Find a handyman near New Smyrna Beach, FL

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 New Smyrna Beach handymen
Amber M.
Great job! Will definitely use this handyman again for future repairs.
Handyman NSB Inc.Handyman NSB Inc.
Carrie A.
What a horrible experience. My mother passed away and we were trying to get a few things fixed on her house. I hired A+ Handyman. I was suppose to get 2 men for the entire day a week later. After talking with Daniel on the phone a couple of times and texting him the address, I never heard another word. No reply to phone messages, texts, or message through Thumbtack. I was only here for a short time so was not able to hire another handyman in his place. I would not recommend this company! No call, No show.
A+ Handyman ServicesA+ Handyman Services
Al C.
Mike was the 1st handyman to reply. He explained his cost for the work to be done. Once I agreed, he set up an agreeable date and time. He kept informed by either text or phone. Upon arrival, he evaluted the job and turned to. He was quick, kept the work area clean, personable & professional. I would definitely use Mike again for other jobs.
Mike the HandymanMike the Handyman
Susan C.
LaTonna, the owner, came with Kevin, her handyman to bid on a closet door installation. I explained to them that the closet door needed to be able to be securely locked for an owner’s closet. We stopped at Home Depot and the bifold doors that Kevin suggested, when I asked about them being suitable, he said they’d have a track on the floor and on the top of closet and that they’d work. He said all I’d need was a lock, which I ordered from another company online, specifically designed for bifold doors. When they arrived to do the installation, I saw Kevin dropping a heavy tool on my hardwood floors that left a visible dent (see photo) which I pointed out to LaTonna. I asked them if they had something to cover the floor with and LaTonna went to their car and got a sheet. Then I notice she’s reading the instructions on how to install the doors to Kevin. That should’ve been my first clue that these were people that didn’t know what they were doing. I checked in on them again and LaTonna was fanning herself so I told her to turn on the ceiling fan. I walked away to attend to my houseguest in the living room. Then I heard a loud crash as if something had fallen on the floor again. I came into the bedroom and noticed that the fan was turned off and but didn’t see anything amiss and they didn’t say anything to me. About 1/3 of the way through, I noticed there was no track on the floor. I asked them about this and reminded them that Kevin said there’d be a track on the floor to keep the doors from being lifted out once locked in place. I immediately stopped them from finishing the job and they agreed they’d made a mistake. We packed everything up and I followed them back to Home Depot where the store refunded my money for the doors. As I was getting ready for bed, I went to turn on my ceiling fan and it was very wobbly. I turned it off and noticed a blade had broken off! That must’ve been the loud crash I had heard. I deduced that when they moved the door off the bed that they hit the fan while it was on, it fell and they quickly covered it up without saying anything. I’m not sure how they hid the blade when I walked in but that’s all I can think of that made that loud sounding crash I heard. I texted them both about that this evening at 10:51 but haven’t heard back. I’m not sure what recourse I have but I am so upset with how this day went down. My beautiful hardwood floors are marred. I’m leaving soon and need to have a secured owner’s closet and now will have to replace my ceiling fan. What a fiasco. I would NEVER recommend them for a handyman job. Maybe they’re better with clean up jobs as their name suggests.
Big City CleanersBig City Cleaners
Susan C.
Tod did a great job installing curtain rods, a Dyson vacuum dock on the wall and attaching my new adjustable bed frame to my headboard. Very pleasant and professional. It took 3 hours and I paid him his hourly rate of $50/hour. Based on that job, I offered him another job installing bedroom closet doors. He did research for me and sent me some photos and told me the cost of the doors. I asked him for an estimate for labor but he never gave me one. This was mostly done via text on our cells, not through this app. The night before he was to come, he texted me and I asked again for the estimate and he said it would be $400 plus the cost for the doors and supplies. I would be meeting him at Home Depot and paying directly for supplies. I asked how many hours that would be and he said it would take all day. I couldn’t imagine a door installation taking 8 hours as he charges $50/hour on this app. He texted it wasn’t a simple job like installing drapery rods and said it wasn’t worth it to do the door installation and canceled at 9:40 pm. I’m a senior and living on a fixed income. I feel if you advertise handyman services at $50/hour that if a job takes 4 hours, that’s $200. His time would start once I met him at the store to get the doors. That only seems fair. But I guess he felt it ok to price a closet door installation as a job to make more money and not by his advertised hourly rate to do the job. That’s disappointing because I really liked the work he did for me on the first job and was looking forward to working with him again. Either way, he did a wonderful job installing the drapery rods, vacuum dock and bed frame attachment and I wish him well!
Eastside Property Maintenance LLCEastside Property Maintenance LLC
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