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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Mike M.
I would recommend Dave for Handyman services.
Dave's Handyman ServicesDave's Handyman Services
Christopher C.
Excellent job from the handyman! I’m only providing 4 stars because the handyman was nearly 4 hours late...and I wasn’t kept in regular contact as to when he was on the way. Other than that, great job!!
General Handyman ServicesGeneral Handyman Services
Patrick C.
Great company. Hard working. Highly recommend for any handyman services.
General Handyman ServicesGeneral Handyman Services
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
Frank F.
Dale helped me with a few handyman projects around the house and I couldn't be more satisfied.
Handy Home ProHandy Home Pro
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
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
Chase D.
Really great handyman service! He came through on a weekend for me and installed an over-the-range microwave. He did the installation quickly and with quality. Highly recommend!
General Handyman ServicesGeneral Handyman Services
Shawn M.
I am very happy with the experience I had with Original Handyman. One of the most important (and hardest to find) qualities is integrity and the Original Handyman has it. The job I originally was paying for was more expensive, but there was a situation in which we needed to readjust and the Original Handyman was honest and upfront with the assessment even though it meant less money for them because it was they said it was right thing to do, how awesome is that? They were still able to provide an awesome service and get my bathroom squared away. I immediately hired them to do more jobs. If you want a honest, down to earth, hard working handy man service then look no further. Hire them.
The Original Electrician LLCThe Original Electrician LLC
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.
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
Todd A.
Needed a dog door installed. What would’ve taken me hours and probably would mess up myself, General Handyman had completed in 1 hour with high quality work. Thank you!
General Handyman ServicesGeneral Handyman Services
Lucas M.
Paul was great. I had a handyman cancel an urgent job last minute, and Paul quickly stepped up to the plate and got the job done! I won't hesitate to reach out to Paul again in the future.
Paul S. Bartow, LLCPaul S. Bartow, 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!!!!
JPGJPG
CURTIS R.
Joseph is a great guy who remodelled our bathroom after we had water damage. He was very honest and reasonable. He also did numerous other helpful handyman tasks to get our house back in order.
Joseph remodeling and handyman ServicesJoseph remodeling and handyman Services
Jose M.
This team were great to meet and see how they work, quickly and the final job is amazing. Great work and I will hire them again if I have another project I need a handyman to complete no need to go anywhere else.
Build & Epoxy  flooring systemBuild & Epoxy flooring system
Christian H.
Paul is a spectacular handyman. He replaced this molding under our window that had termite damage and did a fantastic job. On top of all that he’s very easy to talk to and is a great guy! Looking for work done to your home? look no further!
Palmers Handyman/Paint ProsPalmers Handyman/Paint Pros
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