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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average rate for handyman jobs is $90-$160. 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 fee. Hourly rates for a handyman can average $50-$100 per hour. 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.

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.

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
Thumbtack Customer
Diligent, reliable, and courteous. What more could you want in a handyman! Our family will most certainly be using his services again.
Duncan's Home ImprovementDuncan's Home Improvement
Thumbtack Customer
He completed the job within a reasonable time. He was neat with the work and I will recommend him to others who need a carpenter or handyman. June Hanchett
Duncan's Home ImprovementDuncan's Home Improvement
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
Thumbtack Customer
This former Marine is a go-getter, and very pleasant to work with. LOVED dealing with him! And I will DEFINITELY CALL HIM AGAIN when I need more handyman work!
Duncan's Home ImprovementDuncan's Home Improvement
Thumbtack Customer
Harald installed a heavy clock and several other pieces of artwork. He was responsive, punctual and professional and a pleasure to work with. I'll definitely hire him again dorbuther handyman projects.
Harald Warr Home ImprovementsHarald Warr Home Improvements
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Duncan was amazing! Did a wonderful job for a fair price. He goes above and beyond and is honest. I will never use any other handyman and would refer him to my family and friends.
Duncan's Home ImprovementDuncan's Home Improvement
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
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
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
Thumbtack Customer
Juan has been doing work for us for several weeks. He is multi-talented and resourceful. He has done handyman-type jobs for us such as hanging curtain rods in the house. He has planted our gardens after meticulously preparing them. He thinks ahead and suggests better ways to get things done. He has done painting on our house. Our biggest project to date has been building wooden screens for the windows on our house in a historic district. You can't buy wooden screens anymore, and you can't put up aluminum screens in our neighborhood. He has done a super job of building the screens from A to Z. We have other projects that he will be doing, including relocating and installing some windows on our house. I highly recommend Juan for his abilities and careful work, and common sense.
Ornelas Home Improvement and Rst.Ornelas Home Improvement and Rst.
William F.
I was really hopeful about Duncan, but in the end it was lackluster. PROS: (a) Response time: our first appointment, Duncan called and was able to respond to an urgent need I had before some tenants moved in. I had a long list of things that needed doing, some urgent, and he came on time and prepared with two other guys to take as much out as possible in the 2 days we had. (b) Price: He charged $45/hr for the 3 of them working, which I consider reasonable. He provided receipts and an itemized invoice. (c) Duncan has an air of efficiency about him. He doesn't mince words. He will ask the info that he needs and then get down to business. I cannot say the same of his two companions. CONS: (a) Carelessness: (a1) Two GFI outlets were installed incorrectly in the kitchen. There is no power on the circuit now whether or not breaker is on. The stove and other appliances don't get electricity, which is inconvenient. (a2) A ceiling fan that was to be repaired was left outside in the yard and got rained on. It no longer functions. Note: I do not know whether it was Duncan or one of his guys that did these tasks, but in the end it all has to reflect back on the leader, I feel. (b) Rescheduling without notice, inaccurate communication: I had really high hopes that Duncan would be a handyman I could count on to schedule and actually show up consistently close to on-time (an extreme rarity in my experience). After the initial appointment, he scheduled for a Saturday 9.30AM to complete unfinished tasks (including fixing GFIs) and start on additional things. I texted before the appointment and called at 10.00AM when I hadn't heard anything. He told me his guys had not showed up, but that he would be by later to work just him. At noon I texted to ask what time he might show up and he replied that he could not come but would reschedule later in the week in the afternoon. I replied and asked his availability. After getting no reply, I called on Tuesday and left a voicemail. He then texted back and said he could only schedule the first week of May. Conclusion: Still searching for the magic handyman who can consistently schedule, accurately and proactively communicate, show up, do work to reasonable standard, get payment...
Duncan's Home ImprovementDuncan's Home Improvement
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