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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 Palm Bay handymen
Elizabeth C.
He is an awesome handyman very professional and trustworthy. I will use him as my handyman. He done a great job. Very knowledgeable.
My Son’s HandymanMy Son’s Handyman
Lance G.
Carol's handyman was quick, kind, and effective. He was in and out relatively quickly. The price was great.
Carol Lopes Services CleaningCarol Lopes Services Cleaning
Jasmine G.
Kester has helped us with a variety of projects like curtain hanging, fan installation, and replacing faucets. He is our go-to handyman.
McQueen's Services LLCMcQueen's Services LLC
Art Y.
Did the job on time . When he met unexpected problems, solved them and was always in good cheer. A good handyman and a good person.
Jerry  Home Repairs & PlumbingJerry Home Repairs & Plumbing
Siddhartha G.
Daniel installed a vanity and faucet for us. Provided quality work at a fair price. Was able to handle several other misc handyman tasks at the same time.
H & M Handy Construction & Renovation Services LLCH & M Handy Construction & Renovation Services LLC
Shannon R.
Jordan did a great job completing the tasks I needed help with. He was very responsive and showed up on time, and finished everything very quickly ! Would recommend him to anyone looking for a handyman
Jordan BanksJordan Banks
Maria B.
I can't say enough good things about Luis and his handyman skills. I had a variety of little things for him to do, and he did each one quickly and professionally. Very affordable, too. I will definitely be calling him for future jobs, and I highly recommend him.
LH Junk Hauling/Handyman ServicesLH Junk Hauling/Handyman Services
Beth W.
I feel so lucky to have found Kyle. He has gone above and beyond to help me with things outside the scope of just "handyman". So far he has taken care of several things around my new house and I will be using him for all my upcoming projects.
Built Better than BeforeBuilt Better than Before
Alicia S.
Chris responded to my handyman request super quickly, and was able to provide me an affordable option and fit me into his schedule. He showed up on time, his communication was perfect, and he fixed the problem I was having with no issues! We will certainly be keeping him in mind if we run into any additional needs! Thanks again, Chris!
STANDING OVATIONS DESIGN & CONSTRUCTIONSTANDING OVATIONS DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Tracy S.
I’d been trying to find a handyman to replace my kitchen light with a new light since December. I called the service that I used before, but got a constant busy signal... for days. Then I tried a new guy and his estimate was ridiculous despite his claim to be tired of seeing elderly and single women ripped off. So today I tried Thumbtack and saw Kester had five star reviews and found out he had finished his job from earlier today ahead of schedule. I was thrilled and he came right away. He not only fixed my light, solved my electrical problem in my sunroom, hung my drapery rods and fixed a ceiling fan that was out of balance and discovered a hot wire rubbing creating a fire hazard. He did all this in 3.5 hours! I’ve already booked him for more projects and I can trust he will do a good job! I love that I now have a new reliable, honest and competent handyman!
McQueen's Services LLCMcQueen's Services LLC
Lisa L.
Jerry is the ultimate handyman and took care of my plumbing issue with care and expertise. He knows his stuff ... and has so many years of experience that you can TRUST his workmanship. I have already scheduled additional tasks and can confidently recommend his services. We had large salt water tanks outside and he taught me more in 20 minutes than I could learn with hours of YouTube videos. He is professional, fair and an expert in his field.
Jerry  Home Repairs & PlumbingJerry Home Repairs & Plumbing
George C.
Luis Hernandez is amazing! He is very courteous, professional and has great carpentry skills. If I could give Luis a 6 star review, I would. I have recently been burned by contractors that promise the world and deliver nothing. Luis went above and beyond our scope of work to complete the work as promised and o schedule. I had two very ok doors replaced, soffit and fascia. Thank you again Mr. Hernandez for your workmanship and professionalism! No question, if you need carpentry work or handyman services, do not hesitate to call Luis! George
LH Junk Hauling/Handyman ServicesLH Junk Hauling/Handyman Services
Jean N.
The company owner Terrance reached out to me within an hour of my post on Thumbtack . We ran into a plumbing issue at our home and because our main valve into the house was frozen in the ‘off’ position , we were without water . FIVE STAR HANDYMAN rates 5+ stars and is the best in his profession. He came over at the end of his schedule SAME DAY which is highly unusual. He analyzed the problem and found the perfect replacement valve which delivered water to our home and eliminated the pipe / valve leaks. He made certain that everything worked perfectly before he left our home . I highly recommend him and his company . He assured us that he would solve our problem and he puts his client’s satisfaction first and foremost . Jean N.
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