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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average fixed rate for handyman jobs ranges from $120-$175. Hourly rates for a handyman can average $50-$100 per hour. 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Stamford handymen
Thumbtack Customer
Walter is polite and diligent in his work. He is a capable handyman and very easy to work with. Perhaps most importantly, he is able to diagnose a task and create simple solutions. I would recommend.
Lopez Home Improvement LLCLopez Home Improvement LLC
Robin S.
Angel is always on time and his work has been great. I have used him as a handyman doing small projects around my home. His services are very reasonable, I will be using Angel again.
Wall Planks Installers and more LLCWall Planks Installers and more LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Brian showed up on time, got the job done, and went above and beyond expectations. Brian was also extremely personable and was an overall pleasure to work with. I would strongly recommend Brian to anyone needing a solid handyman.
Fratturo Home RemodelingFratturo Home Remodeling
Thumbtack Customer
Jacek was prompt and professional. He knows what he is good at and stuck to that. The quote was reasonable and the work was solid. He is also very tidy - cleaning up after himself. I plan to hire him for future handyman projects.
Authentic CarpentryAuthentic Carpentry
Erin F.
Jorge completely my job quickly and efficiently. I am very pleased with how it turned out and that the job also turned out to be less money than originally quoted! I appreciate the honesty and professionalism! Thanks! I"ll definitely use Jorge's Handyman service again!
Jorge the HandymanJorge the Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
About a month i hired Herson and his crew, Service was exelent did job within budget, waited until today to leave a review since right after he finished my handyman project he renovated my kitchen and sanded my floors ,I had a great experience with this firm they went the extra mile now my kitchens is one of their website photos, I would highly recommend his workmanship to all of my friends Emily P.
One Stop 360 LLCOne Stop 360 LLC
Ranjit M.
Stick to a price; the whole idea of hiring a handy man is to get a fixed price for a job. On Thumbtack their price was $42.00/ hour, once we spoke and I explained it is a plumbing job, price went to $88.00/ hour, with a first house visit at $150.00 for 2 hours. After inspecting the job, I was told they would need 2 hours for research work to pick out a faucet... I was told to pay $325.00 in advance to buy stuff and for their house visit. Which I promptly paid. Once they got onsite the next day, I got a call that this job could run into $1000.00. Jeff was extremely rude while discussing this. After work was completed, I get a bill of $825.00, with 3 hours at $75.00 for research, buying stuff and gathering all stuff, then 4 hours of labor at $88.00/ hour, plus $180.00 for misc. items for which no break down was given. I felt completely cheated in this deal. When I asked for an itemized invoice, they were insisting I pay upfront. They did end up sending me an invoice before I paid; they also kept saying that I need to give them five stars, how can someone force to get 5 stars, is this how rating is done on Thumbtack. I believe Jeff is a good handyman, but his attitude was very poor and unprofessional. It's a shame that Thumbtack allows this kind of price gouging. Jeff was very prompt and let me know at every step the price he was going to charge but I felt like I was taken advantage of due to the situation I was in.
Reed Construction LLCReed Construction LLC
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