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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 Santa Monica handymen
Mohammad S.
Great handyman, excellent work.
We Do Handyman ServicesWe Do Handyman Services
Sebastian M.
Wonderful to work with Ali! He is a great handyman and a great person!
Build Iconic inc. (MacGyver)Build Iconic inc. (MacGyver)
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
Luke B.
Great handyman team who had broad knowledge to fix several type of problems in one day.
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
Donald H.
I was very satisfied with Suresir. Dennis the handyman provides the best handyman services I’ve ever experienced. He is very professional & is always on time. He took 3days for the whole job done and did it really well. Support for scheduling is also impeccable. I would recommend them to all my friends.
Thumbtack Customer
We needed a series of lightbulbs put in. Serviz's communication was prompt and service was thorough and courteous. We will use them again for our handyman needs!
Serviz - Los AngelesServiz - Los Angeles
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
Alexander B.
I recently moved house and needed a handyman. I found this app easy to use and safer then sourcing via public websites. It was an easy way to find a relatively assured quality handyman at reasonable rates. Overall I was happy with the quality of the work (Mounting TV, Sonos playbar, cable cover and mirror). It was a seamless experience. If I ever need more work will use this service again and will recommend to friends.
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
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
Underwoodu W.
Will is the best handyman I’ve come across. I used multiple services in the past and none even came close to this. I would de them 100 times over again and refer them to any and everyone!!!
Mike G.
The Swedish Handyman showed up on time and ready to work. He was very fast with the project we hired him for. He was also able to refer an electrician to me which I will be utilizing soon. I look forward to a continued working relationship.
Your Swedish HandymanYour Swedish Handyman
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
Thumbtack Customer
Eric was personable and efficient. He hung up two curtain rods, a large clock, and chalkboard in my apartment. Not only the best price in town but also an all around great guy. If I ever need a handyman again he will be my first call.
Integrated Construct LLCIntegrated Construct LLC
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
Richard W.
I was looking for a handyman to install new windows in my top floor room. I was searching on internet then i found Suresir. With good online reputation for their work. I was very comfortable with them and will return to them for all of our future needs. Thank you... You are the best!!
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
June W.
I am very pleased with the professional service I received from SureSir Handyman for work on our public library. This was a unique project that required specialized skill to complete. Our technician Jack was very courteous to library patrons and took the appropriate steps to block off the work area and minimize disruption. I would highly recommend SureSir for any project you may have.
David M.
SureSir was excellent!! They called me prior to the appointment to confirm. I was very comfortable having Edgar in my home. His appearance was professional. He was on time and discussed each step of the process with me. He was timely and efficient. His did quality work and I am planning to use the services again. I recommend suresir handyman service to anyone who is looking for good quality, reliable work.
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
Sandra L.
Very professional and communicative. Let me know exactly when they were coming and wore masks, took off their shoes and are very obliging and easy to work with. Did an excellent job hanging wall art and also a very heavy mirror that was complicated to hang. Their work is great and they are so great to work with. Will definitely continue to use Exclusive Handyman Services for the future. Price also very reasonable and competitive.
Robert B.
If you need handyman service in Los Angeles Ca, - Suresir is your team. Jason did an outstanding job. Excellent job with reasonable price!! He was able to come to the house within 30 minutes of my call. Customer support was easy to work with, excellent and speedy communication, and did a very clean job with the work after finished. We will refer SureSir to friends and will definitely use him again in the future.
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.
Big Q handymanBig Q handyman
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