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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 Newport Beach handymen
Colin V.
They don’t provide actual handyman services
FixTman LLC. (California)FixTman LLC. (California)
Debbie M.
Taylor was the best handyman I’ve ever hired! He’s very conscientious and clean with his work!
Matijevich Assembly & InstallationMatijevich Assembly & Installation
Jill D.
Will definitely hire him again. Highly recommend Aloha Handyman. His follow up texts on timing were so helpful to coordinate prior to the job.
Aloha Handyman CompanyAloha Handyman Company
Bridget Z.
Very professional, fast, friendly, tidy...all you want in a handyman service. Hung large TV, patched multiple walls, hung shelves...great experience.
ALPS Home Improvement ServiceALPS Home Improvement Service
Brad K.
Mustafa was great, he was very honest about his skill level which was more than enough for the projects with which I needed his help. I highly recommend him to anyone needing a diversely skilled and efficient handyman.
ALPS Home Improvement ServiceALPS Home Improvement Service
Thumbtack Customer
Larry was great, he was quick to respond, he was on time, his fee was reasonable. Larry was able to complete all of my small task requests, he was flexible and did great work. Larry is a kind gentleman, a pleasure to work with! I recommend Larry to anyone looking for a responsible, honest handyman!
Handee WerxHandee Werx
Latha S.
Joseph was a blessing in disguise for me! I initially hired him to assemble my small furniture in the apt and then got talking to him and knew he was a handyman I could use for my home that i was planning to sell. My home was 80miles away and he still drove all the way there for 3 days to do all the fixes including changing a whole door, touchups all around the house, adding magnetic fixtures for cabinets, fixing baseboards, painting my front door, installing solar lites in my front yard and many more small jobs i had for him. He is my go-to-handyman if i ever need anything done around the house! Thank you Joseph!
Greg P.
Will knows what he's doing and seems to enjoy it. He made sure he (and we) understood exactly what we wanted and how it would turn out. He doesn't over promise, and if he doesn't feel he can handle a particular task he's upfront about it rather than just taking the work and winging it. He bills by the hour, not by the project but it ends up being less expensive and he has no motivation to cut corners. We will definitely use him for all our handyman needs in the future.
Peninsula Building RepairsPeninsula Building Repairs
Anne F.
I learned after purchasing a new washer that I likely needed to replace valves prior to install. Sam was willing to do the work (another handyman didn't feel comfortable working with compression valves) and made it work on his schedule. The valves were frozen and he worked hard to ensure that no damage was done to the copper piping. He ensured everything was working properly and did the job in less time and therefore less expense than a plumbing firm who gave a phone estimate and didn't have openings. I would call on him again.
Sam’s Renovations & Home ImprovementsSam’s Renovations & Home Improvements
Thumbtack Customer
My experience was fine. He came over and changed batteries in a few alarms on the ceiling that I was too short to reach. While there, I found out that he does landscaping/hardscaping so I asked if he might be interested in another project. We discussed general plans to demolish a fountain in my side yard and he agreed to provide a proposal the following day so we could get started. I never heard from him again. Too bad, it seemed like he was not just a handyman, but a business man as well. I was pretty disappointed.
Omni Contracting Inc.Omni Contracting Inc.
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