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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Laurel handymen
Stacy G.
The handyman responded to a last minute request within 24 hours.
Mas.Paintservice LLCMas.Paintservice LLC
Jessica W.
Alpha Handyman did a great job of hanging my wall art and picture frames.
Alpha HandymanAlpha Handyman
Lawrence j.
Handyman has personnel coordinating requests and scheduling. Very professional. Ease of paying via Quikbooks.
Handyman@Your Command LLCHandyman@Your Command LLC
Ken W.
Great handyman , will go beyond , he will bring his partners for service to make sure things done properly.
Vlady's handymanVlady's handyman
Chidinma D.
Professional and friendly handyman, you will be very satisfied with his work. Fixed several items around my home. Skilled with outstanding problem-solving abilities and at a great price!
E.S Marquez LLCE.S Marquez LLC
Danita M.
Ahmad was a pleasure to work with. He installed a dimmer switch in my daughter’s nursery and fixed the closet door track. I’ll definitely be calling him for my future handyman jobs.
A to Z pristineA to Z pristine
Owais T.
Norbert is a very skilled handyman. He's also a very nice and friendly person. He has experience with electricity and general contracting. I would recommend his work for any house.
Jundong M.
Ben is an awesome handyman contractor. He fixed the backyard gate of my rental townhouse to make the lock working and replacing a missing wood fencing piece! Both I and my tenant are very happy with his service!
Handy TerpsHandy Terps
Jean B.
Twins Handyman gave a VERY fair price for the work I needed done. They were prompt and what I thought would take 6+ hours they completed in 3. Would definitely use them again... Happy customer... :)
Twins Handyman General Construction LLCTwins Handyman General Construction LLC
Cindy F.
I needed to have all the outlets and a ceiling fan replaced in a room and the walls and trim painted. The gentleman who came to the work did an excellent job, was on time and professional, courteous throughout. I plan to use this company for all my handyman jobs!
Thumbtack Customer
Westco Handyman was prompt and did exactly what I needed. He repaired my closet in a very timely manner and his price was extremely affordable. I will be looking to hire him for all my repair needs. I am very pleased.
Westco HandymanWestco Handyman
Ahava B.
Excellent job! Carlos is very talented and has a natural ability to perform all different type of handyman tasks, he completed all the projects around my home providing excellent suggestions. I definitely recommend his services to anyone. Thank you!
Carlos MirandaCarlos Miranda
Marion D.
This is the first time using this professional handyman and the Thumbtack resources. My husband and I were impressed with Michael's work, his suggestions, his professionalism, and punctuality. He gave us a quote for materials and labor, a start and finish date timeline and he completed the work on schedule. We are glad we chose Michael to do this work and would recommend him to others. When we have future work in our home, we will hire Michael again. M/M DePriest
Traveling NotaryTraveling Notary
Roxanne N.
Douglass is a ten plus. He was very professional and communicative. By the fact it took close to two weeks to schedule tells you about his popularity and also speaks to quality of his work. He is not a person who is going to "nickel and dime" you. He provides you with the cost of all materials and you are fully aware of what he is purchasing and doing with his time. To me it was very reassuring to meet a handyman with such integrity. His number will remain in my cell phone. He is an awesome handyman and his works speaks for itself. NOTE TO THUMBTACK: This would be the time to urge Thumbtack to incorporate a better scoring system. Here is what I mean: I've used this outlet many times and people do the job and because they complete the job they are hoping you give them a five because it equates to excellence. While they may properly complete a job, it doesn't mean its a five. In this case my experience was more than a "5" in all areas. Its hard for potential customers to really get the jest of the quality of a company and person without a better scoring system.
DB Handyman Services.DB Handyman Services.
Janthe M.
Alpha Handyman was 10 minutes early, friendly, clean and had the tools he needed to get the work done, he never spent any time on his cell phone. After researching YouTube, we figured out how to remove the old microwave. Then we ran into a problem with the vent placement in the wall and the new range hood venting and it's height. He tried very hard to make it work, and had to do a lot of back and forth lifting the range hood up for checking the placement and cutting the vent a little wider to the left, things we didn't expect. He attempted to put the range hood in flush with the bottom of the cabinet, as I wanted but due to the vent, it has about a 1.5" gap, and he had to add shims which I was able to find in the basement and I will have to pick up some wood to match the cabinet and install it to hide the gap. I forgot to give him the cord I bought for the range hood, and he forged ahead and removed the old cord from the dead microwave and connected it up to the range hood. I'm taking the new cord back for a refund. It cost $180 which I thought was a bit steep by $50, taking 4.5 hours and I think that I paid for his education to be come a better handyman. That being said, he worked very hard and concentrated on solutions, found work arounds with every challenge, and tried to install it the way I wanted. We talked about the big changes before he implemented them. I do not think he has encountered these types of challenges and he handled them with forethought, ingenuity and creativity.
Alpha HandymanAlpha Handyman
Oliver K.
I have a huge bay window in my townhouse that has been repaired twice in the past 25 years. Byron is the only handyman who suggested me to use PVC at first meeting. I told him I would pay for the material and paint. He quoted me a very reasonable price for labor. I agreed and he started to work the next day. He went to Home Depot to get the material. He replaced all the rotten wood pieces with PVC and painted the bay window. I asked him to fix some other minor things, too. He did a very good job. I am very pleased with his work. His labor charge is very reasonable. I would highly recommend him to everyone.
Byron Rene obregonByron Rene obregon
Uzoma O.
Where do I start? Matthew was amazing! If you have needs for a handyman, you have found one. From responsiveness to punctuality to expertise of his craft; he does it all. This guy is amazing. He asks questions and genuinely wants to please the customer. "The customer is always right" is his motto. Trust me he treats your ideas as if it's the Holy Grail of his project and even stays later to make sure you are pleased with his work. He cleaned up after the work was done making sure to leave my place as neat as possible. Pricing was more than reasonable for the amount of work that he did. So a big thank you to Matthew for making my apartment look fabulous and just being overall a great guy during the whole process. CHOOSE HIM!!!
Hands of Haggai LLC - HandymanHands of Haggai LLC - Handyman
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