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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 Fort Collins handymen
Kay K.
Mac was a great handyman.. did a awesome job.. very nice person. Thank you I'm very pleased
Mac's Handyman ServiceMac's Handyman Service
Marcelo M.
Took care of my electrical needs promptly and in a timely fashion. Would highly recommend him for your handyman needs.
A truck and a box of toolsA truck and a box of tools
Andrew S.
Don was very knowledgeable and completed the job quickly and with good quality. I would definitely recommend Don for any handyman projects
Morse HandyworksMorse Handyworks
Beth F.
Mac's Handyman Service is excellent. Mac fixed our trim and also caulked a few other places that needed it while he was at it.
Mac's Handyman ServiceMac's Handyman Service
Whitney R.
Morse handyman helped poudre school district support a family in need of a repair. He was flexible, great communication, and kind. Thank you!
Morse HandyworksMorse Handyworks
Renee D.
I WILL hire Mac again when I need a handyman. His work ethics and professionalism are exceptional and I enjoyed having him here.
Mac's Handyman ServiceMac's Handyman Service
Michael C.
Great to work with Dave - he responded quickly, was clear about his quote, arrived on time, did the work professionally. Best handyman I've worked with and highly recommend.
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Jim P.
Don did an amazing job and thought of creative ways to fix our problems. I would highly recommend him for others looking for an honest professional to do handyman projects.
Morse HandyworksMorse Handyworks
Megan G.
Don is a wonderful handyman but an even better human being. He is honest, reliable, and of course, handy! He will help consult on how you should fix what and the most efficient way to do so. He also handled my anxious dog and eager-to-help kiddos like they were a part of his own family. I wouldn't choose anyone else!
Morse HandyworksMorse Handyworks
Hannah P.
I was really impressed by Mac’s Handyman Service. I needed help hanging something from the ceiling and had very little knowledge of how to do it. He worked around my busy schedule, did an amazing job and explained what he was doing while he was doing it, so that I could do it myself next time. I highly recommend
Mac's Handyman ServiceMac's Handyman Service
Eric B.
Toby was great. His initial response was very fast. He was able to get me an estimate quickly. I appreciated his help determining the best way to attack our project. I was on a quick turnaround deadline, and he got the job done very fast and affordably. I'll use these guys again for other handyman projects, or for building a fence at our home. Thanks Toby!
Sonrise, LLCSonrise, LLC
Sally S.
We were so lucky to find Drake and his handyman service. We had five jobs lined up for him to do and he kept us informed all day long of his arrival time. Drake completed all our jobs and went above and beyond to meet our expectations. He was so skilled and diligent with his work practices. We especially liked that he was so courteous and friendly and a pleasure to work with. We will definitely utilize his services again and again.
Handy Dandy Drake LLCHandy Dandy Drake LLC
Manuel J.
Brian completed several tasks that we discussed the week prior. He installed a new kitchen faucet, shower head, thermostat, blackout curtains, removed/ lubricated vents, and tightened down a bathroom towel rack. Brian repaired a curtain rod installation I had installed by a previous handyman I hired on thumbtack. I was unaware that drywall anchors were needed for the curtain rod. Brian also did caulking touch up for my shower wall. He fixed a poor caulking job done by the previous contractor I hired. Brian originally quoted 4 hours of work. I only paid for two hours with additional work completed. I highly recommend Brian.
A truck and a box of toolsA truck and a box of tools
Randall a.
We hired Mac to help prepare our house for sale. Mac was available on short notice due to a cancellation and completed 5 small projects inside the house. Mac can repair/replace most anything you can give him and has deep expertise and experience in some. Each of the 5 projects was completed to our satisfaction, including a sticky front entrance door and a dining room light fixture that I had come to believe were "hopeless"; which he made "right" in jig time. Mac seems to be a "natural" and appears to work nearly effortlessly. We highly recommend Mac as long as project expectations are reasonable and within the scope of the services he offers. Thanks - Mac! We hope we don't have to hire a "Handyman" again, but you never know.
Mac's Handyman ServiceMac's Handyman Service
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