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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 Lakeland handymen
Gary M.
Excellent work, great price and showed up on time! Highly recommend Edson for all your handyman needs!
Edson HandymanEdson Handyman
Lyndee C.
Keebo was professional from start to finish on my household projects. I will definitely use him again for any future handyman needs.
Dowe Home Services LLCDowe Home Services LLC
Andrew S.
Excellent handyman. His work was top-notch and quick as well. I highly recommend him for any work you may have.
Octopus paintingOctopus painting
Megan S.
Michael was a great and responsive handyman from start to finish. He helped us install toilets, doors and vanities. His work was excellent- highly recommend!
HughesHandyman ConstructionHughesHandyman Construction
Joseph p.
ACR Handyman Services is now my number one go to handyman for all projects big or small. Andrew is a Honest, Down to Earth, Detail Oriented, Hard Working, Respectful, and Presentable person. The kind of person you feel you can trust immediately with out worries. I’m disabled and for my first project with him we clean out my garage and then organize it. THERE WAS NO STOPPING HIM! He got right to work and knew just what to do for 3 hours straight! With just a little direction Fromm wife and he made it effortless for us. I’d recommend ARC Handyman Services to anyone no matter what you may need done.
ACR Handyman ServicesACR Handyman Services
Lyndi u.
William installed our new light fixture. William is very personable and top notch workmanship. Very reasonable pricing. All future handyman needs will definitely be done by him!
WM3 Repairs & InstallationWM3 Repairs & Installation
Thumbtack Customer
Had a minor problem at a rental property. JSR Handyman Service completed the repair quickly, sent before and after pictures and I paid the invoice on-line. Very smooth and efficient.
JSR Handyman Service, Inc.JSR Handyman Service, Inc.
Fay c.
Bryan did an amazing job repairing my gate! It was previously done by another handyman who did not place 4x4 inside the vinyl post which cause them to crack! Now my gate is properly repaired! Thanks Bryan!
B AND S Construction  FLA  LLCB AND S Construction FLA LLC
Sherry W.
Edson responded to my request immediately to fix garbage dispenser in the kitchen sink. He even purchased it for me and showed up on time. He was responding to all my questions very promptly . I am happy with his service and will hire him next time I need handyman assistance.
Edson HandymanEdson Handyman
Christine C.
Michael did a great job installing a projector, projector screen, and dart board in our patio. He was professional and did a really great, quality job. We are already in discussion for him to come back and help with other projects, including correcting some work that an previous handyman did. I highly recommend hiring Michael!
Just A Handy Helper LLCJust A Handy Helper LLC
Fay c.
OMG where do I begin!!! Genildo came through after previously contacting several other companies who either didn’t show up or was way too expensive! Genildo completed several projects and his work is exquisite! See your yourself! I now refer to him as MY handyman!! Thank you!!!
Lion LLC- General Carpentry and paintLion LLC- General Carpentry and paint
Jose H.
I highly recommend! Emanuel did a fantastic job in my house. I hired him to repair some drywall around the house that a previous handyman had messed up. He also painted my front door and did some tile regrout. He was on time, very professional and I will be using him again in the future.
Octopus paintingOctopus painting
Tom H.
Dan was very punctual, and kept us informed of his arrival time. He is very friendly and professional. His work quality was excellent, and he was meticulous in cleaning after himself on all projects. I can’t imagine there is a better handyman around. I know we will use him whenever we have tasks that need a professional.
Dan WeaverDan Weaver
Debbie E.
Paul did an amazing job hanging a dozen or so pictures around my house. He is a true perfectionist who took the time to measure carefully before putting any holes in the walls and even replaced some of the hardware already on the pictures to ensure a more secure hanging. I would recommend Paul to anyone needing a handyman. Will definitely be using him again!
Rapid Repair & InstallationsRapid Repair & Installations
Janice W.
Jason arrived on time and once I explained what work I needed done got right to it. He did a wonderful job, asked for my opinion when he needed it, was super polite and friendly and cleaned up afterwards. I could not have asked for anyone better and will use his services whenever I need a handyman. I am completely satisfied with Busy B's services and will refer him to all my family and friends.
Busy B's ServicesBusy B's Services
Katherine S.
After moving into my new home (well new for me) the wind tore out my patio screening. I was told it was new stuff but after JSR Handyman Service came out and redid my screened patio there was no way the other stuff was new. I'm so happy with the results, there is no sagging, pulling or flapping in the breeze. All the old stuff was removed and the area was cleaned of any sign work had been done. I'm looking forward to working with Jesse again for many of my upcoming projects!
JSR Handyman Service, Inc.JSR Handyman Service, Inc.
Ronald B.
Took four different attempts to hang a mirror (48 inch diameter approx 55 pounds) that I knew was going to be a pain due to concrete wall immediately behind wallboard. Gerson (the handyman) ended up with 2 x three different holes in the wallboard before finding an anchor that he thought would work. Hung the mirror and while pulling of the plastic protective covering on the front of the mirror the mirror pulled the anchors out of the wall. Ended up putting a strip of wood on top of the wallboard and attaching it to the small wooden spacing strips that the drywall is nailed to. Not the sleek finished look we were hoping for as the mirror tilts down and the strip of wood is noticeable if you look at it from the side. The mirror is set back into an alcove so its not that big of a deal just not the look we wanted. Price was very reasonable for the amount of work he put in, very polite and willing to answer all questions and concerns. Did charge an extra 20 dollars for the trip due to him having to come from Kissimmee. Would consider hiring again for any routine handyman projects. Pictures show finished project wit left and right views showing wood strip used to mount to the wall.
De Bellis ContractorDe Bellis Contractor
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