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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 Kansas City handymen
Tina W.
Very professional and responsive to questions. Best experience we have had with a handyman.
Solar Shield Blinds Shades SolutionsSolar Shield Blinds Shades Solutions
Alissa H.
Great experience with Charlie Handyman! He was punctual and fixed an Item that we didn't know was broken. Will definitely use him again!
Charlie handymanCharlie handyman
Derek T.
Royce and his guys are great. Installed some new fans for us and explained how to make them last longer. Great handyman
Royce WeathersRoyce Weathers
Jeffrey C.
Ira did a fantastic job installing my gas logs. He was right on time, professional, and very friendly. I will most definitely use him as my go to handyman from now on.
Service Pro Plumbing and GasService Pro Plumbing and Gas
Michelle J.
The handyman was punctual and ready to tackle the job. The job was finished in a timely manner. The results were exactly what I expected. Because of the great experience, I am hiring him for many different projects.
S&W Construction of Kansas City, LLCS&W Construction of Kansas City, LLC
Kevin A.
He was the only 1 of 4 handymans that responded for my request for work. He showed up on time for both estimate and to do the job. He was able to finish the job in 1 day and did a good job.
Spraytech llc.Spraytech llc.
Joan J.
Drew was a good communicator, did what he said he’d do, for a fair price, cleaned up well, and provided quality workmanship. I’d choose Jameson Handyman when I have another list of needed miscellaneous projects. Thanks!
Jameson HandymanJameson Handyman
Jennifer B.
Monte was the best handyman I have hired to date. He responds quickly, shows up on time, and does quality work! He does not dawdle and he is very efficient with his time. He is vey affordable and I will not hesitate to call him back for my future projects
Home Repair & ImprovementsHome Repair & Improvements
Sarah N.
Eric tried to install a couple of flood guards in our basement but due to the age of our plumbing and house, it couldn’t be done. But he was up front and honest and explained the problem to me and then didn’t charge since the work couldn’t be done. I wouldn’t hesitate to contact him again for any other handyman need, as he is straight forward and knows what he is doing.
Krug Handyman ServiceKrug Handyman Service
Ashraf A.
Great team to work with. Great work. They sent me picture and name of the person coming and give notification when he was on his way. The only thing I did not like is the price. They removed kitchen floor with attached bathroom. Charged me $70 to replace a sink valve, labor $108 / hour + $50 / day service charge. I though handyman work should be time and material and $108 /hr is the highest rate (average is $50 in my area).
Mr. Handyman of Lee's SummitMr. Handyman of Lee's Summit
Rosacarla S.
Royce from the start was very responsive to my questions. This was our first time and he was very patient with all my questions. He and his team put up our first Christmas lights on our house and it look awesome. We had to by more lights and there was a discrepancy on the white lights and he was professional to let me know and to come back to change those lights once their were back in stock!!! While putting up the lights, they fixed my kitchen door and even helped my neighbor moving in furniture!!! Talking about a real handyman!! Pricing of his work was awesome good! His entire team were very polite and we could feel the willingness to help! Reliable, professional and good quality of work. I recommend Royce Weathers 100%!
Royce WeathersRoyce Weathers
Shelly S.
The Honey Didn't Do It Handyman people were just what we needed. They did a great job. They did the trim work(we're doing our own staining). They are also licensed to do electrical work, so several "to do's" were completed. Trim looks great. The above only let me choose three, but I would choose them all. There were certainly elements of all five in their work. There was always good communication. They were timely. He texted an hour before they were scheduled, to make sure we were expecting them, and ready. They got the job done in the estimated time they had projected. They did not leave a mess. Anticipated any clean up, and carefully made sure things were back in place. The estimate for the job matched what was charged us. Thanks HDDIH. I would recommend.
Honey Didn't do it Handyman. llc.Honey Didn't do it Handyman. llc.
Mike W.
He is very unreliable. Agreed last Wednesday to start on Monday. Sent message late Thursday afternoon and wanted to “start” on Friday. Was not ready, needed to purchase 2 items and move items out of rooms. Monday morning, received message about weather he is to buy materials or if I am. I asked him to do it as he should know what is needed. He also stated he would be here at 4:00. I messaged him at 5:00, “project taking longer” be there shortly. Messaged again at 7:00, he said he would be there at 9:00 on Tuesday morning - promise. Messaged him at 9:30, “on the way” arrived at 9:45. I asked if was going to do this everyday? He started making more excuses and tried to make it seem like he is fine on the time, no big deal. He would have the shed repaired by 2:00. Asked if he already had the materials? He looked confused and asked if I got them. We went around a few minutes about this. He said he will get it done today and then he had another job to do tomorrow and would be back on Thursday to work on the bathrooms. I questioned him about not finishing my work before trying to work another job. He danced around for a few minutes on this and I was fed up with his excuses for everything. That’s all I heard yesterday, excuse after excuse. I told him to get his trailer out of my driveway and had a reliable handyman on the phone before he had his trailer hitched up. Would NOT recommend him for anything unless you enjoy hearing excuses.
Julio E Medina HJulio E Medina H
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