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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.

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.

Reviews for Gainesville handymen
Dave B.
Henry was friendly, knowledgeable,extremely polite. He was thorough in the work, made recommendations that made sense and didn’t waste time. I am no longer in search of a handyman, Henry “IS” our handyman.
Hphandyservices LLCHphandyservices LLC
Vicenzo P.
The best handyman in town! Rick was extremely professional and is very reliable. Go to him for any of your needs
Remi D servicesRemi D services
Holly C.
Henry did great work, and was extremely helpful adapting to our work schedule. He will be my go to Handyman from now on.
Hphandyservices LLCHphandyservices LLC
Crystal m.
On time , took the time to look at all the things I needed fixing . Willing to work with me on when I need them fix. Responded to text messages and on the app. Would work with this handyman again.
Rapid Repair & renovationRapid Repair & renovation
Megan W.
Henry was super helpful and quick with the furniture installation and wall mounting tasks we needed assistance with. Very kind and professional. We will definitely be requesting his services again next time we need a handyman!
Hphandyservices LLCHphandyservices LLC
Brooke B.
Amy responded to my handyman request almost immediately and was able to come out that very same day. She was prompt, polite and exuded confidence and knowledge in her skills. We were very happy with their work and would definitely hire again.
Amy's Handyman ServiceAmy's Handyman Service
Betty S.
They replaced rotten siding on chimney, after my brand new roof was installed. They bought the materials without charging extra time. They answered all my questions and concerns about the construction process in a pleasant and professional manner. I'll contact them again for future handyman jobs.
T&M Handyman servicesT&M Handyman services
Jim K.
This is my second time working with Jonathan. Complete satisfaction both times. He never does “just the minimum” and made sure both times that I was satisfied before leaving. I would not hesitate even a second before choosing him for my handyman jobs in the future.
Xtreme Pro Services, LLCXtreme Pro Services, LLC
Cristina B.
Frank is EXCELLENT. He answered my message immediately. We talked on Friday 09/09/22. Next day Saturday 09/10/22 he was there at 9:00 am as scheduled. He was fast and knows everything about maintenance and repairs He replaced the blinds and other items. Including painting 2 BATHTUBS accordingly the instructions. ( even he knows who to do this job # many handyman did not know how to do it). My tubs seem new and shining. Nice for the new renter. I ALWAYS WILL CALL HIM FOR ANY REPAIRS. The very important is besides the great job he did. HE is NOT EXPENSIVE like the others handyman. RECOMMEND FOR SURE. Thank you Frank Cristina
Rapid Repair & renovationRapid Repair & renovation
Bev A.
I can honestly highly recommend Henry for any project(s) in which you may find yourself requiring assistance. He was prompt, more than reasonably priced, worked quickly and cleanly and was a pleasure to have in my home - He has an excellent work ethic, not only did he setup my new bedroom set, but he also removed and placed my entire old set in my garage for me. I have found my new ‘go to’ handyman!..
Hphandyservices LLCHphandyservices LLC
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