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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Raleigh handymen
Thumbtack Customer
A no nonsense handyman!
WoodShark Home Improvement and RepairWoodShark Home Improvement and Repair
Elliot A.
Great work by a highly skilled electrician and handyman on a difficult job.
Carolina's Handy ServicesCarolina's Handy Services
Marg h.
True handyman, can do everything: cleaning, painting, wood repair etc. etc,
Handyman Labor & Install servicesHandyman Labor & Install services
Thumbtack Customer
Christopher Jones is an excellent handyman. On-time, fast worker, good suggestions—excellent job.
Thaddeus H.
Elwood was on point with the quality work he performs! He is an amazing handyman and ill recommend him 110%
Wood's HandyPro Services, LLC.Wood's HandyPro Services, LLC.
Meghan M.
Amazing work. Responsive, on time and super nice. I would use him for all my handyman needs!!
BD’s Hauling and Handy worksBD’s Hauling and Handy works
Allison G.
Hands down the best handyman in the Raleigh/Cary area. Polite, professional, great work ethics, knowledgeable and punctual.
Ward BowenWard Bowen
Jennifer A.
Lockett Handyman Services provided excellent service to me by completing the jobs I requested in a thorough and professional manner.
Lockett Handyman Services and Painting FACEBOOK)Lockett Handyman Services and Painting FACEBOOK)
Ebony G.
Will be using them again for all our handyman work. Did an awesome job on our install patio storm door.
Mimy’s Clean and handy .LLCMimy’s Clean and handy .LLC
Elena C.
Calvin was great! He arrived on time and was able to do both jobs wonderfully. We intend on hiring him for future house repairs/handyman jobs.
Repairs by CalvinRepairs by Calvin
Ryan W.
Maxwell was on time, professional, responsive, and did quality work for me. I will definitely hire him again for any handyman work I need in the future.
Beautified Home, LLCBeautified Home, LLC
Lisa V.
I would recommend this company for handyman services. They were punctual and did an excellent job removing my old mailbox and post and replacing it with a new mailbox and post.
Woodmont Home ServicesWoodmont Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
Dave is a very informative Handyman and Save me a lot of money! I will be using him on a Regular Basis because he does such a Great Job and is so Informative!
3D Remodeling Inc3D Remodeling Inc
Linda R.
Rey did a great job fixing and installing a new light fixture in my garage. I would call him again for any handyman jobs. Thanks Rey!
RS Home ImprovementsRS Home Improvements
Sherry L.
I would like to thank AJ at handyman services for being punctual and professional and it helped having a smile even behind the mask. I would recommend him to family and friends!!!
AJ Custom ServicesAJ Custom Services
Joan V.
Chris is an excellent handyman! I had a couple of small jobs namely tub drain replacements and faucet change. He went above and beyond to get the job done promptly and throughly.
Thumbtack Customer
Joe was professional, flexible, and is great at what he does! He ended up fixing something else while he was here! I will only be using him whenever I need a handyman!
Triangle Building CompanyTriangle Building Company
Arzalyer Y.
Mike is a personable, professional handyman. Mike arrived as scheduled, completed the agreed upon task and handled an additional problem with a smile. Mike will definitely be my only contact when something needs to be repaired or replaced.
Residential SolutionsResidential Solutions
Patricia B.
Jason did an excellent job. I am so pleased. I am hopeful that he will be doing all my handyman jobs in the future. He really fits all five of the above categories.
Jason Parker & Son, LLCJason Parker & Son, LLC
Kara Q.
Chris did an amazing job installing two shower rods into our shower tile. He was quick to respond, easy to work with, and did a very professional job. I would hire him for any handyman needs!
Darryl S.
Kings Handyman was on time, very professional, and got the job done accurately. He is very knowledgable, and was able to do many of the odds and ends jobs around the house. I was very pleased with his work, and will use him again for my next project.
Kings Handyman serviceKings Handyman service
Thumbtack Customer
Sergio did a great job on a wide variety of handyman tasks, including fixing a GFI outlet, replacing weather stripping on 2 sets of double doors, fixing another door to close completely, replacing toilet valving, cleaning gutters, and moving furniture to attic.
Cheryl B.
Eduardo SALEM is a great handyman. He replaced some rotten roof on the side of my house. Does very good work, price is good, he got right back with me and did the work the next day. Very pleased. Cleans up after himself!
Salem’s handSalem’s hand
Bobby G.
Jason did an outstanding job on replacing my exhaust vent cover. He was very responsive and flexible with my schedule. I highly recommend Jason as your next small project Handyman. I will definitely give him a call for my other household fixes.
Jason Parker & Son, LLCJason Parker & Son, LLC
Sheila L.
Jimmie was punctual and eager to help. I'm so happy he was my handyman. The work was done quickly and correctly and he cleaned up afterwards. He also wore his mask the whole time due to the COVID-19 pandemic which I greatly appreciated.
HandyBoyz Inc.HandyBoyz Inc.
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