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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 Honolulu handymen
Emil S.
We have used JC Handyman Services LLC for ALL our work around our project site but we finally got around to writing a review today. The reason why we are repeat customers is that we like the work JC Handyman Services LLC does and we also like his professional demeanor. There is no other group of individuals that I would recommend to get the job done fast, right and cost-effective than JC Handyman Services LLC. He goes above and beyond and we are truly blessed to have JC Handyman Services LLC help us out with our renovations. If you are reading this review do not waste any more time looking for another handyman. Call JC Handyman Services LLC and make sure he is in contact with you. You won't be disappointed.
JC Handyman Services LLCJC Handyman Services LLC
James l.
Mark was great to work with. If I need handyman, I will give him a call.
Mark’s Work! HandymanMark’s Work! Handyman
Christine D.
It was great working with Chao! Very knowledgeable and works efficiently. Will be keeping him as our handyman!
Chao HandymanChao Handyman
Carlyne A.
Great experience with Mila Construction for handyman work and picture hanging. Would highly recommend!
Home Redo.Home Redo.
Tamara W.
Officially my new handyman - professional, friendly, and completed the job with care. Look no further for assistance!
Da Handy ManDa Handy Man
Thumbtack Customer
Mar completed everything that I had asked for and was very professional about it. He is my regular handyman now.
JC Handyman Services LLCJC Handyman Services LLC
Lakeisha H.
Provided outstanding customer service. He was even able to do a few things beyond what I asked for originally. Will call for all my handyman needs in the future!!
BRI4 Global LLCBRI4 Global LLC
Pam M.
Wow, talk about quick, prompt and professional. Glad I found Chao Handyman for small repairs around my condo. Will definitely keep his number in my contacts.
Chao HandymanChao Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Mr Bumanglag was the best person for the job. I work with many Handyman on a national level. He was responsive and very prompt. He finished the job within one day. Highly recommended.
KEMM ConstructKEMM Construct
Pancho G.
Chao has been the best handyman that I have worked with in 5 yrs. I did a house renovation, and I’m so bummed that I didn’t know Chao then . Great suggestions and advice.
Chao HandymanChao Handyman
Baimodi T.
Quality work at an affordable price, I refuse to go anywhere else when I need a handyman. Leo and company will only get my business from now on and I will definitely always recommend Handy construction to anyone in need of any work done!
Handy ConstructionHandy Construction
Ryan J.
He is very reliable and professional handyman. His job was beyond my expectation and made my life easier and convenient at my house. Without any hesitation, he will be my #1 contact to fix and improve my home in the future. Thank you again, David.
David’s Wiring ServiceDavid’s Wiring Service
Loreamay A.
I appreciate a honest worker above all, someone who can understand my project needs and take my opinions/concerns but still willing to work with me on a budget. Thank you! Note: if you are looking for handyman help, I highly recommend BRI4 Global LLC.
BRI4 Global LLCBRI4 Global LLC
Esther M.
This was a great first experience using Thumbtack and Ekahi Home Improvements and Maintenance LLC. Emerson responded promptly to my request for handyman services, made an assessment of roof gutter getting pulled loose by recent high winds, and quickly set u a repair for the next morning. I was happy with their work and punctuality and will happily use them again for other jobs.
EKAHI HOME IMPROVEMENTS AND MAINTENANCE, LLCEKAHI HOME IMPROVEMENTS AND MAINTENANCE, LLC
Lindsey C.
It was so productive and pleasant to work with Mark. He went over and beyond what any usual handyman would be able to help with. We worked for 5 hours and the whole time was enjoyable and we got so much done. He has great ideas about how to solve problems and made it happen when it seemed impossible to me. Great day!
Mark’s Work! HandymanMark’s Work! Handyman
John a.
Since we moved in to our new condo we had many issues finding a professional and capable repairman. We had several issues and it was a nightmare getting them resolved with the repair people we hired. We were skeptical about hiring somebody to do some additional installation and minor repairs. My wife was so tired of dealing with vendors who weren't punctual, didn't keep to agreed upon schedules and were mediocre at best in quality and clean up. We were looking for a handyman who we can be trust and dose good job and we think finally found one! Hallelujah! Insert name has completed several jobs for us and we couldn't be happier. The curtain rod installation and cabinet modification were done well and with no complaints. We have more jobs and plan to use him as our go to handyman. Thank you Chao!
Chao HandymanChao Handyman
John a.
Since we moved in to our new condo we had many issues finding a professional and capable repairman. We had several issues and it was a nightmare getting them resolved with the repair people we hired. We were skeptical about hiring somebody to do some additional installation and minor repairs. My wife was so tired of dealing with vendors who weren't punctual, didn't keep to agreed upon schedules and were mediocre at best in quality and clean up. We were looking for a handyman who we can be trust and dose good job and we think finally found one! Hallelujah! Insert name has completed several jobs for us and we couldn't be happier. The curtain rod installation and cabinet modification were done well and with no complaints. We have more jobs and plan to use him as our go to handyman. Thank you Chao!
Chao HandymanChao Handyman
Carol W.
Thank you Chao! I found you on Thumbtack and noticed the many 5 star reviews about your work. I'm glad I gave you a chance to repair my termite damage window frame. You were able to clean, patch and paint the hole that termites ate. Your quote was pretty accurate for this scope of work. I appreciate you getting to work as soon as you arrived. I will hire you again should there be more handyman work needed and will also refer you to my friends.
Chao HandymanChao Handyman
Amulya Y.
Chao was an incredible handyman!! He responded to my request promptly and even helped me bring my TV up to my apartment. Chao did a great job wall mounting my TV with a corner wall mount and assembling my desk & bed frame. My room turned out perfect in just a couple of hours thanks to Chao! He even helped to move some old furniture out and was very professional. I will be sure to call him whenever I need work done around my home again!! 😊
Chao HandymanChao Handyman
Edwin S.
he quoted $30/hr with a 2 hr minimum. he responded first, so that was great. After arrival the price went to $150 with no real explanation. Take it or leave it. I accepted. His arrival time was several hours late the first drive by date to check out the project. Second day he was 1.5 hours late and I needed to go somewhere. I had a friend stay. Handyman left in under two hours. Fully paid. I couldn't find my paintbrush after he left. It was in the paint bucket, not cleaned and the paint touch up didn't happen like requested. The paint touch up took me less than 5 minutes to do, but why the ditch and run? Why was the price doubled for this job? I am happy all the major work was completed
Mark’s Work! HandymanMark’s Work! Handyman
Del L.
I worked with Tank on a last minute project, as I needed a handyman to help me finish work that involved both popcorn ceiling removal and painting. I contacted Tank on Thursday evening, and he quickly replied. Since he had several positive reviews, and was very responsive, I decided to hire him for 6 hours, and he came to work with me the next day. He arrived on time and was very professional from the start. He worked quickly, helping me remove about 150 sq ft of popcorn ceiling, and then helping me prep and paint a large living room and ceiling. He was knowledgable about painting and offered advice on where to focus our time since I had a deadline. Hiring Tank allowed me to also focus on other items while he worked on the popcorn ceiling removal and majority of the painting on his own. An added plus was that he was friendly and very easy to work with. I will definitely be hiring Hank for future projects.
Handyman TankHandyman Tank
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