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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 Columbus handymen
Alana G.
The handyman was nice.
Project HandymanProject Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome job, with fair prices! Would recommend to anyone looking for a great handyman.
Jim's Handyman ServiceJim's Handyman Service
Sally P.
T&R Handyman Services was great to work with. Our installed handrails look great! Would book again!
T&R Handyman ServiceT&R Handyman Service
Natalie J.
Rich’s handyman services got the job done quickly! Did a great job and would definitely use again
Rich’s Handyman servicesRich’s Handyman services
Athena D.
Andy is awesome! His professionalism and skill level are unmatched. A good handyman is hard to come by these days… what a gem!
Andy HandyAndy Handy
Chris R.
Awesome experience. He did great work, was efficient and fair priced. Will be using again and will refer to anyone who needs a good “handyman
Heinmiller ServicesHeinmiller Services
Michelle F.
I would highly recommend Get Right handyman service. Excellent service, workmanship and a fair price. Plus he’s very nice 😊
Get Right Handyman ServicesGet Right Handyman Services
Andrew P.
Very knowledgeable handyman. Knew how to fix every problem that I threw at him. Extremely professional and a very nice guy. Would definitely recommend.
NewLook Home Solutions, LLCNewLook Home Solutions, LLC
Hannah B.
Was a pleasure to work with, punctual, helpful, and knowledgeable. Helped me hang a new light in my dining room. Will hire again for future handyman needs! Thanks!
TG Handyman ServicesTG Handyman Services
Tony N.
Brandon is our new handyman! He arrived on time, communicated well with us and gave us a fair price. We look forward to working with him again!
Original Repair Workers Fencing and Handyman LLCOriginal Repair Workers Fencing and Handyman LLC
Brandi B.
Fantastic & Personable! Needed a TV mounted on the wall on short notice, was able to schedule and complete the work in less than 24 hours. I will be calling this handyman for ALL future projects!
Project HandymanProject Handyman
Ally P.
Quick and efficient work! Vince is my new handyman for my whole list of things I need to do. Thank you for coming on time and being so knowledgeable and helpful!
Russ h.
Derek installed 5 handrails in my parents house on three levels. Very responsive to my questions and did a great job for a great price. Will be hiring for any handyman work I need in the future!
Dereck WilsonDereck Wilson
Rick W.
Matthew came the same day that I accepted the quote, did a great job, and was in and out. I was very impressed with the service, professionalism and knowledge of B.A.S.I.C.! I have them saved to my phone for future handyman needs!
B.A.S.I.C. Home ImprovementB.A.S.I.C. Home Improvement
Paul L.
Project Handyman put in a new toilet for less than half of what Home Depot charges. They went above and beyond to make sure everything was done correctly . They were right on time and very professional. I highly recommend them .
Project HandymanProject Handyman
Melissa S.
Wow! He was amazing! I asked him to help me move two closet rods and he helped me on a few other items all within his quoted hour! He is definitely my go to handyman moving forward! Highly recommend!
Services By DServices By D
Tracy K.
If I could pick all five I would. KAMM Handyman Services provided excellent work at an excellent value! Arrived when he said they would. Was professional and answered all my questions. Would definitely recommend and hire again. Tracy Knowles
KAMM Handyman services Company LLCKAMM Handyman services Company LLC
Ryana M.
Adam is amazing. He did great work and was very professional. Communication was great and he was able to schedule me in for a same day appointment. Adam is my new go-to handyman. I will be contacting him for all my projects. I highly recommend him.
Project HandymanProject Handyman
Megan W.
He was great! He was punctual and personable. He was able to identify the problem and fix my dishwasher. He even took the time to clean up after he was done. I highly recommend Douglas for any handyman jobs you need done around you house.
Douglas Home ImprovementDouglas Home Improvement
Megan T.
It is so refreshing to find an honest handyman that really cares about the work and is kind. I had some photos and mirrors hung, a bookcase built and installed, and a ceiling fan installed. Everything was done with care and patience. We are already planning some additional projects with him! Highly recommend!
Fast Handyman ServicesFast Handyman Services
Zachary R.
He was on time, easy to get ahold of, and completed numerous small items I needed finished around the house at a very fair price. He was professional in his work and what he completed looks great. I will 100% use him again for anything I need completed. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great handyman.
J. Riley Co. RoofingJ. Riley Co. Roofing
Jennifer L.
Steve was great! He replaced the trip-lever faceplate in my bathtub, remounted a banister railing on the stairs, and fixed the loose plumbing under the kitchen sink that connected to the garbage disposal. He worked efficiently and the cost of his services was very competitive. Will definitely hire him again the next time I'm in need of handyman services.
Get Right Handyman ServicesGet Right Handyman Services
Andrea C.
I had several jobs of which I wasn't sure what or if could be fix. Ron explained what he can do how long it would take and how much I would cost. He even went to hardware store to get items I needed to get repair I will be using them for all my handyman projects
Dad Does It All llcDad Does It All llc
Brenda W.
Jeff installed my new faucet but really did nothing to resolve the toilet issue. Adam quoted $200, I don't consider Jeff's work worthy of that amount. The Handyman website stated $45 per hour, Jeff said "we don't go by that", at that point I just wanted him to leave and didn't argue. I'd be hard-pressed to hire this company again
Project HandymanProject Handyman
Alicia D.
I highly recommend Vince to anyone looking for a reliable handyman. We had an issue with our back door not being secured to the building. It was a safety issue as well as a major problem with ice buildup around the door frame in this cold weather. Vince was able to get out there same day, make the repair, and the price was well within my budget. We're so happy to have this done!
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