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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 Hyattsville handymen
Andrea S.
Great job! Punctual, fair, and great work. We will definitely be contacting him in the future for any of our handyman needs!!!
otto calderonotto calderon
Al L.
Even though we had a minor disaster, Tim stuck through to make sure things were taken care of. I would use Tim again for small handyman duties.
Tim's Welding & Assembly ServiceTim's Welding & Assembly Service
Sydnee P.
Ricardo handyman took care of multiple projects for me. The team was on time, knowledgeable, efficient and professional. I was advised every step of the way. I am so happy with the work. Thanks again!
Ricardo handymanRicardo handyman
Krystle J.
I had a wonderful experience with Alpha handyman. Eslam immediately began working upon his arrival and did a very professional job. He also took time to conduct a walk-through and assess other potential jobs. Definitely recommend.
Alpha HandymanAlpha Handyman
Theresa M.
Best Handyman in the DMV area! He’s So fast, professional, patient, listened to my project and executed so well! I love my living room table, tv Stand & small dressers. Highly Recommended! Will use him again for future work. Thank you Jordan.
The Wholesome HandymanThe Wholesome Handyman
Natasha J.
Jhony did an amazing job! We set our appointment and he showed up with tools ready to work. Jhony dismounted two tvs and covered the holes. Jhony also helped cover a hole in our garage. I would highly recommend Jhony's handyman services. He was also friendly and the value of the service was excellent.
Johnny’s handyman serviceJohnny’s handyman service
Cimoya C.
N &N Services was the absolute best!!! Got me scheduled right away and communicated with me to make sure he had the right tools to do the job. Extremely nice and professional! So grateful I came across his profile on thumbtack I have officially found my Handyman!!! Thank you so much
N & N ServicesN & N Services
Taylor C.
Jamil was extremely helpful with the installation of my two vanities. As I am currently renovating my bathrooms, he was informative on how the installation would work. He also obtained additional materials that were needed. I would definitely hire him again for other handyman projects. Thank you so much for all your help, Jamil!
Jamil HillJamil Hill
Cassandra S.
I was very pleased with Reza and his professionalism with mounting my TV.He walked in and went straight to work and offered to clean after he finished.But I told him no problem.So now I have a handyman whom I can request ,but a service full of even more Reza's! THANKS FIXTMAN you really provided me with great service today!
FixTman LLC. (Washington D.C.)FixTman LLC. (Washington D.C.)
Gynda R.
i had water damage in my basement, so i need mold clean up, replace the wall, new bathtub, new sink and vanity, the some minor handyman things to fix around the house, he even let me add in ceiling fans that was not part of the original work. Quality was/is great cant even notice that there was any damage, and updated the bathtub so it wont break like last one. he always answered my text when i had a question, he was always on time.. when he says he going to be there at 0700 in the morning you better be up cause he going to be on time..lol and the Value or Price was excellent, saving me a few $1000's had i gone through insurance or someone else. He is also my future handyman for anything :) Thank you so much for such a great job,
KM General Contractor LLCKM General Contractor LLC
Timothy D.
I had a great experience with Melvin. He did a couple of small, but difficult jobs and his price was super reasonable while his professionalism was great. He had an attention to detail which a lot of contractors I’ve previously used did not have. He is a skilled handyman and was comfortable doing multiple facets of a job, even handling touch up painting and vacuuming which most contractors would miss or simply overlook. I’ll be using Lainez Remodeling again.
Lainez Contractors LLCLainez Contractors LLC
Ahmed R.
I had a great experience with Douglas. He is an excellent communicator. He was quick to respond when asking for a quote for the job. His prices were reasonable. He was able to fit me in the very next day. On the day of the job, he let me know an hour in advance that he was en route. He was very flexible and willing to make any adjustments during the job as necessary. Very professional manners with a down to earth personality. I would highly recommend DB Handyman Services and I would use Douglas again in the future without a doubt.
DB Handyman Services.DB Handyman Services.
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