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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 Pleasanton handymen
Debayan b.
My first choice handyman
Home Service HandymanHome Service Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Brian is the definition of an excellent handyman. Will be recommending.
Honey-Do's Handyman RepairHoney-Do's Handyman Repair
Hanzhu G.
Mike is very experienced handyman, he has broader knowledge about the house building, repairs, faucet, plumbing and other areas. He works very hard and quickly solve the multiple issues of my bath room. He is very responsive, and delivered quality work with reasonable price. He is my "go to" handyman. I highly recommend Mike to anybody who needs an experienced handyman.
Mjs servicesMjs services
Dakota Y.
Franco was a great handyman! Very knowledgeable, kind, and hard working! Great value as well
Franco Handy servicesFranco Handy services
Debashri R.
He is courteous, punctual, always reply back. Did his job of putting up curtain rods nicely and quickly and his price was lower than any handyman I talked to.
JM ServicesJM Services
Tom M.
Wow! Got there when he said he would. Got the job done fast and with absolutely 0 unnecessary distractions and with 100% satisfactions. Going forward, Home Service Handyman, is my go to guy!
Home Service HandymanHome Service Handyman
Dinesh M.
Artem was professional and did quality work. He is punctual in his responses and work. Very reasonable price with good craftsmanship. He fixed our sliding door latch issue and fixed few electrical receptacle boxes. Highly recommend him for handyman work.
Home Service HandymanHome Service Handyman
Annette D.
I found myself in a bind when I had my washer delivered today and found out that the faucets had to be changed in order to hook up the new washer. My old Handyman had retired and I went searching for a new one. Eureka, I hit gold, I found Daniel! It took less than two hours of the delivery of my washer to Daniel coming to my home to install new faucets. Did a very professional job. And as important, cleaned up when he was done. Not only did he walk me through all the steps that he was going to do but made one or two suggestions to make sure the job was done correctly. I have no issue recommending Daniel. He is now my new handyman.
Rent a handymanRent a handyman
George A.
Francisco was great he helped set up a laundry closet, added recessed lights. And his wires for my garage makeover. He was also accommodating to my changing requirements by helping me make thoughtful decisions, including adding an attic ladder after the initial quote. He’s going to be my go to handyman going forward.
Fix Home RepairFix Home Repair
Joydeep P.
Lilaiks was very responsive and kept getting all the details before the project. On the day of the installation, we found out that the shelf was of a different size but lilaiks made some customization and was able to install it without any issues. Thanks to his efforts the shelves have given a new dimension to our kitchen. He is definitely a very good handyman and I would definitely recommend him.
Home Service HandymanHome Service Handyman
Pat E.
If you’re looking for a handyman who will do high quality work, is responsive, and is professional, Daniel is who you want to hire. I submitted my job (several small plumbing repairs) and Daniel responded and came over that afternoon. He looked the work over and provided an estimate. He knew what was needed for the repairs and bought all the parts needed. He showed up promptly and made all repairs. When we developed a small leak, Daniel was responsive and took care of the problem quickly. I couldn’t have asked for any better and immediate response. We have already asked Daniel about coming back to handle some other repairs we would like him to tackle. He is knowledgeable about many household repairs and improvements! We’re pleased to have found Daniel.
Rent a handymanRent a handyman
Kiran R.
I had a few jobs that I was wanting to get done at a short notice on a weekend. Marcusure responded to my inquiry as soon as I posted it and arrived in 45 minutes. He is very patient, thorough, and professional. I liked that he does not distract you with talking but gets right to work. I had a few bulbs to be changed that I could not reach, a garbage disposal to be replaced, all smoke detectors checked and one to be replaced, and a leaky faucet to be taken care of. I had asked at least 4 other handymen to look at that leaky faucet and everyone told me they would have to make another appointment for that as it was really stuck,and I would need some parts. Marcusure just quickly made a washer using a cycle tube that he had lying around in his car and fixed the faucet in no time. No parts required. I found that very creative :). His prices are quite reasonable as well. He is my go to handyman from now on. Very pleased with his work.
Brent M.
Our closet rack collapsed so we hired James to fix it. His solution was to use the original rack, put it back in place, and epoxy the broken piece. The epoxy didn't hold and the piece broke. All of this happened while he was still here. We decided to pay him because he assured us he'd be back to replace it with a new one. We took him at his word because he seemed to have integrity. That was 10 days ago. At first he was responsive in trying to schedule a time to return. Only problem is he never came to any of his appointments and at the end just stopped responding. We gave him numerous attempts to follow-up, we texted, called...all to no response. To say we're extremely disappointed is putting it mildly. I would not trust his work nor his ethics. And I definitely wouldn't pay him for work that was not done completely. Should anyone decide to work with him, I'd suggest double/triple check his work. He may be a cheaper Handyman than the rest...but in all honesty you get what you pay for. It's so disappointing because we are new to the area and trying to find trustworthy people to work with. Too bad he turned out to be untrustworthy. I would not recommend hiring him unless you are beyond desperate.
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