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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average rate for handyman jobs is $90-$160. 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 fee. 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.

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.

Reviews for Oakland handymen
Cathy K.
Great service..,,will call again for handyman projects.
Handyman on ServiceHandyman on Service
Lauren W.
Fantastic help on a handful of small handyman tasks. Will definitely hire again.
Chaojun Home Improvement ServiceChaojun Home Improvement Service
Thumbtack Customer
Good communication, timely, smart and knew what he was doing. A great go-to handyman.
Great person to work with. Did a small kitchen remodel and a few other handyman items. Pleased with his work.
Home RemodelingHome Remodeling
Thumbtack Customer
Dal is an awesome handyman! Super attentive to detail, works til the job is done to high satisfaction, not to mention he's an extremely nice guy who takes a lot of pride and satisfaction in a job well done. We have found our handyman for any job big and small. Will definitely be hiring him in the future.
Delbert EvansDelbert Evans
Thumbtack Customer
Timely response and performed the work quickly and efficiently. Very personable. I will call Charles whenever I need a handyman
West Chester Home RepairWest Chester Home Repair
Jessica I.
Dave is GREAT! He’s professional, personable & does great work. He finds solutions to complex home issues a previous contractor & handyman created.
Dave Tipton DesignDave Tipton Design
Thumbtack Customer
Shaun was very helpful and professional. He resolved our issue and was very knowledgable. I was seeking a handyman that I can call when needed. I think Shaun is that guy.
Shaun's Handyman ServiceShaun's Handyman Service
Jasmine T.
Tom not only responded to my request for handyman services quickly, he was really easy to communicate with via text and calls. He showed up for our appointment early, was an attentive listener when I walked him through the project we needed done, and he helped us find the right materials cost effectively. He worked diligently and completed the project faster than I thought. I will definitely call on him again when I need other handyman jobs completed.
Wood Monk / Basler designsWood Monk / Basler designs
Alan M.
If I could do 6 stars, I'd do that...seriously, Kenny & his associate handled my job quickly and professionally, and with great attention to detail. I'd recommend them to anyone looking for handyman type of jobs.
Thumbtack Customer
Mike Anderson removed a chandelier and installed a new one in a different location in our dining room. He provided great customer service and did a great job with the installation. I would recommend him for handyman tasks.
Anderson ConstructionAnderson Construction
Rory D.
Jorge came on time. We needed two faucets repaired / replaced. We needed painting, caulking, and a peephole installed. All work was expertly and efficiently done. We are very happy with the service we received. We highly recommend Jorge & JM Handyman.
JM HandymanJM Handyman
Linda H.
John completed our small job quickly and promptly. I was concerned that I would have trouble finding a quality handyman to complete our time-critical, but small, job promptly. He responded within an hour to my request and scheduled the job within my timeline. Highly recommended!
Handyman JHandyman J
Jack F.
Rolo provided great communication before, during and after the project. He was informative and diligent about asking what requirements he might need to help with the project. And he was incredible courteous and accommodating. Finally his professionalism and his mindfulness of my home's state of cleanliness before, during and after the work greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend Rolo's Honey Do Handyman services.
Rolo's Honey Do HandymanRolo's Honey Do Handyman
Renna A.
Yikes. More damage was done than good. We had him remove a tricky curtain rod and patch the wall. But upon closer inspection his drill did a whole lot of gauging into the wall, leaving a number of deep and large indentations and nicks. He also advised us that we would need to shut off all water to the house in order to adjust a faucet handle that was gawked incorrectly. But another handyman simply removed the gawking and realigned the plate. Not sure if it is a lack of experience or what. He was responsive and pleasant. Just not great work was done.
Spectacular ProjectsSpectacular Projects
Alex T.
He was good! I thought the work was a little slow moving, but he got the job done and I feel like he did it well in the end (shelf install + tv mount). For the price, that’s one can really ask for. He also was very dedicated to getting it right. The TV mount was slightly not level and he was happy to fix it after we flagged it. The fix might have gone faster if he had paid more attention to the install instructions (which we ultimately read and figured out how to level it) but he was a helpful handyman throughout the process.
Oakland HandymanOakland Handyman
Eve B.
Works super fast, is very nice and professional, and the quality of work was top notch. Definitely recommend and will use again myself. My job was a variety of handyman needs, from assembling a patio umbrella, fixing window screen, hanging pictures, installing a mounted vacuum cleaner, and some other odds and ends. He also proactively gave me some recommendations on how I can address a couple issues I have with the doors around my home. Based on the great and efficient work he did this round, and his level of knowledge and great attitude, I would use him for bigger projects for sure.
Pay’n It Forward Handyman Service.Pay’n It Forward Handyman Service.
Gary L.
Gabe was tasked with three very different projects. One a drywall and door fix that was excessive. Secondly yard work where the lawn had grown to over 3 feet with weeds and thorns, Finally a fix of a rotted bathroom floor where it needs to be retiled, grouting and sealed. All the projects were done with outstanding workmanship. Gabe is a seasoned veteran who can tackle any job and it exceedingly good at communicating both the project demands and transparent in all aspects of the materials and labor required. I highly recommend his high level of skill. Calling him simply a handyman is not inline with his passion and professionalism as he is extremely talented.
Espinozas handyworkEspinozas handywork
Constance E.
Although I haven't met Mike yet, he responded promptly & laid everything out clearly. His fees were reasonable & I look forward to working with him, if he can fit in our small job. As our job should only take an hour or two, I was appalled by what some others were asking... I simply need a New Lockset installed in a front door... It won't require an Architect or Engineer, just a Handyman who can fit us in... I hope Mike may be this guy!!! Thx Mike for being straightforward about what U charge & for being quite reasonable!!!
Mike ChristensenMike Christensen
Judith S.
Scope of the job Keith was hired for: - build 2 short forward-facing staircases - one that leads up to the bathroom. one that leads up to the closet - install already-assembled IKEA base counters - install countertop and sink onto counters - install around 3-5 feet of baseboards - hang 3 open shelves above counters Keith charges a hefty $50/hour, which ONLY includes labor. Materials, including a few extra he'll throw in for his toolbox, will be paid by you. Keith came by our house on a Wednesday at 8AM to give us an estimate, free of charge. Said the above would take 3 days (8 hours/day) to complete. He said, "look I really just want to work." We gave him the job on the spot and he started working that morning at 9:00 AM. I had another handyman scheduled to drop by that same evening to give us a quote. I canceled him because Keith seemed like he really needed the work, and he sounded like he knew what he was doing. Day 1: Building the Stairs - I meet him at Restore to pick up wood and other supplies that he needs to get the job done. (He's officially on the clock, but hasn't started building). So we're paying him for shopping. - According to Keith, he and my husband talked about him building a box for storage between the stair cases. Husband agrees considering it's a studio. However, my husband is under the assumption that the stairs will be forward-facing. Keith starts building the stairs and the storage box, but took creative license without consulting us, and built the stairs to be sideway-facing. I reach out to my husband, whose at work, to confirm that this is what he wanted. Keith continues to build on his idea which takes the better part of day 1. When my husband returns from work, he says nope. Stop what you're doing and make the stairs face forward. Keith follows directions, but does not adjust his estimate or lost time for his going rogue with his idea. Day 2: Building the Stairs, take 2 - When Keith arrives that morning, he has a conversation with my husband and says that the stairs will be completed within 2-3 hours time. - Stairs are not finished by the end of day 2. No other part of the project has been started. - Husband talks to Keith and asks if by the end of our budget/estimate, we will have paid $1200 for stairs ($50/hour x 8 hours x 3 days), Keith says no. They will be done in the morning of day 3 with the rest of the work finished as well. Day 3: Building the Stairs, take 3, Start the rest of the work - Husband and I hand Keith a final design of what we want to be finished by EOD - Keith stops working on the stairs at some point in the middle of the day to start on the installation of the base cabinets. - Cabinets got nailed to the wall - Countertop was cut to the edge of the last cabinet, but not nailed/glued down. Sink was not cut out, let alone installed - Stairs were built, but nowhere near finished (i.e., sanded down, splinters everywhere, exposed nails and screw tips that could easily cause injury. - by the end of the Day 3 - 99.9% of the work was not completed as promised or as we hired him to do. - the "clean up" was abysmal - Keith was billing us for $40 of material which we never saw - We asked him to return the next day to address the exposed screws and nails on the stairs. On day two, Keith asked us to pay him for the two days work without anything being finished - said a bill came up that he needed to pay. And, foolishly, we did. Why? We trusted he was telling the truth, but in retrospect, we will never do that again for any contractor we hire. On day three, Keith said he was grooming us to better treat other contractors/woodworkers we hire in the future. (Seriously???). He said that is it customary, or nice, to buy extra blades and supplies for these types of workers because of how much the equipment wears down having to use it on people's projects. That a woman he's worked for for a long time would welcome him every morning with a fresh cup of coffee. How he was giving us a deal by not charging us for the time he spent invoicing us. How a negative review on Thumbtack would be devastating for him because he has a family to feed. Really, Keith? We've been hustled for $1240 and still have an unfinished job to deal with. This is the honest truth of our experience with Keith. If you hire him - you will get someone who is a skilled woodworker, but utterly unskilled at estimating his time, which ends up costing you so much more in the long run, and without a guarantee that the work will be finished if your budget is tapped out. If you have money to burn, then he's your guy. Otherwise, be aware of what you're getting yourself into.
Keith AderholdtKeith Aderholdt
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