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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Asheville handymen
Gary W.
Great handyman and service. Highly recommend.
828 Helping Hands LLC828 Helping Hands LLC
Stephen A.
He came by basically the day after I put in the request. He completed both a plumbing and handyman task so very multitalented. Highly recommend.
828s Man With A Hand LLC828s Man With A Hand LLC
Katheryn p.
Went above the call of duty and truly cared about his work. Would highly recommend and plan on calling Michael back for more handyman work.
Michael Gaff -- HandymanMichael Gaff -- Handyman
Heather H.
Jacob did a great job repairing our deck and fixing several smaller handyman items in our home. He was easy to communicate with and completed the work quickly and well. We look forward to hiring him for additional projects soon.
Good2Go Home Improvement, LLCGood2Go Home Improvement, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Onnie installed a TV mount for a 55" flat screen TV over a fireplace, including the addition of an outlet behind the TV for cord concealment and installed the wiring for the garbage disposal. Both projects were done in approximately 1 hr and 45 minutes. He was on time, professional, honest, fairly priced, and very nice. I will definitely be reaching out to him as much handyman work needs arise. Thank you!
3 little bears home improvement3 little bears home improvement
Dawn T.
Experience with this handyman was fantastic. He was very professional let us know when he could not make our original time to meet and showed up on a Sunday after he had issues with his car. I would say for $75 an hour I would’ve expected him to be more neat and clean up from his job. He installed several TVs and other shelves, and did not bring a shop vac nor carry out any of the garbage after he was done. At this rate I would’ve expected him to do so. My fiancé pointed out that at this higher rate, it’ll be better for us to just do the cleanup ourselves. I would say Jonah is someone I would hire again, and he is very responsive and professional.
828s Man With A Hand LLC828s Man With A Hand LLC
Andrea O.
Onnie came and quoted the project (he had to reschedule once for the first meeting) and it took another 3 or 4 weeks for him to start due to illness (understandable) but making the job appt required a lot of "me pursuing him." We asked him to fix a leak first and finish sink install that another person failed to complete, because it would affect the rest of the job (and he agreed to it and we paid in full for that part). While fixing these things he got purple plumber's glue in the crevices of our brand new floor. He tried to scrape it out and left scratches in the floor. He came back out several days later (he was 2 hours late because he had a "rough night" the night before he told us) and cleaned that up and finished the drain repair (after I had to pursue him yet again and get him to agree on a time and show up). He also found water under the floor and thankfully cleaned that for us. So he said he'd be back another time to finish the original quotes work (drywall repair and finishing). He'd already bought the supplies. HOWEVER, he has never come back nor messaged. This is why I'm giving him 2 stars. Lack of follow-up and reliability. He seems like a capable handyman otherwise and did fix and finish install of those items for us and the work seems good so far (despite the purple stuff). But we won't be hiring him for the other projects we have around our house. We'll look for someone more dependable to finish this project and others.
3 little bears home improvement3 little bears home improvement
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