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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 Ocala handymen
Tom K.
Top notch Handyman! Thanks Jesse!
Handy JHandy J
Jeannie G.
Great experience with Mark! He’s my new “go to handyman!”
Mark the HandymanMark the Handyman
Customer-Angie P.
Thurman is honest and trustworthy! I would recommend him to anyone with handyman needs
The Right Guy, Home Repair ServiceThe Right Guy, Home Repair Service
John D.
The best experience with a handyman i have ever had honest and professional thanks erik
C&S ServicesC&S Services
Regina D.
Good handyman are hard to come by. Handy J is excellent at his craft. Will hire again
Handy JHandy J
Rachel C.
Mark is awesome! He takes the time to really make sure all my handyman needs were met and delivered excellently! I would definitely recommend him. I will definitely ask him for more help in the future for other handyman services I may need!
Mark the HandymanMark the Handyman
Melanie h.
Excellent workmanship - we are very pleased with the handyman services that they provided. Fair pricing and work was done quickly.
T&M Handyman servicesT&M Handyman services
William H.
Mark is amazing. I would use mark again for all my handyman needs. You should also!!!
Mark the HandymanMark the Handyman
Kathy B.
Mark is very personable, punctual and reliable. He did an outstanding job. I would highly recommend him for your handyman needs.
Mark the HandymanMark the Handyman
Lisa A.
Mike and his crew showed up promptly to handle a job that Amy’s Handyman Service did a no call no show for! They were outstanding!! Fast, clean and prompt all in one!! That’s how to do things!!
Mike the HandymanMike the Handyman
Tamara C.
I found Mark, to be an outstanding handyman. He exceeded my every expectation, and did the job phenomenally well. He’s a kind, warm, caring, affable person! I will never hire a different handyman after having experienced the quality of Mark’s work. i’m 70 years old and I know good work. My little dog desperately tried to leave with Mark. Dogs know better than human when they meet a good person. I can’t recommend him highly enough! thank you for allowing me to share. 👍
Mark the HandymanMark the Handyman
Patt L.
I'm very pleased with the work that was done. Rick was on time, very respectful and was open to my suggestions. I thought the projects were completed in a reasonable time and the cost was well worth it. I will be calling Mike the Handyman for other work in the future. Thanks!
Mike the HandymanMike the Handyman
Debra B.
First appointment was a no show. So I decided to give them another chance. Showed up 30 mins late and did not complete the job so we rescheduled and they showed up an hour and a half late. But I had moved on. Just not a reliable handyman.
Yotta Construction SvcsYotta Construction Svcs
Kisha M.
I used Thumbtack to find a local handyman and Anthony Stockley was one that was listed . I reached out to him on the things I needed done in my house and he responded very quickly knocking off all the projects on my list. Very reasonable priced. Will use again.
Stokley ServicesStokley Services
Kwanzaa S.
Phil has done an absolutely amazing job with the light fixtures that I had installed. He is extremely polite, professional and always on time. I would definitely recommend him to anyone. I will also be using Phil’s services for future projects. Best Handyman in my area by far.
Phill’s Home RepairPhill’s Home Repair
Madeline S.
Mark arrived when he said he would, he was fast but and knowledgeable of the work ahead. Professional and friendly. Mark was reasonable with his rates and I couldn't ask for better. I look forward to working with Mark on all my handyman tasks and highly recommend him. 🙂👍
Mark the HandymanMark the Handyman
Amanda F.
MARK! We had just moved into a pretty run down home that needed a lot of TLC and Mark was able to help us with at least 20 different projects and repairs. He really helped make this house a home and he will be my go-to handyman for any future projects. Thanks again Mark!
Mark the HandymanMark the Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Julio Perez did an excellent job installing decorative window hardware in our home. We are very pleased with his work and the final look of our windows. He was very nice and professional throughout his visit. We recommend Mr. Perez to anybody looking to hire a skilled handyman.
Perdia Building Solutions LLCPerdia Building Solutions LLC
Stacy R.
I am extremely happy to have found this wonderful handyman. He installed 3 barn doors and 2 ceiling fans perfectly. He also came prepared with all the tools he needed to get the job done in a timely fashion. I absolutely will use him again for future projects
ChillAssembler LLCChillAssembler LLC
Pam S.
I want to give special thanks to Jesse at Handy J Handyman Services for the amazing job he did on my cabinets. The shelves he installed are magnificent and I couldn’t be happier with the way they look. Needless to say, Jesse is extremely proficient, as well as very punctual and affordable. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire him again. Pam S.
Handy JHandy J
Lindsey s.
Jonathan did an amazing job hanging up photos and large posters in our business. He was very professional and responded very quickly to us reaching out and asking for help with the job. He was super friendly, would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for a handyman. Thank you so much for your amazing work. From your Ocala One Plant Family !
Xtreme Pro Services, LLCXtreme Pro Services, LLC
Ruchama R.
Julio is great - he knows what he's doing - he is quiet - he cleans up after himself - his quality of work so far has been excellent. I intend to continue using him! I am very happy to have a great handyman. I'm sure I'll help keep him in business with all the things that happen in one's home!
Perdia Building Solutions LLCPerdia Building Solutions LLC
Marilyn J.
This handyman scheduled two appointments to give my husband and I an estimate and he never showed up. After he missed the first appointment he called and I rescheduled due to the fact he said he had no cell service due to the rain. When he didn't show up for the second scheduled appointment I called him and he said he was five minutes away, then he hung up on me when I was in mid sentence. He never showed up. I don't recommend this professional.
Perdia Building Solutions LLCPerdia Building Solutions LLC
Tom L.
We had to make several very minor repairs to my mother's house based on an appraisal report before we could go to closing. Julio responded quickly via text, came to the site the same evening, and told me exactly when he could get it done. He (and his wife) did the repairs as quickly and as well as possible - and cleaned up the job site beautifully. While the final bill ended up be higher than estimated (he had to get more paint), I would hire him again and recommend him to anyone needing an honest and reliable handyman. Thanks, Julio!
Perdia Building Solutions LLCPerdia Building Solutions LLC
Takela W.
I would highly recommend this company for any handyman services! I reached out and received a response within 3 minutes. I sent pictures of the work I needed done and asked was it possible to have the job done same day...this was on a Sunday. He replied yes and informed me he would send me a quote for the job. Upon receiving the quote we decided to move forward. Chill arrived promptly at our request and was at our home within 30 minutes. He was very attentive as I shared my vision. He definitely delivered!!! I am extremely please with his knowledge and work ethics. Thanks again Chill!
ChillAssembler LLCChillAssembler LLC
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