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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 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.

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 San Jose handymen
Shengjun M.
Good handyman
José Daniel Ramirez VazquezJosé Daniel Ramirez Vazquez
Savvy V.
Best handyman I’ve ever worked with!
Brian CooperBrian Cooper
Sumiko I.
I'm glad the handyman was friendly to me and enthusiastic on his work. Thank you!
AMD HandymanAMD Handyman
Kelli Q.
Alex was great....he did the complete list of items I had in 1/2 the time I expected it would take.. he was extremely responsive and was well prepared for all the projects I had listed! BCC Handyman will be my go to handyman moving forward!
BCC HandymanBCC Handyman
Dilip k.
Tom is an excellent handyman. Very professional in the work he does and reasonably priced. I would call him again for other jobs.
Top Cat Home Repair.Top Cat Home Repair.
Josh H.
Eran was fantastic! Quick response, great value, and very knowledgeable. Happy to have now found a trustworthy handyman in my area. Thank you Eran!
1st service1st service
Gregg L.
Dave arrived promptly and was extremely knowledgeable. He expertly assessed and repaired my several items that needed fixing. I highly recommend Dave's Handyman services.
Mike D.
Kevin is a very detailed handyman. He would take time to get his job done properly. Highly recommended to other customers who need his service.
K&M Handyman ServicesK&M Handyman Services
James P.
The work came out great! Unfortunately, I had to do some of the cleanup after the project, but overall it was great and I'll use AMD Handyman if I have another similar project.
AMD HandymanAMD Handyman
Zeinab D.
I hired Haney Handyman Service to remove a shelving unit in my garage. Todd was very professional and knowledgeable. He did a great job and we will be hiring him again for a future project/s.
Haney's Handyman ServiceHaney's Handyman Service
Kim L.
Fantastic experience! He is going to be my go-to handyman! On time, very professional, and his work quality is terrific. He's not happy unless the project is perfectly done. I would not hesitate to hire him again.
Gomes HandymanGomes Handyman
Suzanne W.
Overall Frank did a great job. He is very professional and personable and his fares are reasonable. I would highly recommend Frank to anyone out there looking for a quality handyman. Suzanne Wolowitz satisfied customer😊
Grill Master cleaning & repairGrill Master cleaning & repair
Thumbtack Customer
Was very prompt with his arrival, executed everything that we needed to be done in the house and overall was a great handyman to help out with all sorts of projects. Next time my house needs a repair, we will be looking to Gomes.
Gomes HandymanGomes Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Henry was on time, prepared and installed the product and left the job site clean. His work was professionally completed and I am fully satisfied. As he is also a Handyman, I will keep his name for future projects. Thank you Henry.
Nor-Cal Drywall Co.Nor-Cal Drywall Co.
Theo E.
J was quick to respond and met ALL the needs of our client. We even asked him to pick up the materials from a local hardware store last minute and he was able to with out any issues. The client was happy with the handyman jobs. We will for sure be using J again.
Handyman JHandyman J
A.S. O.
Imed was our best experience thus far. If you are looking for a highly skilled professional handyman/gentleman, erudite scholar, great conversationist, and a man of all seasons, Imed is your man. Thank you so much, Imed. Take care, and we will see you again soon. Insha’Allah.
King of Tv mountingKing of Tv mounting
Karthik K.
Extremely punctual and enthusiastic in going above and beyond the ordinary to deliver exceptional quality in fixing my broken up bed frame and also assisted in setting up a a very complex bidet. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a professional and fair handyman services. Looking forward to working on future projects.
The Handy HipstersThe Handy Hipsters
Angel D.
Victor did an excellent job repairing my crown molding. He explained everything that would be needed to be done before hand quoting an excellent price. He had all the tools you would need to perform nearly any task. I recommend Victor for your next handyman emergency.
Victor's RemodelingVictor's Remodeling
Brenton G.
Jose is amazing. Great communicator and human being in general. Beyond that, he is an incredible handyman with very strong attention to detail. He really cares about your home and the end product he producers. I highly recommend him for anything you need when it comes to improving your home.
Nu Image Custom Painting & RenovatingNu Image Custom Painting & Renovating
Kanika A.
Brian was very professional and treated the job like his own. Although the scope evolved from the initial request, he made several trips and involved the right people from his team to make it happen. Some final finishing touches are remaining, for which he will be visiting again. We will use Brian for other handyman work as well.
Brian CooperBrian Cooper
Traci D.
Jose was lovely to work with. I had a sofa to be assembled; it was a new project for him, but he tackled it with enthusiasm and excitement. It took a little more time than expected, but he got it done, and I love the new sofa. Jose was very nice, friendly, and easy to work with. I would recommend him for any handyman job and will probably be contacting him for future projects.
Nu Image Custom Painting & RenovatingNu Image Custom Painting & Renovating
Harshjot C.
Kildary is the handyman that everyone needs. What a superb job he completed for us. We had some termite damage on the trim surrounding our balcony and he went above and beyond of my expectations. He made sure everything was done correctly and didn't try to creat more work and was honest with the amount of damage there was. Literally looks brand new and like there was never anything wrong.
Kildary VianaKildary Viana
Maria S.
Gleo was very responsive and professional. We hired him to help with our clogged bathroom shower and sink and he came out to snake and un clog both. He was super friendly, got everything done in a timely manner, and was very affordable. Now our water is going down the drain smoothly and we are so happy with Gleo’s work! Thank you Handyman Gleo!!
Gleo's Handyman ServicesGleo's Handyman Services
Thumbtack Customer
David responded immediately to my request for a handyman service provider. He scheduled an appointment for the following day and sent a confirmation text the evening before the appointment. He worked without wasting time, explained what he was doing as he went, was neat, polite, and very reasonably priced. I was able to set up another appointment for the following day to address further repair issues and will certainly utilize his services in the future.
Gomes HandymanGomes Handyman
Sam B.
Alex came out on a Sunday and was very helpful in tackling quite a mix of items for us. He was able to deal with some unexpected challenges or our old home. This was a great first handyman experience for us and we plan to work with him again! He replaced toilet wax seal/valve/connector/bolts, bathroom fan, weather proofed front door, caulked kitchen and bathroom. He had great suggestions on how to tackle the above.
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