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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average fixed rate for handyman jobs ranges from $120-$175. Hourly rates for a handyman can average $50-$100 per hour. 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.

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 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.

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.

Reviews for Durham handymen
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
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
Mr. Boulware was punctual, courteous, knowledgable, and completed several small jobs in an expeditious and professional manner. I will definitely use his services again and recommend him to family and friends. Best handyman I've ever hired!
Stable Home Consultants LLCStable Home Consultants LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Todd is a great handyman and just all around good person. He helped me after another contractor took advantage of me and Todd did an awesome job! I would absolutely recommend Todd to anyone.
Todd's Home ServicesTodd's Home Services
Dyhiana W.
Excellent job! Informative and very professional. Job done in less than an hour. Think we just found our new handyman. Great value for great service and we’d definitely recommend Just Ask Ja!!!!
Just Ask JaJust Ask Ja
Thumbtack Customer
It was a nice experience to call on Todd for a small job (piece of door trim needed replacing) - & have him come out the very next day. - He is personable, & appears to have the experience to be the "handyman to call on' -- We were pleased!
Todd's Home ServicesTodd's Home Services
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.
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
Thumbtack Customer
I needed a Backsplash installed in kitchen, plumbing fixtures fixed and a variety of smaller handyman tasks around the house. Raymond was courteous, friendly, quick, efficient, left the space clean and did a beautiful job on all. I would definitely hire him again and recommend him to others.
Handyman On CallHandyman On Call
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)
Lucas R.
Guy was very personable and easy to work with. I have an old home which guarantees surprises whenever we do work so having a handyman who can navigate many situations is important. Guy was really good about explaining any issues he ran into and solving or working around them as needed. Would happily ask him to do more work in the future.
A&E RemodelingA&E Remodeling
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Dean for some miscellaneous Handyman duties and I was very impressed with his level of expertise and the knowledge and tips that he shared. He was very friendly and helpful. He left me feeling very confident in his level of experience and in the quality of his work. I was very pleased and I've already started recommending him to others in my neighborhood. In fact, he'll be back again to do some other jobs that I could use his expertise on. I highly recommend him!
Dean's Home Repair / General Handyman DutiesDean's Home Repair / General Handyman Duties
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)
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I needed 2 tasks done around the home: a) the gutters cleaned (we just bought the home and there are large oak trees) and b) the previous owners had installed a variety of flood lights (4 total) that weren't the right size or type, making it difficult for me to remove them to put in the right ones. I solicited bids for these services on the Sunday evening right before Memorial Day. By Monday morning, I had several bids, including Sergio from SES and Remodeling. After an initial email response, Sergio responded right away, and let me know that he could be there at my convenience on the same day. He and his wife came out and were on time, professional, and did all the tasks that were asked. Additionally, he pointed out things that could be replaced or repaired by other tradesmen, i.e., no personal vested interest, in order to make sure our home would be good condition in the future. His pricing is extremely reasonable, and while nominally an electrician, I learned that he's able to do a wide variety of handyman tasks, and I won't hesitate to contact him in the future for any around-the-home needs.
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
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