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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 New Orleans handymen
Ross B.
Everything you could ever ask for in a handyman, and then some
One Stop Shop, Where Service Is Almost ImmediatelyOne Stop Shop, Where Service Is Almost Immediately
Gary M.
Great all-around handyman that can pretty much fix anything and handle most jobs needed.
DHCINCORPORATEDDHCINCORPORATED
Cynthia B.
I am very pleased with DHC. I already have plans for more handyman jobs for them.
DHCINCORPORATEDDHCINCORPORATED
Karen D.
the estimate process was a little off; for a small job would have preferred hourly vs. by the job. Task was done in a very timely and professional manner by estimator and handyman.
One Stop Shop, Where Service Is Almost ImmediatelyOne Stop Shop, Where Service Is Almost Immediately
Thumbtack Customer
Rodney did great work in a timely fashion and was very friendly, professional, and skillful in his work. I would recommend him for any and all handyman needs.
Rodney LuneauRodney Luneau
Eddy E.
Larry was punctual, cordial and a pleasure to work with! Highly recommend him, hope he doesn’t get too busy so I can keep him as my handyman :)
Larry’s Improvements LLCLarry’s Improvements LLC
Timothy M.
This guy showed up and did the work. Was efficient punctual and listened well. Take it from a surgeon with an eye for detail. U need a handyman for plumbing carpentry etc Larrys your man.
Larry’s Improvements LLCLarry’s Improvements LLC
Brian B.
Handy Seal is great! If you want a punctual friendly and helpful handyman, please call him. I will definitely be calling him again in the future if I have any issues with my home that need repair!
The Handy SealThe Handy Seal
Anne B.
Ryan was awesome he was quick to answer my request. He did an awesome job and hanging the chandelier’s, odds and ends handyman work. I would recommend Ryan to everyone. He will be my go to guy from now on!
Ryan HarrisRyan Harris
Colette G.
Kenneth is young and very focused on the task at hand…..he is extremely polite and did what I needed in less time then expected…..I highly recommend Kenneth for any handyman job….He knows his capabilities and gets the job done…….……..thank you Kenneth
Perfect Circle Construction LLCPerfect Circle Construction LLC
Alexis M.
I was in charge of hiring a handyman for the small company I work for. Two Christophers Service was absolutely amazing. The job was completed over several days and Chris was so easy to get a hold of and very clear and professional during the entire job. Would highly recommend and my office will definitely be using again.
Two Christophers Handyman ServiceTwo Christophers Handyman Service
Matthew L.
Highly recommend Kenneth for handyman services. I asked Kenneth to take down a large backyard canopy for me. He arrived on time, completed the work exactly as needed and did so in a quick and efficient manner. And his prices are very reasonable. I will definitely be using his services again. Thank you Kenneth
Perfect Circle Construction LLCPerfect Circle Construction LLC
TJ S.
Excellent experience with Jay and we’ll definitely use him again. Arrived promptly at our arranged time and the work was excellent. Repaired plumbing, hung, patched & floated drywall, removed and repaired a vanity and mounted our tv to the fireplace. Rates were fair and the work was quality, I’d recommend him for your handyman/construction needs.
IML Services, LLCIML Services, LLC
Rachel C.
Larry is amazing. The best handyman I’ve hired to date. He was incredibly responsive to my initial message and completed the project within a day of my initial request and under the initial time estimate . He is punctual, detailed-orientated, professional, versatile, efficient, and very friendly. I highly recommend hiring Larry for any of your household or moving needs. Thanks, Larry!
Larry’s Improvements LLCLarry’s Improvements LLC
Valerie H.
If I could give Edward and his team six stars I would. Such a hard worker great attitude industrious and responsive. You will not find a better Handyman one stop maintenance person in New Orleans. I am so grateful to have found him. I had laminate floors installed and various odd jobs done at my home.
One Stop Shop, Where Service Is Almost ImmediatelyOne Stop Shop, Where Service Is Almost Immediately
Kahina A.
great handyman! texted kenneth early in the morning about a simple hammock hanging job, he asked me to send some pictures of the materials and showed up in the evening to hang it for me! we ended up needing a trip to lowes, which he offered to do on his own so less hassle for me. he insisted on cleaning up after himself and was incredibly flexible with adjusting the hammock height and spacing, even though i’m pretty picky. seriously great quality work and i’m so happy with the final product. professional, fast, knowledgeable. as a young lady living alone in new orleans i was really nervous to contact a random handyman to come into my home for this simple job, but kenneth was a great find. highly recommend for big or small jobs, he was going on about some of the other work he does. definitely a pro- but get him while you can, he’s looking to switch careers soon! thanks for all you do!
Perfect Circle Construction LLCPerfect Circle Construction LLC
Caroline G.
Installed drapes incorrectly after I over communicated that I wanted them just barely touching the floor. Did not repair wall from first failed attempt. Dented wall during process. When I asked him to install them correctly, he became combative and screamed in my face. Refused to fix issue. I paid him because I was afraid given how angry he seemed. I’ll have to hire a new handyman to fix all of the issues I now have with the walls and drapes.
Boris ZagalskyBoris Zagalsky
Ben L.
I would select all five attributes for Alex's work. He was absolutely incredible in constructing a new master bedroom set for me and my wife. Not only was Alex punctual, professional, respectful, and COVID-conscious, he is the most efficient handyman I have ever had the pleasure to hire. I am so grateful for his dedication to making sure the job gets done right, not cutting any corners, and being so respectful of not just my time but my property. One thing to note that really hit home for me is that Alex meticulously re-packaged all of the garbage into the boxes the furniture originally came in, making it the easiest most organized cleanup I have ever had to do- just haul some empty boxes to the curb! I will only be hiring Alex for any/all DIY projects that I can never do myself!
Alex's AssemblyAlex's Assembly
Charlie R.
I was in a real jam because my normal handyman canceled "day of" due to Covid. I had a flight home the following day and needed to complete my project before I left. I needed big-time help picking up new furniture and having two extremely valuable and fragile 1850s French mirrors installed. Kenneth saved me on a Sunday by renting a box truck, picking up the furniture, unloading with me and then installing everything. We carried a 100-inch sofa up a very steep spiral staircase and he was a pro at it! The mirrors were 180-lbs. each. He was able to go to a home improvement store to buy the proper brackets to protect my investment and had the strength to carry them solo (was easier than the two of us doing it). He perfectly measured everything and we were able to successfully mount the mirrors. Every time I offered to help, he kept saying, "Thanks, but I've got this." And he did. He was so polite and professional, always referring to me with, "Yes, sir". He originally planned on working 2.5 hours but it took us 6 hours. He didn't complain and stayed until the job was completed. I highly recommend Kenneth and will use him again in the future.
Perfect Circle Construction LLCPerfect Circle Construction LLC
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