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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
Kris T.
Great handyman, very professional and fixed my dryer perfectly!!
Mario handyMario handy
Thumbtack Customer
Honest and professional! Thanks Thumbtack- AB Handyman-class act!
129 Home Improvement Services129 Home Improvement Services
Robb H.
Luis vis outstanding and I will Consistently use him four my handyman
LUIS COLATOLUIS COLATO
Thumbtack Customer
I had Thanh put in a new garbage disposal. He bought the parts and was very quick same day service. Excellent work and very nice person. I now have a handyman to use for all my jobs that require a handyman. Thank you Thanh!!!
Thanh TruongThanh Truong
Allan W.
My 20+ year handyman got injured and could not help me. I had a potentially unsafe condition in a rental property too far from my home to work on myself. Daniel showed up on time, fixed the peoblem, was polite to my tenant and charged me as we agreed. I now have a new handyman in there Long Beach area! Allan Wolf
OC HandymanOC Handyman
Skylar S.
Patrick’s attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction is second to none. Do yourself a favor and hire him for all of your handyman needs - he will not disappoint.
Patrick Handyman ServicesPatrick Handyman Services
Mario M.
I'm a first time Thumbtack user. I searched for a handyman, read reviews and knew the Captain was gonna make it happen! He was on time, patiently answered all my concerns and completed work on time. Thank you Captain!
Captain Make It Happen Handyman ServicesCaptain Make It Happen Handyman Services
Stephen T.
He was amazing! Definitely will hire again. Very knowledgeable and accommodating. Arrived on time and ready to dive into the projects.... great suggestions with other projects that I will have in the future! If you’re looking for a person to help you out... this is your handyman!
Mr. fix itMr. fix it
Reginald A.
Thank you, Robert Owens, of LGO Handyman. Your prompt, professional service with the installation of my in-sink-erator garabage disposal was courteous and fast. I appreciate your straightforward communication on the estimate and the subsequent install. Your quality of customer service was spot-on!
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Marcel G.
I contacted LGO Handyman in the midst of some unfortunate event. In the end, I appreciate the outstanding advice I received in order to plan, organize. and execute some remodeling work on my property. I look forward to a great collaboration. Thank you very much.
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Denise P.
I was very pleased with the quality of work and speediness in the services provided. Also the gentleman was very knowledgeable on products and what was needed to accomplish the job. I have scheduled his service for another project I need to have done, and will recommend service to anyone who needs a handyman.
EJRZ INC.EJRZ INC.
Thumbtack Customer
I'm a real estate broker and property manager and because of that I use handyman services all the time. Eugene is fantastic! He was on-time, curtious to my client , did the job perfectly and his pricing was fair. Will definitely use his service again and highly recommend him.
Eugene Plummer's Electrical ServicesEugene Plummer's Electrical Services
Laura B.
I am very pleased with my experience with LGO Handyman. Rob called me within minutes of entering my project request for a mail slot to be installed in my fiber glass front door. He scheduled service with Victor for the next day and quoted me a reasonable price. Victor was very punctual, professional and knowledgeable about the job and my door. He had all the tools required to complete the job. He protected my floors with a drop cloth, cleaned up after himself and was friendly, too. Victor went the extra mile, sealing off the mail slot with caulking to match my hardware. I’d definitely use LGO Handyman for future projects.
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Samuel C.
I've never written a review before but I will for Carlos. He is the perfect person to go to for any contractor/handyman job that you need done. He works quickly/efficiently and offers great prices. I would definitely recommend him to everyone who needs any work done no matter how large or small the job!
C&C Carpenter PaintingC&C Carpenter Painting
Thumbtack Customer
He called ahead to ensure we were expecting him...which we were. He and his colleague finished the task sooner than expected and were well worth the time savings for me. Highly recommend AB Handyman Service...will hire again. Emile Jarreau M2 Fitness 562-453-7510 315 Pne Ave LBC
129 Home Improvement Services129 Home Improvement Services
Mike L.
Jake responded very quickly to the posting of my project. He arranged to come right out and evaluate the project. I then mentioned two smaller jobs, and he gave me a very fair quote. He was Very eager to help us accomplish our goals. He made good suggestions and proved to be a creative and skilled worker. I have already arranged for him to do two additional jobs. Jake is a great handyman and is q
Mejor ExchangeMejor Exchange
Katherine S.
So thankful to have found Angel! Angel has done a few projects for us and has not let us down! He is great with constantly keeping in communication and keeping me updated on anything as I am in NY. He keeps his appointments and his work speaks for itself!The quality of work is outstanding and all at a fair rate! Truly appreciate the work he has done for our company. Would recommend to anyone in need of a reliable and honest handyman!
COLLEAGUES HVAC & HOME IMPROVEMENTCOLLEAGUES HVAC & HOME IMPROVEMENT
Tracy C.
Jorge was very professional from the beginning with an upfront flat rate quote. Whereas another handyman on the site said, “his price depended on how ‘WELL’ I wanted my door painted.” Jorge went beyond what I asked for. He saved me money by having me return a couple of supplies I purchased for the job because he already had the items. That’s True Professionalism! I will be requesting his services in the near future. Thanks so much 🙏🏾😀
HandymanHandyman
Sumer D.
I needed a handyman to repair a leak in my garbage disposal. Rob was fantastic on responding to my messages quickly and very helpful. He sent someone the very next day to fix it quickly. Tonight, I messaged him late for an electrical problem. He responded quickly and told me what the problem probably is and is going to contact me first thing in the morning to arrange repair. Excellent customer service and work. I so appreciate him very much and will use him for many future jobs.
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
Jayson C.
Patrick was fantastic for not only being able to help me out same day but also for the quality work and reasonable cost. He showed up on time, ran through my punchlist without hesitation and was an overall nice guy. I intend to keep him in my favorites as someone to rehire again and can wholeheartedly recommend him for handyman work. Work performed: - Hang mirror - Install recessed light fixture - replace toilet seat/lid - secure accessibility ramp to stairway - fix bathroom cabinet drawer
Patrick Handyman ServicesPatrick Handyman Services
Craig A.
Bottom Line: Ethan is the man. He has done a few small jobs for me and has been excellent and friendly. He also takes great care to prep and clean up after himself. I plan on using him for more involved projects very soon. I initially tried LGO Handyman. He wasn’t responsive, had his guy arrive late, was unprepared and then tried to quote me more than what was initially agreed upon. I’m glad I reached out to Ethan. He’s handled everything with ease. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
True American Handyman LLCTrue American Handyman LLC
Tina T.
Alex painted my house and did a wonderful job. He also replaced a window in my plant window. After he had painted my house, my porch was so ugly and broken so Alex rebuilt it and painted it and now my house looks beautiful. Alex takes pride in his work and really enjoys it, which is apparent in the quality of his work. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs painting or a handyman. He also has a great personality which makes working with him a joy. Thank you Alex. You will here from me again.
Bonaventure MaintenanceBonaventure Maintenance
Irene C.
I am very pleased and impressed with LGO owner Rob’s responsiveness to my customer requests for adjustments to their work, and I can say that I’m happy with the carpentry, painting and caulking that Rick did, as promised. Rick was exactly on time, he described what he thought needed to be done, consulted with me before making final choices on what to do, and he checked back with me to view final results before concluding that a project was “done.” Throughout, both Rob and Rick were courteous and kept in close communications with me. Next time I have a list of projects for “handyman work,” I will go back to LGO for a quote. That’s because Rob has earned my trust and confidence, both of which are of the highest priority to me when hiring professionals to work on the biggest investment our family owns, and that’s our home. This is an update of an earlier review, when LGO's work had not yet been completed.
LGO HandymanLGO Handyman
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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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