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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 Santa Monica handymen
Josh W.
Amazing service, great handyman!
Carlos PolancoCarlos Polanco
Mohammad S.
Great handyman, excellent work.
We Do Handyman ServicesWe Do Handyman Services
Jordan M.
Very sweet handyman that did a great job and was on time and efficient
Ukrainian Handyman serviceUkrainian Handyman service
Sebastian M.
Wonderful to work with Ali! He is a great handyman and a great person!
Thumbtack Customer
Couldn't have been happier with Desmon. Quick response! He is a great handyman - will be using him again.
Desmon's Demo, Drywall & PaintingDesmon's Demo, Drywall & Painting
Tony H.
Chris performed the job quickly and skillfully. Would definitely hire him again for any handyman work.
Chris's Handyman ServicesChris's Handyman Services
Michael H.
It’s hard to come across a good handyman nowadays. Chris is communicative, honest and professional. Thanks Chris.
Rock's Handy ServicesRock's Handy Services
Alexander M.
They installed a kitchen pot rack over my window and did a great job. Our handyman was communicative, efficient, and pleasant.
Proper Hour Handyman ServiceProper Hour Handyman Service
Laura K.
Such a great experience- already made plans for him to come back and help out with other tasks! Highly recommend for any handyman work!!!
Your local Handyman and Junk removal guyYour local Handyman and Junk removal guy
Mike F.
Patrick cares about his work and his customer, and helped me envision how to set up my home. An overall great guy and handyman.
Patrick Handyman ServicesPatrick Handyman Services
Blake P.
Great price. Responded immediately, and had people to fix our wall within the hour. Above and beyond what I expected from a handyman service. Thanks!
Ramos BuildingRamos Building
Amy K.
Eli the handyman came and fixed many jobs in my home. He know how to repair a heating grate, an electrical outlet, my shower head and several other issues.
Assemble & Install Handyman ServiceAssemble & Install Handyman Service
Keith G.
Excellent to work with! He did a great job setting up a flat-pack king bed together. Workmanship was perfect, and I couldn't be happier. I will hire him for any of our handyman projects.
Local HelpLocal Help
Thumbtack Customer
James was AWESOME!!! I did a lot of searching for the right handyman for my needs and James could not have been more professional. He was on-time, performed the work faster than he expected, and did an AMAZING job. I HIGHLY recommend James.
James Weatherford General ContractorJames Weatherford General Contractor
Craig B.
Mario was able to help with various fixes, installations and repairs with only a couple of hours notice. His “can do” attitude was very much appreciated and the quality of his work was excellent. His rate was a great value and would highly recommend him for anyone needing a handyman.
Mario handyMario handy
Nura R.
Jesus installed an ac unit for us. He was running late, but he made sure to keep me updated of when he would arrive. He did an excellent job installing the ac unit for a fair price. We will definitely use his services again for the next handyman project.
M.R Design& BuildM.R Design& Build
Marketa J.
TJ is a very capable and knowledgeable handyman. He installed a spigot for a garden hose in front of our apartment, removing the elbow that was previously there. While the project took much longer than he anticipated, he charged me only for the original quoted price. He was very flexible on time, and he allowed me to reschedule our appointment on the same day. I was very satisfied with TJ's performance.
House To HomeHouse To Home
Ursula G.
We had a fabulous experience from start to finish. Fernando was incredibly patient and professional and did a very precise and immaculate job hanging paintings in my home. I can’t fault him. He then drove to multiple hardware stores trying to find the right hinges for our kitchen cabinets, and came back to our house multiple times to make it work. Best handyman I have ever used!!
LA Home repair servicesLA Home repair services
William J.
Hard to imagine that Q could be any better; he is highly intelligent and understands how physical things work. He throws himself in to the task at hand and gives you full value for every moment worked. Most of all, he is highly attentive to your wants, acting with the values of consideration and respect that have almost disappeared from our current iteration of culture. He is the kind of handyman you pray for, no matter what your religion.
Cristina M.
I was at a complete loss when my pull out sofa broke and I broke it even more by trying to fix myself. There were bent metal pieces and it couldn’t open or close, stuck in a halfway open position. The handyman came in, a got right to work, took the frame off the couch, unbent the pieces, and had it working like new within 45 minutes. I just wish the price of the job would’ve reflected time spent and the fact that nothing needed replacing. It was $135. I was happy to pay though, to ease my stress!
LA HandymannLA Handymann
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