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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 Franklin Square 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
Marcy H.
Very professional and responsive. Attention to detail is outstanding. My go-to handyman!
Kaitlin K.
On time, very friendly, and fairly pricing! We will definitely be calling Billy again for handyman services.
Affordable Home ContractorsAffordable Home Contractors
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
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.
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
Amy L.
Incredibly efficient and skilled handyman. Polite, friendly and on time. Final product is exactly what we wanted. Can’t imagine you can find someone as good, fair and as kind. Thank you Jay!!!
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
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
Marcus B.
Beware of this Handyman "JT Home Remodeling" He advertise as the name that you see on Thumbtack but when the crew shows up for the job, Its under a different name Handymen something ,and that's what the Representative tried to write a bogus contract under so I didn't know who this guy was. So he wrote the contract which all of the specificity mention were not in the contract as giving. I gave the guy the check to start the job the contract in writing which I received by request later while on travel by this time I was dealing with the person on the site who never started the work, where as were going back and forth about him taking my money and giving me the run around about the job. The guy that showed up informed me that it was company. after which the contract was written under another name I suspected file play, So he then put me in touch with the guy supposedly owns the company after have my money all this time and the job was never started. He says that you are going to need another payment while you out of town and that was his reasoning for delaying the job one of many excuses, the guy he sent said and wrote up the contract and took the deposit said that was all I needed to start the job and the balance could be paid upon completion . finaly the owner of JT Home Remodeling kept on saying he had another crew that could start a portion of the job because the crew that was to complete my project was doing something else when my project should have been in process. after a long three week battle he kept making promises the he never followed trough with completing the project. He told me he had multiply LLc under names... so all of the references you see on the site are from many other contract name and not "JT Home Remodeling" and the estimate value kept changing as well as the start and end date. This is bad business for contractors that can really take home owners for a ride, this person is not upfront with representation of a business in which he is advertising Thumbtack. the public is for warned.
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