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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.

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.

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.

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 Jersey City handymen
Leo h.
Best handyman
R&M ServicesR&M Services
Michelle B.
The handyman ever!!! put up my pictures, my blinds and curtains!!!! the best ever highly recommended !!!
STAN CONTRACTORSTAN CONTRACTOR
Anthony o.
Beyond my expectation, Professional,Courteous and Most reliable Handyman I’ve met will definitely hire him again.. Highly recommended
Our Neighborhood Handyman llcOur Neighborhood Handyman llc
Fredrick m.
The handyman contacted several times to clarify the work. He arrived within the specified time frame. He did the work and was easy going. Will use again!
TFA Handyman servicesTFA Handyman services
Simon S.
Excellent work and very punctual! I had such hard time finding a handyman, Danny is very responsive and does what he promises! Highly recommend!
Advantage ChemDry Home ServicesAdvantage ChemDry Home Services
Subhojit D.
Very good experience working with Isaac. He is very thorough in his work and provides good value for money. I recommend him for any type of handyman work.
New creative construcciónNew creative construcción
Harsh J.
Chet was extremely thorough with the fitting and I’m really satisfied with the work he has done. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for handyman services. Very polite and professional.
Onsite maintenance serviceOnsite maintenance service
Frank C.
All of the above! Pro Handyman literally deserves that handle! Carlos responded right away, he was punctual and when he serveyed the project, he was honest. I've personally seen other handymen struggle with projects such as the job he took on and completed struggle and not do such a crisp seamless job. Carlos completed the job in no time, didn't cut any corners and made the improvement better than new. I personally recommend Pro Handyman to anyone looking for any home improvement needs.
SM CONSTRUCTIONSM CONSTRUCTION
Chaim S.
Excellent all around service. Responsive, respectful, efficient, friendly, and most importantly Mike did a high quality job. I would definitely use them again and highly recommend for anyone needing handyman services.
M And M Geo Investors LPM And M Geo Investors LP
Padma P.
John is excellent at his work. He came prepared for a job at our unit and he is a perfectionist. We finally found a good handyman after searching for almost 2 yes. I will certainly recommend him and rehire him.
On The Level Handyman Services LLCOn The Level Handyman Services LLC
Betsy D.
Simply terrific! We’ve been searching for a handyman for years to complete numerous projects around our home. We had a wonderful experience and will continue to use him for our home projects. I highly recommend him for your home project needs particularly if they are varied!
Rusty Mr. Fix-it Handyman & Construction ServicesRusty Mr. Fix-it Handyman & Construction Services
Jasmin R.
Ernesto and his father did a wonderful job installing new lights and fans throughout my apartment. They also added a couple outlets and installed a few random items I needed as well. I will be calling them if I need handyman services in the future. Highly recommend!
The Family Contracting LLCThe Family Contracting LLC
Deepali A.
John was great. Punctual, good communication and efficient. He put up the shelves accurately and helped with putting up pictures for a gallery wall as well as making a unit from the container store. Would highly recommended and will work with him going forward as our handyman. Thank you!
JohnJohn
Greg F.
Brandon was very quick in reaching out and set up an immediate date for a repair. He showed up on time and made quick work of the job. Very reasonable prices, and very good guy. Would definitely recommend for a jack of all trades type handyman - he handled a wiring issue for me with no problems.
Done By Brandon LLC- Handyman and Home ImprovementDone By Brandon LLC- Handyman and Home Improvement
Devi M.
I had a bunch of tasks like putting up shelves , mirror , checking out the issue on my to filter etc. Fabian did a fantastic job and you could tell he understands all systems he’s touching very well . I’d very highly recommend home for your handyman needs !
Best Way ConstructionBest Way Construction
Lucilene L.
Very hardworking & kind handyman! I needed a few things done at my apartment and he was very responsive. He completed the work and I am grateful. Thank you so much! Would really recommend to hire him and feel safe to say now I know someone I can hire next time again.
Mr. HandyMan ,Sir fix it allMr. HandyMan ,Sir fix it all
Joel r.
I have an old outdoor hand rail which was starting to rust. JS handyman came out did a quick estimate and started the job within 2 days. He and his team sanded, primed, and painted the rail in the same day. It looks great, they also went above and beyond to paint my light poles which were also rusty. Will use their services again. Ty!
Js   handyman and maintenance llcJs handyman and maintenance llc
Frank Y.
Mr Santos did an awesome job to help me remove an old toilet and install a new one. He was very responsive before the job, helping answer any questions I have. He went beyond and helped me pick up the heavy toilet from the nearby Home Depot and shipped to my apartment. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs a handyman. I will also work with him again on my next project.
EZ Construction ServicesEZ Construction Services
Deepak M.
Hired him to do couple simple tasks. Quoted me 2 hours of labor. I sent photos and all details in advance and asked his handyman to come prepared so job is done efficiently. In the end I was charged 3.75 hours for labor, out of which 2 hours were spent on getting materials (shelf, screws and caulking). I was also charged $20 transport fee! Never heard of that before, but he waived it when I said I won’t pay the transport fee. Problem with this business is that you are communicating with person X, but person Y is doing the job, which leads to inefficiency and higher cost. I would not hire him again
Hinckley's Handyman ServicesHinckley's Handyman Services
Minhyul B.
Jorge was very professional, polite and attentive. I had an unusual fix request for him which was to remove some paint stains that got sipped under the glass on top of a built-in desk. I wasn't even sure if the glass can even be removed so was ready to hear he can't help me with the issue. I called him and he promptly responded. He came over on the same day to take a look at the issue. He did some examination and found out that we could actually slide the glass out. He immediately start working on the paint removal process. And the result was flawless. I was skeptical about finding a good handyman through this app because I never used this before but I am very happy with the result.
JorgeJorge
Thumbtack Customer
AVOID AT ALL COSTS. This is a totally dishonest person with a horrible attitude. We agreed on $300 to install two closets -- with 50% at the start of the job (removing the closets) and 50% upon completion (installing the closets). But when he showed up, he insisted on getting the first 50% before doing any work at all. And then he refused to finish the job unless I agreed to pay even more. He acts as if he's the last handyman in town and can get away with aggressive and unfair business practices. The minute he senses that you need him or that you've paid him more than you actually owe him, he'll take advantage of you. I saw that he was going to keep trying to extract more money out of me wherever and however he could, and decided not to deal with him any more. But he also refused to return any part of the $150. So he basically charged me $150 for 20 minutes of work to remove two closet doors. A rude and dishonest person to be avoided at all costs. (left Apr 5 2016)
Handy GeniusHandy Genius
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