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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 handymen
Lily J.
Great job! Will use him again for other handyman services
Carson C.
Excellent!!! Would highly recommend Footman Handyman Services to anyone in need of a reliable and skilled craftsman.
Footman Handyman Services LLCFootman Handyman Services LLC
Cynthia D.
He was so amazing, finished the job very quickly. Will be using his service everytime I need a handyman.
Shemeaka C.
This handyman is reliable and gets the job done on schedule. He is also very flexible, personable, and all together helpful!
On-Demand Handyman & Painting Services LLCOn-Demand Handyman & Painting Services LLC
Alex G.
Keith was wonderful. He was responsive and professional. I highly recommend him and will use him with more handyman services again.
Laine ServicesLaine Services
Ted L.
Steve was exceptional! Got the job done quickly at a reasonable cost, and was very professional and courteous! I will most definitely be my go-to handyman moving forward!
Alexa G.
Mike was responsive, efficient yet meticulous, and willing to do whatever it took to get the job done correctly. If you need a handyman, Mike comes highly recommended!
Brannon ServiceBrannon Service
Hampton R.
I would highly recommend this company. Courteous and they know their stuff. I will be sharing this company with my friends and neighbors who need a handyman. These guys do it all!
EA pro service corpEA pro service corp
Lori H.
I had never hired a handyman before but I had a great experience and I will hire him anytime I need something done around my house again.
Bobbyrief - Handyman ServicesBobbyrief - Handyman Services
Latasha D.
He is definitely my go to handyman. I love the fact that he takes so much pride in his work and he is a perfectionist! He goes above and beyond! Highly recommended
Xecutor LLCXecutor LLC
Ricardo U.
Bobby is a correct man, ver profesional, intelligent and decided to accomplish the difficult task, as it was the tough hinges of the oven door. I am very grateful and will call him for handyman tasks in every case. R. Unda
Bobbyrief - Handyman ServicesBobbyrief - Handyman Services
Kyle A.
An Excellent Experience work with Professional Handyman And Turnkey Services LLC. They responded to my inquiry right away and went above an beyond in explaining the repairs and fees to myself and calming down the tenants. I will definitely be using them again. Thank you, Kyle
Professional Handyman And Turnkey Services LLCProfessional Handyman And Turnkey Services LLC
Robert P.
Very pleased with the work Rick performed. He communicated well from start to finish, was punctual, very reasonably priced and did a great job installing my ceiling fan. I will be calling him again for any handyman services I need.
Affordable Home Services, LLCAffordable Home Services, LLC
Jacob W.
Absolutely fantastic experience. The team was friendly with my family, patient, experienced, and went the extra mile to make sure everything was taken care of before leaving. EA Pro Service is my new go-to choice when needing a handyman in a pinch. Highly recommended.
EA pro service corpEA pro service corp
Ajada B.
Gorden reached out to me first after seeing my search for a handyman to hang some outdoor lights. He’s very responsive, professional and affordable, plus he came the very same day. I’ll definitely be hiring him again for jobs around my house!
Gorden's Home and Appliance Repair LLCGorden's Home and Appliance Repair LLC
Jahmel W.
My husband and I were thoroughly impressed with the job JJ&J Services did for us. We already have a list of new projects that we would like completed in the near future. The owner is professional, meticulous and very punctual. We would not recommend anyone else for our handyman needs around the house.
JJ&J ServicesJJ&J Services
Keith H.
From the very beginning he was professional and quick to respond. He showed up on time, was very detailed in his work. Every task that was asked of him was completed to perfection. He is also very fairly priced. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a handyman that they can count on. I will definitely be using his services again.
Tier 9 ServicesTier 9 Services
Thumbtack Customer
Edward showed up as pre-arranged to detach a ceiling fan with light and reattach in another area with great care. He was very professional and personable and completed the project without any problems and to my satisfaction. I have some other handyman projects coming up and Edward will be the first on my list to contact. Thank you Edward.
EJ Handyman and ImprovementEJ Handyman and Improvement
Shannan D.
Bobbyrief - Handyman Services reached out to my project request and was able to schedule me the next day. He arrived on time, ready to investigate and completed the repairs in a reasonable amount of time. Pricing is straight-forward and affordable. He seems very knowledgeable about home repairs and I look forward to knocking out my to-do list.
Bobbyrief - Handyman ServicesBobbyrief - Handyman Services
Katrina M.
This is a great business. Handyman on Demand showed up exactly on time, he had all needed equipment, and he was prepared to work. He was very neat in appearance as well as each work space he transferred to. This young man is definitely one to hire for a professionally preformed job. I will be using him for any project I'm unable to tackle myself.
On-Demand Handyman & Painting Services LLCOn-Demand Handyman & Painting Services LLC
Jeanne B.
Being a new resident to Jacksonville, I didn’t know who to call for a small, nasty job of removing a laundry room floor. Handyman was first to respond, available the very next day, and was prepared to do exactly what he was hired to do. He also painted. He was efficient in his work and proficient in skill. I’m grateful. I have other jobs for him next week. :)
Nina K.
Replacement for upgrade to combination door locks, replaced more complicated upgraded kitchen drawer hardware, removed ceiling fan and excellent advice on fan manufacturer warranty options to include sending me Internet addresses to pursue warranty and cost effective replacements. Saw a previous review that said deserves 10 stars, wholeheartedly agree! Above and beyond for sure. Punctual, courteous, cleans project sites. Found myself a go to handyman! Thank you thumbtack and Robert!
Bobbyrief - Handyman ServicesBobbyrief - Handyman Services
Thumbtack Customer
If you want a handyman who can do it all, Ralph is the man for you. I had a list of about a dozen things that needed to be fixed and they required electric, plumbing, and carpentry skills. He fixed everything and did an excellent job. His pricing is fair and reasonable. He comes to the job with a complete set of tools and can handle everything from minor repairs to remodeling projects. As long as Ralph is available, I won't consider hiring anyone else.
Handyman Home Improvement NowHandyman Home Improvement Now
Janet B.
Ehren obviously knows his business! He quickly assessed the various items I wanted fixed in a newly purchased condo. He gave us a quote, went and got the materials along with using materials that I had purchased and within hours, they were done. He was very friendly and hard working and didn't leave a mess for me to cleanup either!! You can tell that he takes pride in his work! He will be my go to handyman in the future. I highly recommend him!
Elite Transformations LLCElite Transformations LLC
Thumbtack Customer
This handyman was very professional and thorough. I hired him to mount 2 TVs and repair a computer desk. His professionlism was so outstanding that I hired him to do my moving job. He presented with a skilled team who was just as professional. They were patient and very accommodating, taking care to place things exactly where I wanted them and had all tbe right tools and equipment to get the job done. Will definitely keep his number in my phone and would highly recommend him.
All In One Trades and MovingAll In One Trades and Moving
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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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