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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
Xi L.
Great workmanship. Will be my go-to handyman for all my smaller projects.
HosseinHossein
Suresh M.
I loved his work and I will recommend him for Handyman/cabinet installations works.
Seven General Contractor LLCSeven General Contractor LLC
Shiv k.
The handyman, Adones, was quick to reply, fairly priced and very professional! He installed 8 light fixture and a fan and was quick and efficient.
Turning On ServicesTurning On Services
Ratnesh K.
He was very professional and installed all my Garage Rack perfectly. I loved his work and recommend him for any Handyman need.
Seven General Contractor LLCSeven General Contractor LLC
Jonathan H.
Jose did handyman and painting work when I was selling my house and he was a lifesaver! I hired another painter but he left many part unfinished and sloppy and it was not in a condition to be sold. I then hired Jose and he painted outside of my house superbly and on time. He also fixed all the mistakes of my previous painter made inside the house. He also does handyman work so I wasn't waiting on anything that needs to fixed. I thought I couldn't sell the house in the spring selling season but Jose came after his other job to help me at night so I can make the date. Not only Jose does fantastic work but he could not be a nicer person. I am so glad I met Jose and any time I need handyman work or painting, I will call Jose and recommend to my friends!
MEJIA'S HOME REPAIRS SERVICESMEJIA'S HOME REPAIRS SERVICES
Mike F.
Pro South Handyman is skilled, professional, and honest. Arrived on time, very efficient in his work. He made suggestions that helped me to avoid unnecessary work and keep the costs of my own job lower than I expected.
Pro South handyman servicesPro South handyman services
Pramod B.
Pedro did an excellent job with the Garage Overhead Storage. He was on time and provided guidance about good location. He further completed his job within time with little fuss. Definitely calling him back for further handyman work.
M&P handymanM&P handyman
Grace L.
John helped me fix my closet door. He showed up on time, very friendly and had done the job very professionally. Thank you John! I will definitely call John again when I need handyman work done.
Emerald City HandymanEmerald City Handyman
Naveen C.
I have called in for my shower area leak and bath tub caulking. Alex was very quick to respond and he completed the job with great professionalism. He explained what he was doing while working. I would definitely recommend Alex for handyman work.
AK TradeworksAK Tradeworks
Kedarinath P.
Hired him to replace existing dome light with Artika Salto LED ceiling light and Leviton Dimmer switch to go with it. After that, he performed multiple miscellaneous handyman activities with minimal instruction and supervision. Planning to rehire him again, whenever need arises. Impressive work ethic 👏
HosseinHossein
Carrie H.
I gave my to do list to the duo handymen team from SmartHome Handyman Services and they got right to work. They quickly and efficiently completed each task on the list. They made sure that I was satisfied with their work and didn't leave until all the tasks were completed to my expectations. I will be hiring them again.
FaGu ConstructionsFaGu Constructions
Thumbtack Customer
Working with TJ was great. He responded to my request for help immediately and was out at my place the next day! He assisted me with various handyman projects such as drywall repair, range hood installation, and floor transition piece installation. His quality of work was very good and I would absolutely use him again.
T & M Welding Specialties &  ConstructionT & M Welding Specialties & Construction
Radhika R.
Thank you Hossein! It was great working with Hossein, he helped us installing the chandelier, ceiling lights, TV Wall mounting, putting the painting, wall décor items and curtain rods. He worked patiently with us by discussing and understanding our requirements. The quality of his work is excellent, he suggested some good options to help fix some wall décor as well. He was very punctual, professional and responsive. I would most certainly recommend him to my friends for their future handyman work.
HosseinHossein
Vikram W.
I hired Rob to help with my SafeRacks installation, he arrived on time was very courteous and professional and got the job done in a neat and clean manner. I liked the fact that Rob spent additional time making sure the installation was done right and will not have any issues in future. I was impressed with Rob's work and hired him once again to also mount my 65" curved TV which he was also able to help me with. The TV mount looks great. 5/5 would definitely hire and strongly recommend Rob to anyone that needs a great handyman!
Floor to Wall Covering Installation Inc.Floor to Wall Covering Installation Inc.
Giovanni A.
Really great handyman who listened attentively to what I was needing. I had several tasks for Denis and he clearly communicated all that was possible. Denis showed up on time and when I asked him to wear an mask, he did so without any attitude.. He worked systematically, came with all tools he needed for the tasks, and even went the extra mile to ensure one of my items I need hanging for was fixed from a prior issues I was not aware with it. Really great value and nice fellow I would welcome back to do business with any day.
DenislionDenislion
Chitra G.
Jarrod, helped with the safe racks and the wall panel from Costco, along with a many adhoc wall hanging, and mirror hanging on the wall. He was well aware of the scope of his work, and pretty much adhered to the same. He was more responsive to whatever he has been requested to help. I truly liked his work quality that I observed, and would more than happily recommend him to the others. Update November 2020: I hired Jarrod again a few times, until last month, since I hired him first in 2017. He is my go-to handyman now! No second thought!
Silver Line Precision Plus LLCSilver Line Precision Plus LLC
Tony T.
This is one of the rare pleasure that I haved benefited from the professional services conducted by Rosmel, who has capacity of getting three jobs done within a timely fashion without knowing the job in advance. My first job is to replace several customized head showers, which was just a piece of cake for him to warm up. My second job to replace the water filter and now my water filter system is working impeccable. My third job is to get the TV mount installed. I bought the wrong TV mount. However, Rosmel kindly went to the nearby home depot and bought the right one and get everything done within a timely fashion. In a nutshell, he is excellent handyman that comes in handy when you need such service. And I wish everyone in this world could conduct their own job with as efficient and effective as Rosmel.
SalChaz Best Handyman LLCSalChaz Best Handyman LLC
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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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