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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
Michelle B.
Matt was awesome: polite, quick to respond, and very neat. At the blink of an eye, my treadmill was assembled and ready to go! I recommend him for all your handyman needs!
Convenient serviceConvenient service
Akhila R.
Eric is one of the best handyman I had hired so far. His professionalism, work quality are top notch. I would hire him for any future work.
Bahati LLCBahati LLC
Rob C.
Mike is a great handyman. He's courteous, punctual and performs his duties to the best his abilities. And that means excellence for his customers. I highly recommend Mike for any and all projects.
Handyman MikeHandyman Mike
Faye C.
Gio was very efficient, professional and responds to messages in a timely manner. He did a great job installing door lock and mounting outdoor camera for our home. We will definitely use him again for future handyman jobs.
Gios building and homeGios building and home
Rachel M.
Very happy with the work. Trevor does fantastic work. I will be going back to him again. He installed some ceiling fans and a faucet. Got right to work and worked quickly. Very VERY pleased. I would highly recommend for handyman work.
Trev The Handy ManTrev The Handy Man
Faye C.
Marvin was very professional. He does a great job with the task/job at hand and makes sure his client is satisfied/ happy with the results. His price is also reasonable. I highly recommend him and will hire him again for future handyman work in my house. You will not regret hiring him.
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Katie F.
After a more detailed inspection of the work, I found a few areas that had not been completed. I must admit that I should have done my due diligence in inspecting the final product. But I would also expect the handyman should have checked over his work and the work delegated to his worker. I have photos of my back door that I had to complete. For what I paid, the work should have been more thorough. Again, I do take some responsibility for not looking more closely during the final inspection. Other than the incomplete work, I must say that the Texan Handyman was very friendly and pleasant and would have corrected the shortfall in service if I had brought it to his attention.
Texan handyman ServicesTexan handyman Services
Peyton F.
I cannot thank Erick enough for the work he did!! Absolutely amazing! He was so super professional and cautious of surroundings. I felt horrible when I asked for assistance on something else, but he was on top of it and super understanding! Will Absolutely be using him again for anything next!! Would recommend a thousand times over for anyone looking for a handyman!
Calix RemodelingCalix Remodeling
Jenny G.
Everything was wonderful! Allison was quick to respond to my request and answered all my questions for the work and scheduling. She set up Brandon to come install curtains rods and 6 curtains in my den quickly. He was prompt, nice, and very attentive to details. They look wonderful and were exactly what we wanted. I will call Allison again if I have any more handyman or organization projects!
Keep your home organizedKeep your home organized
Shawna B.
I put in a request this morning around 8am for a handyman to build an outdoor privacy/sunscreen next to our patio. Not only did Marvin reply to my inquiry quickly, the project was complete by 2:30pm. I showed Marvin an imagine from Pinterest and he was able to replicate almost exactly. He was friendly and professional, I would highly recommend Marvin and will call on him again for our next project. Now I just need some cute little planters to hang on it!
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Jackie E.
My husband and I own a rental property in Leander, TX but live in California and needed to hire a handyman to do some work (baseboards, carpet padding and carpet installation. I reached out to Ali to do the work and he did an excellent job. He was very responsive which helped a lot since we’re out of town and he got the jobs done in a very short amount of time. He also gave me some great recommendations for some additional work we needed done. His sourcing of materials was quick and affordable, his communication throughout the process was clear and we will definitely be using him for any additional projects we have coming up. I highly recommend using his services.
Austin handyproAustin handypro
Property M.
Roger is the best handyman we have ever had. He is very knowledgeable, professional and responsive. As a remote investor, there is nothing more lucky than finding a contractor who takes care of the property as his own. On his first day working on our property, Roger asked for the inspection report after finishing all the requested work, and took the initiative to compile a worklist based on it and what he observed. In his worklist, he would give his recommendations for our decisions. The process was truly worry-free. After each day’s work, he sent out a list of what has been done and for parts that needed for the work, he would take care of that by making trips to HD/Lowes. For work items that required more specialized knowledge, like gutter installation, and water quality issues, he would invite other companies for quote or call for help to get the issue resolved. His price is reasonable too. Roger will definitely be our go-to contractor as we are building our portfolio in Greater Austin area.
RK ServicesRK 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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