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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Indianapolis handymen
Kevin W.
Great job! He’s my new handyman
Job Done Well LLCJob Done Well LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Best handyman ever, exceeded all expectations. Goes above and beyond.
Brite Ideas IndyBrite Ideas Indy
Delores G.
He was a great handyman and did a great job. Highly recommend him.
Purdy homeworksPurdy homeworks
Roderick W.
Would recommend Handyman done Wright for lighting and plumbing replacements. Excellent work. Professional.
Handyman Done WrightHandyman Done Wright
Nancy L.
Handyman was very competent and made valuable suggestions. He did a lovely job with installation.
Precision Home ServicesPrecision Home Services
Kathy Y.
Josh did a great job! I’d use him again for any handyman project.
Elliott BuildsElliott Builds
Matthew D.
Great handyman. He’s now our permanent guy to fix things around the restaurant.
24/7 Quality Home Repairs24/7 Quality Home Repairs
Sherri S.
Dave does great workI hesitate to let too many people know...it's not easy to find a good handyman!
A Handy HusbandA Handy Husband
Victor V.
He is very responsive and a hard worker. Pricing is very reasonable and I would recommend him for all your handyman jobs.
Rawlings Handyman ServicesRawlings Handyman Services
Timothy J.
Needed a handyman to hang a ceiling fan and a couple light in my home. Knocked out all three in a couple hours and they look fantastic.
Baker Home Improvement / HandymanBaker Home Improvement / Handyman
Connie M.
I had 2 jobs for Man of House Handyman Service and both were done very well. The pro was very punctual and professional and the work quality was excellent.
Man Around the Handyman ServiceMan Around the Handyman Service
Stacey F.
Brad responded to my request very quickly and and completed my requested task quickly and did above standard work. I will definitely reach out for my future handyman projects.
Brad SharpBrad Sharp
Michael H.
Great clean up , work was great, professional and very detailed and knowledgeable about the job, will be using again and again, would recommend to everyone. Thank you ThumbTack you have a WINNER with this Handyman.
Precision Home ServicesPrecision Home Services
Charles P.
Michael Andre was responsive, professional and courteous. He worked with me step by step and the work was completed in a very timely manner. I would definitely rehire and recommend his services to anyone looking for a great handyman.
Michael andreMichael andre
Royce T.
I can highly recommend Man of the House Handyman. He notified me that he’d arrive earlier than scheduled and had all the tools needed to repair my refrigerator door in good time. Professional in every way. Would definitely call again!
Man Around the Handyman ServiceMan Around the Handyman Service
Myron H.
Wow. This guy is amazing. He is an expert at what he does. Punctual. The guy is a perfectionist so he makes sure that everything is done correctly. I am thoroughly pleased and happy with his work. He's my Handyman for life. Five stars is not enough.
Atkins Renovations LLCAtkins Renovations LLC
Frances K.
Working with Precision Handyman was a wonderful experience. He was quick to respond, scheduled according to our needs, and showed up on time with the necessary materials. He did excellent work, exactly what we needed. We will definitely be using his services again for future projects.
Precision Home ServicesPrecision Home Services
Jay W.
We had Precision Handyman install a roof vent for a bathroom fan. He was great to work with and completed the project even though there were some unexpected difficulties along the way. His work product is great and went above and beyond. We hope to use him for future projects.
Precision Home ServicesPrecision Home Services
Clifford H.
Installed an attic ladder in our garage - did an excellent job! Arrived prior to scheduled time (a bonus!), worked diligently, including having to make a trip to Lowes for unexpected lumber needs; excellent work quality, very professional, and very reasonable prices. Will definitely be using his handyman services in the future!
Job Done Well LLCJob Done Well LLC
Spencer S.
Issac did an awesome job hanging a wall mounted pull-up bar in my spare room. He finished the job quickly and did a great job of communicating with me along the. I highly recommend Issac and will definitely be using Handyman Johnson next time I have work that needs to be done.
Handyman JohnsonHandyman Johnson
Steve L.
Isaac did a lot of little jobs and one big job (changing some light fixtures) for us when we first moved into our house. I was surprised and impressed that Isaac knew how to do so many different things. I am glad we called him. He is definitely our go-to handyman from now on.
Handyman JohnsonHandyman Johnson
Amber K.
Ryan is fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable, very handy, punctual, responsive, and at a fair price. I have utilized his services three times to fix the wiring on my wall mounted tv, hang my curtains, set up my security system, fix my dryer door and assemble my bike. I will continue to utilize his services as he is the best handyman I have ever used!!!
Ryan Water SystemsRyan Water Systems
Kim W.
Following through with their words. Communicating why they leave site unattended after work has started. They QUIT this job 1/3 of the way in. Start talking about what their insurance covers. He had no power tools = get some for all workers. Nice guy they sent a boy to do a mans job. He said he could do this job, then changed his mind. Sad me still looking for a handyman
Lucas Heating and Cooling, LLCLucas Heating and Cooling, LLC
Cynthia N.
We are very grateful to have come across Greg's profile on Thumbtack and then hired him to ground a flexible gas line at our new home. After contacting him through this platform, Greg fit us in on the SAME DAY for a drop-by in order to inspect our home and estimate the work order. This morning, he and his associate arrived early to complete the job, which they did very efficiently. Following the work, they showed us the relevant sites and also provided us pictures of work completed in remote areas of our crawl space. While we are certainly impressed with the craftsmanship and the quality of materials used, we continue to be most impressed with the high degree of professionalism, courtesy, and friendliness that Greg has demonstrated since our first contact. We look forward to working with this exceptional handyman on future home projects.
Precision Home ServicesPrecision Home Services
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