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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 Omaha handymen
Sreedhar T.
Was one of the best experienced I have had with hiring a Handyman!
West O HandymanWest O Handyman
Wei L.
One Handyman was responsive and punctual and he fixed the problem I had with the door.
One HandymanOne Handyman
Pam B.
I’m so glad we hired Ben. He got right back to me when I was looking for handyman. He is just a great guy to work with and he got all my stuff done in a couple of hours. He is super personable and I will definitely use him as our go to handyman from now on.
Ben MathenyBen Matheny
Kenn e.
He was very good at attention to detail. He cleaned up after as well. He is exactly what we wanted in a handyman.
Simon ServesSimon Serves
Keith P.
The best handyman one could imagine. We had no expectation Manny would be anywhere near as great as he turned out to be. 100% satisfied.
Handy Manny CarpentryHandy Manny Carpentry
Brice O.
Would highly recommend Cottonwood Creek Handyman. We had him install knobs and handles for our cabinets and each one is drilled perfectly.
Cottonwood Creek HandymanCottonwood Creek Handyman
Brandon W.
Ben did some extremely solid work for me on a pretty difficult job. Very polite and professional...would recommend him to anyone that needs handyman work done.
Ben MathenyBen Matheny
Anna M.
I called R and R Handyman after I read some good reviews and now that the work is completed, I'm a real advocate for Robert and his company, R and R Handyman. I hired him to install a medicine cabinet and a wall-mounted cabinet in a bathroom. He told me his hourly rate as well as how long the project would take. The job was completed on time and his work is flawless. Before starting, he asked the appropriate questions and showed an interest in the project. We have several other projects that need to be done in our house. It's such a pleasure to know that we can call R and R Handyman in the future because we know that the job will be done well. Don't hesitate to trust Robert for your home improvement projects.
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Wesley H.
Although Simon possesses tools, he simply does not know how to use them and works at a glacial pace. He is not a professional and needs more experience to be an efficient and/or effective handyman. Extremely disappointed in his attitude and work.
Simon ServesSimon Serves
Mary H.
We were really need of handyman services so I was grateful for Simon's responsiveness. I reached out on Friday and he had the installation completed by early Monday afternoon. Great service? I will call him again.
Simon ServesSimon Serves
Mrs m.
Fixed my windows with precision and hung blinds cut to size. I am so happy and enthusiastic about finding a capable handyman through thumbtack. More projects lined up. He really knows workmanship and I was so impressed.
West O HandymanWest O Handyman
Paul L.
Troy did an outstanding job for me. He has a very easy going personality aside from an expertise in an number of "handyman" tasks. Will not only recommend him; I've already asked him to complete another job for me within the next 10 days!!
Christopher P.
This was our second time using R&R handyman and again we were thoroughly impressed. Robert came earlier than planned and completed the job in a timely and professional manner. A very honest and hard working professional. Would recommend R&R for any jobs around the house!!!!
R&R Handyman Services LLCR&R Handyman Services LLC
Steve C.
John is spot on professional and a hard working family man. He did an outstanding job installing a ceiling fan for me in a jiffy. Great price, great work, and a great can do attitude. I'll be working with him again for sure and am very pleased we got in touch. Definitely recommend him for all handyman needs.
Lil John Handyman ServiceLil John Handyman Service
David E.
We had a front door replaced and the storm door, the front door also had 2 side lights. My wife and I are extremely happy with every aspect of this job performed by R&R Handyman. I highly recommend him for home improvement projects. One recommendation, include him on the project at the beginning, he provided valuable insight on choosing the door from menards.
R&R Handyman Services LLCR&R Handyman Services LLC
Michelle G.
It is not fair we can only choose 3 quality words for the pros. Robert deserves all 5 ‘cool’ words! We hit it off right out the gate! My handyman has to be a bit different. I need help with a lot of little silly things. Most handyman tell me that is not part of their job. I had to have him actually take my recycling out because I can’t lift. I’ve had Handymen turn me down flat out and say I’m sorry that’s not my job. Not Robert 😎. Robert came over, did every single thing I i needed during this crucial Pandemic time so I can remain independent. He worked around all my misgivings, rescheduling, canceling, hospital,, blah blah blah! He handled the rescheduling like a pro! 😇 I recommend it to anyone that wants good quality and pride in their work, he’s your pro. He’s worth every single dollar spent! Although, I have not mentioned how very skilled and keen business sense he has. It was by far personable.
R&R Handyman Services LLCR&R Handyman Services LLC
Casey K.
Simon is fantastic! Nicest guy and really knowledgeable. We have struggled w the old glass doorknobs in our older house for years. Simon was able to look at the problems, come up with solutions and fix them. He even fixed another problem he noticed as he was leaving!! He charges a little more than some handyman but he’s up front about his pricing, is very experienced and worth it. He is super responsive when messaging and someone I felt comfortable bringing into my home. The fact that he’s so pleasant is a bonus. I would definitely hire Simon again!
Simon ServesSimon Serves
Mikie H.
Robert and Alex were literally AMAZING! Within just a few minutes of chatting with them I felt like I have known them for years. Super professional yet fun and down to earth at the same time! They pointed out things we didn't even notice were problematic and they offered to fix what the could on the spot. We originally asked them out to install our 3 ring outdoor cameras- by the time they left they completely fixed/rebuilt our screen door issues, informed us on some important work that needs to be done to protect out deck and we have plans to hopefully do a master bath remodel! Seriously the best experience I have had with Thumbtack. These two are helpful, knowledgeable and super fun to be around. Do yourself a favor and hire them! We can't wait to need a handyman again so we can have the back out! Thanks so much!
R&R Handyman Services LLCR&R Handyman Services LLC
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