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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.

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.

Reviews for Kentwood handymen
Michael A.
Very impressed with every aspect of this project. We would highly recommend the Helpful Handyman.
The Helpful HandymanThe Helpful Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
I just purchased a home and had many odds and ends to tackle. Being a single woman, I wasn't sure about working with a handyman I had never met, but I also needed the help. Thumbtack helped me find Buck's Handyman Services and I was thoroughly impressed. Jerrod was polite, professional and extremely helpful. He was willing and able to do everything on my list which was a load off my mind. I would highly recommend Buck's Handyman Services. In fact I've already given his number to my parents and best friend.
Buck's Handyman ServicesBuck's Handyman Services
Timothy L.
Gabe did 2 jobs for us and was on time and did an excellent job. He made sure everything was properly level and helped us out with everything we needed. If your looking for someone that’s a great handyman and who is always on time and does a great job and super friendly. You should look no further as this is your handyman! Thank you Gabe!
The Helpful HandymanThe Helpful Handyman
April K.
The Helpful Handyman was wonderful to work with! I will definitely be hiring him for future work! Friendly, prompt, and excellent communication! I am a happy customer!
The Helpful HandymanThe Helpful Handyman
Candy S.
Gabe, My husband and I are beyond pleased with the customer experience and quality of work provided by Gabe. The Smith family highly recommend Gabe's services for any handyman projects and anticipate using his services for future projects. Thanks! Gabe! We love it!
The Helpful HandymanThe Helpful Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Jerrod is amazing. If I could give him 6 stars I would. My wife and I could not be happier with the repairs that he did on our house. We moved into a house that we purchased a little over a week ago and quickly found about 15 things that were not right with it that were outside of my handyman abilities. Thankfully, we found Jerrod/Buck's Handyman Services. He re-installed windows, replaced walls, gave our mantle a facelift, re-installed all of our toilets, fixed sinks, and these are just a few of the things that he did for us. Overall, we couldn't be happier and we will definitely be calling him again when we accumulate another list of things to fix. And, watching him work taught me a lot of new skills. He explained everything he did and let me sit in on each job, now I feel like I will be able to fix some of those same issues in the future. If you're looking for a skilled, affordable, and trustworthy handyman, Jerrod is your guy.
Buck's Handyman ServicesBuck's Handyman Services
Thumbtack Customer
Erazo Construction went above and beyond my expectation in customer service. Erazo was hire to repair the vent duct, and was so willing to help and repaired electrical and plumbing work in my home also. I highly recommend this company because they are very affordable; does excellent work and has superb work ethics with the best customer service ever! I will definitely call Erazo Construction again for my handyman repairs.
Erazo ConstructionErazo Construction
Kelly H.
Johnny was very responsive, friendly, thoughtful and did a great job repairing my broken towel rod. I now have a handyman I can count on for other things in the future! He only charged me his minimum, but other handymen tried to take advantage of me saying it’s a 3-5 HOUR job (when it’s MAYBE 30 minutes) and they wanted to get hundreds o?dollars out of me. Nuts!! So thankful for Johnny!
Johnny Rojas - HandymanJohnny Rojas - Handyman
Daniel W.
I really appreciate Mark’s attention to detail. He did a great job at a reasonable price. I got a picture of the receipt for materials and he showed up exactly on time. He checked in throughout the day to let me know how it was going, which made me feel very comfortable with the work being done. We’ve been looking for a reliable, quality focused handyman for a while, glad to have finally found one. Thanks Mark 👍
Pollitt’s Modern Paint and RepairPollitt’s Modern Paint and Repair
Valerie C.
Tim absolutely knows what he is doing! I am very satisfied with the job he did replacing my side storm door. He picked up the door from Home Depot after re-measuring because I had ordered the wrong size. Rather than come back to say I needed to re-order, he paid out of pocket and brought the new door and I reimbursed him. The installation was done properly and he didn't waste time. He trusted that I would do the right thing, of course, I did! I will definitely call him again for handyman work.
Loft BuildersLoft Builders
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