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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 Westminster handymen
Judy D.
Killian's Handyman service and team were amazing. They got so many projects done and were able to problem solve and produce an outstanding result on each task. I was moving into a new house that needed quite a few projects tackled. I definitely recommend them and will delight in using them again! Thank you!!!
Killian’s Handyman ServicesKillian’s Handyman Services
Thumbtack Customer
I was in desperate need of a handyman to repair a few holes in my walls and fix a hinge on a bathroom door ASAP and Sterling came to the rescue! He was able to come the same day I contacted him for a quote and was willing to accommodate with my work schedule to do the job. His quote was more than fair and his work was amazing!
Sterling Customs LLCSterling Customs LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't be more pleased or impressed with Michael as a person and a professional. I knew from the moment I met him that he was trustworthy, knowledgeable, and a generally good person. I hired him for a days worth of projects around my house and he went above and beyond to ensure that I'd be pleased with the results. He came up with great solutions I hadn't thought of and kept an eye out for potential problems around my house -- something I wanted from a handyman. I just can't say enough about Michael. He will be my go-to person for all household projects that I can't do myself.
Trailside Handyman and CarpentryTrailside Handyman and Carpentry
Maureen C.
My handyman project seems simple and straightforward--repair an 18 in. square hole in the sheet rock in the ceiling of the garage and if there is a need, to install additional insulation between the ceiling and the bedroom floor above; and replace the bathroom exhaust fan. Pro Brothers had highly positive ratings, so I contacted them. Adil got back to me and set up an appointment for the next day. On Saturday he and brother, Haver, showed up without a ladder so they couldn’t assess whether the ceiling had adequate insulation, but they told me if it didn’t need insulation it would be a simple job and they will come back the next day and do the work. At that time I had them look at the bathroom exhaust fan that was failing, and they agreed to replace it. Both brothers came back on Sunday and at that time they determined that no additional insulation was needed in the area above the ceiling, other than a small amount around the hole. I provided them with insulation that I had on hand to do that. The hole in the ceiling was so small that only one person could work on it, so the other brother could’ve been replacing the fan--But they had not taken the measurements for the fan the previous day when they were there. So, on Sunday both brothers made a special trip to Home Depot to get the fan. Again, installing a fan is a one-person, but in this case, it took two of them to to make a special trip to go buy it and then they come back and replace it. The end result is that the work they did was satisfactory, but they charged 5 hours labor or $400 (not counting the cost of the fan) to repair a small hole in the ceiling and replace an existing fan. One organized handyman would’ve been able to do this work in about 3 hours. When I objected to excessive number of hours they billed for this relatively small job, both brothers argued with me, citing the travel time involved, and they told me they do not provide Invoices for their work. I felt ripped off, but I paid their $450 bill. I will report this abuse to Thumbtack. For what it’s worth, I am a woman and I’m older, but I’m not naïve---I’ve worked with a number of handyman and I know when I’m being taken advantage of.
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