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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
Jen R.
I highly recommend Amy's handyman
Amy's HandymanAmy's Handyman
John T.
Was fantastic. The best experience I’ve had with a handyman.
Omega Renovations and RepairOmega Renovations and Repair
Jennifer V.
Fast and efficient. Highly would recommend for handyman projects
Amy F.
Scott was prompt, professional and reasonably priced. He will be our permanent handyman!
Handy Pro Home Services, LLCHandy Pro Home Services, LLC
John L.
Jonathan came ASAP after learning of my situation and was able to fix my issue in no time. It’s nice to have a reliable handyman that you can rely on. He will definitely be my next call when I need a talented handyman!
Mcleod AssemblyMcleod Assembly
Lora P.
Paul was personable, knowledgeable and prompt. The value was more than I expected. Thanks to MacGyver’s Handyman Service.
MacGyver's Handyman ServiceMacGyver's Handyman Service
Kristin K.
Thomas offered to come by our house and take a look at the job prior to installation; he was the only handyman who offered this to us! He arrived on time and was extremely friendly. We didn’t end up using The Handyman Home Services for our job, but he earned this 5 star review from the free quote!
The Handymen home servicesThe Handymen home services
Tracey w.
I would recommend Nipealtech for any handyman job, he is extremely professional! And I love that he is on time! Communication is great.
Alicia S.
Punctual. High quality work. Resourceful. Life is 20x easier with a trustworthy handyman you can call when in need. Mr. Cordero is that guy!
Ben CorderoBen Cordero
Kevin C.
Prompt and courteous. Very knowledgeable about troubleshooting my hot water heater and got it working in under an hour. Will definitely use again for HVAC and handyman issues.
Stacey M.
Alan was on time and did a great job with our mailbox installation. He was really easy to work with and I'd recommend him to anyone looking for handyman services. Thanks Alan!
Homeowner Handyman Service LLCHomeowner Handyman Service LLC
Michelle J.
Scott was great! He was very responsive, came exactly when he said he would and finished all pf the tasks quickly. Highly recommend him for your handyman tasks!
Handy Pro Home Services, LLCHandy Pro Home Services, LLC
Mandy B.
I love that he took the time to investigate the problem and explain to me what it was and how it can be repaired. My husband and I are hiring him for other handyman projects around the house.
MacGyver's Handyman ServiceMacGyver's Handyman Service
Dana B.
Joel did an excellent job repairing the work of a previous handyman I hired! He was very honest and incredibly helpful in helping me pick out a wall-mount for my TV.
HandyVan Construction and Home RepairHandyVan Construction and Home Repair
Tim R.
The Handyman gave me an estimate and agreed to a day and time for my project then canceled with 30 minutes notice with a promise to call me later to reschedule. I have not heard back in 4 days.
The Ville Handyman serviceThe Ville Handyman service
Jacob B.
Diego did a remarkable job with our plumbing project. He is punctual, communicative, and is a skilled and knowledgeable technician. Grateful to have connected with him on Thumbtack and will definitely be using him for handyman projects in the future!
Diego VasquezDiego Vasquez
Rochelle R.
Chris was immediately responsive and made himself available for a last minute job installing a new bedroom door. He was knowledgeable, efficient, and reasonably priced. I will contact him in the future when I need a handyman.
C and C ServicesC and C Services
Kim Y.
DO NOT HIRE THIS HANDYMAN EVER!!! He said he was going to arrive at 2pm yesterday and was a NO SHOW!!! He messaged me almost an hour and a half after when he was suppose to arrive and said his morning job ran over. I planned my whole day around this and he is a POOR COMMUNICATOR and HIS WORD CANNOT BE TRUSTED!!! After he abruptly did not show up yesterday he said he was coming to arrive at 2:00 PM today. An hour before he was suppose to arrive he said he could not make it again! This time he had a lame excuse that my place was hard to come to which is not true. HE WAS A NO SHOW TWICE!!!!! For some reason I offered the not reliable handyman a third chance to come by on Friday and he said he would not do it. What a waste of two days and still no work done. ANYONE LISTED WOULD BE BETTER THAN THIS UNRELIABLE HANDYMAN!!!
Jordan W.
Terry was very persistent in getting the job (shower valve replacement) done, it took a little longer than planned due to parts being unavailable but he was very efficient and timely. He will definitely be the first handyman I call for more jobs in the future.
Mr. Get It DoneMr. Get It Done
Laura R.
Riley is awesome! I am so happy to have found him on this site. I have needed a repairman/ handyman for years - someone that could “fix” all the stuff around my house that I couldn’t. I have already booked him to come back for more repairs that I have been neglecting. I wish I had known about this site sooner. Finding someone who can be trusted, who is reasonably priced and willing to do small jobs is a blessing. I used my “Next Door “ app and did a search “handyman” and that’s how I discovered this app.
Riley McMahon ImprovementsRiley McMahon Improvements
Jennie h.
I highly recommend working with Hartworks! Patrick was incredibly responsive, conscientious about the quality of his work and did an outstanding job. As a realtor, I rely on handyman type services often, and my experience with him was nothing short of outstanding. Will definitely use him again!
Wes G.
Alan did an awesome with hanging my tvs and curtains. He was on time and his communication with me was great. I have now found me a handyman for sure. I would recommend Alan to anyone. Great job Alan and thank you for helping me out!
Homeowner Handyman Service LLCHomeowner Handyman Service LLC
Mark B.
This was my third attempt to get a handyman out to complete installation of crawl space vents and new shudders so I was very happy that this work is now complete. The shudders were quite expensive so I was really glad they were installed properly the first time.
Hawkins Home RenovatorsHawkins Home Renovators
Cort C.
Steve was awesome! Highly recommended. Came to give me a quote on a broken door, and ended up fixing and completing the job while he was here within 25 minutes. Great guy, good rate, top quality job! Will hire again and recommend to everyone looking for a professional handyman!
Clark ConstructionClark Construction
Tim B.
Joshua did a great job for us. He hung two large mirrors and mounted a TV for us quickly. He was very friendly, had all of the right tools, and did a great job. I would use Joshua again for any handyman needs that I might have.
Joshua MarshallJoshua Marshall
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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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