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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average fixed rate for handyman jobs ranges from $120-$175. Hourly rates for a handyman can average $50-$100 per hour. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Sarasota handymen
Norm O.
Joel is quality Handyman. On time and did 3 jobs for us. Very professional. Would highly recommend him to anyone!!!! Great guy
Door to Door Handyman llc.Door to Door Handyman llc.
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
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!
Russ G.
This handyman was no-call and no-show. The project was scheduled and confirmed by Troy but the appointment time came and went with no excuse or any communication. Pretty lame way to do business.
Pro Home Services LLCPro Home Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Justin is the best at what he does. Very knowledgable and takes pride in his work. Would recommend to anyone that is looking for a handyman or any kind of speciality work.
Pro Trim RemodelingPro Trim Remodeling
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
Liza A.
Steven is a fantastic handyman! Immediately responded to my request. Prompt, professional service. He has gone above and beyond was was expected. I will be using him for all future projects!
ReNu Handyman Services LLCReNu Handyman Services LLC
Tracy C.
I had a great experience with Swanson's handyman service. I posted my project, and they had everything done the next day. They were punctual, professional, and they cleaned up everything before they left. I highly recommend their services.
Swanson’s handyman servicesSwanson’s 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 Floor Co.Handyman & More by Floor Co.
Patty W.
Wow, I feel like I found hidden treasure! Nick did a great job at such a reasonable price I almost feel guilty not paying him more. I will definitely be calling him again for other jobs and will be recommending him to anyone needing handyman work done.
Ace Home Services, LLC.Ace Home Services, LLC.
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
Kim M.
Sean was very responsive to my inquiries. He showed up exactly when he said he would. Woodapple Works did not do a rush job, they took the necessary time to do the job correctly. Very happy with the entire experience. Highly recommend to anyone needing a professional handyman. I will definitely contact Woodapple Works in the future when the need arises. Thank you Sean.
Woodapple Works Handyman ServiceWoodapple Works Handyman Service
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
Jen G.
We are absolutely thrilled with the job that Stephen at ReNu Handyman Services did for us. We needed a worktop in our laundry room and Stephen not only designed a beautiful, bespoke installation, but also made it functional. This counter has a cut-out for easy access to the water valves for the washer and dryer AND is on a hinge in case we need to lift the counter top to access the washer and dryer from behind. We are delighted with ReNu's team, the quality of their work, and professionalism. True craftsmen. Highly recommend!
ReNu Handyman Services LLCReNu Handyman Services LLC
Amy S.
I wish I could chose all 5 ways in which Nick Adair checked all the boxes of everything you would want in a handyman. He is thoughtful about the way his work should be done and takes the time to make sure it is done right. His expertise is wide ranging and he can expertly tackle anything and everything that needs doing. He was responsive in his communications, appeared when he said he would and accomplished his list of tasks quickly and efficiently. He hung our art work beautifully with the eye of an artist but he also knocked out our clogged gutters and reassembled a coffee table which was so rickety you couldn't put a cup of coffee on it. Now it is solid and perfectly assembled. Don't hesitate to give Tropical Solutions a try. You'll be glad you did.
Topical Transitions LLCTopical Transitions LLC
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