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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 Cincinnati handymen
Dean H.
The job has not actually started. The Handyman is still gathering materials for the job.
Meyer Home SolutionsMeyer Home Solutions
Howard L.
He is great handyman, he is creative and responsible for the job. We definitely need him again and strongly recommend him.
4 Leafhandyman4 Leafhandyman
Vandana N.
I would recommend Mort for handyman jobs. He was punctual, efficient & considerate. He reliably completed the job as requested & was reasonably priced.
Morteza's Customs CabinetsMorteza's Customs Cabinets
Holly K.
Nate was very professional, worked quickly and quietly (huge plus for those of us still working from home). And he was dog friendly. :) I hope my landlord uses Nate as our handyman going forward!
N.Bradley ConstructionN.Bradley Construction
Jake C.
Todd was the handyman we needed before moving - replaced toilets, faucets, light fixtures, fixed a broken doorbell and put on a new front door handle - all in one day! I’ve already hired him again.
McTodd Electric a division of The ZakIntosh GroupMcTodd Electric a division of The ZakIntosh Group
Rachel C.
Joe was awesome!!! Very professional, was great at explaining what he was doing and why, and really had my best interest in mind when it came to helping me with my issues. 10/10 will be using him for all handyman services moving forward!!!
Joe SizemoreJoe Sizemore
Rasheda B.
5 stars! Mandy's handyman did a wonderful job! I've sent his information to everyone at my church who may need home improvement! I'm already planning other projects for my home which I will call upon him for! Thank you so much! I'm beyond grateful!
Mandys Handyman ServiceMandys Handyman Service
Raymond A.
Matthew was a hoot to work with! Extremely communicative and gets the job done properly and neatly. I had him install a hook for me on the outside that was annoying to get to, and he did it without an issue and at an amazing cost. I would highly recommend Matthew for any handyman job, and I will be sure to call upon his services again!
Matthew McMahanMatthew McMahan
Brian F.
Kevin is a true handyman. We ran into some difficulty finding the right railing for the project but Kevin was diligent in his research and found just the right material for the job. He was professional, polite, and punctual throughout the entire process. It is hard now days to find someone with those same characters. My family and I will continue to use Kevin for small jobs as they show up....
AZK HomeAZK Home
Steve K.
I contacted this handyman to do four or five small projects. He gave me a time to come over. He didn’t show up. That night he messaged me to apologize because the job he was on ran long. I said no problem and we rescheduled. So he gave me a second time he would come by to do the work. I said sounds good. He never showed up. And he has never contacted me since.
Goodpaster Construction Services LLCGoodpaster Construction Services LLC
Ernie Y.
Derek did a great job went over and beyond my expectations, was up front and explained when there was a issue that would increase the original estimate, I changed a few things on his original estimate and as noted he meet all my requests. He always kept me informed if he was going to be delayed for any reason. I would highly recommend him should you need a handyman for your home repairs, and I have him on speed dial should I, or my family or friends need his services.
Transformation Remodeling LLCTransformation Remodeling LLC
Loryn W.
Nick was great! I had multiple projects in my house that needed to be put together/hung up and he did them all with a smile and quick! He was very responsive to all of my questions before I hired him and he was on time (even a little early). I have already shared his information with my friends and family and I would for sure hire him again. If you want to hire a handyman who will be on time, professional, and efficient for a great value then you definitely want to hire him! *Also for any single women who live alone, I didn't feel uncomfortable at all being in the house with him. We even talked about his wife and newborn :)
On Target Home and welding RepairOn Target Home and welding Repair
Kelly E.
I had a terrible experience with someone else I had found on Thumbtack when looking for a cleaning service. Derek and I had not been able to communicate until after I had made my original appointment. The people I used ended up cracking my toilet tank while trying to fix the flapper and I was forced to replace the toilet. I texted with Derek almost immediately and sent him pictures and he told me he would be happy to help me. After a couple more texts, this man showed up the next day with a new toilet and installed it and disposed of my old toilet at a very reasonable price. I have already given out his card and he's my new handyman for sure!
Transformation Remodeling LLCTransformation Remodeling LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Initially, I was impressed with Herico. He offered to come over on Labor Day to work on some random projects in my home and he had an hourly rate. He didn't finish the work that day, so he said he'd be back another time and not to pay him until the work was complete. A few weeks later, he asked if he could come over on a day I was at work. I left a key for him, and went to work on the set day. When I came home, two men were there working, neither one was Herico. When Herico did arrive, he charged a different hourly rate (30% higher than the one quoted) because two men were working. I told him he needed to be more upfront if the pricing has changed, especially since the men had already put in 8 hours of work before I even came home to see the change in what he said. He also did not finish the most important project I had on my list, which leaves me to find another handyman to complete the work.
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