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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 Visalia handymen
Jennifer S.
Gilgen Handyman Services is professional, knowledgeable, and pleasant to work with. Gilgen Handyman Services is my go-to handyman from now on!
Gilgen Handyman ServiceGilgen Handyman Service
Patrice C.
Mike was a total professional. The work he did for us was fantastic. He is now are handyman. Patrice Corbridge
Gilgen Handyman ServiceGilgen Handyman Service
Arlene G.
I was very pleased with Mike Gilgen of Gilgen Handyman Service. Mike showed up on time and completed each "task" with precision and perfection. He did each job perfectly and took his time to ensure that everything was "perfect." Mike has a great personality, is friendly all while being professional. He does exceptionally "neat" work. And. . . he can figure just about anything out! I am hiring him for more jobs in a couple of weeks. I highly recommend Mike Gilgen as your "handyman." I will bet, that after Mike does work for you, you will call him for all your handyman needs! Submitted by, Arlene Gonzales in Visalia
Gilgen Handyman ServiceGilgen Handyman Service
Sree a.
Arrived on time. He was able to finish some of the handyman projects like garage shelves and other wall shelves, replacing kitchen faucet very well. Thank you
C. R. Power Washing & Handyman ServicesC. R. Power Washing & Handyman Services
Desiree G.
I have used JT Handyman service for several things at different times. He is always responsive and works with my hectic schedule. I would highly recommend him! If your looking for someone honest, reliable and good quality this is the guy.
Jeff's Handyman and Bee Removal ServiceJeff's Handyman and Bee Removal Service
David V.
I have found my regular handyman. Tino did a great job converting a room back into a garage. He was very transparent during the process of his work. Thank you to you and your team tino you guys went above and beyond making my garage look great. Hopefully you will be available for my next project.
C. R. Power Washing & Handyman ServicesC. R. Power Washing & Handyman Services
Julie A.
My 80yr old mom needed a ceiling fan retraced. AxJa not only did a great job but the young man took time to explain each option to my mom in detail which really made her feel confident we'd chosen the right company. We now have a handyman service we will be using from now on.
AxJa Professionals, Handyman ServiceAxJa Professionals, Handyman Service
Arlene G.
When I first called Jeff, he showed interest that he wanted to help. Since I live alone and am a senior (and female) I need help in certain things that I just don't know how to do. Jeff and I set up an appointment time where he would look at the work that needed to be done and give me an estimate. He showed up on time and had a pleasant, professional manner. I had already sort-of hired another handyman to do the job but I liked Jeff's personality so much that I called the other fellow and told him I had hired someone else. I hired Jeff to move a security/screen door from the front door to the back door and to install a new security/screen door on the front door. I had ordered the door online from I told Jeff that I didn't have a way to pickup the new door but that a friend offered to take me to Lowes. Jeff offered to pick up the new door for me, which was super nice of him! Jeff's first installation went perfect. He was able to remove the screen door from the front of the house and installed it on the back. It looks beautiful. (Everything looks level and perfect.) Then, as Jeff was installing the new security door, I decided I didn't like the color and I changed my mind. At this point, Jeff could have gotten really mad at me, but instead, gently removed the door and offered to return it to Lowes, where I ordered the color I wanted. Jeff is very professional, kind, caring and a very knowledgeable handyman. I will definitely hire him again!! I would give Jeff 10 stars if I could! I would highly recommend Jeff for any handyman jobs that you have. He's wonderful. Arlene in Visalia I hired Jeff to move an existing security/screen door which was on the front door and install it on a door from the Master bedroom leading to the backyard AND to install a new security/screen door that I had purchased (a prettier one). Jeff called me and to
Jeff's Handyman and Bee Removal ServiceJeff's Handyman and Bee Removal Service
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't be happier with the work and service provided by Gilgen Handyman Service. Mike mounted a 55" TV for me and hid the cables, making everything look nice and clean. While he was there, he also programmed a garage door opener for me that two other people had tried fixing, but had been unsuccessful; he made it work! Very nice to open the garage from my car again. Mike was quick to respond, punctual, very friendly and efficient. He took the time and was considerate of my home before he began working, laying protective blankets down to work without scratching walls or furniture. I would highly recommend him and will definitely use him for future projects and home maintenance.
Gilgen Handyman ServiceGilgen Handyman Service
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