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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I hire the best handyman in Boston?

You can find the best handyman in Boston by searching online. Going online makes it easy to compare handyman ratings and customer reviews. Some customers also upload photos of work done by their handyman — inspect these closely to gauge the pros’ craftsmanship. 

Before you hire anyone, check to see if they have the proper credentials or licenses. Many smaller handyman projects don’t require special licensing or expertise, but some do. For example, a task that requires plumbing or electrical work should be performed by a handyman or contractor with a license.

Your last step is to contact the potential handymen for your project, and ask for free estimates so you can compare prices and choose the best option.

How much should I pay for handyman services in Boston?

Hiring a handyman in Boston typically costs around $40 to $125 per hour, with different pros offering different rates based on their experience and specific details of the job. Other factors affecting cost are the nature of the work, whether it requires purchasing materials, the driving distance and more. 

To get an accurate cost estimate for your project, contact Boston’s best handymen to receive free estimates. 

Please note: All cost estimates are accurate at the time of writing and are subject to change. For the most accurate, up-to-date cost estimates for your specific project, get free estimates from pros near you. 

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average fixed rate for handyman jobs ranges from $120-$175. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Boston handymen
Tateki M.
He did his job perfectly. If I have something I need a handyman next time, I would ask him again
M&M Boston ContractorsM&M Boston Contractors
Marlene F.
Thus far, GREAT. Misael knows how to do it all. He is on time, very clean, (cleans up any mess created) and at great cost. Save your time, M&M is it ... the go to handyman for all your needs.
M&M Boston ContractorsM&M Boston Contractors
Erin L.
He did a great job! He was very professional & quick in hanging a few items at our office. He was able to give me quotes for large future projects as well- we are now using him for future painting & handyman work! Definitely recommend using his services!
Renew HomeRenew Home
Danielle K.
Michael was awesome! I had a bunch of things that I need help with (assembling furniture, shoe rack, hanging a light fixture, pictures, etc.) and he did it all. Very efficient, personable and responsive. Would 100% hire him again and recommend him to anyone who needs a handyman. He did a great job.
MRG InteriorsMRG Interiors
Paula S.
BEWARE!!! WORST HANDYMAN EVER!! If I could give Zero stars I would! Owner Dereck has zero craftsmanship; zero skills. Job #1 Feb: I hired Dereck back in Jan 2021 to replace the shower valve (in the wall). Him AND his plumber DO NOT KNOW what they’re talking about or doing. Was told tht I had to open the wall in the room behind the bathroom in order to get to the valve (Ok fine). Dereck opened the bedroom wall. I could tell by the way he cut into my wall (all crooked & uneven, sloppy). And by how far down the wall he cut (to the baseboard - dude, the shower valve isn’t tht far down!). And by how sloppy he works (NO drop cloths, No coverings, Nothing! Plaster chunks & plaster dust everywhere! Ruining my hardwood floors and furniture). I could tell he did NOT know what he was doing AND has NO knowledge or skills of the job! When his plumber arrived, he called me sweetheart when he was explaining somethg - “Look sweetheart” 😡 (that’s a no-no for me). I asked the plumber if he can get to the valve from the front shower handle, remove handle then go into wall that way. I was quickly told No. So there I was with a huge hole in bedroom wall that they couldn’t get to and remove the valve b/c of a supporting beam in the wall tht was in the way (Not their fault). However IF you, Dereck, knew what you were doing, you could have removed the shower handle FIRST (before opening the bedroom wall) and assessed the situation. You would have seen the supporting beam behind the valve, therefore you could have AVOIDED opening the bedroom wall. I was left with a huge whole in bedroom wall unnecessarily!! And the plumber said that in order for him to get to the valve from the bathroom side he would have to remove current shower handle (agreed) and then break and remove the surrounding wall tiles to expose the valve (disagree). I asked plumber how come removing the shower handle wouldn’t be sufficient, why do you have to break surrounding tiles, etc? No definitive answer. I could tell NEITHER one of them had the skills to do this job. I told them BOTH no thank you! So I was left with a huge whole in bedroom wall and still no viable solution to replacing the valve. Dereck was supposed to come back the next day to close up the bedroom wall but judging from his lack of skills when he opened the wall, I did NOT trust him to be able to properly sheetrock, plaster, sand/smooth the wall and then paint it. I told him never mind, he didn’t have to repair the wall. I still paid Dereck his asking price for opening the wall (via PayPal). I ended up hiring ANOTHER company. A contractor who’s SKILLED and knows what he’s doing. That contractor brought his plumber in. The plumber immediately accessed the valve by removing the shower handle ONLY. He didn’t have to break or remove ANY TILES! He was able to get right in the wall and replaced the valve and installed new shower handle back on! Then the contractor repaired the bedroom wall BEAUTIFULLY! That wall is smoother than a baby’s bottom! Thank You Terry from LEAP HOME SERVICES!! You saved me. But I had to end up paying MORE MONEY to that contractor simply because I had to oay fir the repair of the bedroom wall. THANKS A LOT DERECK FOR COSTING ME MORE MONEY! 😡 JOB #2 (3/14/21): Called Dereck yesterday to repair ONE cement front stair. It was crumbling in the middle. He came this morning, took about 1.5 hrs to repair the step (I have cameras all around my home). He text me saying he’s finished and that he no longer has a Paypal account and that he would need cash. I said no problem, he can stop by later in the afternoon to pick up the cash, as I have to go to ATM to get it (he should hv told my he needed cash yesterday when we spoke. Duh! Now I gotta get up and go out the house). I went outside to look at the step and it is TERRIBLE!! It looks like a first grader did the job. First of all the step in humpy, lumpy Uneven. It is not FULLY filled in so it’s uneven. Someone can STILL TRIP AND FALL from it!! (my whole point of getting it FIXED). What is supposed to be a FULL, ENTIRE step is only 3/4 of a step. That’s because he did NOT USE ANYTHG to hold the cement in place to the stair. When cementing stairs you need to use a piece of flat plywood to hold the cement in place in which this helps to hold & form the flatness of the stair both horizontally & vertically. Even I know this and I’m NOT a handyman or contractor! J.J. & K (L M N O P) Handyman Services is a DISASTER! NO SKILLS! NO CRAFTSMANSHIP! And obviously NO INTEGRITY if you would leave a customer’s stairs looking A HOT DAMN MESS!! ONCE AGAIN I HAVE TO GO HIRE SOMEONE ELSE TO FIX THE MESS DERECK MADE AND TO FIX THE STAIR PROPERLY! 😡 AGAIN, costing me MORE MONEY!!! I’m Not Paying for this BULLSHIT! How can you, how do you, leave someone with stairs looking that way... it’s not a Full step. How do you leave a customer with such POOR QUALITY of work!! 😡 He ZERO SKILLS and good thing I only ask him to repair ONE stair! First pic is the BEFORE pic. All other pics are the AFTER pics. SMDH!! 😡
J. J. & K Handyman ServicesJ. J. & K Handyman Services
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