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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.

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.

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.

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
Robert N.
Excellent handyman services. Will definitely hire again!
Andrew VolkmanAndrew Volkman
Justin D.
Al was very professional and punctual for this project. Would recommend Al for any “handyman” projects.
Front Nine Construction and Property ServicesFront Nine Construction and Property Services
Adam M.
Justin is great to work with, and a skilled handyman. He installed our doors and I hired him again for other various jobs. Highly recommended!
All Things New Home ImprovementAll Things New Home Improvement
Sarah R.
Very kind and considerate kept me informed as to when he would arrive. I enjoyed him and his work is great and I have found my handyman!
Chris harp handy man serviceChris harp handy man service
Sarah B.
Nazar does great work! He's quick, efficient, communicative, and his quality is outstanding! I have another project coming up and Nazar will be my go-to handyman.
NazarNazar
Cindy J.
He did an amazing job at my daughter college rental property that was in need of minor repairs. Did great work and was kind and very helpful. A Must Handyman to have as your go to person for jobs around your home! Highly recommend!
Handyman PartnerHandyman Partner
Amanda S.
What kind of handyman doesn’t have the supplies/tools to do the tasks ??? THIS one ! He did not have a ladde, mower, or even a tape measure...said his car was too nice to carry that stuff around. Would give zero stars if possible.
Myers Handyman ServiceMyers Handyman Service
Thumbtack Customer
Gustavo's service was outstanding. He was on time, professional and very knowledgeable. He assembled my furniture flawlessly, cleaned up after! His rates were very competitive and I would definitely recommend his services to anyone looking for a great handyman/contractor.
360º Handyman360º Handyman
Mozhdeh s.
Very happy with the insulation Devin provided for my hot tub. He is creative, professional, and charges reasonable fees. He delivered quality work in a short time period. I will definitely reach out to him again. A very crafty handyman. Thanks Devin.
Henrico HandymanHenrico Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Gustavo has been a pleasure. Some work completed, with much more to go. I feel confident he can handle the various tasks I need completed. You can rest assured knowing you have a responsible and professional handyman in Mr. Gustavo.
360º Handyman360º Handyman
Jenna N.
It was great working with Nathaniel - he installed several floating shelves and mirrors in our home. He made sure everything was measured properly and we were happy with how everything turned out. Highly recommend Nathaniel if you need a competent handyman for projects around the house!
THE HANDIEST MANTHE HANDIEST MAN
Johnny H.
Full on handyman! Daniel's attention to detail, quality of work, and honesty is unparalleled. Provided advice and insight and used quality materials and did not cut corners. Also, honest prices and followed through with his word. Hiring him again to replace front door,and window shutters, and to perform some electrical work. Highly recommend.
Daniel MarciaDaniel Marcia
Alison W.
Nazar came in and fixed our wood window like a lightening bolt. I have never been more impressed with a handyman job in my life. He was extremely friendly and communication leading up to and during the service was fabulous. I will absolutely be calling him again in the future if any new problems or projects arise.
NazarNazar
Ms. G.
He was the best Handyman, very professional and the work quality was amazing. He was on time made me feel comfortable with the work he was doing and explained in details everything he did and gave me information and a better way to do what I need done. Would recommend him to everyone that needs a handy man. 😀 Thank you 😊 so much for all the hard work you did. So greatful. 😊
THE HANDIEST MANTHE HANDIEST MAN
Anna S.
Boikos did an INCREDIBLE job at rebuilding our Fan house deck at a very reasonable price. He was punctual, professional, and time efficient. Very pleased with the quality of his work. He even filled in the gap between the deck and fence, which looks more more aesthetically pleasing now. What more could one ask for? We will 100% be reaching out to him for future handyman needs. I have attached photos for reference.
Boiko's Tiling and RemodelingBoiko's Tiling and Remodeling
Ashanti H.
Monte was excellent!! He came in to take a look at my closet door to see what needed to be done. My closet door was off track and it needed to be re-installed. Monte told me to give him a minute and went to get what he needed to get the job done. He fixed my closet door and put it back on track in no time. I thought it would cost more than it did so I gave him a little extra for his troubles. He was professional, reliable and the value was great!! I recommend him for all your handyman work around your home!!
Carlton constructionCarlton construction
Katie p.
I am generally disappointed in the work done by William and family. The quality of work was fine (similar to what I could have done myself), but not impressive considering his "experience". My tasks were generally easy, but still were not done well and I ended up cutting my scope of work down as I did not trust him to complete the job to my quality standards. I will be redoing some of his work and completing the rest of it myself which is incredibly frustrating. He was very difficult to work with and could communicate expectations and times better. He was 2.5+ hours late to the previously determined time all 3 days on my job; Meaning, I spent over 8 hours of my time just WAITING on him to arrive at my house for the work. Even worse and more frustrating, each time I had to contact him 30-45 min into him being late to get an ETA... He is incapable of managing his time efficiently and then was quick to argue with me, his customer. He operates under 3 different business names which I found odd and a bit unsettling- NB Home on Thumbtack, Problem Solvers on his business card and Dios El Proveedor on email. Without going into too many more specifics, I would recommend NOT hiring William for any handyman needs if quality, customer service, timeliness, or professionalism are things that you are looking for and value in a handyman.
NB Home repairsNB Home repairs
Bridetta W.
I contacted Mike and three other handyman. Mike was the only one who responded. The steps leading to my front door and the steps on my deck was rotting away and literally falling apart. I was not prepared financially having been out of work for almost a year. I was so thankful I saved my stimulus money in case of an emergency such as this. Mike did an amazing job! I couldn’t be happier knowing me or anyone coming to my house will not get injured on my steps. A weight has been lifted and I have peace of mind. He was on time and worked quickly. I will definitely call on his quality skills in the future Thank you Mike!
Michael Kurland-Kingdom HandyMichael Kurland-Kingdom Handy
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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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