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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 Los Angeles handymen
Jamie L.
Great handyman
Behnam ezatiBehnam ezati
Nellie B.
The handyman he sent to do the work was good.
Construction Degree - McNally’s Handyman & MoreConstruction Degree - McNally’s Handyman & More
Amanda S.
Great handyman! Experienced, knows what he's doing.
Sicilian handyman services LucianoSicilian handyman services Luciano
Ron D.
Work done well. My handyman was nice and friendly
American B General ContractorAmerican B General Contractor
Brian W.
Excellent "Handyman" services for all one's needs. BRAVO!!
Schaefer Handyman ServiceSchaefer Handyman Service
Valarie M.
Excellent handyman. Very helpful and knowledgeable. Great attitude. Highly recommend.
Nevada SNevada S
Winston B.
Mohammad is the best handyman on the planet. His attention to detail and professionalism is unmatched!
MohammadMohammad
Haley O.
Dennis is a great handyman! Punctual, works in a timely manner, and does the job well.
Handy Dennis V *READ ENTIRE PROFILE*Handy Dennis V *READ ENTIRE PROFILE*
Chris D.
Great working with Dennis! Super skilled and respectful. He’s my go-to handyman for sure.
Handy Dennis V *READ ENTIRE PROFILE*Handy Dennis V *READ ENTIRE PROFILE*
Anissa K.
Really very happy With the work done and the professionalism. The handyman was very good and a hard worker.
EJRZ INC.EJRZ INC.
Patrick B.
Awesome all around! I'll def look up Josh for future handyman jobs!
Let Josh Do ItLet Josh Do It
Carol S.
The Handyman helped me put together a massive couch, was super good, flexible and nice. thanks!
Handyman-Home Improvement specialistHandyman-Home Improvement specialist
Joshua C.
Great experience. Exceeded expectations. Would absolutely hire again for future plumbing / handyman projects.
House To HomeHouse To Home
Karla T.
Aaron is a skilled handyman. He was on time and responsive to all requests. We will definitely hire him again.
ARB Installations & CarpentryARB Installations & Carpentry
Scott M.
Great service! The team was very professional and responsive. Would work with them again on anything handyman related
Construction Degree - McNally’s Handyman & MoreConstruction Degree - McNally’s Handyman & More
Morgan W.
Best handyman! Was soooo quick and efficient and got everything done even better than I expected!
Nevada SNevada S
KRISTINA H.
Max is a very skilled handyman. He showed up on time and quickly fixed the problem with the closed door.
Your local Handyman and Junk removal guyYour local Handyman and Junk removal guy
Derek J.
Work was excellent and he is a great communicator. Will definitely think of him first whenever I have handyman needs.
The Price Is Right Construction & Repair.The Price Is Right Construction & Repair.
Thumbtack Customer
Very timely and easy to work with. The job was done well and quickly. I will definitley use Handyman Brown again!
Handyman BrownHandyman Brown
Dwayne Y.
Great job. Very helpful. Nice guy to work with. Highly recommend Fernando for all of your handyman needs.
LA Home repair servicesLA Home repair services
Kwasi B.
Ramirez was incredible. So fast and great work. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a handyman.
Ramírez paintingRamírez painting
Mary-Alice B.
On time, excellent work. We will use him for all our handyman needs currently in our 3 locations.
JCM EnterprisesJCM Enterprises
Brian M.
Super quick and efficient. 100% what you’re looking for in a handyman. Lays out all the details and gets right to work.
Timur FayzullinTimur Fayzullin
Thumbtack Customer
Super friendly fast and efficient very fair price . Will definitely be using him for my handyman needs 😃👍🏽
Franco's Electrical Services LLCFranco's Electrical Services LLC
Holly r.
Found my handyman! Don't need to ever call anyone else. Everything the reviews said and more. What a gem!
Modern construction proModern construction pro
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