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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Bradenton handymen
Lynn S.
We recommend George for handyman services. We'll use his services again.
Barbie V.
Found myself a reliable handyman!!!! Honest and great job. Will absolutely be using their services in the future.
Runion Enterprises IncRunion Enterprises Inc
Margarette F.
Acted promptly to my to my request for a handyman and quickly scheduled an appointment to come start the job.
Pressures On Florida LLCPressures On Florida LLC
Dezree R.
Absolutely the worst "Handyman " I've ever hired. I wouldn't hire Ozzie to change a lightbulb!!
Guy H.
Johnathon is by far the best Handyman in the Bradenton Sarasota area! He does an incredible job at a fair price!
Flota'cal ServicesFlota'cal Services
Marie L.
ANT-SER 4 YOU was the right company for my handyman needs. Excellent service! Thank You
Mark S.
Put in a handyman request for some exterior fixtures that needed replacement and/repair. Got a response with in 15 min and was in the schedule to come out less than 48 hours later. Great communication and work. Definitely recommend again. Thank you
Flota'cal ServicesFlota'cal Services
Chris D.
Jeff did a good job mounting my tv on the wall and hanging a few other items. I appreciated his responsiveness and being able to schedule time after another handyman cancelled last minute. Thank you. Christine D
Nancy R.
Jeff Ahrens is multi talented. He is an excellent trouble shooter. The quality of his work is excellent. He showed up right on time and finished all our varied tasks. We will certainly hire Jeff again if we need a skilled handyman.
Nic a.
We had a crazy situation and Steven just rolled with it. Really appreciate his flexibility and being able to change direction as stuff popped up. We not only got a great handyman out of the job, but I'd also call him a new friend.
Chrysalis Cleaning & Construction & ConsultingChrysalis Cleaning & Construction & Consulting
James C.
Jeff was absolutely great! He’s our go to handyman. Very knowledgeable, priced fairly, very nice guy. He also found out that we had termites and was an expert in said field. If anyone needs anything done, he should be the go to guy. Thanks Jeff!
Sheron D.
It was a pleasure working with Pete. He responded to my sagging gate request in a timely manner and was able to resolve the issue. He kept me informed on what steps and items he needed to complete the repair. Once completed he sent me a video of the completed repair. I would definitely recommend Pete for any handyman repairs.
Pete’s handyPete’s handy
Frank S.
He did good work, showed up on time good value , nice guy but had other work for him and never even returned my calls, texts , voicemails !! Like I had a disease !! Waited for awhile then had to go find another handyman!! Nice guy just didn’t like his total disappearance on me
Service King Inc.Service King Inc.
Jack P.
Jonathan was by far the best handyman I have had to my home, and I have had a lot over the years. I will rehire him for my next job for sure. He helped assemble a new foosball table, garage shelves, and TRX work out, among other things. Very professional, quick & thorough. A++++ Jack P 9.28.21
Flota'cal ServicesFlota'cal Services
Maggie T.
Charlie is the best! Came and hung up a blackout shade in one of my windows. He took down what was there and hung up the new one and was able to put the original blinds back on in front to cover the black out shade. Not an easy task! I will absolutely be calling him again for all my household handyman needs. 6 stars.
Decker Bros. Handyman ServiceDecker Bros. Handyman Service
Robyn G.
I was looking for a Handyman that can do big and small jobs. I messaged Carlos and German and they replied immediately. They came the very next morning, (on a holiday) which I was very happy about. They not only replaced my bathroom faucet, but they also adjusted the pipes for optimal water flow. They also replaced a new dining room light fixture that I bought. While he was here, he looked at a few bigger jobs I have planned for the near future.. like new flooring and enclosing my patio to make a sunroom. They can do it all!!! I'm so excited to have found someone with work ethic, professionalism, and amazing skills! I will definitely be calling them again very soon! 10 stars!
Carlos GonzalezCarlos Gonzalez
Judy J.
Jay Diaz was the most polite & friendly tech I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I bought a new TV to replace one that died and I could not find anyone to come hook it all up to cable box and every other thing involved. So I just got on the internet and your name came up. We ran into a few issues which he solved with no problems. He was on a mission to give me the help I needed. He went above & beyond what he thought he was supposed to do and the price was extremely fair. I will have no hesitation about hiring Pro Veteran Handyman Services for any future needs. I also will recommend you to my friends. He gets a 10+ rating from me. I am a very happy camper! Judy Johnson
Pro Veteran Home InspectionsPro Veteran Home Inspections
Cory L.
Nildo was a pleasure to work with, and I have already hired him to do the next painting job in our home. I recently relocated from out of state. I needed urgent help repairing wood rot around the garage door as part of my veterans home loan condition. Nildo (owner/operator) at Caldas Home Improvement was the only Home Improvement Specialist on ThumbTack to return my request for help. He came the next day to give an estimate, and the following day to do the repairs. As a carpenter/painter a decade ago, I typically am highly critical of the work of others. It is rare that I see a contractor or handyman that completes a job to my satisfaction both punctually and professionally. Nildo was excellent, his work quality was great. I would highly recommend his services.
Caldas Jr.Home ImprovementCaldas Jr.Home Improvement
Shaina m.
Jeff is deceitful and a below-average handyman. The services provided were not satisfactory and I was charged double what was agreed upon because he brought a second person to help with the tasks, even though there was no mention of that before services started or on his profile. I gave Jeff a specific task list that was agreed upon prior to meeting, and that was delivered to Jeff again upon arrival, but Jeff performed two additional tasks that I did not ask for, and then charged me time for those tasks and with the double-person charge. All of the work Jeff and the boy did had to be completely redone by someone else afterwards. Aside from the shotty work, Jeff kept bragging about all the rich people he works for and asked me how much I paid for things in my home, and if he could keep my replaced appliances for free – it was very uncomfortable. I was taken advantage of and felt bullied into telling Jeff I was satisfied so that he would leave my house. I cried for an hour after he left. It was the most horrible experience I have ever dealt with a stranger in my home. To pour salt on the wound even more, after I left my initial review, Jeff obtained counsel and sent me a generic letter further bullying me as a scare tactic to not post any more bad reviews. If Jeff continues to harass and bully me, I will seek my own attorney and remedy this matter in court.
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