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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 Durham handymen
Sehwa O.
The work was quick and efficient! I love the results and the handyman was so professional. I would highly recommend!
Mimy’s Clean and handy .LLCMimy’s Clean and handy .LLC
Laura B.
Hiring Jerry was a wonderful decision. He’s prompt, professional, thorough, and kind. You can’t ask for a better handyman.
Jerry French/Handyman LLCJerry French/Handyman LLC
Ingrid M.
David was friendly, responsive, prompt and professional. He did a little troubleshooting then repaired the door so that it functioned properly. I highly recommend David for Handyman Projects!
123 Renovate LLC123 Renovate LLC
Bob Z.
Mr. Alem is truly a master handyman who performed and delivered a wide range of services that were of very high quality and value. Will definitely be using Mr. Alex’s services again.
Alem LLCAlem LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I just needed help moving a washer/dryer. He and his partner were prompt and got the job done. I would certainly call him again for handyman help.
Lloyd's Painting, Pressure Washing, and Home Im...Lloyd's Painting, Pressure Washing, and Home Im...
Saralynn H.
Really great experience! Very professional and helpful! Definitely found the handyman to use moving forward! He worked on several different projects in one visit and did a great job! Would highly recommend!
RedBeard WorksRedBeard Works
Thumbtack Customer
Sergio did a great job at mounting 2 TV wall mounts at a very competitive rate. He was very nice, courteous, and knowledgeable. I will absolutely use Sergio again for any handyman needs that I have in the future.
SES AND REMODELINGSES AND REMODELING
Olya K.
Amazing experience! I had a small project (taking down my curtain rod and some other hanging objects), and because it took such a short amount of time, Sergeant Handyman didn’t even charge me. Would hire again!
Sergeant HandymanSergeant Handyman
Courtney K.
Luis was great! He got stuck working on a job prior to ours but came by later in the evening. He was knowledgeable and honest about what work needed to be done and was really fair with the price. Will definitely use him for future handyman jobs.
Sergeant HandymanSergeant Handyman
Natalie S.
DCM Home Services was very helpful. I had several small jobs around the house that needed to be addressed. DCM was able to complete the tasks with no problem in a short amount of time. If you need help with handyman tasks DCM is well worth the money.
DCM Home services LLC.DCM Home services LLC.
Wendy W.
I am so happy I found AJ Handyman Services on Thumbtack. They were professional, friendly, responsible and did a great job on the few things I needed help with (hanging a few pictures, curtain rods, etc..) They worked efficiently cleaning up after each task was done... In fact I'm going to contact them again soon to help w/ a few more things around my home. I highly recommend AJ Handyman services if you are looking to have any work done around your home. They definitely are top-rated and you won't be disappointed.
AJ Custom ServicesAJ Custom Services
Kennedy E.
Cameron did a great job. He came same day and stayed for over three hours doing a variety of projects. I’d recommend him to anyone looking for a versatile handyman! He hung our outdoor lights and curtain rods in multiple bed rooms. We are very pleased w the work!
Bluebird Home SolutionsBluebird Home Solutions
Adrienne B.
Very responsive. He was able to accommodate my work schedule when choosing a time to work. He arrived on time and was able to complete the job in less time than he quoted. He even graciously did some extra odds and ends for me. Would definitely recommend him if you need a handyman.
Alem LLCAlem LLC
April K.
CFG is great! Clinton responded to my online inquiry very quickly, came to our home and gave me an estimate within 48 hours. He was very personable and professional. They arrived to do the work on time and communicated each project every step of the way. Very respectful and efficient. We will definitely hire again for all of our handyman needs!
CFG HOME REMODELING, LLCCFG HOME REMODELING, LLC
Sydney N.
Felipe has helped us with so many things during the sale of our old home and move into our new one. He has worked on many electrical projects for us but has also been able to assist with handyman tasks as needed. We will definitely work with Felipe again in the future and are so appreciative of all his work!
Felipe GuillenFelipe Guillen
Arnica D.
Paul is the best handyman we have worked with in a long time - He offers timeliness, delivers value for money, ensures high quality work, is very prudent, prompt, and precise with his responses and communication. You will never regret working with him. With his first project on one of our houses, he has definitely turned us into his repeat customer :)..
Lockett Handyman Services and Painting FACEBOOK)Lockett Handyman Services and Painting FACEBOOK)
Donna s.
Masson was great! I had just moved to Durham into a new home on my ow and he helped me put my house together. He did everything I asked and had some good Suggestions. His price was right and he was friendly, clean and always on time. Working with him was a good experience. If you need a Handyman call Mason. Donna
MC Home RepairMC Home Repair
Ryan B.
Walter was the best! He was able to get a 15 meter cord for the Samsung Frame TV down a very tight tube and out the other side, which another handyman deemed impossible. He went the extra mile to troubleshoot and come up with ideas, and now we can enjoy the TV without any visible cables. He was super nice, communicative, and professional as well. I will be using Walter for other projects in the future!
Casa Remodeling and ImprovementCasa Remodeling and Improvement
Tammie S.
This is the second time that I use thumbtack to hire a handyman. Mr. Micheal was excellent. Very professional on time, he had a great spirit about himself , and did an excellent job with the work that he did at my mom‘s house. He put in a toilet in the back room, he fixed the toilet in the mid hallway, and he put in a new vent that was connected to the dryer. Excellent work. Micheal will most definitely be doing more work for my mom.
DP RenovationsDP Renovations
ANDREA H.
I had Paul come out several times with a list of 'honey do' handyman items for my home. He did the following: replace a chandelier, hang all my curtain rods, attach drawers on a cabinet, attach a headboard to the wall, hang a large mirror, fix a bedroom door lock that wouldn't sit in the lock, mount exterior solar walkway lights, etc. He had all the tools to do the job. He was pleasant and professional, would recommend and hire him again.
Lockett Handyman Services and Painting FACEBOOK)Lockett Handyman Services and Painting FACEBOOK)
June G.
We were extremely pleased with Jesse, the handyman, sent to do our work. Jesse was knowledgeable, professional, efficient and polite. I felt comfortable having Jesse in my house and after he performed several projects, I had confidence in his work. He explained what he was going to do and patiently answered our questions. The cost of our multiple projects was reasonable. Mimy also responded immediately (since she was online) to my initial online service request and set up a prompt appointment for us I highly recommend Mimy's Clean & handy.LLC company.
Mimy’s Clean and handy .LLCMimy’s Clean and handy .LLC
Thumbtack Customer
A repair was needed for my refrigerator's ice maker - water was not getting to the unit in the freezer although it was for the water dispenser. A very nice repairman (Lee) came out to investigate. I suggested the line could have become clogged and that blowing out the tubing might be a solution. Upon moving out the unit, we found the line seemed to have been disconnected and hoped that by re-attaching it the problem would be solved. The repairman left with the understanding I was to report if ice was being made. Two days later - no ice. Although Joe assured me at the time of "contract" he would work until the issue was resolved, it took more than a week to get him on the phone and send someone out again (this time to strongly suggest a replacement cellinoid(sp?). Again, Lee came out and we worked together(!) to rule out various options. He left after we decided to order a new cellinoid as recommended. Once the part came in, Lee was back out to replace the part. I was to let Joe know if the issue was resolved. Unfortunately, replacing the part did not fix the problem as water still wasn't getting to the ice maker (which was operational). Despite several calls, voice mails and emails informing Joe the problem hasn't been fixed, Joe never got back with me nor made good on his promise to ensure the repair was made - despite his receiving a total of $150 payment for this job. His assurance that he stands behind his work and commitment to satisfactory service was entirely untrue and a complete misrepresentation as shown in this case. I could NOT recommend his service and suggest anyone needing Handyman work to look elsewhere.
Triangle Building CompanyTriangle Building Company
Mark H.
Maxwell is a highly capable, skilled contractor whose skills go far beyond those of your average handyman. I strongly recommend him for anyone looking for good work as a reasonable price, including more extensive projects that come closer to a remodel. We wanted to change the layout of our kitchen, alongside some bathroom updates and a wall space encapsulation, and we wanted to do it on a tight budget. Maxwell gave a competitive quote and got the job done, all himself other than one friend who did the flooring. We bought the materials ourselves, mostly from Home Depot and Lowe’s. Quality/craftsmanship: Overall, quality was reasonable. There were some minor issues, such as the wood and tile flooring being slightly off and some cabinets being installed slightly asymmetrical (we were sticklers about that). When we pointed these out, Maxwell was diligent in repairing and fixing them to our satisfaction. Communication: Maxwell was friendly, polite, fair, clear and responsive in his communications throughout the process. During the initial quote process, he offered good ideas for what we were trying to do, and was clear on what he could and couldn’t do. During the execution, he was easy to communicate with, whether it was about sourcing materials, scope or schedule updates. Overall value: If you’re looking for the highest quality remodel, you’re probably better off going with a licensed general contractor. At least at this stage, we are happy with how things are looking so far, in terms of the labor that Maxwell handled for us. We felt like we got solid work quality at an affordable rate, and plan to use Maxwell for future projects.
Beautified Home, LLCBeautified Home, LLC
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