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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.

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.

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
I didn't buy everything that was needed for the work to be done, and the handyman took the time to go and purchase the parts to complete the job.
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Hoku B.
Wow!!! Handyman at your command was amazing. They were extremely responsive. Although, they were extremely busy they made time to add my services in. The handyman Joel that came was extremely knowledgeable and professional. From the beginning, he arrived at my house with his mask on and respected my household by removing his shoes. He fixed my household issues within a timely manner and provided quality work.
Handyman@Your Command LLCHandyman@Your Command LLC
Jake W.
Abraham and his team are true professionals. I would hire them again at the drop of a hat and recommend their services to anyone in need of a handyman. Very happy with their work.
JAB and son ServicesJAB and son Services
Joe from Handyman was EXCELLENT!!! He completed the job on time and the quality of his work was beyond EXCELLENT. I would definitely work with this company again. Thanks a million
Handyman@Your Command LLCHandyman@Your Command LLC
Ryan N.
Ahmad removed and replace chaulk for my master bathroom with a bathtub and shower. It looks better better than before and looks neat. I will hire him for my next project and keep him as a handyman contact.
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Domah D.
It is very difficult to find an honest, high quality, reliable and professional handyman these days. He is all the the above and a handyman I plan on keeping around for a long time. He has rescreened a large, difficult screened in porch, painted, power washed my deck, stained, installed a ceiling fan, mounted a tv (hid all wires), assembled minor items and fixed a screen door for me so far. Additionally, his prices are extremely fair and reasonable. Finally, he cleans up after his work, always leaves the area neat and is simply an all around great person to talk to. Hire him, you can’t go wrong here people!
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Chloe R.
Edgar Is reasonably priced and does high-quality work in a timely fashion. He arrived on time and went right into the work. He changed our light and installed two key-free locks And painted our walls beautifully. We will use him for any handyman work around the house in the future for sure.
W.K.A. Remodeling LLCW.K.A. Remodeling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Jaime @ JM Home Repair Service is Simply the best handyman I ever hired in my 9 years of homeownership! He is very knowledgeable, very thorough! A perfectionist who knows his profession very well and loves what he does, all the while being priced very competitively! I intend to have Jaime on speed dial and work with him on all my future projects!
JM Home ServicesJM Home Services
Marie O.
Raul and Celia, CDM Handyman contractors, are a great team. They thoroughly checked the deck to determine the areas needing repairs. They replaced our dry rotted deck boards and broken rail. They also painted the deck with the same color and touched up the deck stairs and other areas needing paint. Our deck looks like new again. We love our rustic color. CDM is a great honest and hardworking team and take pride in their craft. I have referred CDM to my neighbors and friends for home repair needs. Please see photos below of the deck. Thank you again for repairing our deck.
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Anne-Marie B.
Working with Lifetime Builders LLC was an absolute pleasure. I have several handyman review the work and give me their quotes and opinion. Lifetime Builder went above and beyond to provide me with long-term solutions to my projects, and he was very knowledgeable/experienced. He repaired the falling drywall inside my garage and replaced decomposing frames around my garage doors as the wood rotted, deck repair, and replaced a fan in one of my bathrooms. He was very clean, purchased the necessary materials needed for the project, and took great pride in his work. I highly recommend Life Builders LLC and will use them again and again.
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Debra R.
Jose is a man of his word. I was first impressed with his work ethic. He responded to my initial inquiry at 11 p.m. He was willing to speak with me even though it was late at night but I delayed our conversation until the next day. That hext morning, we had a discussion and i decided to hire him. He came later that afternoon and kept me abreast of his estimated time of arrival. He dud everything i asked, left tge workplace neat and orderly, and ensured everything what properly working and that I was pleased with the end result. Needkess to say, his card is now on my fridge as my go to person for my handyman needs. I woukd hire him again and highly recommend him. Also, his prices are very fair.
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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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