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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 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.

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.

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 Milpitas handymen
Lance H.
I had a great experience with this handyman. I will definitely refer him.
King of Tv mountingKing of Tv mounting
Marie C.
David was a great handyman and fixed all my jobs i had to get done.
David Chen HandymanDavid Chen Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
cesar was amazing in doing over handyman jobs and he was very prompt in responding to requests.i would definitely come back to All seasons for their outstanding job.
The Maintenance GuysThe Maintenance Guys
Prasidh S.
Golan was prompt to respond and ready with his tools. He did a thorough job and great quality ! Highly recommend for handyman work. We needed assembly of a garage cabinet and a dresser. He did a fine job.
Gsh ServicesGsh Services
Thumbtack Customer
Darin was very efficient and has excellent handyman skills. Initially he took time to figure out installation of safe racks garage overhead storage but finally he nailed it and two racks were done in 3 hrs. I definitely recommend Darin
Easley DoneEasley Done
Suvidya D.
Our shower cartridge needed replacement. Contacted Joey’s Handyman Services on Thumbtack. He was super quick to respond, times worked out and the job was done the same day. He was on time, got the necessary tools, replacement parts with him which was great. Great overall experience! Thank you.
Joey's Handyman ServicesJoey's Handyman Services
Thumbtack Customer
We found Joey on Thumback while looking for a handyman and got his services for making wall in-builds and linen closet. He was very professional, friendly and thorough with his job. He gave his own creative ideas and helped make the project better than we would have thought. At the end the wall in-builds looked really beautiful and beyond our expectations! Would definitely recommend Joey!!
Joey's Handyman ServicesJoey's Handyman Services
Saumitra P.
Jose was very punctual and understanding. He understood my needs and did his job perfect! He replaced an old water softener system under sink and replaced the ruined cabinet base with a new piece of wood. He bought the right material and finished his work in time. I found his work to be of excellent quality and he cleaned up everything after his work. I would recommend him for any handyman job!
JPfloorings and handyman servicesJPfloorings and handyman services
RAVI C.
We had to convert the broom closet in our garage into kitchen pantry. Taras got in touch with us and my initial impression of him was very positive. He was very courteous, and very professional over the phone. In the first appointment, he measured the dimensions and gave us a time estimate for the project. Taras, does the material selection, pick-up, the whole nine yards. The project took around 9-10 hours, and Taras gave us a good discount. Without asking! Also, there was a minor issue he noticed (and we didn’t) in the paint job he did on the finished door. He was so professional and turned up for another visit to fix it. Taras obviously took pride in his work! He exceeded our expectations by a mile. We strongly recommend Taras for all your handyman needs.
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Sangita M.
Very poor ethics, he was extremely prompt when I hired him till he was paid. I hired him to install a projector, which he claimed to have experience with, sadly We removed the projector and are getting a real professional install it this time. I can at least forget about this, since it does require some technical skills, which he is lacking obviously here. Now he also installed 3 Outlets, here is where I am more frustrated. One of the three didn't work, I don't want him to claim that he did this as a favor, I paid him and he said he would stop by since he was paid but didn't install this correctly. He then said he'll come on Friday, didn't come, then Sat, again didn't, and I gave him another chance Sun. Again, each time he didn't even text me that he wouldn't make it, just kept me waiting at home. I finally asked him not to waste my time and will just have someone else do this. I would have been ok, if he had some basic courtsey to inform me he couldn't come What's the worst part of all this, he said I had to buy a special 3 way outlet for some that he couldn't replace, at Lowe's and Home Depot, the store guys laughed n told me I need to hire another handyman and Lowe's even joked that he must have smoked something to not know something as basic and the ones I had earlier would work fine.
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