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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Palm Springs handymen
Cindy C.
Good experience. Great handyman. Would hire again.
Raul YepizRaul Yepiz
Skip B.
Dan is THE handyman! Job well done and thanks for the great conversation!
Dan the HandymanDan the Handyman
Nicholas L.
Melvin is a great handyman. Shows up on time, works hard and keeps the job site tidy. Very professional.
Martha B.
What a competent professional. Donovan completed a small electrical job and a plumbing repair. He's definitely our handyman now.
Kevin S.
This was my first time using KJ Handyman, and I’ll have to say that I’ll use him again. It’s refreshing to have a handyman that arrives before his start time, is kind, pleasant to be around and is fair on all levels. KJ, thanks for your professionalism, willingness to assist and help, and your graciousness with hearing what I’m saying.
KJ HandymanKJ Handyman
Charles F.
Jamal and his sons were awesome. Came on time and fixed the issue in 10mins flat. And now I have a new handyman — thanks!
Jamal of All TradesJamal of All Trades
Barbara C.
He showed up on time. Was very responsive to me, the female handy person in the household. Did not talk down to me as a female like the last handyman. I’ll be having him back.
Dan the HandymanDan the Handyman
David M.
Even though this was a relatively small job, Kevin showed up on time and did a super job for me. I highly recommend him as an all around, Multi talented and competent handyman.
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Ken P.
Efrain responded quickly to my call and scheduled a service call in a reasonable time. The problem was resolved, fixed and all is well. I would use Efrain again for future repair, handyman needs.
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Nikki B.
We are happy to say we found a great handyman Mary is outstanding, she provided a awesome service. We will call on her again in about a week. It took us many month to find the right handy service, we recommend highly. Thank you, Mary. Well done
The Helpful HandywomanThe Helpful Handywoman
Timothy M.
We will definitely call Billy for any of our future handyman needs. He replaced two of our toilets and even came a second day to fix a problem caused by the company we ordered from. He's responsive and eager to get the job done quickly and professionally. I will definitely recommend to others.
A&B Home MaintenanceA&B Home Maintenance
Tulika S.
Arrived prepared as promised. Responded promptly to my request for handyman work. Was able to paint, hang wall art, fixed pipe in bathroom, patched up walls etc. His price was appropriate as well. Bonus - he also fixed my suitcase zipper which unexpectedly broke. Impressive. So happy I read the great reviews about Raul & hired him. Will definitely hire him again.
Raul YepizRaul Yepiz
Jenny S.
Donovan is the best handyman I've ever hired. So far, I've had him at my house for 3 full days & have him scheduled for another 3-4 days. He has replaced light switches, patched cracks, adjusted doors, fixed sliding door tracks, painted, fixed screens, moved furniture, assembled a ping pong table...I'm probably missing a lot. He is my new "go to" person. And SUCH a nice human being. Total pleasure.
Pamela L.
Paul is an all around handyman and beyond. I needed several different pieces of furnishings assembled and large, heavy pieces of art installed. He brought all the tools and supplies needed, worked quickly and efficiently, and had a kind and upbeat attitude. He offered good suggestions and solutions to some other construction type issues that were around the home. He was very quick to respond and was punctual. His knowledge and expediency are well worth his hourly rate. I will definitely hire Paul again and recommend him to others.
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Kevin H.
KJ Handyman is one of the most competent, hard working, talented and trust worthy professionals that I have had the honor to worked with. He responded to my request for services almost immediately, and made himself available late that afternoon after 4;30 pm to assist me. He communicated consistently, calling me when he was on his way, when he arrived at the gate to my community and was polite and gracious upon arrival. Assessing the cabinetry repairs and appliance installations needed, he had some of the materials on hand. Then after 5:00 pm to get the job done, he went to a local store to pick up additional materials needed. He was thoughtful and put down tarps and towels to protect the surfaces in my kitchen, and after installation cleaned up the entire area. He is problem solver, customer service driven and extremely competent at his craft. And, he's simply a very nice young man. I'm actually organizing a list of things for him to do and will also hire him to do upcoming light fixture installations. Simply outstanding!
KJ HandymanKJ Handyman
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