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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.

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.

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.

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 Ashburn handymen
Mara L.
Excellent handyman. Highly recommended. He was very reliable.
Four-Square BuildersFour-Square Builders
Lisa L.
Quality work and on time! I am going to make David my new handyman!
Loft Home ServicesLoft Home Services
Amy P.
Did a nice job but was not upfront about hidden cost that other handyman were upfront about.
Shark Building LLC.Shark Building LLC.
Nagarjuna K.
They have done a awesome work. I would recommend them for any handyman work people need.
Clark Family Projects LLCClark Family Projects LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Charles is a great handyman, who will do small or large projects at an affordable price. He's very knowledgeable, and very personable. Definitely recommended.
Parham Design LLC.  8am/7pmParham Design LLC. 8am/7pm
Mark G.
Great handyman! He came right on time and quickly fixed our kitchen cabinet in a half hour. Would definitely use again!
Loft Home ServicesLoft Home Services
Mohammad A.
Great Handyman. initially we had little misunderstanding but we talked out. He went to my place as scheduled and looked at the problem. I liked the honesty that he wasn't quite licensed to do the job and offered me to do more as it comes for handyman kind of project. He also suggested me his friends who can do the job having license for it. Loved his professionalism.
Parham Design LLC.  8am/7pmParham Design LLC. 8am/7pm
Patrick M.
Dealing with Mark and Shelby was amazing! I would def reffer Shark for any of your handyman or home remodeling projects. The picture doesnt even do justice.
Shark Building LLC.Shark Building LLC.
Susan C.
Used Embaugh’s Handyman Services to remove & dispose of an old deck & hot tub. Very professional & completed work in a timely manner. Would use him again for other projects!
Embaugh's Handyman ServiceEmbaugh's Handyman Service
Charles K.
Excellent work by Derek. He was professional, affordable, punctual and most of all, responsive to all communication. I highly recommend McFadden Handyman Service and will use them again when needed!
Russ K.
We highly recommend Embaugh's Handyman Services. Ron and his helper installed carpet on our front porch. The quality of the work is great. They were very professional and we highly recommend them.
Embaugh's Handyman ServiceEmbaugh's Handyman Service
Amy K.
Joe was absolutely great to work with...hard-working, affordable and on-time. It was mostly smaller-scale handyman jobs, and I even scheduled a follow-up day/time with him to complete more projects around the house.
Liberty & Pride Home ServicesLiberty & Pride Home Services
Elizabeth A.
The Happy Handyman came on short notice the next day and did a great job installing the ceiling fan. The price was very reasonable too. Highly recommend. I will most likely be calling him for future projects.
Happy Handyman ServicesHappy Handyman Services
Tawnya B.
I was very pleased with McFadden Handyman Services. He was on time (which is very important to me) and honest. An area of siding fell off the side of my mother’s home. McFadden pointed out the cause which was dry rotted wood. He was able to successfully cover the area which will be a great relief to my mother. I was impressed with his timeliness and professionalism. I have recommended him to a couple of friends who were looking for a good handyman. I definitely will be in touch with McFadden for projects I need completed at my own home.
Caitlin G.
Mike was wonderful to work with. He was very responsive, completed everything we needed done in our home professionally and efficiently. His rates were very reasonable. I would recommend him for handyman tasks you may have.
M&M MaintenanceM&M Maintenance
K. M.
Handyman Mike was Professional, Reponsive, & Punctual. He showed up early for the job and was prepared to handle the task. The work was of high quality with exceptional value. He installed the lock on the exterior door with ease. Very satisfied with the quality of work provided.
Handyman MikeHandyman Mike
Susan S.
Handyman Mike figured out why the light wouldn't work, fixed the switch, and put everything back together. I was pleased with his friendly, professional manor. This is someone I will definitely call again when I need handy work done.
Handyman MikeHandyman Mike
Thumbtack Customer
Charles came very shortly after our request, came on time and was very courteous, professional and wanted to do the job the way we wanted it done. Very reasonable cost and we will use him again. Not easy finding a dependable, competent and affordable handyman, and Charles is it!
Parham Design LLC.  8am/7pmParham Design LLC. 8am/7pm
Emily B.
Clay arrived exactly on time. He finished the job in just a bit over an hour---the fastest I've seen someone put together IKEA furniture. And the 2 sets of drawers are beautifully assembled! I'll definitely hire him again for any handyman jobs in the future.
Benedict SolutionsBenedict Solutions
Lo M.
Matt was punctual, extremely professional, and very accommodating as we worked through my schedule to select a time that was convenient for me. His responsiveness and fairness is resounding. Thank you Matt for your assistance, we will keep your number for future handyman work. Thank you again!
Modern HandyModern Handy
Uche O.
It was nice working with Chad he was professional and clearly explained what he was doing and how much time it would require to complete a given task. He cleaned up each work area afterwards. I highly recommend his services to anyone looking to hire a quality handyman.
Handyman Chad WhitcoHandyman Chad Whitco
Thumbtack Customer
Joe was willing to drive all the way from Butler to Swissvale (in Pittsburgh), which I really appreciated. He charged an extremely reasonable price. He replaced 2 faucets, weather stripping on a door, and a few other random things. Everything was done in a very thorough and professional manner. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a handyman service.
J & J HandymenJ & J Handymen
Caroline D.
I had a scheduled appointment. Rob called and cancelled due to a family emergency and rescheduled for Saturday. He cancelled that appointment the next due to the family issue that had arose the day before while en-route to my home. We rescheduled for Friday of the following week. No reminder call and no show. I have to find another handyman.
The HouseworksThe Houseworks
Thumbtack Customer
The service provided was excellent. Ed answered all scheduling communication promptly, arrived when scheduled, and quickly and efficiently performed the garbage disposal replacement as described and quoted. Afterwards to took the time to walk through the house with me and consulted on other needs/future projects I had in mind. I will definitely be using his services for all of my future handyman needs.
Helms Home Maintenance Services LLCHelms Home Maintenance Services LLC
Brian D.
I didn't actually hire them. The Thumbtack app won't allow me to proceed unless I choose one of the 2 handyman they recommended. I picked TruBlue so that the Thumbtack app would complete this task and quit badgering me. On a bright note, I did meet with Matt from TruBlue. He was a great guy. Very helpful and informative. I envision using his company for future projects.
TruBlue House Care of CranberryTruBlue House Care of Cranberry
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Why you should hire a handyman

If you have some odd jobs around the house that you can’t (or won’t) do — replacing a faucet, patching a hole in your wall, whatever — hiring a handyman is a great choice. A skilled handyman can help with a wide range of maintenance and repair work that your house needs, like painting, furniture assembly, and small plumbing and electrical fixes. Compare some of the best handymen near you by visiting their profiles, reading their reviews and getting cost estimates. Contact a few pros to let them know what you need, and hire the best pro who offers the services you need at a price you’re willing to pay.

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