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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 Fort Myers handymen
Dorothy K.
Contacted Jorden and another handyman for a small house project. His response was very quick!
JMK Home ImprovementsJMK Home Improvements
One HandyMan is a meticulous and quick worker. He would be an asset in helping to get any job done.
One HandyMan On CallOne HandyMan On Call
Grace K.
ADALES HANDYMAN is the company to call. Excellent work, I am really happy with their work. I will call them in the future. Sincerely, Mrs Kelly
Adales handyman services LLCAdales handyman services LLC
Natasha b.
Handyman Charles helped us move our furniture to the storage! He was extremely helpful and went above and beyond. Great service! Definitely recommend
One HandyMan On CallOne HandyMan On Call
Carmine A.
I was a little skeptical about hiring a handyman to put a vanity sink in my bathroom and I’m glad I went with Terrence he is very professional and understanding.He treated me and my home with respect and the quality of his work was exceptional, if you need a handyman take my word for it call Terrence you’ll be glad you did. First class company I’d rate Terrance 10 stars if I could. Thanks again!!!!
Terrys handyman repairs llcTerrys handyman repairs llc
Thumbtack Customer
Ernie is great to work with. He is on time and does what he says he is going to do and is competent in his work. Not easy to find in Florida! I recommend Ernie for any handyman needs.
Florida's Finest Handyman Service Inc.Florida's Finest Handyman Service Inc.
Miroslava Y.
I highly recommend Werner Handyman services 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 First is amazing communication, they arrived even earlier and did a perfect job with a professional skill. I am not enough Thankful for Adam and Peter ! I will always pickup this company.
Werner -Handyman - Cleaning ServiceWerner -Handyman - Cleaning Service
Thumbtack Customer
Troy did a great job fixing a very tricky problem with our lanai door. He got all the necessary supplies and took care of everything from the beginning to the end. He made it easy for us and delivered with high quality. We will be hiring Troy for all our handyman needs in the future.
Daniel D.
He was prompt, clean, knowledgeable, and respectful. If you’re looking for a handyman, stop right here. You will NOT find anyone else better. If you find him more expensive than others, it’s for a reason, you’re paying for high-skilled quality work. Don’t trust anyone but Zsolt in your home, with your projects.
Tech of The TownTech of The Town
Lauren M.
Tyler reached out to me as I was waiting to hear back from another Handyman and he was very proactive and punctual. The project was bigger than we originally thought and he was extremely honest and provided receipts for everything he had to buy. He was polite and made me feel comfortable having him work in my home. I will certainly hire him again for any home projects in the future!
Sharp Detail-Handyman Repair InstallSharp Detail-Handyman Repair Install
Nicole C.
I inquired about handyman services and Jordan not only responded within the hour but he found time to stop by that same evening to take a look at my home AND then offered to fix my broken door on the spot! He was quick, did a solid job, and cleaned up as if he was never there. Loved that he was confident and eager to help with anything I pointed out. So happy to have his number handy for other maintenance and repair projects!
JMK Home ImprovementsJMK Home Improvements
Keshea K.
A rack in my closet fell down so I hired a handyman to make sure it was installed to be as sturdy as possible! Charles came at short notice in between jobs which was great! He had to leave in the middle of the job for tools or to get to another job, not sure. 2 hours after he left he sent a text asking if 10 PM was too late for him to come back over to finish the job!!! I told him he needed to be more professional and not to come back to my house to finish the job and that I would do it myself! The next morning I started looking at the work that he’d done so far and realized that he put screws in the drywall WITH NO ANCHORS!!! Charles was still paid for his minimum 2 hours of work + the materials he purchased for the repair but he clearly incompetent and didn’t deserve the $$ AT ALL! Obviously just my opinion, but as a young woman I think Charles thought I was naive and had intentions of taking advance of me by doing a poor job repairing the closet rack. Luckily I caught it and and capable of repairing small things around the house!!
One HandyMan On CallOne HandyMan On Call
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