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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Baltimore handymen
Adetutu a.
This is my first handyman hire on thumbtack, I can say the job was done in a timely manner, the handyman was professional and has a good working knowledge of what he does. I recommend him without any reservation.
MO Facilitycare Management, LLCMO Facilitycare Management, LLC
Kaitlin K.
On time, very friendly, and fairly pricing! We will definitely be calling Billy again for handyman services.
Affordable Home ContractorsAffordable Home Contractors
Mandy I.
Billy is an excellent handyman— kind, Punctual, and fair. Highly recommend. I will be using him for everything that needs fixing around here!
Affordable Home ContractorsAffordable Home Contractors
Fran L.
Robert did a great job hanging overhead storage in my garage. He's definitely someone I will use for various handyman jobs around the house.
robertrobert
Thumbtack Customer
If you are searching for a handyman, search no further, Eli is your guy. Eli was very prompt in responding to my project, we hopped on a facetime call so he could be sure he was quoting me fairly before he came out. The work he did was excellent - I will most definitely be hiring him again in the future as needs come up. He is now my go to handyman!
NUMA Construction Inc. | Home Improvement ServicesNUMA Construction Inc. | Home Improvement Services
Dion F.
Sam was efficient and prompt. He removed 2 poles from my driveway and was professional and fair. I would use him again for handyman work.
Task SolutionsTask Solutions
Cynthia F.
Sam is prompt, professional, and efficient. I am extremely pleased with the installation of window blinds, curtain rods and the chandelier that he installed. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing handyman services!
Task SolutionsTask Solutions
Angelique S.
Cliff did some handyman work at my rental property. My tenant called me once he completed the work to tell me how amazing he was and to hire him again. I will definitely recommend.
Cliff Contractors LLC.Cliff Contractors LLC.
Winona M.
I was very pleased with their work. Everything turned out well. They got back to me right away about the job, and scheduling was easy. I thought they gave me a good price. I plan on contacting H&R for future handyman services.
H&R ConstructionH&R Construction
Wanda J.
Jon completed the installation of 2 exterior doors. Not only was the work he performed quality but his punctuality and responsiveness was great. I will be using Jon for future projects. If you are looking for a reliable handyman that performs quality work, I would highly recommend you contact Jon.
Jon’s carpentryJon’s carpentry
Tonya A.
Screen Shot Handyman was punctual and very professional. He explained everything that he did in detail. He assisted with other items in my home (assembled microwave cart, bathroom cart and a bathroom towel rack). I would definitely refer him. Thank you for your help.
Screen shot-handymanScreen shot-handyman
Stephon G.
Excellent, excellent handyman. He knows what he is doing and I am confident that things were fixed/put up correctly. He is easy to discuss maintenance matters with and comes prepared to do his work. He is also quite patient. We will hire him again whenever we need something.
Solution Handyman LLcSolution Handyman LLc
Thumbtack Customer
William is knowledgeable, efficient, trustworthy, and extremely affordable. He created a custom screen for our basement row house window and hung up a large painting. I also had him look at my deck to seal it, but he honestly informed me it wasn't necessary for this season. I would definitely hire William again for any future handyman jobs.
Affordable Home ContractorsAffordable Home Contractors
Jordan K.
Very good he pays close attention to detail and he is great. We just ask him to do something and he does it, he is also very well priced while still doing the best job I've ever seen. I would 100% recommend him. You should keep Affordable Home Contractors in mind when choosing a contracter or handyman.
Affordable Home ContractorsAffordable Home Contractors
Kyle K.
Bar none, Jeff is the best handyman I’ve ever had. I first used Jeff on a project in November, 2019 and have since used him three more times. His work has always been impeccable. Jeff takes the time to understand my projects, gives me a solid quote, and explains what he’s doing along the way. Most importantly, Jeff is trustworthy And extremely professional and I have absolutely no problem leaving him alone in my home. Simply put - you won’t go wrong choosing Jeff for your next home project.
First Choice Home ServicesFirst Choice Home Services
Monique M.
I needed my shed assembled, he told me $80. I asked him if he wanted to see a picture before quoting a price. He said $80. He came to install it and told me he tHoughton it was only doors. Why would I pay $80 to have 2 plastic doors installed? He told me he would get back to me before the day was over. He needed another person and the price would go up. Haven't heard from him since. I found my handyman on Facebook.
Charm City RestorationCharm City Restoration
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