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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average fixed rate for handyman jobs ranges from $120-$175. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Sacramento handymen
Ryan H.
Very responsive handyman. Pedros does nice work in a short amount of time. A+
Pedros house paintingPedros house painting
Joyce C.
My job was completed on schedule. I would recommend Gabriel to anyone needing a handyman.
Gabriel the HandymanGabriel the Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Keavan was on time and did the job to perfection. We use him for all of our handyman needs.
Thompson's HaulingThompson's Hauling
Nancy M.
I was pleasantly impressed with JP Handyman Services. He was prompt and professional. I will hire him again.
JP Handyman ServicesJP Handyman Services
Valeria L.
Excellent customer service! Will hire again and refer to all who is looking for a professional handyman. Work well done!.
Tim The Tool Man Handyman ServicesTim The Tool Man Handyman Services
Kenisha I.
I appreciate the response and the promptness of hiring MS House cleaning & Handyman service. She showed up on time and got the job done nicely. I also very much appreciate the handyman service he was very thorough and made sure I was happy with the service. I will definitely hire this company again in the future.
MS House Cleaning & Handyman ServiceMS House Cleaning & Handyman Service
Chandra H.
Nick is a great handyman - so far nothing he can’t fix. Responsive and professional - works with your schedule. Highly recommend!
Avina BrothersAvina Brothers
Andrew A.
Very easy to work with and flexible. Recommend for any appliance install and general handyman jobs. All around good person and worker
TJ & Son’s PlumbingTJ & Son’s Plumbing
Donald H.
Chase will be my main handyman from now on. I have been looking for someone to help me with my projects and Chase Dennis is the man.
Above & Beyond Home RepairAbove & Beyond Home Repair
John L.
Gabriel arrived on time and did a very professional job. I would definitely hire him again and recommend him to anyone needing a handyman.
Gabriel the HandymanGabriel the Handyman
Pavan Kumar T.
Very efficient, fast, knows the stuff and super fun to work with. Eric is now official handyman for my home forever. I highly recommend him 👍🏻👍🏻
Eric SorensenEric Sorensen
Shauniqua H.
Very professional, on time, and quality work. BHR responded in a timely manner and got the the job done quickly. If I ever need a handyman will be booking again.
Ernest P.
I have hired other handyman from thumbtack. Dan is by far the most professional and competent. He had excellent communication, was punctual and made thoughtful recommendations.
Handy Dan's Handyman ServiceHandy Dan's Handyman Service
Mika H.
Dan was friendly, easy to work with, professional and did a great job! I will definitely use him again and recommend him to my friends needing handyman services.
Handy Dan's Handyman ServiceHandy Dan's Handyman Service
Georgia M.
Carlos from Honest plumbing and handyman services was more than expected. He was very helpful, very reasonable, and did excellent work. I would highly recommend him.
Honest plumbing and handyman sevicesHonest plumbing and handyman sevices
Jim L.
It would help if Harris Mechanical would actually answer my request for a handyman to do a project for me. Never heard from him. So, my wife and I have decided to try to do it ourselves.
Harris MechanicalHarris Mechanical
Tim R.
Hand and Heart Construction was great! He did a great job replacing my sink. The work quality is spectacular. Hand and Heart is my new “go to” for my handyman needs. This will also be my 1st recommendation to anyone who is looking for these types of services.
Hand and Heart ConstructionHand and Heart Construction
Cornelia D.
This handyman came to my home and hung a bathroom door.It took him less than five minutes. He charged me $100 .The door is now difficult to close. I called him to let him know about this issue and he did not return my phone calls or text messages.I would not recommend this person.
Above & Beyond Home RepairAbove & Beyond Home Repair
Sal S.
Mr. Handy did a fantastic job with hanging my light fixture and mounting my TV. Even though my light fixture was a little complicated to assemble, he definitely was patient and very professional. I plan on hiring him in the future again for any handyman needs I may have. I recommend him 100%!
Mr. HandyMr. Handy
Jessica S.
Chase did a great job on installing two dog dogs in our home. One in a door and one in the garage wall. He was punctual and professional. He completed the job in a timely manner and we love the work! We will use him for other handyman projects around our house and would highly recommend him. Fair price and great work.
Above & Beyond Home RepairAbove & Beyond Home Repair
Sandra J.
I contacted Jeff for a second time.This time, for some HANDYMAN work. I had 7 or 8 little things that needed to be done, including replacing two small chandeliers. The Amazon reviews said one of them was difficult to install, but Jeff had no problem. He had the tools and the know-how to do all my jobs: the two chandeliers, spackling & texturing a hole in the drywall, assembling a patio chair, etc. He is a confident and professional guy whom I think is capable of doing any type of small job a homeowner might need.
Absolute building solutionsAbsolute building solutions
Thumbtack Customer
If you want a job done please contact Ellis Construction. Todd will work with you from initial contact through completion of the job. I personally had a complicated job that required many skills. Todd has many contacts in the industry that can get the job done. If you need anything from a day job to a more thorough remodel Todd Ellis has the resources to make it happen. If you need more than the average handyman this licensed Pro is for you. I personally have this company in my speed dial to get the job done right. The craftsmanship compared to price is a great value.
Ellis ConstructionEllis Construction
Hilma V.
Absolutely not honest in his estimating and pricing process. I do not recommend this handyman, and I have 12 years in the GC commercial business. He is patronizing to women at best, “A woman painter, I had no idea women could paint houses.” It’s interesting to me that when I shared I worked in construction he felt the need to mansplain how things work. No thanks I’m I’m good. And fair pricing his $30 an hour isn’t really an option, it’s more like 500.00 a day as he explained, their work is excellent. Its a kitchen. One wall, trim repainting a ceiling walls and spraying cabinets. I was more than happy to remove the cabinets and hardware myself (which he explained, there was no cost difference either way).OK and that's $1500.00? Seriously? I’n providing all the paint, he's graciously providing the primer? So your labor is 500.00 a day for one person for 6-8 hours 2. -2.5 days. I'm clearly in the wrong business. I need to learn how to paint. I countered by offerIng him a house add 2 bedrooms 1 bath plus LR add, plus my kitchen for 1500.00. That seemed worth it. Otherwise he’s not advertising his rates appropriately and not worth the time, if you don’t want to be overcharged. Also, masks are required for me, not optional.
Pedros house paintingPedros house painting
Meme V.
Updated review: I initially gave Mike a great review because he initially did a great job installing some ceiling fans and mounting some TVs for us in our brand new home (even went and posted all kinds of photos with no problem when requested). Well... not too long after installation one of my fans and light had gone out. Over the course of a few months, I had my home warranty folks send out an electrician and was told that the ceiling fan shouldn't have been wired to a dimmer type switch in the first place -therefore, we had to get it rewired with Mike. This fan was the only fan out of 6 fans that been installed with a dimmer that had gone out. I reached out to Mike multiple times with asking if he could help us with this (and of course only contacting him with nothing but respect and patience- especially with knowing it had been a few months). Despite this, he offered to do some research on his end and then after a couple of days he'd reach back out to us- but he failed to that. I decided to give him a few weeks because... Hey we all get busy-I get it, we weren't that much in a rush in the beginning. When I finally reached out again he'd barely reply and/or not reply when it was time to set up an appointment. But since he seemed to beat around the bush ....and the fact that we will now have to pay someone else just to fix this, I had to issue a new review. All we had asked for was some help with fixing a problem that shouldn't even have been a problem. The crappy part about this is there are a few people as well as the agency I work for who was looking for a handyman just today and I wanted to refer him but can't now due to his work ethic - (hence me writing a new review because of this realization). Anyway, the initial work was appreciated, just wish we could have resolved the issue. I would have even reached out to let him know I was writing this but since I couldn't even get the same common courtesy .... why bother. Old review: My family and I had just moved into a newly built home so we needed a lot of things hung up and mounted. Overall, Jeff did a great job with all the entire project. He was able to mount (2) TVs, hung (1) chandelier, and (6) ceiling fans in 6 hours. Everything appears to be leveled and works perfectly. My husband and I will be using him again for any future projects. I have already recommended him to a friend.
Absolute building solutionsAbsolute building solutions
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