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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 Sarasota handymen
Katie E.
I hired triple A Painting and Handyman services to do some handyman work around my house. Owen showed up right on time, I explained what I needed done and he went to work. I was so impressed with Owen and his services and I will definitely use him again!
Triple A Painting and Handy ServicesTriple A Painting and Handy Services
Jen V.
Miguel was on time, got the job done efficiently and was respectful of our home. I would contact him again for a handyman job. Thanks Miguel!
Catherine T.
Daniel communicated throughout the process. He was on time and completed my project on point. Will definitely request this home service for my handyman projects in the future.
Mowses Home Services LLCMowses Home Services LLC
Deidre L.
Al was wonderful! He was on time, and just a very friendly, professional guy! I really enjoyed working with him, and will definitely be using him for all of my handyman needs!
I Got a “Guy” Handyman ServicesI Got a “Guy” Handyman Services
Karen D.
I needed a small handyman project completed. Dan did an excellent job and I was very pleased with his work. He was very pleasant to work with and extremely conscientious. He gave the same attention to detail as if he were doing a large project.
Handyman & More by FloorCo.Handyman & More by FloorCo.
Samir C.
James did amazing work on my house. I hired him to take a fence down which he did without damaging my porcelain tile lanai. Then he painted my house and installed security cameras?!? This guy’s a true handyman! I would recommend him to any of my family and friends!!
Williams and Sons PPS,LLCWilliams and Sons PPS,LLC
Jeanne k.
Jonathan was exceptional. He was punctual, professional and friendly. He knew what he was doing in relation to the job. I would not hesitate to refer him to anyone who needs a handyman. He was efficient. I usually am not as pleased as I am with the work Jonathan did. Everyone should feel comfortable hiring him for your job large or small.
Flota'cal ServicesFlota'cal Services
David F.
I called Tyler at the last-minute and he responded very quickly and came the same day within a few hours (after his other service calls). Tyler was very efficient, knowledgeable and friendly and gave me value-plus service. When I need a handyman again, I'll be ready to give him a call. I highly recommend him!
Eminence Services LLCEminence Services LLC
Pamela D.
Bogdan removed and replaced old laundry room cabinets, installed two bathroom towel racks and a door hook, painted a repair patch over the sink, rehung a heavy sink mirror, reversed improper hot and cold water faucet connections, and patched numerous holes from removed window treatment hardware over several windows and sliders. A fast. efficient handyman. Reasonable costs. Will use him again.
TimTech Service LLCTimTech Service LLC
Beth O.
What a waste of my time! Javier canceled our first appointment 15 minutes before he was supposed arrive and claimed he called me the night before but there was no record of his call. When I asked him what time, he ignored the question. He rescheduled for the next day, same time but never showed - ghosted! He proves to be just another unreliable FL handyman. Don't depend on him.
Next Level ServicesNext Level Services
Lauren B.
Nilto was excellent. He responded to my initial inquiry immediately and set up an appt for Sat morning. I had a few misc projects I needed completed in my new apartment downtown. He showed up right on time and went right to work. In addition, he was very polite and professional. I’m a single lady and new to SRQ, so it’s awesome to find such a quality handyman. I will definitely be calling Nilto back for additional projects in the future. Hire this man!! Highly recommended!
Caldas Jr.Home ImprovementCaldas Jr.Home Improvement
Tami C.
Samantha was great. She removed an old shampoo station from my salon and replaced it with a new one. Samantha did a fabulous job and was in great communication with me through out the process as I was not able to be on site with her. I believe our on-site handyman was jealous of her because she told me he was questioning everything she was doing and was watching her like a Hawk ( so sorry about that Samantha!!!) However, she was able to remain professional and get the job done. Thank you so much!
Samantha’s handyman serviceSamantha’s handyman service
Alex E.
Greg is great! I had him replace a damaged wooden top/cap of a decorative stucco wall that runs along the outer edge of my front porch, as it was rotting and warping. It was replaced with pavers. He gave a very reasonable estimate, was very punctual, professional, communicative, knowledgeable, kind, and very personable. He got right to work and didn’t quit until finished, along with making sure I was satisfied and offered assistance in case any problems were to arise. As well as, offered his assistance and wide range of skill sets for any future jobs I may need. I would highly recommend Greg for any handyman projects you need!
Wall to WallWall to Wall
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