he is my handyman from now.
Orange County Handy LLCOrange County Handy LLC
Michelle T.
We are a moving company and found Patrick through this service. If your looking for someone with great experience and quality work, call Patrick Handyman services. You won't be disappointed!
Patrick Handyman ServicesPatrick Handyman Services
Zachary B.
Best customer service I have ever had. Abdi did such a wonderful job, and finished everything in great timing. Would recommend them to anyone looking for a great handyman.
Mohamed A.
Mr.Abdi is a young man good helpful and honest handyman, he came right away after I called him, his prices are reasonable, I endorse him for the public.
Bennett S.
Great service all in all. Came to fix things for the house twice and both times got the job done quick and effectively. Would definitely recommend for anyone needing handyman services!
Aloha Handyman CompanyAloha Handyman Company
Wendy M.
Hansel was kind and professional but moreover, he fixed my leak! I liked that he is an overall handyman so I can use him again for other issues around my house.
DSC ServicesDSC Services
Paula B.
Victor was my handyman and he did a great job! He was quick and professional and it was apparent that he knew what he was doing. My cabinet looks great and I am happy to recommend LGO and Victor!
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Angea K.
Used services for a 55” TV mount over a fireplace and misc handyman assistance. He did a great job, friendly and efficient, got straight to work and figured out advanced mounting system in just a few minutes. Recommend!
McKnight Handyman ServiceMcKnight Handyman Service
Daniel C.
Provided excellent service and workmanship! Helped us with a couple of furniture assembly as well as fixing the electrical issue we had with our lights all within the same day of notice and booking the appointment. Highly recommended to anyone that needs a dependable handyman!
Aleks ConstructionAleks Construction
Benedetta B.
The best handyman ever!!! Always willing and able to help with anything I need, and for a reasonable price. He fixed our cabinet, shower, lights, hanged our new curtains, will be fixing the sink and much more to come…. Thanks so much Shtefan!!!
Thumbtack Customer
Adam is a Pro Handyman! He replied in 1 hour. Came that day afternoon and gave us a quote. Was reasonable. Hired him and finished the job next day! We had some fixes on our door, behind dishwasher, below Kitchen Cabinet....
Adam's ServicesAdam's Services
Rashmi S.
Vitaly did a great job of helping me finish a tiling job that a previous handyman did not complete. In addition, he sanded a painted a wall where I had cabinets removed. He is one of the best handymen I’ve ever worked with. I highly recommend him for your projects!
Vitalii •Company Restart Home•Vitalii •Company Restart Home•
Rick B.
Alfredo is the best handyman we’ve ever used. He knows his stuff and is very organized. He has a wide array of repairs and installations he can do. We had an old wooden fence that needed posts installed. He was fast and efficient. Exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend him.
Acosta Handyman ServicesAcosta Handyman Services
Rong W.
I am very disappointed about the handyman service that LGO handyman provided. Their schedule was terrible. They promised to come, or committed to finish something, but seldom arrive on time or finish them completely. Right now, I have paid the full amount, however, one curtain still has not been installed and one pendent light's height is not adjusted. Although I have reminded them many times. When they did demo the closets, they caused a big hole in my wall, but they never fixed. When they tried to do wiring for the stair ceiling light, they scratched the stair rail, but did not fix it. After kitchen pendent light wiring, the paint and finish was terrible, and those area looks so different from others. They are not professional and responsible ! Will never hire them again !
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Miriam K.
Hamid is our go-to handyman. We initially met him through Thumbtack over a year ago, and have hired him for every single handyman job since. He is excellent! He’s very professional and courteous, and his work is always exceptional. He has built numerous pieces of furniture for us, hung many shelves and paintings on the walls of our home, and more. Every time, he brings all of his tools and completes the work quickly and efficiently. I trust him 100% for the quality of his work and as a person. He’s also great around our kids. I have worked with many contractors and have hired others handymen in the past, but Hamid’s work is better than the rest. He’s reliable, professional, and it’s always a job well done.
Ha mid OC.handymanHa mid OC.handyman
Nida T.
Highly recommend Aloha Handyman Company. Very nice in person and professional. He did a great job on my living room curtains, hanging 2 giant mirrors and 2 big frames. I still have a few more items to get done and will definitely hire him again this weekend. Thank you Aloha :)
Aloha Handyman CompanyAloha Handyman Company
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