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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 San Jose handymen
Shengjun M.
Good handyman
Savvy V.
Best handyman I’ve ever worked with!
Brian CooperBrian Cooper
Christine L.
The handyman responded very quickly and finished the work timely.
Proper Hour Handyman ServiceProper Hour Handyman Service
Ajay S.
Great handyman ! Gives a great price/hr, showed up on time, used his leveling machine to put up curtains exactly correct. Does it in good time. Would hire him again for handyman work.
PSd HandymanPSd Handyman
Sumiko I.
I'm glad the handyman was friendly to me and enthusiastic on his work. Thank you!
AMD ConstructAMD Construct
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!
R&M ServicesR&M Services
Danyu y.
Very honest person and done a awesome job patching my ceiling hole. Highly recommended handyman!!!
David PogosianDavid Pogosian
Abhijit h.
I would totally recommend J&R handyman services. Very professional and really good with communication and following up.
J & R Handyman ServicesJ & R Handyman Services
Carol N.
Removed gate, installed fire smoke alarm, and completed a few odds and ends... definitely will call back when I need a handyman.
SM RepairSM Repair
Farshad t.
Alex, the handyman who helped me, was professional, detail oriented, and patient. He did not compromise the job by rushing it. The overall interaction with this company was great.
Proper Hour Handyman ServiceProper Hour Handyman Service
Karthik T.
One of the best handyman I ever seen. He was spot on with the job. Came same day and completed the work professionally. I will highly recommend.!
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  ServicesK&M Services
Maricel G.
A small portion of my drywall in my master bathroom need to be repair and replace and Vadim the handyman able to fixed it right even it’s complicated coz it’s next to the shower room tile it’s like nothing happen the repair was excellent. On the other hand, Handyman Alex mounted our TV and set up my kiddo’s bunk bed right, awesome job! Mark one in the office is responsive to my messages.
Proper Hour Handyman ServiceProper Hour Handyman Service
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 ConstructAMD Construct
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 BBQ Cleaning & RepairGrill Master BBQ Cleaning & Repair
Amir B.
David is one of the best handyman I’ve hired. He’s easy to reach, responsive, punctual, and has excellent attention to detail. One of David’s best quality is his honest work delivered with excellent quality. Highly recommended 💯
David PogosianDavid Pogosian
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
Ramya R.
Ivan is amazing. We hired here to do blinds installation. He is knowledgable, friendly and does a high quality job. He even cleaned the place after the work for done. Highly recommend him for your handyman requirements!
Ivan IvanovIvan Ivanov
Demetrio M.
Paul did an outstanding job of installing our new sink/vanity. He responded quickly to the project request and arrived on time and completed the work in a timely manner without any problems. Highly recommended for any handyman services.
Paul Handyman ServicePaul Handyman Service
Ashu S.
JM responded promptly to queries and kept us updated on his ETA. once at site, he was resourceful in finding a solution to the issue we had with the mirrors (not an easy situation). I would definitely recommend him for handyman services.
JM ServicesJM Services
Min Y.
I installed a mantel on the fireplace on weekend. His work skills were excellent and perfect. I am very satisfied with the work he has done. Strongly, I would like to recommend Alex The Handyman to other friends.
Alex The HandymanAlex The 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.
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