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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 Humboldt Park handymen
Sara L.
Our handyman was punctual and did a great job.
Tasker SquadTasker Squad
Thumbtack Customer
Omggggg!!! Daris was absolutely by far the Best Handyman ever! He was PRECISE, Delicate & VERY POLITE. I give him 2 THUMBS UP & he will be my HANDYMAN FOR LIFE!!!
Sutton ServicesSutton Services
Ryan T.
Was on time and did a great job. Will be my new handyman
Beldan Home ServicesBeldan Home Services
Liz S.
Excellent handyman. Thorough and fast. Could not recommend more.
Cassie M.
Everything was great--only complaint is that the handyman was 45 minutes late.
Adam E.
On time and did was able to finish a variety of handyman tasks. Would highly recommend.
Quality Home Repair Specialist LLCQuality Home Repair Specialist LLC
Cynthia W.
Cynthia W.- Handyman was very respectful and helpful during every aspect of the project.
Precise Management Services . IT ,CCTV, LOCKSMITHPrecise Management Services . IT ,CCTV, LOCKSMITH
Mona E.
Andrew was great! He is my "go to" handyman for life. Awesome experience and multi-talented.
One More Thing Done LLCOne More Thing Done LLC
Shea E.
Very good experience with the handyman that came out from Fixer, will be using them again!
Jorge A.
Awesome, professional handyman. Quality work, friendly down-to-earth attitude. Would hire again.
JTS & Associates (Joe Skaggs owner)JTS & Associates (Joe Skaggs owner)
Tom G.
I had a wonderful experience and would gladly recommend Jack and Andrew's Handyman Services to anyone!
One More Thing Done LLCOne More Thing Done LLC
Christopher T.
Did an excellent job on my patio no need to ever look for another handyman !!! Great Job
Williams Repair ServiceWilliams Repair Service
Modhi M.
He is the best handyman I recommend it to everyone need professional ,on time and very reasonable prices
Kyle S.
Joe was awesome. Would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a handyman and will for sure hire him again.
JTS & Associates (Joe Skaggs owner)JTS & Associates (Joe Skaggs owner)
Thumbtack Customer
Jose is an excellent handyman. He was able to complete multiple tasks from building closets to installing blinds
Pablo C.
Easy to communicate with a straight to the point. Trustworthy handyman I would recommend for anyone looking for a small job to be completed.
Hammer and ToolHammer and Tool
Jacqueline W.
Clear professional handyman who gave sound advice on electric work and fixed several it's around the house.
Tasker SquadTasker Squad
Thumbtack Customer
On time, professional, well mannered and capable of the light handyman work I required. I found him thoughtful and helpful.
Get It DoneGet It Done
Caroline S.
Rick is extremely professional and did an outstanding job hanging my curtains. He is now my go-to for any handyman activities!
Rick badranRick badran
Ellen W.
I had my kitchen faucet and garbage disposal replaced. The handyman was on time and knew exactly what he was doing. We encountered some hiccups (a trip to Loews and he ended up having to cut through a metal piece to get the faucet off) but the handyman was extremely patient , professional and persistent! I will definitely use them again.
Thumbtack Customer
Fixer LLC is now our go to handyman service for our rentals! Quick, fast, easy, very good price and no hassle!!
Thumbtack Customer
I would recommend him for handyman services. He was efficient and very helpful. I'd definitely use him again for future projects.
Get It DoneGet It Done
Jose V.
Good chill handyman. Did a good job on the small projects that I hired him for. Will keep his number handy for future jobs.
Famous By Trade ConstructionFamous By Trade Construction
Thumbtack Customer
John was on time, VERY friendly and is exactly what you want if you are searching for a Handyman. Bottom line, hire John for your next project.
SIB Construct Inc.SIB Construct Inc.
Tracy M.
Peter was a total life saver!! He is extremely knowledgeable in foundation issues, leaks and plumbing. I have an old house that seems to have a never ending list of problems. Peter prioritized them and got to work. He also was great at giving ideas and options. His calm demeanor is helpful too! I highly recommend the South Shire Handyman for all your handyman needs!
South ShireSouth Shire
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