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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a handyman when social distancing?

If you hire a handyman, stay 6 feet away from the handyman at all times. If you have an indoor emergency and it’s considered an essential service, take extra social distancing precautions with your handyman. Do not make physical contact, stay at least 6 feet from the handyman, and exchange payment through digital services instead of cash or check. Talk with your handyman and agree on a plan in advance.

Reviews for Baton Rouge handymen
Jerome B.
Not particularly a good handyman
A&R Affordable PaintersA&R Affordable Painters
Mary F.
G & M was the first company to respond to my handyman request. Also, Gerald drove an hour, in a storm, on a Saturday to complete my project list. I only have positive things to say regarding this handyman service (and Gerald’s work ethic). Would not hesitate to hire G&M again.
G&M Wooden FencesG&M Wooden Fences
Orlando was absolutely amazing and quite the professional. He was very responsive, punctual and clean! I had several small projects for my grandparents home that needed to be done on the same day. It was a Friday and the back door latch fell apart. I searched for a handyman and G & S Pro Services popped up with excellent reviews. Orlando came on the same day, which was a FRIDAY. He drove from Lafayette on a FRIDAY afternoon to complete ALL of the projects that I needed. He completed ALL of the projects with excellence. We have found our FOREVER HANDYMAN.
G & S Pro Services LLCG & S Pro Services LLC
Sharon W.
Clint did excellent work ! He is a nice guy & his work is neat,which means a lot to me.We scheduled my next appt.the same day he did work for me,for him to come back to my house & do some more small jobs.I highly recommend “Geaux Handyman Services !!!!
Geaux Handyman Services, LLCGeaux Handyman Services, LLC
Clarice L.
David was delightful to work with. I had several projects: a fence and gate replacement, flooring repair, pressure washing, light demo work, replacing a front entry door, and a few smaller projects. The work was well executed and he was friendly and professional. I've been recommending him to my friends and have made him my go to handyman for work on my rental property.
Thumbtack Customer
This was an unbelievable amazing experience. The job of cleaning out my window ac was completed above my expectations. The ac looks and blow like brand new. Mr. Kasey had a great attitude and even appeared to enjoy it...with my 4 year old great-grandson peering over his shoulders. I will continue with handyman for all other projects..this service is a blessing in my life.
Sharp Finishings LLCSharp Finishings LLC
B. F.
I had two small problems involving electricity, which I never attempt to do (other than outlet covers)--front porch light that i turned to clean and wire got disconnected and light switch inside that needed moving up several inches to allow for shelving. Clint came promptly, worked quickly to get these two projects done. He saw a better way to lay out my light switch which I appreciated so much. By the time he left my home, I felt like he was one of the family. Not only do i highly recommend Geaux Handyman Service, but I've also already recommended him to both my daughters and one has contacted him about a ceiling project at her house. . Thanks much, Clint! Will be calling on you again soon!!
Geaux Handyman Services, LLCGeaux Handyman Services, LLC
Cambrie R.
ABSOLUTELY AVOID AT ALL COSTS By far the worst handymen I’ve ever worked with. Hired them to replace two bathroom vents ahead of an upcoming appraisal which should have been simple enough. The vents they installed were very wobbly and a lawsuit waiting to happen since left as they were, they would have inevitably fallen on someone. You could tap them and they’d shake. Not to mention there were huge gaps between the vents and ceiling which they originally did not plan to even attempt to fill. My kitchen, living room, and dining room ceilings were all damaged in the process due to their negligence when they entered the crawlspace. I called them back to fix their many, MANY mistakes and was asked out by the employee who butchered the installation. After being rejected, he asked for gas money to come out for a second appointment to finish the job then never showed. Had to reschedule for a third appointment which left an even bigger mess than the first one and pushed me past the deadline of my upcoming appraisal. Instead of properly filling the holes they used cheap yellow foam which got all over my brand-new vents, the ceiling, and the freshly painted walls somehow. They left me sandpaper to sand down the mountains of excess foam MYSELF, which obviously didn’t work out because it's foam with nothing behind it. I don’t see what I’ve hired them for if I have to finish their job!? Their patchy attempt to repair the ceilings caused by going in the crawlspace looked even worse than the original crack across the ceiling. Considering all this and only after getting my lawyer involved, the owner, Thomas, agreed to give me a partial refund which I never received. It’s been about two months and he is still dodging my calls. I should have stuck with my usual contractor, but he had no availability before my appraisal. There were so many red flags I wish I’d paid attention to including their unusual availability when every other handyman/contractor is booked up, them asking how much my contractor quoted for the project then doing me the favor of “matching his price”, and the very extreme reviews that are either very high on simple jobs or very low for everything else. Dirt Cheap QUALITY at the same price as quality professionals. You’d come out better hiring ANYONE else.
Dirt Cheap Lawn and Maintenance ServicesDirt Cheap Lawn and Maintenance Services
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