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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.

What do handymen charge per hour?

On average, you can expect to pay a handy person around $55 per hour. However, this cost can range between $35 and $80 per hour, depending on a number of factors. For instance, a handyman may charge a minimum fee of $50-$100 for small jobs that won’t take much of their time. The complexity of the job will affect the price as well. Your final price will also depend upon where you live, as certain regions have higher labor rates than others. 

Get in touch with a few handy people near you, and ask for free cost estimates.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Ashburn handymen
Uni W.
Richard arrived on time and completed the installation of bathroom faucet and corrected the way the drain stopper in the tub. He is great handyman!
Three knights constructionThree knights construction
Lindsey w.
I highly recommend PNW Handyman! Kyle was professional and highly skilled. Thank you again Kyle for your responsiveness and quality of work!
PNW HandymanPNW Handyman
Kelley H.
James (Aloha Handyman) arrived right on time to hang a TV on my bedroom wall. I’m very pleased. He did a excellent job. He didn’t leave a mess. Before leaving I showed James a ceiling fan that wasn’t working and it looks like I’m going shopping. I will be calling James back to install a new fan!! I’m so happy I found Aloha Handyman on thumbtack.com!!
Aloha HandymanAloha Handyman
Jeremy L.
Aaron w/ Oregon Logistics is rock solid! Great communicator, transparent, efficient, on-time, and experienced. All the ingredients you need for a valued handyman! Hire him! You won’t regret it!
Oregon Logistics Management LLCOregon Logistics Management LLC
Joy W.
Chris was Amazing! Professional kind prompt, basically everything you would want in a handyman! He built 2 cabinets and installed 5 complex drapery hanging systems. I will definitely be using him again!
Ultimate Image Home Improvement LLCUltimate Image Home Improvement LLC
Alan L.
Stacey is a fantastic handyman. When the job became bigger and required more time to complete due to un foreseen circumstances, he jumped into the larger project and stayed past dinner time to get it done. Highly recommend!
I Can HandymanI Can Handyman
Rachel M.
Jordan installed my outdoor light fixtures promptly and without issue. He is professional, friendly and do a great job! I will definitely be hiring him in the future for any handyman projects I may need done!
Hussam B.
First, he did not respond to my messages, I told him it was not professional, so he tells me it would cost $3875.00 to sand and paint the single aluminum door and window. Not the kind of handyman anyone needs for any job.
VoLo Painting and maintenanceVoLo Painting and maintenance
Pete O.
Stacy does great work! He found things while doing a repair that I wouldn’t have thought of and was very very Portand to the overall repair. His attention to detail goes above and beyond. Happy we selected I can handyman.
I Can HandymanI Can Handyman
Anastasia S.
Super pleased with the handyman work provided! Will for sure be using them again in the future!! Very helpful and friendly and they do an excellent job. Listened to what I needed and handled it quickly and efficiently. I look forward to receiving more help from them in the future!
Daily Service Solutions IncDaily Service Solutions Inc
Jack G.
I was looking for a pro and needed one rather quickly for some plumbing issues. Daily Service Solutions was at my place with correct parts in hand and ready to go. Had job done quickly and done right. Very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend this company to anyone needing handyman type services.
Daily Service Solutions IncDaily Service Solutions Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Doug was great to work with. He had me an estimate and completed job in a very quick fashion. I gave him quite the challenge, he needed to fix and finish a project that a previous handyman screwed up and to do it on a shoestring budget. He was extremely professional and knowledgeable. We plan to keep him in mind for future projects.
Saiken Properties LLCSaiken Properties LLC
Jim K.
We had some water damage on our recently new luxury vinyl floor in the kitchen from a leaking ice maker. Aloha handyman came and looked at it, and we scheduled a time for him to come out and fix it. He showed up on time and got right to work! Excellent work and would hire him again without hesitation!
Aloha HandymanAloha Handyman
Rhiannon J.
I would recommend Stacey with I Can Handy Man to everyone! He was quick to respond, had a very flexible schedule, he was friendly, and professional, knowledgeable, and he let me know what I could do to help save time and money! He’s local to my neighborhood so I won’t be using any other handyman for future work. He’s awesome!
I Can HandymanI Can Handyman
Susan H.
Alex was wonderful in every way. He quickly adjusted his schedule to help me with an urgent project of collapsing closet doors after another handyman was a no-show. Then he removed a raised garden bed that was falling apart in the backyard and smoothed the area so the whole look was seamless and polished in appearance. I have no hesitation at all in highly recommending GreenLeaf Property Services. Thank you again, Alex.
GreenLeaf Property ServicesGreenLeaf Property Services
Joanne q.
I had several projects requiring a be handyman. I pleased with the work done and pleased that he found and fixed the problems with the toilet mechanisms without having to replace them. He brought the supplies and tools needed for completion of the work. He worked quickly and efficiently, repairing a leaning fence, two toilets, covering an opening into my basement, and getting light back to 3 light fixtures. I would absolutely hire On The Level again
On the Level Home ServiceOn the Level Home Service
Anne T.
James of Aloha Handyman is a true professional with a lot of experience and talent. He installed cabinets and did other miscellaneous carpentry projects for us and we are very happy with his work. He was on time, worked quickly and went beyond what we asked him to do, to make sure the finished product looked great. We discovered that James has a great deal of knowledge about all aspects of home remodel and he gave us some very helpful advice. We’re looking forward to his next project with us.
Aloha HandymanAloha Handyman
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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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