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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 Mission Viejo handymen
Thumbtack Customer
Had a lot of mini jobs and Amin completed all of them very satisfied with his work and will call him again for jobs, he truly is a Handyman which is what I asked for
B Modern construction & ElectricalB Modern construction & Electrical
Mary D.
I had a small job request. Ruben showed up on time and completed task in less than estimated time, did a great job. I will be using LGO Handyman again.
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Melissa J.
We are so grateful to have worked with Ethan. He is friendly, smart, honest and efficient. We couldn’t have asked for a better handyman to help take care of our various projects after moving into our new home.
True American Handyman LLCTrue American Handyman LLC
Dan k.
If you need a handyman for anything, Abdi is your guy. Don’t look any further! He was very quick to respond and got the work done way sooner than expected! Definitely recommended, and will be hiring him again for more work.
Shayan H.
Handyman Aldrin reinstalled our faulty water filter that was done incorrectly by another person. He did a great job. Also very responsive in text messages and setting appt. He had to cancel the first appt due to illness but it all worked out.
Handy AldrinHandy Aldrin
Thumbtack Customer
I am having the best handyman experience of my life! We have a few properties and we've been through a few handymen and Hanssel is the best in the business. He quoted about 12 things on a punch list from building kitchen cabinet inserts to installing doggy door and he did it all on time, quality work and was cost effective. He is very professional and polite. I will hire him again and again!
DSC ServicesDSC Services
Rene T.
John was such a wonderful Handyman. He went above and beyond, so professional and friendly. Made us feel very comfortable with just having a few things that needed taken care of, he even checked other things for us. His work was first class, quick and professional, but made us feel more like a friend than customer he also was extremely knowledgeable about a variety of things. Absolutely will use his services again. We highly recommend his services.
380 Fix It380 Fix It
Gale G.
I had a bad experience with this Handyman. They have major scheduling issues and are probably double booking plus they have no consideration at all for their customer's time. And, when it comes to pricing, there is a nasty surprise of a $45 "travel fee" being added at the end that was not made known ahead of time. I waited over 3 hours on three separate days and no one bothered to tell me about the delay until I contacted them. After the project was done, I found there was still an issue after they left. They offered to come back and make it right but they never showed up on the two following days after they made appointments, due to "unforeseen circumstances" so I was done with them. They offered a refund but I don't think I will ever see it. Since I wrote the first review Rob came out, per schedule, and corrected the issue with the original repair. He also refunded the travel fee since I was not informed of that in advance. He is a nice guy and capable handyman who needs some clerical help managing the scheduling of multiple employees. Once he gets that he should be a 5 star. I've upgraded my review to 4 stars and would hire him again.
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Perry G.
Taylor did an outstanding job in every aspect. He arrived on time, he was dedicated to his tasks, his quality was outstanding, he was creative in solving challenging problems, he took on tasks that he had not done before and excelled. The installation of my flatscreen was especially impressive. He ran into a number of obstacles and solved all of them. He hung about 11 items on the walls, one of which was a mirror that weighed 40 pounds. His attention to detail on what he put up was very impressive. He took time to measure in every direction, up, down, both sides, whatever he put on the wall was positioned perfectly. I recommend him without hesitation. This is a handyman choice that you will be completely satisfied with.
Matijevich Assembly & InstallationMatijevich Assembly & Installation
Barbara N.
Boy, did I choose the right person! Brian was an absolute 5-Star choice. He was honest, hard working, professional, personable and completed the job just as he promised. I needed an old vanity removed and replaced with a new vanity, countertop, sink and faucet. Everyone I talked to said the job was either too big or too small. I felt like Goldilocks and the three bears :-) I had a 48" vanity that needed to be removed withOUT any damage to the surrounding tile. Brian not only was able to remove the old vanity and sink carefully, but he completed the install completely and professionally. I would recommend Brian to anyone looking for a great handyman. Thank you again, Brian. It was a pleasure meeting you.
BR HandymanBR Handyman
Lesli L.
BEWARE the $59 per hour HANDYMAN turned out to be $450 for two hours. I had to step out so my son wrote him a check. When I came home I sent Rob a message . The reason he gave was that the 69 per hour was a rough estimate and the worker he sent was fast so I would have spent more if he was slower… really. I have never been paid for an 8 hour day if I went to worked for two hours and said I was fast.. LOL Then reason two was that it involved putting a sink,faucet and cabinet together and I should call around and get quotes… again not my responsibility as handyman services are hourly if not I should have been told before and given a quote. Reason three was he always charges 450 and they had no idea it required assembly and connecting although I told him I needed a cabinet with sink and faucet assembled . However he said he sent his best worker who does plumbing and assembly. Why send him if I had not told him the exact scope of the work. I am sure he will give plenty more reasons why his charge was valid. I offered to meet him half way but he stood firm. He was unapologetic even though he admitted that I should of been made aware of the different pay schedule. First referral from Thumbtack that I have ever taken issue with. I have had positive experiences before this project.
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
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