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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 Melbourne handymen
Wilma M.
I liked all of the above. It was a pleasure dealing with All American Handyman. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a handyman.
All American Painting,Coating & Pressure washingAll American Painting,Coating & Pressure washing
Mary E.
Kester did a superb job repairing our floor lamps. He is very personable, kind, knowledgeable and just an all around great guy! I will definitely be recommending him to anyone in need of a handyman and I will be using him any time I need a handyman. I can't give him high enough remarks. Kudos to Kester for leaving a lasting impression as a top notch handyman.
McQueen's Services LLCMcQueen's Services LLC
Angelica U.
Great to work with. Has knowledge about many different handyman tasks. Definitely using him again
McQueen's Services LLCMcQueen's Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very pleased with Allen's work. Very precise and timely with job to do. I will be hiring him again whenever I need a Handyman-
Freshstart HandiworkFreshstart Handiwork
Alan W.
Top Quality Handyman installed an overhead garage storage shelf for me. Greg was on-time and did high-quality work for a reasonable price.
Innovative SolutionsInnovative Solutions
Lori Z.
Jerry was very efficient and professional. He did a thorough job & best of all-no more leaky outdoor faucet! I will definitely be contacting Jerry again for additional handyman jobs.
Jerry  Home Repairs & PlumbingJerry Home Repairs & Plumbing
Patricia C.
Kester did a great job. I've never hired a handyman before, so I was a little apprehensive, but it was a really good experience. I will be calling Kester again for my next project.
McQueen's Services LLCMcQueen's Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Mr. Madina to fix different issues in my house . Mr. Madina did an amazing and outstanding job. He was honest and show on time I highly recommend him. Fantastic !!handyman
Siana Enterprises CorporationSiana Enterprises Corporation
Thumbtack Customer
Erik was able to respond to me very quickly to set up a time and fix the 4 problems in the house. He seemed very knowledgeable, punctual with good work quality. I would hire him again for any handyman work.
Handyman serviceHandyman service
David F.
Did what he said he would do - with the timeframe he specified -and did so with professionalism & skill. He is courteous and owns his work. I would highly recommend this Handyman for any job you might have -- except for carpets.
Freshstart HandiworkFreshstart Handiwork
Amy E.
I had Paul from Mermaid Engineering handyman at my home today to fix a light fixture. I couldn’t have been more pleased with his professional behavior and overall work quality. I would definitely ask him again for any other miscellaneous needs in my home.
FL Mermaid Engineering Handyman Services , LLCFL Mermaid Engineering Handyman Services , LLC
Lisa N.
Allen painted my wall that ran along my stairs and my very high open foyer. He was on time (early actually) and was very professional. He was very personable and I enjoyed talking to him during the project. He cleaned up after the project was finished. I would recommend Allen for handyman projects and I will be using him again!
Freshstart HandiworkFreshstart Handiwork
Charles B.
Keebo Dowe was excellent. I am a senior citizen and he was very professional very courteous extremely kind and went out of his way to do the above and beyond type work. I was highly impressed with this young man and I recommend him to all my friends and anybody that needs a handyman this is your guy. By the way this was my first experience with Thumbtack. And I usually do not take the time to review, but this young man was above all expectations.
Dowe Home Services LLCDowe Home Services LLC
Ravi T.
Nick did a great job of repainting the kitchen counter top wall bringing to original finish and he did my bath tub sealing and pained my mail box he is talented handyman for and all in one service you don’t need to shop around for different people his prices are reasonable and I am going to hire him for my pool deck refinish and driveway refinish I recommend to hire him for home improvement projects
Mecum's Designs LLCMecum's Designs LLC
Dont use this guy. Total ripoff!! Im in the military and cannot come back yet due to the corona virus to replace a toilet flappers on 3 toilets This guy told my wife he wanted $90/hr plus $45 per toilet for a 15/min plus $10/ per flapper. Don't know who rated this guy a 5. Would have deleted this app but a another great handyman from pro construction squared us away.
Freshstart HandiworkFreshstart Handiwork
Jill L.
Hiring Brian from Hang Time Solutions was a pleasure from the first contact through job completion. He is professional, honest, personable, reliable and without a doubt he will be welcome to work in my home for future jobs. Hang Time Solutions was hired to hang two new ceiling fixtures; replacing old ones that came with my home. His work is meticulous and of quality. He is a great communicator and problem solver. I believe I have found a handyman for life.
Hang Time SolutionsHang Time Solutions
Brian M.
Job was to remove and replace a dilapidated attic staircase ladder. Nick was responsive to the request, asked the most sensible questions of all the bidders and responded quickly with a detailed bid for parts, labor, removal and availability - something I wasn’t getting from other Pros. Nick sourced the ladder for me and made the purchase and pickup on my behalf. Installation of the new staircase presented some challenges but you wouldn’t know it the way Nick expertly worked through the issues. A couple of hours later, we had a brand new functioning aluminum staircase ladder - something I’d been missing for several years!! Couldn’t be happier with the job AND the reasonable price! I will most definitely keep Home Break Handyman Services at the top of my list for future jobs and will most certainly refer Nick to friends an family in the local area. Well done Nick!
Home Break Handyman ServicesHome Break Handyman Services
Felion M.
I have been looking for a reputable Handyman for a very long time. Up to now, Thumbtack has been disappointing. All of that was cleared up when I called GONZ LLC and talked with Owner, Mark Gonzalez. I told him what I needed done and we set up a follow up meeting for him to come out and see what was needed. Mark and his assistant arrived on time and immediately went to work on a plan of action. While he was here, I asked if he could repair my gate. He said, “No Problem.” One of his many employees accompanied him, and did a terrific job fixing the gate. GONZ LLC is a very Professional and Efficient Company! Every job was well done! He went out of his way to get the needed products to ensure most jobs were done that day. He can do everything I had on my list and any Renovations I might need in the future. I’m so Thankful to have found Mark and look forward to a lasting relationship. These guys are Truly Awesome!
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