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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Laguna Beach handymen
Elizabeth C.
LGO Handyman sent Adam to assemble a queen size bed frame. He was pleasant and competent and got the job done efficiently. What a relief to find a responsible and affordable handyman service on Laguna Nextdoor.
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Lindsay F.
OC Tasker Smart Home was so responsive and professional to my handyman needs. I plan to use them in the near future! I recommend them so highly!
OC Tasker Smart Hows ⭐️ OC Top ProOC Tasker Smart Hows ⭐️ OC Top Pro
Diane G.
Highly Recommend John We Had a Broken Pocket Door John was able to come out right away & did a Great Repair Will Definitely Use Him as Our Regular Handyman Laguna Beach
Mcfarland HandymanMcfarland Handyman
Jill t.
I have used LGO a few times now and each time I’ve been more than pleased with the excellent service!! It’s been very difficult to find a reliable handyman service which is why I’m writing this review. Trust me, I’m not a review person. I believe my search for a handyman is over and I’m so thrilled to know I can pick up the phone and call LGO whenever I need them. Prompt, efficient, knowledgeable, professional and dependable what else could a girl want when something needs fixing!! PRICELESS!!!
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Loren M.
Highly recommend Rob for any projects, big or small as he takes his time and does the job right. Rob replaced two faucets in the master bath of my condo. He's a great communicator and kept me apprised the whole way through. Will definitely be using LGO Handyman in the future.
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Rachel M.
Rob was quick to respond to my request for help and Rom who actually attended to help was clearly knowledgeable and experienced at tackling various unrelated jobs . He showed initiative on the repair taking steps that should prevent the problem I had re occurring . I now have LGO handyman in my contact list and won’t hesitate to use them in the future .
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Mie D.
He showed up on time which is very important to me. Also he asked me what kind of job that he needs to be done for me so he can prepare in advance. He is very good person trying to work hard. But as handyman, he needs to have more experience. I can’t ask him for a difficult job yet I think.
Nika RestorationNika Restoration
Gail G.
Rob responded immediately to our request for a Handyman. He scheduled an appointment for us, based upon our appt preferences, which was greatly appreciated. Victor was our Handyman. We had what we considered to be a huge list of various household repairs/installs/maintenance. Our to-do list included fixing a ceiling light, installing a vertical blind, fixing a door hinge, cleaning overhead light areas, replacing two-sided door hardware, assisting with installation of a myQ Chamberlain garage door hub/sensor, repairing a kitchen slider vertical blind wand and removing a furnace filter for replacement. Victor arrived early and was very friendly, professional and honest. He completed everything on our list, to our complete satisfaction, in far less time than we had anticipated. We couldn't be more pleased. Thank you Rob and Victor. We'll be back…
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Linda B.
Kristjan did such a great job for me! I will hire him again in a minute!! I had an odd project that required finding a piece of MDF board and cutting it to fill an odd shaped spot in the floor to even out the floor before I have carpeting put down. He went to 2 places trying to find the right board and then when he still couldn’t find it we decided to go with a plywood substitute. I kept wondering if he would just give up and leave me hanging because the stores said they had what I needed then he would show up and they didn’t have it but he saw the project all the way through and kept me informed every step of the way! He was professional and finished the project perfectly!! I think I have found my new handyman for every household project!!
Nika RestorationNika Restoration
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