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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 Pasadena handymen
Jaeson M.
Great handyman! Work fast and respond fast
Denys Nikolenko🇺🇦Denys Nikolenko🇺🇦
Tina E.
Great and clear communication. I highly recommend him for your handyman work!
LA Home repair servicesLA Home repair services
Greg I.
Eddie was fast to respond, fast to arrive, and fast to fix. I will definitely be giving him a call with handyman work in the future.
Leave it to meLeave it to me
Jessica F.
They were prompt and got me in next day. I had bad luck with 2 previous handyman. They cost more but it was worth it! Would book again!
FixTman LLC. (California)FixTman LLC. (California)
Leslie J.
He did great work on everything I asked. So, I’ll be using him for all my handyman needs in the future. He really goes above and beyond!
Handy SolutionsHandy Solutions
Leslie J.
He went above an beyond. He fixed my plumbing issue within half an hour and then helped me with various tasks around the house. I recommend him for plumbing, but he’s more a plumber than a handyman.
T & B PlumbingT & B Plumbing
Nedra G.
Excellent handyman. He was very professional and came up with creative solutions when installing 2 big sunshades. I would highly recommend Yuri to anyone who needs help with a project at home! 5 out of 5 stars for sure!
West Los Angeles HandymanWest Los Angeles Handyman
Melissa W.
Vahe did a wonderful job on my project! He is obviously very handy as a handyman ... but sheer competency aside, Vahe is pleasant, professional, punctual, and communicative. He offered several creative solutions for my project and we discussed the pros and cons of each potential course of action until I was able to make the best decision. I will definitely ask him for help on future projects! Highly recommend!
Handyman-Home Improvement specialistHandyman-Home Improvement specialist
Thumbtack Customer
Tony did a wonderful job mounting my metal pegboard. He arrived promptly and had my project mounted securely to the wall in under 45 minutes. He was professional and courteous through out the installation process.The item happened to arrive with 6 screws and 6 wall anchors rather than the necessary 12 screws and 12 wall anchors. Tony was prepared and had extra screws and wall anchors in his tool kit, so it was not a problem. Should I have a need for a handyman in the future, I will give Tony a call!
Tony DangTony Dang
Paul L.
Misael is great! You can immediately tell that he is a true professional with years of experience. I thought I had a simple door project to do but it became clear pretty quickly that there was much more to it than I thought. Misael did not miss a beat and had all the tools on hand to complete the job in the original time alotted. Great communication, immediate availability, and super skilled at construction. I'm so glad I found Misael and I'm sure you will be too. I highly recommend Misael for any handyman or construction work.
General construction/ handymanGeneral construction/ handyman
Mark J.
Had several significant projects, in two phases, amounting to at least 2-3 days of work. Projects included front porch deck repair & painting, interior trim, carpentry, wrought iron strip & paint, caulking, etc. TD Lab Handyman did a great job on all the work, completed it quickly, and provided good suggestions on how to deal with certain challenges. Most notable, though, is how hard this man works - long hours, efficient, and focused. He completed quality work in half the number of days I would have expected, showing real dedication. We will certainly work with TD lab again.
TD Lab Handyman ServicesTD Lab Handyman Services
Jessica F.
I wish I could have kept a 5 star review.. my original review is below.. we hired Joshua to do some handyman work and he did a great job the first time. I wrote him a great review and referred my sister and she hired him for a job that same week. We hired him again to come back & do some additional work, paid him already. He couldn’t complete the job until I got a needed part, which I ordered. It’s been 2 weeks and he has completely disappeared. I have called him, texted him and nothing. Pretty unprofessional if you ask me! I’m a small business owner myself and am pretty floored this happened. OLD REVIEW Joshua was amazing! Totally went above & beyond for us. Installed tv,s, Ring, curtains and a few other things. Genuinely such a nice person! Highly highly recommend him!!!
Mark M.
I had a gate door that was urgently in need of repair. Most every quote or handyman I had encountered didn’t think it could be repaired or went on to quote me before even getting a n understanding of what I was looking for. Rory from the start simply asked and responded in confidence to my request and it had also helped to see his raving reviews and previous work. It was an absolute pleasure to have hired Rory to repair my gate. The gate had gone from being blown off the hinges, and later kicked in by someone attempting to break into the property. After a single visit from Rory, the gate is now looking good and honestly better then it had before. Rory took his time and made sure the work was done properly while also bringing into consideration the amount of time he took to keep costs within reason. He takes his work seriously and certainly takes pride in what he does. Rory is incredibly kind and I definitely plan to work with him again if I need future repairs done. Below are before and after photos of my gate.
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