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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 Mountain View handymen
Todd R.
Gamez Handyman came out and did the work completely and in a shorter time than they originally thought. No complaints.
Gamez HandymanGamez Handyman
Caroline K.
A very nice handyman who does great quality work, professional, and very personable. I will call him again!
Handyman JHandyman J
Sirshendu M.
Dinh Nguyen is a super expert Handyman. Very calm and efficient! Loved his work. Would highly recommend him.
Four Seasons Construction & LandscapingFour Seasons Construction & Landscaping
Darryl D.
Handyman J. was all the above Work quality, professionalism, responsiveness, great value, and punctuality. He hit all the marks. Thanks,
Handyman JHandyman J
Claire K.
The best handyman you could hope for. He has handled 5-6 after moving in items such as hanging curtains, art walls etc, shelves etc. He was quick, very knowledgeable in what he does and understand, cares for things from a customer perspective. He has customized each wall hanging by the least wall damaging way, advising how now to make a scratch on floor, also dissembled a multi pipeline showerhead to adjust height, thinking a step ahead of a size fit before installing any even though I didn’t give a detailed instruction. I asked him to help carrying a table to a storage room which is not a part of his handyman work but he gladly helped it out. You can trust him to bring a best solution.
Q-ServiceQ-Service
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin's a six-star handyman in a four-star world. He's come out to help me twice, on several different properties, and it's been a great experience each time. He's communicative about his arrival, does each job carefully, and explains all the options available and their pluses and minuses. I'm definitely going to keep working with Kevin, and I recommend the same for others in the Thumbtack community.
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Huma R.
I contacted 6-7 businesses through thumbtack for my project for increasing the size of our existing dishwasher cutout. Matt was the quickest to respond, was a pleasure to communicate with, came over promptly and on time. He assessed the task, called me to provide options and recommendations and within an hour did a solid job with minimum fuss. Honest rates too. I would whole-heartedly recommend him for your handyman needs!
Plug-in ServicesPlug-in Services
Nancy D.
Alex was punctual, brought the tools, and got started pulling out everything he needed as I explained the job. He didn't understand a word. I showed him what I wanted by showing him a set of already installed curtains. He set up his ladder as if he would be working there. "No, that's just the example," I said. He said okay, but as time went on it became clear he did not understand or speak English. He used google translate on his phone. I explained what I wanted. He said he needed to do something his way. The result: a set of curtains hung 5 inches too high on the wall--he never measured the curtains to be sure he was doing the right thing. I am crushed. I will have to have another handyman come and fix the curtains on a rod too high that will not reach the ground. I couldn't believe I had been taken advantage by someone who represented themselves as typing and texting to me in English, when they could not speak any English needed to do the work I hired him for. I feel used and abused. He needs to be clear and up front in his materials that he speaks Russian only. He will work well with Russian clients.
Tomilin Handyman ServiceTomilin Handyman Service
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