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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
Sathish t.
Non productive handyman.
Kura HomeKura Home
Alex K.
Honest handyman. Good service and works very quickly
Kathleen D.
I'll call Kyle again when I need a handyman.
The Handyman Can!The Handyman Can!
Anne A.
JP Handyman was easy to work with, excellant workmanship and courteous customer service!
JP Handyman & RemodelingJP Handyman & Remodeling
Thomas g.
Friendly and helpful, installed a storm door for me. Will use again for future handyman projects!
Aimingc LLCAimingc LLC
Peter P.
Jay arrived in time and completed the task in half an hour. Highly recommend him for your handyman projects.
Garbage Disposal KingGarbage Disposal King
Joan T.
We had a great experience with Handyman! He was on time and problem solved fixing our pocket door quickly!
Aimingc LLCAimingc LLC
Betsy m.
He did great work for us and reasonably priced. We would definitely call him again. Great handyman.
Aimingc LLCAimingc LLC
Margie O.
Carlos did an immediate fix, and recommended more suitable long-term solution. He's a good handyman who we will call again.
Bob A.
Just want you want in a handyman, arrived per schedule and worked very efficiently to complete the work as requested in shorter time than expected.
JP Handyman & RemodelingJP Handyman & Remodeling
Mandy L.
Vlad has great work ethic and is a very skillful handyman, we’ve used him for multiple projects and appreciate him as a liaison for home improvement advice!
Vlad Bar LLCVlad Bar LLC
Lauren M.
Michael was very responsive and able to start on my project right away (painting, stair railing, some miscellaneous items). A different handyman within his company did the actual work. I was able to communicate well with Michael but the handyman was not always as responsive as I would have liked. We had an issue come up but Renaissance Man covered the additional work at no extra charge. The project was completed on time.
Renaissance Man LLCRenaissance Man LLC
Vicki H.
Matt showed up on time, did the job much more quickly than we expected. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wanted a handyman!
Matt's home solutionsMatt's home solutions
Aashan H.
Matt was an exceptional handyman who did not leave the project until it was complete. Matt went above and beyond to help us fix our sliding door which we thought couldn’t be fixed. Matt was open to anything we had to say and he completed his work in a timely and professional manner. We will be using Matt’s services in the future and we highly recommend Matt for any of your handyman needs across your home.
Matt's home solutionsMatt's home solutions
Ashley K.
Todd was polite, responsive and finished our trim job within his estimated timeframe for the estimated price. I would hire him again for future handyman needs! Thank you!
Todd Maxwell HandymanTodd Maxwell Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
David did a fantastic job on my project and did it all with in my budget. This gentleman is a class act and is honest and trustworthy. Highly recommend this handyman! I will definitely use his services again.
David Brust Construction and Handyman servicesDavid Brust Construction and Handyman services
Thumbtack Customer
Dan is very skillful and helped me with a wide variety projects in my home & garage. He is also reliable, courteous and reasonably priced. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a handyman.
Vertex Contracting LLCVertex Contracting LLC
John W.
Al walked into a mess with my closet doors. I had a previous Handyman help me paint and detatch the doors. He corrected the errors and helped until the project was finished. Very easy to work with.
Allan LLC.Allan LLC.
Joe B.
Roy showed up when he said he would and had everything needed to complete the repair. I will definitely reach out to him the next time I need a handyman. Thanks Roy!
Sage EnterpriseSage Enterprise
Vanessa T.
Pablo is the epitome of the handyman - he can do it all and do it all REALLY well. A consummate professional and excellent craftsman you get more than you pay for with his work. Couldn’t be happier and would recommend him to anyone!
Carol M.
Jake was good about communicating an unexpected delay and rescheduling. He showed up when agreed upon and completed the work in a timely manner. He was professional and courteous and took care of business promptly. I would highly recommend him as a handyman. Very satisfied with his work.
Hansens Home Improvement ServicesHansens Home Improvement Services
William M.
James was awesome! He is professional, prompt, and highly skilled! I needed a very heavy mirror hung as well as a TV mounted and a piece of art hung. He was able to do them all same-day too! Highly recommend him for all your handyman needs!!
Ruff & Build HandymanRuff & Build Handyman
Carolyn M.
We had Adam over for a number of items, including lighting changes, electrical outlet changes, hanging mirrors and rods, installing door handles, etc. Adam did EXCELLENT work in a timely manner. Will definitely be hiring him again when we need handyman work.
Adam SmitAdam Smit
Tom P.
Pablo did a terrific job on an assortment of odd handyman jobs I needed done: assembling/disassembling bed frames, carrying mattresses between floors/bedrooms, sawing wood furniture, and a few other tasks. He was punctual, friendly and effective. He’ll be on my short list for future jobs.
Thumbtack Customer
Nate was very professional, did great work for us and was able to do the job requested quickly. We've since then added him to our roster of handyman services for our business and intend to use him when ever we can. Thanks, Sarah Beth / Kirchert Real Estate Group
Prairie Home Improvement, LLCPrairie Home Improvement, LLC
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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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