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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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Thumbtack Customer
Best handyman ever, exceeded all expectations. Goes above and beyond.
Handyman And Lawn Landscape Hall ServicesHandyman And Lawn Landscape Hall Services
Nancy L.
Handyman was very competent and made valuable suggestions. He did a lovely job with installation.
Precision Home ServicesPrecision Home Services
Kathy Y.
Josh did a great job! I’d use him again for any handyman project.
Elliott BuildsElliott Builds
Sherri S.
Dave does great workI hesitate to let too many people know...it's not easy to find a good handyman!
A Handy HusbandA Handy Husband
Timothy J.
Needed a handyman to hang a ceiling fan and a couple light in my home. Knocked out all three in a couple hours and they look fantastic.
Baker Home Improvement / HandymanBaker Home Improvement / Handyman
Connie M.
I had 2 jobs for Man of House Handyman Service and both were done very well. The pro was very punctual and professional and the work quality was excellent.
Man of the House Handyman ServiceMan of the House Handyman Service
Stacey F.
Brad responded to my request very quickly and and completed my requested task quickly and did above standard work. I will definitely reach out for my future handyman projects.
Brad SharpBrad Sharp
Michael H.
Great clean up , work was great, professional and very detailed and knowledgeable about the job, will be using again and again, would recommend to everyone. Thank you ThumbTack you have a WINNER with this Handyman.
Precision Home ServicesPrecision Home Services
Dominic B.
Jay and Jordan were great to work with, and did a good job with some challenging handyman projects that required them to come back more than I think they originally intended, but they did it with a good attitude and communication.
Circle City Pressure Washing/Handyman ServicesCircle City Pressure Washing/Handyman Services
Charles P.
Michael Andre was responsive, professional and courteous. He worked with me step by step and the work was completed in a very timely manner. I would definitely rehire and recommend his services to anyone looking for a great handyman.
Michael andreMichael andre
Myron H.
Wow. This guy is amazing. He is an expert at what he does. Punctual. The guy is a perfectionist so he makes sure that everything is done correctly. I am thoroughly pleased and happy with his work. He's my Handyman for life. Five stars is not enough.
Atkins Renovations LLCAtkins Renovations LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Zach did handyman services, cleaned out my garage, mopped it and reorganized it. He also did several small chores in the house such as changing light bulbs in the ceiling. He was very professional and did a good job. I will definitely hire him again.
Zach RotkinZach Rotkin
Royce T.
I can highly recommend Man of the House Handyman. He notified me that he’d arrive earlier than scheduled and had all the tools needed to repair my refrigerator door in good time. Professional in every way. Would definitely call again!
Man of the House Handyman ServiceMan of the House Handyman Service
Frances K.
Working with Precision Handyman was a wonderful experience. He was quick to respond, scheduled according to our needs, and showed up on time with the necessary materials. He did excellent work, exactly what we needed. We will definitely be using his services again for future projects.
Precision Home ServicesPrecision Home Services
Jay W.
We had Precision Handyman install a roof vent for a bathroom fan. He was great to work with and completed the project even though there were some unexpected difficulties along the way. His work product is great and went above and beyond. We hope to use him for future projects.
Precision Home ServicesPrecision Home Services
Spencer S.
Issac did an awesome job hanging a wall mounted pull-up bar in my spare room. He finished the job quickly and did a great job of communicating with me along the. I highly recommend Issac and will definitely be using Handyman Johnson next time I have work that needs to be done.
Handyman JohnsonHandyman Johnson
Steve L.
Isaac did a lot of little jobs and one big job (changing some light fixtures) for us when we first moved into our house. I was surprised and impressed that Isaac knew how to do so many different things. I am glad we called him. He is definitely our go-to handyman from now on.
Handyman JohnsonHandyman Johnson
Amber K.
Ryan is fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable, very handy, punctual, responsive, and at a fair price. I have utilized his services three times to fix the wiring on my wall mounted tv, hang my curtains, set up my security system, fix my dryer door and assemble my bike. I will continue to utilize his services as he is the best handyman I have ever used!!!
Ryan Water SystemsRyan Water Systems
Kim W.
Following through with their words. Communicating why they leave site unattended after work has started. They QUIT this job 1/3 of the way in. Start talking about what their insurance covers. He had no power tools = get some for all workers. Nice guy they sent a boy to do a mans job. He said he could do this job, then changed his mind. Sad me still looking for a handyman
Lucas Heating and Cooling, LLCLucas Heating and Cooling, LLC
Joan F.
Stephen did two installations for us in a timely and professional manner. His price was below other estimates. Communication was easy and smooth. It is very comfortable to have him in your home as he is friendly and professional. We are in the process of arranging additional projects with them. We feel that we have finally located someone to replace the handyman we recently lost to a move. We are also pleased that there is a woman in the partnership as we always support women-owned businesses.
Professional Grade Paint & Repair ServicesProfessional Grade Paint & Repair Services
Elizabeth M.
Our experience with Isaiah was wonderful! He was quick to respond to our job posting and was at our condo the next day to give an estimate. We had a few odd jobs to complete around our condo; removal of wall hangers/patching holes with compound, sanding & painting, touch up paint on walls, and secured a loose floorboard. We had a tight timeline and Isaiah completed the work quickly and on time. He was professional, prepared an invoice and final receipt for us, and most importantly did outstanding work! We will definitely be contacting Isaiah again for any handyman jobs for our home in the future.
Ullery Handyman Service, LLCUllery Handyman Service, LLC
Cynthia N.
We are very grateful to have come across Greg's profile on Thumbtack and then hired him to ground a flexible gas line at our new home. After contacting him through this platform, Greg fit us in on the SAME DAY for a drop-by in order to inspect our home and estimate the work order. This morning, he and his associate arrived early to complete the job, which they did very efficiently. Following the work, they showed us the relevant sites and also provided us pictures of work completed in remote areas of our crawl space. While we are certainly impressed with the craftsmanship and the quality of materials used, we continue to be most impressed with the high degree of professionalism, courtesy, and friendliness that Greg has demonstrated since our first contact. We look forward to working with this exceptional handyman on future home projects.
Precision Home ServicesPrecision Home Services
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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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