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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 Tampa handymen
Michael H.
Great Handyman
Guzman Handiman LLCGuzman Handiman LLC
Kshitiz G.
Very Good Handyman Services
FixTman LLC. (Florida)FixTman LLC. (Florida)
Jose G.
Erick came to my house to help with several handyman projects. He is hardworking, energetic handyman who can help with a lot of projects. Highly recommend
Multiways ServicesMultiways Services
Mike M.
I would recommend Dave for Handyman services.
Dave's Handyman ServicesDave's Handyman Services
Raashaan H.
I hired Quality Handyman to fix my garbage disposal and toilet. They did a great job in a timely matter and the was pleased by the work they did. I highly recommend Quality Handyman
Quality Handyman WorkQuality Handyman Work
Jeannie B.
I will never go anywhere else for handyman services! Valdo is reliable, reasonably priced, and very polite. He does a great job on handyman repairs. He's very punctual and dependable too. I highly recommend him!
Stcyr Handyman Services LLCStcyr Handyman Services LLC
Kristen T.
Amazing experience! I needed a handyman asap, and this company was professional, fast, and trustworthy!
Oyola SolutionsOyola Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
He was very pleasant and professional - did general handyman work for me - I would definitely recommend him
Yes PaintersYes Painters
Shannan C.
Absolute Home Handyman did an AMAZING job! They were quick, very nice and professional! I will definitely hire them again!!
Absolute Home Services Group, Inc.Absolute Home Services Group, Inc.
Jeff K.
Highly recommend Chris for any handyman services needed around your house! I contacted Chris to mount/hide cords for two tv’s, hang a ceiling fan, and fix light switches. Chris’ work product, professionalism and communication all exceeded my expectations. Will recommend Chris to anyone needing handyman services and plan to use again in the future!
Suncoast RepairsSuncoast Repairs
Shane j.
Prompt, Professional, and excellent at his craft are some of the words to describe Caldes Jr. He will now be my go to handyman for all of my jobs
Caldas Jr.Home ImprovementCaldas Jr.Home Improvement
CJ D.
They came in and redid the shower base since the previously hired contractor did a horrible job. I will hire them for all my handyman needs!
Handyman PRO ServicesHandyman PRO Services
Alan A.
Emmanuel was very professional and did a great job. I will definitely be using Emmanuel in the future and will also refer him to anyone looking for a handyman! Alan
Emmanuel EEmmanuel E
Venetia Z.
Did everything I asked, very very professional, I now have a handyman that I can rely on, thank u Thumbtack great gentleman
Stcyr Handyman Services LLCStcyr Handyman Services LLC
Stan R.
Excellent results on getting the job complete in a timely manner. Also very professional and reasonably price. Very good handyman; will call for all future work.
Mr. Universal Handyman SvcsMr. Universal Handyman Svcs
Christian E.
Ringo is great. Exactly what you want in a handyman. Knowledgeable, skilled, and easy to work with. I will absolutely be contacting Ringo again for other projects within my home.
ASAP HANDYMAN INC.ASAP HANDYMAN INC.
Chris s.
These guys were AMAZING! Helped with putting together all my new furniture, mounting TVs and were extremely nice and professional. Will hire again for all my handyman needs!!!
G.A installerG.A installer
Donald B.
Dan is a great young man and he takes pride with his job,he is very thorough and will definitely use him again and also refer him to anyone seeking a handyman
Dans functional builds LLCDans functional builds LLC
Kelly B.
A+ service!!! Elliott showed up early, was reasonably priced and gave us quality work with attention to detail. He is personable and friendly. Could not ask for more from a handyman! Highly recommended!
Elliott's Top TeamElliott's Top Team
Theresa H.
Had a great first experience with Smitty & Sons. My new lights look great and everything is just how I expected. I will definitely use Smitty & Sons for other handyman work.
Smitty&Sons Handy Services, LLCSmitty&Sons Handy Services, LLC
Gary J.
I hired Dan through Thumbtack. He came on time and did what I asked of him. He’s reasonable and is not afraid of working. I highly recommend Dan for any handyman job.
Dans functional builds LLCDans functional builds LLC
Michelle L.
Best handyman you could call in the area. I didn’t feel uncomfortable, easy communication, & listened and cared for what I needed done! I will be working with them soon. Beyond happy with their work!
Stovall and Son's Repair LLCStovall and Son's Repair LLC
Marie A.
This is the first time I had a handyman actually check if everything was working way after he did his work. I truly appreciated the thoughtfulness. And, yes, everything he did worked well. Thank you
Patrick FarrellPatrick Farrell
Larry S.
We needed a fix on a few kitchen cabinet drawers that had it's paint or covering beginning to peel and rip off. Looking for a handyman, JPG responded quickly and I was able to set up an appointment. He prepared, primed, and painted the cabinets to look BRAND NEW. You cannot see where there is any difference between what we had, and what was done. It's perfect. I would definitely use JPG for any of my handyman needs. He did everything exactly right from start to finish. Thanks again!!!!
K.WorkK.Work
Benjamin B.
Greg responded promptly to my project request for a ceiling fan and TV mount installation. He was easy to contact, arrived on time and did excellent work. I’ll definitely be using him again for my future handyman needs.
Gregory’s handyman's service LLCGregory’s handyman's service LLC
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