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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
Leo R.
Great and responsive handyman.
FAS Construction incFAS Construction inc
Jake J.
Eduardo is hands down the best handyman we’ve ever worked with.
Eduardo SolerEduardo Soler
Lauren W.
Fantastic help on a handful of small handyman tasks. Will definitely hire again.
Chaojun Home Improvement ServiceChaojun Home Improvement Service
Andy K.
Thank you so much for handling my various handyman requests!
King of Tv mounting (Handyman)King of Tv mounting (Handyman)
Mark S.
Quality and careful work over the course of two days and a variety of handyman projects.
Chuey’s General Home ServicesChuey’s General Home Services
WILLETTE J.
Great person to work with. Did a small kitchen remodel and a few other handyman items. Pleased with his work.
Handyman & Remodeling ServicesHandyman & Remodeling Services
Thumbtack Customer
Dal is an awesome handyman! Super attentive to detail, works til the job is done to high satisfaction, not to mention he's an extremely nice guy who takes a lot of pride and satisfaction in a job well done. We have found our handyman for any job big and small. Will definitely be hiring him in the future.
Delbert EvansDelbert Evans
Thumbtack Customer
Timely response and performed the work quickly and efficiently. Very personable. I will call Charles whenever I need a handyman
West Chester Home RepairWest Chester Home Repair
Kevin S.
Sacramento Handyman Services was effective, efficient, and great to work with in completing our job. Andrey was communicative throughout and staff really appreciated that.
Dre’s Handyman ServicesDre’s Handyman Services
Jessica I.
Dave is GREAT! He’s professional, personable & does great work. He finds solutions to complex home issues a previous contractor & handyman created.
Dave Tipton DesignDave Tipton Design
Bob j.
Chao was awesome. He took on a project that most handyman refused - installing a mailbox onto a metal post. He was timely, had all the necessary tools and was professional. I highly recommend him.
Chaojun Home Improvement ServiceChaojun Home Improvement Service
Juliet J.
Luis was terrific! He improvised a fantastic fix when parts were missing from the item package. Very pleased, and will hire him anytime I need a handyman project done. Highly recommended!
Hire a Hubby *fully vaccinated*Hire a Hubby *fully vaccinated*
Jasmine T.
Tom not only responded to my request for handyman services quickly, he was really easy to communicate with via text and calls. He showed up for our appointment early, was an attentive listener when I walked him through the project we needed done, and he helped us find the right materials cost effectively. He worked diligently and completed the project faster than I thought. I will definitely call on him again when I need other handyman jobs completed.
Wood Monk / Basler designsWood Monk / Basler designs
Thumbtack Customer
Mike Anderson removed a chandelier and installed a new one in a different location in our dining room. He provided great customer service and did a great job with the installation. I would recommend him for handyman tasks.
Anderson ConstructionAnderson Construction
Rory D.
Jorge came on time. We needed two faucets repaired / replaced. We needed painting, caulking, and a peephole installed. All work was expertly and efficiently done. We are very happy with the service we received. We highly recommend Jorge & JM Handyman.
JM HandymanJM Handyman
Linda H.
John completed our small job quickly and promptly. I was concerned that I would have trouble finding a quality handyman to complete our time-critical, but small, job promptly. He responded within an hour to my request and scheduled the job within my timeline. Highly recommended!
Handyman JHandyman J
Renna A.
OMG GREAT handyman! He has every conceivable tool and hardware you might need. Luis was a lovely responsive professional to work with. He did a number of tasks including hanging out artwork, changing pendant lights, fixing doors and windows, mounting TVs and curtain rods. Just a dream. Will definitely be working with him again.
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Thumbtack Customer
Don't go by his title he is a great handyman he renovated one of my Apartments on Lake Merritt and I am very satisfied with his work and his ability to get a granite person to install the counters in the kitchen and bath again his workers were courteous kind and did a very good job painting electrical Plumbing and many other things he is a keeper
BBA Gardens (Ricardo Marroquin)BBA Gardens (Ricardo Marroquin)
Matt L.
I had several doors with a variety of problems. Cian was responsive and asked good questions to be prepared. When he got here, he knew exactly what needed to be done to fix all of the doors and came with the right tools for the job. He was professional and easy to work with, left everything clean and tidy. I will definitely hire him again next time I need a handyman or home improvements.
Griffin Home ImprovementsGriffin Home Improvements
Jack F.
Rolo provided great communication before, during and after the project. He was informative and diligent about asking what requirements he might need to help with the project. And he was incredible courteous and accommodating. Finally his professionalism and his mindfulness of my home's state of cleanliness before, during and after the work greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend Rolo's Honey Do Handyman services.
Rolo's Honey Do HandymanRolo's Honey Do Handyman
Eve B.
Handyman Likaiks did a terrific job assembling my outdoor sofa, replacing a screen door and installing a doggie door inside it, and a couple of other odd jobs. He has great attention to detail and he cared about getting everything done to my expectations (while also working fast!). He's also responsive, easy to communicate with, and reliable. I'd highly recommend hiring him.
Home Service HandymanHome Service Handyman
Alynia P.
Santiago is clearly a very skilled handyman who can do pretty much any work. In one day, Santiago and his team removed an iron fence from my front yard, connected my refrigerator to my water line under the house, and reset and weather proofed one of my interior doors. His team worked fast and everything was reasonably affordable. Will definitely be calling on Santiago again in the future!!!
Santiago's Handyman ServicesSantiago's Handyman Services
Sonya c.
Shelby was exceptional and meticulous in providing his service the other day. He was patient and understood my need....which I liked that he listened instead of telling me what I wanted! Most important... he listened to accimplish the task. I need to add quite pleasant and calming personality too! Gonna call him back for those handyman chores that I can't handle. Thanks Shelby!
Shelby  Mullen Handyman and AssemblyShelby Mullen Handyman and Assembly
Amy P.
Chris is now my go-to handyman! I had a small project I needed help with, and he was able to complete it flawlessly and under his original time estimate. He's very responsive and arrived right at our scheduled time. After the project was completed, he did a great job cleaning up. His rates are also the most competitive I've seen. I couldn't have asked for a better experience and look forward to working with him again!
Christopher WardenChristopher Warden
Renna A.
Yikes. More damage was done than good. We had him remove a tricky curtain rod and patch the wall. But upon closer inspection his drill did a whole lot of gauging into the wall, leaving a number of deep and large indentations and nicks. He also advised us that we would need to shut off all water to the house in order to adjust a faucet handle that was gawked incorrectly. But another handyman simply removed the gawking and realigned the plate. Not sure if it is a lack of experience or what. He was responsive and pleasant. Just not great work was done.
Spectacular ProjectsSpectacular Projects
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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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