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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 Livermore handymen
Cara h.
I'm excited to have Joey as my handyman. I have lots of little projects and a big one that he is helping me with.
Joey's Handyman ServiceJoey's Handyman Service
Deepak K.
Caleb did an Amazing work. He is extremely professional and transparent with everything he did. He worked quickly and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Caleb for any Handyman works.
AllStar Home Repair & Maintenance LLCAllStar Home Repair & Maintenance LLC
Marianna M.
James is by far the best handyman I have used in years! Professional, polite, punctual, great work quality, amazing attitude. Very fair on price. Definitely will use his services again and highly recommend to others!
Screws & Tools LLCScrews & Tools LLC
Neoma G.
He did a wonderful job, was on time as scheduled and was able to fix mt front yard pipe and replace faucet with no problem. I had contacted two other handyman companies and 1 was a no show and the other was not able to to do the work. I highly recommend him and is very responsible.
B.A. Property SolutionsB.A. Property Solutions
Sharon T.
We had a great experience working with Blanca and Alex! He helped us with unclogging two sinks and loosening up some screws for a toilet. They were communicative, helpful, explained everything and was on time! Love that we found a great handyman in the area and will definitely be reaching out if I need any more help in the future!
B.A. Property SolutionsB.A. Property Solutions
Chad C.
Over promised and did not deliver. This guy just ghosted us. We went through all the tasks that would be done—basic drywall install and paint finish, tiling, installations. He said he’ll get back to me in a 3 days but never heard anything back. Just another wannabe handyman/contractor.
JCLlc service’s paint, construction, demolition.JCLlc service’s paint, construction, demolition.
Mirta M.
Ryan is the most pleasant, professional and neat handyman I’ve ever hired. He was punctual and made sure the area where he worked was very clean before he left. The cost was very, very reasonable. He removed an existing chandelier and replaced it with another one I bought. I would highly recommend Ryan. You’ll be happy you did!
Ryan is HandyRyan is Handy
Dharini V.
At first I was little skeptical in picking Akash for the work since he was new to thumbtack and didn’t have any reviews but I need to say he is so prompt and his work is so clean, perfect and high quality. He installed new lights for us with lot of wiring lot and his work was too good. I definitely recommend Akash to any handyman project because of his quality of work.
Akash’s services inc.Akash’s services inc.
Anand C.
This guy's a professional to the core and he knows what he's doing. He worked with my budget and got the best bang for buck. He pretty much did what I needed in my home. 1. Garage Drywall installation - garage upgrade. 2. Garage Whole house water filtration setup - plumbing upgrade. 3. Bathroom - leaky bath tub fix 4. Bathroom - leaky toilet fix The Definitely recommend him to friends and family. Definitely my handyman as long as I'm here in this town.
Family bornFamily born
Pulkit A.
I hired KKA handyman for a few small to medium tasks around the house, and got to them all without any fuss or sweat. I had good experience with KKA right from the start when I was communicating with him on Thumbtack, and he was flexible to work around my schedule. He was on time and got to work. He completed the tasks with high quality and also cleaned up after himself. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for help with stuff at home. He gave some good suggestions for a future task I would call him again for.
KKA HandymanKKA Handyman
Sharon l.
Caleb is outstanding in his trade. He installed a 350lb safe, hung mirrors and curtains for me. He came with a fully stocked truck. All the unforeseen tools, bolts to secure the safe to my floor, and even a needed battery he had on his truck, ready to complete my projects. He even took the time to help me set up the codes, and made sure I was able to use the safe correctly, before he finished. I’m excited to find a handyman who is so qualified, to handle all my home repair needs. I will be rehiring Caleb to install some lighting, laundry doors, and some more wall hangings. It was a pleasure meeting you Caleb!
AllStar Home Repair & Maintenance LLCAllStar Home Repair & Maintenance LLC
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