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8. Jc cruz
from 14 reviews
4.6 (14)
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
"JC Cruz had a very quick response time showed up in a timely manner and even waited when I was running a little late. I had some issues with someone installing my laundry machine wrong causing water to go everywhere. JC Cruz was able to fix it. I did however have two issues. I was discussing the fixed laundry machine with my father and how JC Cruz had to use a few things to tie the hose together to make sure it stayed. He asked me why he didn’t have the proper materials to put it together. I was wondering that as well. He asked me for “c-tact” (not sure of the spelling). I’m not a plumber in fact in the email I made it clear by saying “I have no knowledge of laundry machines. I just seemed strange to me that the person providing me a service would ask me for the materials. However it turns out I had it! Which is strange because I showed it to his partner stating “this is all I have. It’s what came with the machine.” (who came to help fix the machine) And he bypassed it. So it seems like he didn’t know what it was either. Another thing was payment was awkward. I have had issues concerning my laundry for almost a full year (yes a year). So I have had many handymen in and out. He was the first who didn’t have a website set up for payment. He asked if I had cash app which I did not. Then he asked if I had actual cash. I did not. So I had to ask him if he had PayPal but he was asking me questions about the site how to use it and etc. Also he told me when I sent the payment “ oh looks like they charge a 3.50 acceptance fee.” He then stared at me. I didn’t know what to do so I had to ask him if he wanted me to get him the $3.50 and pay his paypal service fee. It was SUPER Awkward. I managed to find some change and hand him the $3:50 in cash. I’ll give He the benefit of the doubt because it seems like he’s new but please have a payment system set up along with invoices so you and you clients can have a smoother transition. I wouldn’t want anyone else in such an awkward position such as this. Other than that the job seems to be done. I’m glad he waited the full cycle to check for leaks and told me how to tie the c-tack myself! I would highly recommend!"


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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How do you find a good handyman?

Finding a good handyman can change your life. Within days, the endless list of insurmountable tasks that were either out of your skill range or impossible to fit into your busy schedule can be completed. If you know you want help but aren’t sure how to hire the right pro, ask these questions to find the right fit:

  • What is your work experience? If you are putting in a tile backsplash, you want someone experienced with the task, not someone who generally does painting and junk removal.
  • How much do you charge? Handymen often charge hourly rates that vary based on the complexity of the task they’re hired to do, as well as flat rates for standard jobs. Be clear about what they’ll charge before you hire them.
    • On that note, discuss payment details. It’s wise not to pay all the money up front, especially for larger projects. You may be able to pay a deposit for materials and pay the remainder upon project completion.
  • How long will the job take you to complete? If the handyman is as busy as you are and a fence repair is going to take months, you should probably find another qualified handyman for the job.

Read client reviews and follow up with references to make sure you’re choosing the right handyman for your projects. For 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.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average rate for handyman jobs is $90-$160. 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 fee. 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.
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