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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.

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.

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
Haley S.
Great handyman!
Pawpaw's Handy ServicePawpaw's Handy Service
Charlie R.
Great handyman.
John Hebert DesignJohn Hebert Design
Mabs R.
Excellent Handyman . . Will Use again
Pouncy Service ContractorPouncy Service Contractor
Ashley R.
Paul is a great handyman! Professional, detail oriented service.
Ready Now Handyman ServicesReady Now Handyman Services
Stacy P.
Robert was an excellent handyman. He got the job done and was very professional. He responded very quickly.
RBS Home ServicesRBS Home Services
Mary B.
I had a few handyman needs and the work was superb. Very professional. I will for sure call again in the future!
Santanu B.
Joe is a nice person and great handyman - he exceeded my expectations; I will hire him again and refer him to anyone.
Devansh R.
They came in, assembled my bed, cleared the old one, and did a great job at it. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a handyman!
Anthony’s Handyman ServiceAnthony’s Handyman Service
Jay R.
It’s a good feeling when you finally find “your handyman”! Now when something needs fixing, or we need something installed we can say, “Let’s call our handyman, Ryan”. is who we will call going forward. Ryan’s customer service is spot on and a pleasure to work with. We are very happy with the work and very glad to have met Ryan.
Reflex Home ServicesReflex Home Services
Nithya R.
I had few handyman work around the house. Rob was available the same day and arrived on time and did a great job. Highly recommend his work.
Karen D.
Great job on various handyman items. From putting together a basketball goal to hanging shelves and securing a sliding door. Friendly, polite and efficient. Would hire again.
Harmon FencingHarmon Fencing
Lacey F.
All in One provided me with an A+ experience. Joshua was knowledgeable, professional and handled all of my home issues quickly and efficiently. I’d definitely recommend this service for your handyman needs!
All in One RepairsAll in One Repairs
Karen N.
Thank you for fixing our gutter. Also thank you the information we need to fix our AC drip drain. I’d recommend Amara’s Handyman Service and will call on them again when we finfpd more projects that need done. Thank you again.
Amara's Handyman ServiceAmara's Handyman Service
Raghu T.
Robert did an excellent job installing couple of picture frames, replacing tube light fixture and ceiling light bulbs in multiple rooms. He is very professional and his work is impeccable and clean. Highly recommend him and will be my go to handyman from now on. Keep it up Robert!
RBS Home ServicesRBS Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
James was on time, so pleasant and helpful!! He hung a heavy jewlery chest that needed to be walk mounted. Beautiful job! He also helped set up a wheelchair for my disabled mother who will be visiting next week - he even carted away the large box for me. James will be my handyman for future projects!
Carters Home RepairCarters Home Repair
Syed A.
We asked for handyman help to put cabinet knobs and handles in the entire house and put a few mirrors (large and medium sized). The dispatch team was able to quickly schedule us within a day. Darius showed up and did a phenomenal job. He seemed very experienced and professional and did everything in a proper correct way. We will definitely hire them again for future work and will recommend them to friends and family.
FixTman LLC (Dallas Top Pro)FixTman LLC (Dallas Top Pro)
Salvy A.
Mike was so great to work with! He was on time, completed everything I needed done in the most efficient and timely manner, and was so helpful. I am super clueless about most home improvement things, so Mike was a great guide in giving me helpful suggestions. It is really hard to find trustworthy handyman, so glad I was able to find someone like Mike. Looking forward to working with him for future projects!
B & B Custom HomesB & B Custom Homes
Thumbtack Customer
Nick, and his business partner, were absolutely fantastic. Both were professional, diligent and had an extremely fair/competitive price. Nick changed out 2 pendant lights, a rain shower head, a kitchen faucet and a few other various items. Everything was handled in a timely fashion and the work was perfect. I have already hired Nick again to install a new ceiling fan and do some light painting around my fireplace that he re-caulked. I highly recommend Nick for all your handyman needs.
Adams Construction Services LLCAdams Construction Services LLC
Tanya F.
I wish I could attach more photos to this review to show the poor quality paint job in addition to the rushed electrical and shelving repair work. On top of the poor quality of the work, T&A showed up late every day. Day 1 they were 90 minutes late to patch the walls of my closet. Day 2, the contractor was an hour late and only worked maybe an hour and a half before leaving, and Day 3, both Adrian and his contractor both came back to finally finish the job only after I messaged them to complain about the live wires still sticking out of the wall and the job not being near complete with no flooring, shelving or paint in the closet yet. They rushed to finish that day, which was the last day before we were scheduled to move into the house. Everything is now falling apart, nothing was secured well and on top of everything, the paint is super messy, and we were charged $750 even though I said my budget was $500 in the beginning and they promised to work with us. I feel taken advantage of and would never recommend this handyman service to anyone. It will cost us even more to fix this closet to make it usable for our child.
T and A ServicesT and A 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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