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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Decatur handymen
Nneka O.
Helping Hands Maintenance DID NOT disappoint me.. Handyman David was on time, professional, friendly and did an EXCELLENT job while providing an “OUTSTANDING” service at the same time.. And I’m pretty confident I will most definitely use Helping Hands Maintenance for any current or future handyman services.. Plus I TOTALLY recommend!!
Helping Hands Maintenance ServicesHelping Hands Maintenance Services
Darrell L.
Aaron did an excellent job installing my parents lg standing ac unit.He was very polite and professional.Aaron will be our go to handyman in the near future... Thanks Aaron...
Aaron's Handyman ServicesAaron's Handyman Services
Christy S.
Chris is great to work with! He was on time and worked hard. He got a lot more done then our last handyman and everything works perfectly. He even saved me a trip to Lowes. He cut the vented metal laundry shelf to fit the area. I highly recommend Chris!
Kairos: HandymanKairos: Handyman
Sharon P.
Nelson did a great job. I hired another Handyman to install my new mailbox and he installed it incorrectly making it difficult to open the mailbox. Nelson came in and not only reinstalled the mailbox but reinforced it so it is now stable. I will definitely use him again. :-) The picture below is before repair.
Nelson’s Handyman ServiceNelson’s Handyman Service
MS. G.
Bearded Handyman was professional, punctual, courteous, efficient AND affordable. His response time is stellar. He asked all of the pertinent questions in our consult; arrived with the required tools; completed the job efficiently, and to my exact specificications; then cleaned up afterwards! I couldn't be more satisfied. He exceeded all of my expectations.
Bearded HandymanBearded Handyman
Angelina M.
Did a great job on the garbage disposal and installing a stair light. He came out the same day and got both jobs done quickly. His prices are reasonable and he has a vast skill set. He even came back when the light slipped down (not his doing, the plastic piece was broken). Since this review, I've already used his services again and he will continue to be my handyman.
Hard Head ServiceHard Head Service
Jacques R.
Greg is by far the most professional conscientious handyman I've hired on Thumbtack. He is a very well rounded pro who's very well knowledgeable on various trade. At the same time he's a very nice and jovial hardworking pro who take pride in performing the best job each time for a very reasonable price. He really enjoys his work and will at times goes the extra mile to please the customer. For instance, Greg went out of his way to properly reinstalled for free my front door lock that was badly installed by a previous Thumbtack handyman. Furthermore Greg is a very well organized businessman expert who carries a 2 million dollars insurance policy coverage for his business. I take the honor to say thus far I have received the best detailed invoices of completed works from Greg and his talented wife partner. Overall Greg is a true professional par excellence. Thanks Greg for a job well done at my Decatur, Georgia condo. You will surely hear from me again. Renan Jacques Decatur, Georgia 30030
Greg TriceGreg Trice
Mike O.
Nelson is an absolute joy to work with. From his friendly personality to his actual work. He showed up on time from day one and sent me an estimate within the same day. He came in bright and early to start the job and didnt leave until he finished at 5pm. He took an absolute botched job by someone else and made it very presentable. I am very happy with the job Nelson did and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a superb handyman with high integrity. I certainly will be calling him again for more work.
Nelson’s Handyman ServiceNelson’s Handyman Service
Ron C.
I had been in Atlanta for less than a week and had an issue with my fencing. My dogs found an opening and managed to get out a roam for a while. LT was exactly what I needed which was responsive professional turn-key solution. He came out checked the entire fence for weak pickets and made sure they were secure. Where I had a broken fence picket he purchased a replacement shaved it down by hand for a close match to the other pickets. He also purchased the paint for me and painted the new picket. The results speak for themselves. LT will be my first choice for any handyman needs in our new hometown.
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