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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average fixed rate for handyman jobs ranges from $120-$175. Hourly rates for a handyman can average $50-$100 per hour. 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.

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.

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.

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 Naperville handymen
Thumbtack Customer
Handyman showed up 1.5 hours late for appointment.
Affordable handymanAffordable handyman
Mark C.
Michael does excellent work!! Highly recommend for anyone looking for professional, on-time handyman.
On Call HandymanOn Call Handyman
Bhuvana V.
Very affordable service, easy availability of appointment times, punctual, professional handyman services !
Anderson Services.Anderson Services.
Vivek D.
Great Handyman. Will hire again. He was on time, ready to work, and did it all within the estimated time.
Stephen FagulaStephen Fagula
Margaret J.
Cody was an excellent handyman. Reliable, and talented. Roslyn managed the project professionally. What was a worry ...they made worry-free!
Umbrella Property ServicesUmbrella Property Services
Thumbtack Customer
Dave was the perfect Handyman...he helped with electrical, plumbing and some remodeling. He offered solutions and was very reasonable. Highly recommend Dave
Dave's Handyman ServicesDave's Handyman Services
Dennis J.
AJ was very knowledgeable, his pricing was 1/3 of a plumber to provide an easy yet labor intensive project. I would recommend AJ for any handyman work.
South ShireSouth Shire
Linda G.
Was very helpful with explaining our options about fixing our current broken under cabinet light. Was a pleasure to have working on our project. Very nice. Would hire him again for any handyman job.
Level of Detail ConstructionLevel of Detail Construction
Heather B.
This was the easiest transaction I’ve had! Michael showed up when he said he would, completed the work easily and affordably! I’m so glad we have a handyman now that we will for sure use in the future!! Thanks so much!
On Call HandymanOn Call Handyman
Kaitlin R.
Joe is amazing!!!! Same day handyman service to assemble a bed frame. So thankful for his help and his prices are so reasonable! Will definitely have him come out for future assembly projects. Call Joe if you need help!
Handyman Home TechHandyman Home Tech
Carina F.
Felipe was great! Very responsive and professional. I had a mold issue in my basement, and after the mold remediation was done I needed a handyman to install a new vanity in the bathroom, do some drywall work, replace a piece of carpet padding and install new baseboards. Felipe did an awesome job, I will definitely use him again...A++
Y&H ConstructionY&H Construction
Larry B.
The A Plus Handyman team got right to work and proved to be good problem solvers in addition to having high skill levels. They performed a wide range of tasks from electrical to plumbing and did excellent work on each project. They were very easy to work with, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for high skills, quality work and a good value.
A Plus Handyman ServicesA Plus Handyman Services
Regina R.
Alex responded in a very timely manner. He showed up on time and provided great insight into the project that he completed for us. He was efficient in his work and displayed a professional presentation. His price was extremely reasonable. I highly recommend Alex for any handyman job that you need completed. We will be looking to hire him again..... Thanks Alex!!
Stephanie G.
Dean is a fantastic handyman! He quickly responded to several things I needed fixed. After having some trouble trusting and finding the right expert to help, Dean was able to mount my TV and help with a few other misc. tasks quickly and efficiently. I will need help with furniture assembly and hanging wall decor in the near future so I will definitely be hiring The Resolute Building Group again. I highly recommend Dean's services!
The Resolute Building GroupThe Resolute Building Group
Thumbtack Customer
Roland helped me with a pipe/faucet damage in the whirlpool that caused extensive damages to the room below. It included fixing the plumbing and tiling in the bathroom as well as fixing the damages to the room below. That included (replacing the damaged ceiling, repainting the entire room and redoing some electrical work. His estimates were good and charges were very reasonable. Unlike a typical handyman, Roland provided good ideas and options for some of the work he was doing. He believes in getting the job done right, what ever it takes. Doesn't nickel and dime for small issues. Didn't really give me much to complain about. I expect to use his services again.
Eagle One Protection Systems, Inc.Eagle One Protection Systems, Inc.
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