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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 Boise handymen
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Handyman Connection of BoiseHandyman Connection of Boise
Linda W.
I've put off finding a handyman to install our lighting for months. If only I'd known! Kenny was very quick in responding and able to do the work when we needed him. Very pleasant and great sense of humor. We will definitely not put off any more projects; we've found our handyman!
That Tech Guy and Handyman ServicesThat Tech Guy and Handyman Services
Diane C.
Johnny did and awesome job, I highly recommend him! I'll be calling him again for all my handyman needs!!!
L&J Handyman serviceL&J Handyman service
Heather N.
Showed up on time, very friendly and completed the job exactly as described and expected. Would definitely reach out again for any future handyman needs!
That Tech Guy and Handyman ServicesThat Tech Guy and Handyman Services
Rebecca P.
Mr. Handyman handles making appointments excellently, and arrived at our home right on time. The job ended up being larger than anticipated, but it still got done to our satisfaction. The job was to remove 4 large posts that were supporting a trellis, and the posts were removed with very minimal damage to my roses and clematis. We are very happy with the job that was done, and plan on using Mr. Handyman in the future.
Mr. Handyman of Boise, Meridian and NampaMr. Handyman of Boise, Meridian and Nampa
Thumbtack Customer
Jared Jensen is an outstanding, great handyman and home rehab specialist. He is talented, ethical, hardworking and if I could give him 10 stars for excellence, I would. Jana
Jensen Home RehabJensen Home Rehab
Tiffany P.
Great Handyman! He got right back to me concerning my bedroom door and had it fixed within 3 days of contacting him. Good quality work also
Sage Handyman Services, LLCSage Handyman Services, LLC
Drew H.
Kenneth was great to work with! I had a super last minute vague project and he was ready to jump in and help me out. Would highly reccomend working with him if you need a handyman.
That Tech Guy and Handyman ServicesThat Tech Guy and Handyman Services
Marni s.
Moses responded immediately to our request for a handyman and was able to come over the next day and fix everything we requested. He was very professional, trust worthy and easy to work with. Would absolutely hire him again.
Bearded HammerBearded Hammer
Thomas d.
Sage Handyman Services was available in a reasonable time frame, arrived on time, did a great job with installation and clean up, quoted price and honored the price quote even with a few hurdles and extra time spent on the install.
Sage Handyman Services, LLCSage Handyman Services, LLC
Lloyd B.
I found Jason to be a pleasure to work with. We have an older home with some uncommon needs in handyman work, and he took it all in stride. He takes the attitude of finding a way to make things work, which I appreciate.
Sage Handyman Services, LLCSage Handyman Services, LLC
Brannon C.
I needed three windows caulked due to cracked seals. Got a response quick and had an apointment scheduled same day. The job was done well and fast. If I need another handyman I'll be asking That Tech Guy first.
That Tech Guy and Handyman ServicesThat Tech Guy and Handyman Services
Tim M.
That Tech Guy and Handyman Service has been great to work with. He gave me a call to discuss my needs then promptly scheduled me for a few days later. The quality of work and professionalism was outstanding. I already have another job booked with him and I will be using his services for all my other needs.
That Tech Guy and Handyman ServicesThat Tech Guy and Handyman Services
Michael M.
Jason responded to our needs the day after our request and not only came for a review of our needs but performed them right then and there. So happy to finally find a handyman that is very knowledgeable, honest and friendly. He was truthful in what we needed and didn’t need and reasonable. Highly recommend him and will definitely use him in the future and give his business cards to our neighbors.
Sage Handyman Services, LLCSage Handyman Services, LLC
Rock H.
Working with Jason was great. He nailed the two small projects I had for him, and he communicated well throughout. He cared more about the quality of the job than I did, and did more than I asked him to. Hiring a handyman has always caused me stress, but I'm glad I found him, and look forward to having him do other work in the future.
Sage Handyman Services, LLCSage Handyman Services, LLC
Rajesh k.
Sage Handyman rescued me again from the big shady companies in the valley that wanted $1000 bucks to replace a kitchen faucet. I called Jason to see if he can do it and he got it all done for under $300 including the new faucet. I love how easy it is to work with him. He makes everything looks simple and gives me his honest opinion on projects around the house.
Sage Handyman Services, LLCSage Handyman Services, LLC
Heather D.
From previous experiences, this was a breath of fresh air from handymen not showing up to not finishing the work. Handyman in Kilt was prompt to respond and arrived on time. Very reasonably priced and considerate, willing to do the work I was asking to be done. Straightforward, no nonsense and the overall result looked great with painting to fixing an issue that was occurring with the AC duct in the attic. I Would recommend this guy and plan on having him do some other projects around the house.
Dax PaintingDax Painting
Jennifer A.
Jason was wonderful. Showed up exactly on time and did everything I asked, and even extra. He helped me install a few other minor things that he definitely didn’t have to. His quality and the pride he takes in his work is excellent. I would definitely hire him to come out and do more work in the future. It’s hard finding a good handyman you can trust and I felt his quote was fair, and he truly did good work.
Sage Handyman Services, LLCSage Handyman Services, LLC
Linda s.
The lights went out in 3 bedrooms and I contacted Justin and Kyle who came out the same day and turned them back on. The next day Kyle came back and replaced a bad breaker while he was here I asked him to replace some light fixtures. He did a great job and I will definitely call him again. They also do all kinds of handyman stuff. I finally found someone I feel I can trust to do a great job. Thank you Justin and Kyle.
Creeper-Van Handyman, LLCCreeper-Van Handyman, LLC
Kinberly W.
Chris was great, he worked quickly and found and fixed problems we didn’t know we had left by previous workers. He even called the company and had them come out to fix leaks beneath our house. We were selling our house as he was working and he didn’t gripe about people getting in his way. He even let our dog out to go potty. He was and did exceptional work and I would definitely call him again for any handyman work. I have already recommended him to others.
Kristopher ZimmermanKristopher Zimmerman
Laura V.
We hired Cody to install our Christmas lights and a canopy of evergreen garland across large exposed beams on our two-story home. He also helped us with a variety of jobs we needed done over the course of two days. He was on time, professional and hard-working. We discussed several other carpentry and household maintenance jobs we have on our to-do list and look forward to having Cody complete these jobs in near future. We appreciated his attention to detail and diligence in making sure all work (including clean up) was done to our fullest satisfaction. Cody has our highest recommendation and we are so happy to now have a reliable handyman to call on when the need arises.
DeMaris Remodel Construction Services LLCDeMaris Remodel Construction Services LLC
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