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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average fixed rate for handyman jobs ranges from $120-$175. Hourly rates for a handyman can average $50-$100 per hour. 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.

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.

Reviews for Irvine handymen
Chris S.
Mo + Mani were great. Extremely communicative, punctual, very friendly, etc. All of the things you want in a handyman!
BlueFiks LLCBlueFiks LLC
DEBORAH AND EDGAR s.
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
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
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
Thumbtack Customer
Robert is a very good handyman. He is efficient and knowledgeable and his rates are very fair/competitive. I highly recommend him and would use him again for new projects.
My Cleaning SolutionMy Cleaning Solution
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
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 ServicesMcKnight Handyman Services
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
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
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
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
Harshal G.
Albert was proactive and fixed the fan quickly once parts were ordered. He also gave some suggestions which enhanced the appearance of the fan lighting kit The job was done quicker than 3 hrs and then he happily picked up another small project in the house to fill the time I recommend Albert for Handyman jobs Thanks
Handyman Services of Orange CountyHandyman Services of Orange County
Nicole M.
Of all the handyman I’ve hired in the past, Steve was hands down the best! I had 2 main projects I needed help getting done, but Steve was so helpful and quick, he helped me knock out another 2 projects. I highly recommend Steve for his efficiency and reliability. Whatever you need done, Steve is your guy!
A Fireman's Hand - General Home RepairA Fireman's Hand - General Home Repair
Eric B.
Everette always amazed me with his insight and brilliant ways to to solving problems. Strong, skilled and accountable Handyman. Everette is extremely enthusiastic about his work which is infectious. His organizational skills have been invaluable to us. For Everette the job is always the most important thing to do. Very positive attitude towards work. Definitely worth recommending.
The Better HandymanThe Better Handyman
Christine G.
I’m SO HAPPY I found Kui! I was moving out and needed laundry room doors installed ASAP. I sent a request very late in the evening & Kui responded within minutes and the next afternoon the doors were installed in no time. He was also very helpful with other items on my move out TO DO list plus he was an absolute pleasure to meet. ~ Mahalo again “Aloha Handyman!”
Aloha handyman companyAloha handyman company
Ato m.
It was our first time hiring a handyman through Thumbtack and we selected Mike based on the favorable reviews here. With his brother Burhan, he repaired our rotted balcony. Very professional, great quality work, completed quickly! Our balcony now looks brand new and we are very happy. Mike definitely lived up to the positive reviews, and I would hire him again for sure. Highly recommend.
ALPS Home Improvement ServiceALPS Home Improvement Service
Brian B.
Hiring Jake was a good call. He replaced our fence gate w a nice steel fram and wooden exterior. It looks great. He was a good quality wood worker that was flexible, professional, easy to deal w, base a nice bedside manner and priced the job fairly. I realize he was between jobs but am lucky we met as he was immediately available. I recommend him to others looking for an honest handyman.
Sparks HandymanSparks Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
I moved new to this area was glad I found such a great handyman. He really knows what he's doing. I was very afraid in the beginning, since I was new to the area & didn't know, if I could trust anybody with my repairs. I am very glad that I found him & he replied very quickly to all my questions. I will definite refer him to all my friends, family and even to my neighbors. They have an excellent customer service. Very happy.
B Modern construction & ElectricalB Modern construction & Electrical
Thumbtack Customer
We have chosen Shahram among 5 candidates from Thumbtack for our house project. We like his architecture experience. He is a professional, detail oriented and highly efficient for the jobs: painting with flat/clear color for the handrails and newel post/balusters, install new kitchen faucet, fix old faucet leak and repair the electric wire etc in just one day. It is kind of amazing but he did finish all of them with high quality with very competitive price. I will definitely recommend Shahram for your handyman work and remodel job. He is the best qualified guy for your work.
Shahram ArdestaniShahram Ardestani
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