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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Sunnyvale handymen
Styliani V.
Best handyman in town!
G&R HANDYMAN &CLEANINGG&R HANDYMAN &CLEANING
Thumbtack Customer
Chris did an outstanding job with various handyman tasks around my house. He is very professional. Would definitely hire again!
CXN Services
Diana T.
Great handyman! Matt is very professional and reasonable on his work and price. My family is very happy with his service. :) Thank you so much, Matt!
Plug-in ServicesPlug-in Services
Mike J.
Alex, was an extremely professional handyman, who identified my issue and repaired it immediately. His pricing was affordable and he resolved my plumbing issue in a quick and timely fashion. Five Star service!
GM HandymanGM Handyman
Jeff C.
Lilaiks is professional and willing to spend enough time to do high quality work with a fixed reasonable price. He assembled my furniture and fixed a wooden staircase nicely. Would like to recommend him for handyman service.
Lilais Construction Handyman ServicesLilais Construction Handyman Services
Thumbtack Customer
We needed Kevin to come and run a few strands of CAT6 cable under our house. He did an exceptional job. He was very friendly, and easy to work with. If we need a handyman in the future, we will be calling Kevin
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Karen L.
I called GM Handyman in the morning to help fix my leaking kitchen faucet. Rinat was the first to respond to my request. We set up an appointment and I had a new working faucet by the evening. Thank you for your quick reply!
GM HandymanGM Handyman
Manikandan C.
I hired Jed for installing my TV for wall amount and assembling a complex office table furniture from Amazon. Jed was very professional, and helped me in this and finished the job. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs handyman help. He is the best !
Eniwoke’s Handyman BusinessEniwoke’s Handyman Business
Peter T.
It's hard to find a good handyman. I was lucky to find Brian through Thumbtack. I like how he approached the job, his demeanor and work quality were great! His prices were more than fair. I am definitely hiring him for next future projects.
IXI DesignIXI Design
Kelsey S.
Manny saved the day! We were looking for a reliable handyman and Manny came to the rescue! He helped us install a bathroom backsplash, a shower curtain rod, and fix a light fixture today. We look forward to having Manny work on many more renovation projects around the house! Thank you Manny!
Mister MannyMister Manny
Manish A.
Kildary did multiple projects for me like repairing drywall after demolition and hanging microwave above the range. He is very professional, honest and does a fine job. He even picked up material for drywall repair from home depot to make the execution smooth. I highly recommend him for any handyman needs.
Kildary VianaKildary Viana
Bernadette M.
Ivan and his work partner George (Jorge) were very professional and did an A+++ installation of an old backyard patio door at my mom’s residence. They also put in a new frame since the old one was pretty much rotted out. I would recommend Platinum Torres Builders for jobs like this and handyman services. Would hire again. Thanks guys!
platinum torres builders inc and handyman servicesplatinum torres builders inc and handyman services
Deepali N.
We had called Alex for Electrical, plumbing and some miscellaneous handy work. He installed new Chandellier, lights in bathroom, faucet work within the given hours. He is very professional and sincere with his work. He gave a honest feedback. He worked with no supervision and did a wonderful job. I would recommend him for any handyman work. Great person to work with
Alex The HandymanAlex The Handyman
Sid A.
Jed is simply amazing. A super talented handyman who’s super easy to work with and one who gets things done. I had him do a variety of things - install/remove fixtures, water filters, security lights. All turned out to be fantastic. I’m already having him come back for more tasks. Honest, Courteous hardworking, talented, punctual - what else can one ask for? A+
Eniwoke’s Handyman BusinessEniwoke’s Handyman Business
Thumbtack Customer
Ashwani is a really nice man, super understanding, patient and professional. I've used him several times now and he's my go to handyman. I am always confident he'll do a very good job, and will let me know if anything I ask for isn't possible. I had a TV mounted and curtains hung, and he made sure the walls could handle the weight first. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone who needs stuff done around the house.
Creative MagnificenceCreative Magnificence
Manish A.
Ricardo did multiple projects for me in two days. He removed my old wire closet and installed Elfa closet from container store. This was his first time assembling Elfa but he was able to figure it out with his patience and hard work. He patched up all the holes and touched up paint. Another project that needs mention is the installation of a wall mural. He did an excellent job of that too. Please see the picture of the final product :) All the tasks took longer than he estimated but he made sure that they were done correctly and to my satisfaction. I highly recommend him for any handyman task!
RJ Express Services LLCRJ Express Services LLC
Mengge w.
Bad communication. If you text him, you can hardly ever get a response. If you call him, he may pick-up 1 in 3. It's frustrated to cannot contact him for questions. You won't know what he will do and what he has done. The only good thing is that he offers the option to cancel the project when he found he cannot do it instead of doing a very bad job and collect the money. But he has already done some parts of the project. We have to contact more handyman to finish the remaining work and really waste us a lot of time.
Proper Hour Handyman ServiceProper Hour Handyman Service
Vaanan V.
We needed to replace our sink faucets, as well as bidet sprayers for our toilets, and assemble a baby changing table. David did a SPECTACULAR job all around: He ensured to walk us through his thought process, what was needed and why, during the initial inspection. Unlike most others we spoke to, he held to his charging per hour rate, vs charging some arbitrary amount per sink, additional task etc, and was more than happy to help with any and all additional minor tasks we had like doors creaking, patio umbrella relocation, etc: but more importantly, once he started work, he didn't waste even a minute! He also ensured that after each faucet, he checked and double checked for any leaks or issues. All in all, David did a SPECTACULAR job, and we will definitely be using him for any and all of our Handyman needs moving forward. Highly recommended!
David PogosianDavid Pogosian
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