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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
Elle F.
Great experience with this handyman, he was on time and installed my equipment perfectly
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Phirum y.
Best Handyman you can ever find ! Very professional and reliable. He knows what he is doing and fast at it.
Romano ConstructionRomano Construction
Meit S.
Sam was able to fix the issue very quickly and was very fair. He agreed to only charge if the door was fixed which I thought was very professional. Good work and very nice to work with. I would recommend him as a handyman!
Sam’s Handyman Services & Home ImprovementsSam’s Handyman Services & Home Improvements
Bilbo J.
This man made miracles. My items arrived with missing pieces and cheap parts and he made it all work despite. 💗🦋 He installed a lot of items at once to make best use of my hectic work schedule and I truly appreciate that. Def found my new handyman!!! Definitely!!!
Romano ConstructionRomano Construction
Kim B.
Kian is a great handyman! We just moved in and needed several projects done - assembled beds, washer/dryer hooked up, large mirror hung, etc. He got them done efficiently and reasonably priced too. Will definitely use his service again! Thanks Kian for your great work!
Alex Y.
I reached out to John and he came out the very next day to complete multiple tasks around the home. He was on time and is very skilled in many areas of a home. He tells you everything up front and his advice. Highly recommend John, he is not just a handyman, he is very knowledgeable.
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Anthony S.
John Mcfarland does great work! I hired him to install a pre-purchased doggie door in our laundry room wall so our dog has easy access to the backyard, and he did a wonderful job. It looks very nice, and his pricing seems real fair, too. Friendly, skillful, dependable, AND affordable. What more could you want in a handyman? I’m sure we’ll be hiring him again for various future projects.
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Mio F.
Great and pleasant experience overall, and hopefully we can continue bringing him for all future need/help at our place. After a very bad experience we had with another handyman company I found here on Thumbtack (also had great reviews… why??), he was the best thing happened. He was responsive, communicative, reliable, professional, and most of all, came up with a much easier solution that would cost us less. The good reviews of him here did not let us down, two thumbs up!
Rudy a.
After obtaining quotes from various contractors/handymen we decided to stick with NGI, specifically Tommy. That is a decision we are so thankful we made. My wife and I have never hired a handyman that wasn’t referred to us by family or friends so to be entirely honest, we were skeptical on going down the avenue of hiring one online. Fortunately for us, Tommy was a perfect example of what one would hope to expect in terms of knowledge, professionalism, responsiveness and thoroughness. This young man takes great pride in his work and it shows. We were blown away with the quality that he provided for our install. Not only did he complete the job in a timely matter, but he was very CLEAN. He made sure to tidy-up after the project was completed and did not leave any residual dust/scraps behind. I would highly recommend him to others and intend to use his services again down the road. Thank you for everything, Tommy!
New Generation InstallationNew Generation Installation
Roger R.
I trusted him to complete all minor jobs required for this condo/apartment, but he has limitations of time, due to other work commitments and family responsibility. So he works according to his limitations and his ways only. Because of this he could not complete my work, lost 3 days of rent and I had to hire another handyman for more money to complete the 10% of work left. I had paid him for 90% of total work. When I explained him this on phone when he called me after 3 days for his balance of 2 hours payment and to finish balance of work, he does not feel sorry at all and says that he is an independent contractor and text me that I am dishonest scumbag unscrupulous and he made that 2 hours payment as $150, whereas it shall be $80 per his rate of $40 per hour. He needs to learn how to respect people as employer who gives him work, be sincere and honest. Completion of total job is important unless something is hold up, rather running to different jobs same time.
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