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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
Max L.
Very good handyman show up on time do excellent work
Elizabeth M.
It was okay. The scheduling was confusing. The handyman broke a sprinkler pipe but fixed it- sort of. Otherwise okay.
FL Handyman LLCFL Handyman LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Ramon was wonderful. Great job. Very professional. If you need a handyman I highly recommend him!!
RC Handy Services Inc.RC Handy Services Inc.
I was looking for a handyman that can do a couple things around the house. Juan responded quickly and arrived on time. Will hire again
Handyman 24/7Handyman 24/7
Thumbtack Customer
Mark is a knowledgable, skilled handyman with prompt service. Exactly as we needed. We will absolutely use him again! Thanks Mark!
Scott W.
Did a really great job. Got the job done in a timely fashion. Will definitely use him on all handyman needed projects in the future!
FL Handyman LLCFL Handyman LLC
Tiffany M.
I needed someone to do simple handyman tasks which were to put together a toddler bed and to mount a tv on the wall. Attila was great. He responded quickly and came right away. He did the job super fast, and he is very reasonable with pricing. I am very happy with my experience hiring Attila. This man is knowledgeable in so many things handyman. Hire him! You won't regret it.
Phyllis P.
Ed is a very nice gentleman, he's very knowledgeable on handyman chores, very reasonable, polite, and cleans after himself, I highly recommend this man for all your chores. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Handyman /Credit Cards/Checks/Cash acceptedHandyman /Credit Cards/Checks/Cash accepted
Duane W.
Daniel figured out the issue, repaired it, and when I arrived he was done! Prompt, timely, and courteous. You can't ask for anything more. I 've got a new handyman!
WA Custom Woodwork, Cabinets, & ClosetsWA Custom Woodwork, Cabinets, & Closets
Susan D.
He was an absolute Godsend! He responded to my inquiry right away He was extremely knowledgeable, polite and professional I highly recommend him!! He will be my first call for any handyman needs
AV Pro TV MountingAV Pro TV Mounting
Melissa J.
I did appreciate the fast response on the same day for an estimate. Hired on the spot. arrived the next day and completed the job in a most efficient manner. I will definitely hire this company again for my handyman needs.
Jay P.
We have hired FIXMARK twice now and will continue to do so in the future. He does excellent repair work, responds to communication, and is reliable and punctual. That's very unusual to find in a handyman these days. Highly recommended.
Barbara F.
Finding a professional handyman is typically problematic because of tardiness, missed appointments and lack of regard for the homeowner hiring him or her. Cami Assembly is much better and shows care and attention in his work. I’d hire him again with question. Great work.
Kaisha M.
*Floating Wall unit assembled and installed, 75inch TV mounted* My husband and I are extremely pleased with the work completed by Tim of Maxx Home service! Tim was very prompt, polite, professional & knowledgeable. We will definitely be using their service for all of our future "handyman" needs.
MAX Home Service🔨🔧MAX Home Service🔨🔧
Penny Z.
I have hired Vince four times so far. He is an amazing handyman I ever had. He’s very responsible, putting effort to help his customers, and always on time. You won’t regret to let him take care of your house. Highly recommended.
USA Custom Finishes Corp.USA Custom Finishes Corp.
Sajena J.
Mike and team did an awesome job with several projects in my home! They were very through and took their time to do the projects right. I appreciate them helping me get settled into my new home!!!! I would highly recommend Mike to those looking for a reliable handyman!
FL Handyman LLCFL Handyman LLC
Sharon P.
I would strongly recommend VIP Handyman Service. They helped me with a large variety of home repairs and improvements. They responded to my request very quickly and were very professional. Their work ethic was impressive. I will definitely go back to them in the future for all of my home repairs and improvements.
VIP Handyman ServiceVIP Handyman Service
Michelle A.
We’ve had Martin come to our home a few times already with multiple different projects. Repaired a hole in our garage ceiling, a wall repair; several frames and mirror and curtains hung throughout the home and everything was done beautifully! We highly recommend and very happy we found a reliable, responsive and skilled handyman! Will continue using him for future projects. A++
Martin MendezMartin Mendez
Deb D.
Tom went above and beyond our expectations! It’s always an “extra” when a service person is friendly, conscientious, and enjoys what they’re doing. We will definitely be calling him again, he was great! I mentioned something I was going to call him again for and he ran out to his truck and fixed the problem then and there! I would definitely recommend King’s Handyman!
King’s HandymanKing’s Handyman
Rajesh m.
I needed a grill installed last minute and I contacted Daniel and he was out the next day. Daniel was very diligent and professional and did an excellent job assembling my grill. Daniel is very reliable and ensures the job is done correctly. He treats your home as his own. I will be calling Daniel for all my handyman needs going forward. Thanks Daniel!
Perfect Services (Daniel)Perfect Services (Daniel)
Al A.
Mark was amazing. From the start it was very easy to communicate and coordinate with him. He came exactly at the time he said and did what what was agreed. He was very professional and did an amazing job. Not sure about anyone else but it's close to impossible to find a great handyman in south Florida. Mark is the guy. He exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Michael C.
Guy is awesome. He was prompt to get back to me, came over fast, and did a wide variety of work. Tile work, plumbing, carpentry, grouting, spackling, you name it he could do it. What really makes a good handyman is not just being good with his hands but also smart. Guy figured out some tricky solutions. Will always use him from now on.
My Handyman Service & Renovation LLCMy Handyman Service & Renovation LLC
Ramika M.
If I could choose all 5 adjectives I would. Jason was punctual and did an amazing job. He made sure that I got the most out of his time and the money spent and even offered to come back to finish a job that I asked him about at the last minute! Talk about customer satisfaction? I definitely would recommend Jason for your handyman needs. Thank you Jason!
Raymond G.
Berdy of B-HAN-D is indeed handy. He demonstrated exceptional good communication and handyman skills. He was easy to contact through Thumbtack, answered all messages promptly, committed to the task, kept his word, was on time, and very honest about costs. Most importantly, he fixed it after two others failed to understand the problem and lacked the craftsmanship needed to get the job done. He is my go-to guy now for home repairs.
Rebecca T.
Wow! Dennis is absolutely the best handyman ever! When I first contacted him, I had what I thought to be maybe a half a day's work but by the date of my appointment I thought I had more than a full days work, but Dennis completed every single thing on the list plus a couple of other things I came up with while I was showing him around. He did everything perfectly and professionally and he even cleaned up after himself!
Denis Handyman ServicesDenis Handyman Services
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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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