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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
Reza A.
The best handyman in the area.
Clue home inspectionClue home inspection
Sergio U.
Great handyman. Highly recommended
Carlos dCarlos d
Lester p.
Perfect person to hire if any handyman stuff needs to be done. He is very professional and respectful. We discuss the job to make sure what I wanted done. He did an excellent job and keeps the area cleaned up as he goes. If you need a handyman, this is the guy to hire. Hiring him was the best decision I made on getting my project done.
Fix It Or Replace ItFix It Or Replace It
Louis C.
I found my new go to Handyman! Clint did an amazing job installing attic stairs in my garage at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend his services.
Dynamic Construction Services, LLCDynamic Construction Services, LLC
Ilene G.
Jordan was a delight! Very professional and punctual! Great work installing new bathroom faucet! I will be contacting him for all my handyman needs! Thanks Jordan and PSL Pressure Washing! Ilene Gallagher
PSL PRESSURE WASHING And Handyman LLC.PSL PRESSURE WASHING And Handyman LLC.
Steph L.
Very nice and informative person to deal with. Timely, precise, clean, neat, know exactly what they're doing, would highly recommend this handyman aka Tech guru! The job was completed within a good timeframe.
Handy Man and Tech GuruHandy Man and Tech Guru
Ashley R.
I felt extremely confident and most importantly comfortable upon his arrival, he was very knowledgeable and did everything I needed and more. Thank you! I think I found my new Handyman :)!
AG Home ImprovementAG Home Improvement
Rick R.
Dale was great. Gets work done quickly and done right. Does in an hour what most guys do in 2 or 3. Will be hiring Dale to do more work for me in the future for my Go-To handyman. Definitely an Excellent hire.
Streamline Restoration & Handyman ServicesStreamline Restoration & Handyman Services
Al R.
After months of no show no call handymen, I finally found Action Handyman Services. Fair Pricing, Quality Work, and above all else, shows up to work. I would recommend this company to anyone in need of painting or handymen services!
Action Painting & Handyman Services LLC.Action Painting & Handyman Services LLC.
Stephen I.
When I requested a HandyMan, never did I expect such expertise in all of the work George has done. His work ethics are amazingly and I give him a rating of 5 plus stars. We are thoroughly impressed and we will continue to request George for any services needed. Steve & Kathy
Mr. Handyman serving Vero Beach and JupiterMr. Handyman serving Vero Beach and Jupiter
Stephen B.
A very positive experience from Roberto. Very fast response, and he completed the work the very same day I spoke to him. The best experience I have had with a handyman. He repaired my fences and saved me thousands of dollars repairing rather than replacing my fences. I would highly recommend him.
Fix It Or Replace ItFix It Or Replace It
Christine W.
Highly recommend Ced. He installed an extended arm wall mount for my 70 inch tv and even though I bought the wrong television mount, he made it work by installing additional materials to make it functional and still charged the original price he quoted! Very professional and pleasant young man. I highly recommend him for any handyman services you need.
Ced home servicesCed home services
Nick F.
James spent his entire Sunday basically getting our floating wall mount installed along with the tv the way we wanted it. The job was not an easy one but James made it happen. I believe our tv got messed up during the installation process so that was a bummer. But overall I would highly recommend James for your handyman needs. Good dude and good service
Dispatch TaskForceDispatch TaskForce
Mr V.
Great service, Roberto was perfect for the job. He mounted my 70” TV on the wall in record time. Roberto did not rush to get the job done and took his time to make sure the measurements were great and even cleaned up after himself just like it was his home. Overall great handyman and is perfect for anything you need done. I will definitely use his service again in the future.
Fix It Or Replace ItFix It Or Replace It
Joseph V.
I looked for a Handyman on line and found Anthony. His reviews were excellent so I hired him to do some work at my house. He came on a Sunday which was perfect for me. Did the work in a very timely manner. Was personable, professional and experienced. He completed the job on time and the cost for doing the work was VERY REASONABLE. He is on my list for any future job that I may have. I will hire him again in a heartbeat.
AG Home ImprovementAG Home Improvement
Jennifer l.
Roberto is the go-to handyman. He is on-the-spot with expert recommendations. Very particular, methodical, professional and tidy! He does his homework about the materials he is using and he gives great advice. He even does further research above and beyond the call of duty. He totally fixed up a problem left behind by an incomplete window project. I wish everyone were so meticulous with their work. I am hoping we can have Roberto help us out with many other jobs! Will hire again, without doubt.
Fix It Or Replace ItFix It Or Replace It
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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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