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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 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.

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 Brookland handymen
Ann M.
Would call again if I needed a Handyman.
Uc-charles servicesUc-charles services
Shani D.
Awesome service and super quick! Will continue to use as a handyman!
Kelly T.
I recommend this company for handyman services. They were both professional and quick with the job.
Golden ServicesGolden Services
Thumbtack Customer
Brandon was professional and reliable. I would use him again for additional handyman needs
Jones PlumbingJones Plumbing
Shafton S.
Wilson handyman was very professional and on time. The work was satisfactory. I will be using him again.
Wilson's Handyman  ServiceWilson's Handyman Service
Shafton S.
Wilson handyman was very professional and on time. The work was satisfactory. I will be using him again.
Wilson's Handyman  ServiceWilson's Handyman Service
Erik M.
There can only be one Alpha handyman... and this is him! If he’s not your first call, you’ll regret it!!
Alpha HandymanAlpha Handyman
Lisa a.
I will definitely use A to Z pristine handyman for all of my upcoming household projects. Very impressed!
A to Z pristineA to Z pristine
Ryan u.
Giovanni was very responsive and easy to talk to. I would definitely recommend him For you handyman work/ needs!
MM Home ServicesMM Home Services
Patti R.
Excellent all around! Jonathan paid attention to all the details and did thorough, high-quality work. Great communication and great price. Super nice, too! We definitely recommend Handlebar Handyman and we'll definitely do business with Handlebar Handyman again in the future. Thanks for a job well done!
Handlebar Handyman LLCHandlebar Handyman LLC
Ben D.
Erick is very skilled and a great asset to have on a project. Would highly recommend for general carpentry and handyman services.
Deborah B.
Davi did a terrific job! I really appreciate his help! I highly recommend him for handyman jobs.
Faria Bros Construction IncFaria Bros Construction Inc
Sara A.
Really enjoyed working with Rob. He’s professional, smart, and knows how to get the job done. He is now or go to handyman.
Rob's Handyman ServiceRob's Handyman Service
Lesley G.
Keith with Acme Services is a wonderful handyman. He is very thorough with his tasks. He is thought provoking and will research what it takes to complete a task if he doesn't have the right tools. Keith is very professional, punctual and an all around gem of a handyman. I am so very grateful having found/used his services - - so worth it. Job well done!!
Acme ServicesAcme Services
Odomitchi A.
Very responsive handyman service. We need to fix a shower door for our rental, the technician came on a same day even late in the evening on a saturday. Thank you!!
A to Z pristineA to Z pristine
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin is a great handyman! He is very professional and knowledgeable. He installed our tv and replaced a light fixture. We are very satisfied with the results and will definitely hire him again!
Pegasus R&RPegasus R&R
Linda C.
Alpha Handyman did an excellent job in repairing my vertical mailbox. It was a difficult job but he didn't give up and the finished product was very nice. I was very satisfied.
Alpha HandymanAlpha Handyman
Maria T.
HB Handyman gave superb service. He was very prompt in responding & he was very willing to help me by picking up moving boxes in Home Depot. He is articulate & very professional. He works quickly but does a very thorough job. His charges are very reasonable especially for his quality of service. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a handyman for any kind of job. Thank you, Thank you. Maria
H.B Handyman ServicesH.B Handyman Services
George W.
A to Z Pristine did a fantastic job! Responded very quickly. The price was lower than the other two bids! Also came out the same day. He is now my go to handyman
A to Z pristineA to Z pristine
Sam R.
I recommend this handyman without reservation. Excellent communication, great customer service, fair price. We had a problem and the very next day we no longer have a problem. Thank you!
Wilma Z.
Outstanding job and professional I appreciate the job well done. If you need a handyman I would suggest them and will be calling again for more and anything that I may need. Thank you
Headson HandyworkHeadson Handywork
Jonathan M.
H.B Handyman removed some metal bars from my windows. He did an excellent work, and I would certainly hire him again. I highly recommend his services!
H.B Handyman ServicesH.B Handyman Services
Emily B.
Rosario was great to work with, professional and responsive. He agreed to take on my two basic handyman tasks and arrived within a couple hours. Work was done well and quickly at an affordable price. Thanks!
Rosario handyman serviceRosario handyman service
Brett S.
I really enjoyed Handyman's services! I desperately needed a handyman to complete a bunch of minor tasks for my rowhouse and felt like I couldn't find anyone around the upcoming holidays. I put my project on Thumbtack, corresponded with Tracy, and Joel arrived shortly thereafter. Joel was very attentive, responded to all my requests, and did a great job. Now I feel a little more at ease and can better enjoy my holidays. I'd definitely recommend and use them again. Thanks!
Handyman@Your Command LLCHandyman@Your Command LLC
Heidi V.
Charles was communicative and clearly has expertise and interest in the problem solving aspect of handyman work. He was a pleasure to work with for the task list at my office and I will absolutely be hiring him for my list at home too!
Uc-charles servicesUc-charles services
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