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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Center City handymen
Pat J.
Handyman never showed to do the job.
ProhouzzProhouzz
Dorri L.
*HANDYMAN K Did A Very Good Job Installing The Ring. I Will Be Calling On Him Again For Other HANDYMAN Jobs Around The House...Keep Up The Good Work "K".
Handyman KHandyman K
Anna P.
I now have a reliable, professional handyman. He’s punctual and works fast.
Active HandymanActive Handyman
Anish K.
Punctual, professional, good quality - want to make him my go to handyman
Man with a Bucket of ToolsMan with a Bucket of Tools
Me C.
Handyman K responded right away and immediately helped us with a leak. Great work!
Handyman KHandyman K
LaShae D.
Hey did a great job! He will be my handyman moving forward. Thanks for coming to Philly!
Furniture Services By MakellFurniture Services By Makell
Yvette C.
My bathroom cabinet looks absolutely beautiful!! The Man with a Bucket of Tools is the right handyman for me.
Man with a Bucket of ToolsMan with a Bucket of Tools
Leonard M.
Steve Handyman Services did an excellent job. I will definitely use Steve for future jobs
Steves Handyman ServicesSteves Handyman Services
Dominick S.
“Glad I picked Mr. Handyman K. He was on time, very efficient, and cleaned up afterword. The job was done exactly as I wanted it.
Handyman KHandyman K
Cassandra D.
John was such a great handyman! He was professional knowledgeable and did everything that I needed and then some! I highly recommend him to hire for your next job!
Just With HandsJust With Hands
Chuck W.
Kevin was super nice and punctual and very easy to work with. I will definitely use him again and would recommend him for any of your handyman needs!
Kevin White - Helpful HandymanKevin White - Helpful Handyman
Dallice T.
Hutch Handyman Service was great Explained what needed to be done and went straight to work. Was knowledgeable about what I need. I would highly recommend.
Hutch Handyman ServicesHutch Handyman Services
Nikki M.
The handyman showed up on time and was able to quickly get the work done. We were able to clear that room out for my mom quickly after they left!
Touch by Angels llcTouch by Angels llc
Lori N.
Jr was great to work with. He was quick to respond to my request and questions, arrived on time and worked efficiently and thoroughly. I will definitely hire again and would recommend to anyone looking for a handyman.
Junior repairJunior repair
Denise B.
John is absolutely a great handyman.... so honest.... if he is unable to do a job he will tell you instead of doing it and messing it up..... I look forward to seeing him soon....
Night and Weekend Home RepairNight and Weekend Home Repair
Sarah B.
Steve is amazing! He was a Godsend when I really needed a handyman. Steve is very nice and personable, reliable, responsive, efficient, honest and spent the entire day doing repairs, including many that were unanticipated. The work quality is great, his rates are extremely fair and he scheduled the work in right away. Steve also gave me a lot of good advice regarding how to manage things for the future. I recommend him highly to anyone looking for handyman services!
Steves Handyman ServicesSteves Handyman Services
Susan s.
Donald was great, pleasant, friendly and was able to explain what he was doing and the best way to complete the tasks I needed done. I will recommend Donald to people I know looking for a handyman.
Vital SecurityVital Security
Debbye W.
Absolutely fabulous! I’ve found my Handyman. Polite, professional and skilled, he got the job done with no problems... AND HE CAME DURING THE STORM! Thank you Burak and see you for the next job. 😊
ProhouzzProhouzz
Kayla W.
Repeat customer here! Can’t recommend Nate enough. My washer valve was leaking and he was able to come out on short notice to repair. I’ll be calling Nate for all my future handyman needs!
Hutch Handyman ServicesHutch Handyman Services
Jeanette P.
Ikeam replied back to me right away. He was very polite, came the same day I called him and got the job done in a professional manor. I think I found my Handyman :)
Nephewz  constructionNephewz construction
Carolyn H.
They did an awesome job. I am going to use them again for over projects In my house. If ur looking for a good handyman they r the ones you want. They r my new go to guys
GD CONSTRUCTIONGD CONSTRUCTION
Tejal M.
Great job hanging up a complicated and heavy painting in my living room. He was professional, the work was impeccable and he was very fairly and reasonably priced. I will be using him for all my future handyman needs!!
SteigiesSteigies
Chad C.
Damien showed up and replaced an exhaust fan in the bathroom in no time at all. His prices were reasonable and he has a wide range of skills when it comes to being a handyman. I will be using him for many projects in the future.
Wolf Property Management LLCWolf Property Management LLC
Peter L.
Lee was just amazing, friendly and responsive. He replied to me at noon and was out to the property within couple of hours. I would highly recommend Lee if anyone needed a handyman that hustles. He will be my go to guy from now on.
Man with a Bucket of ToolsMan with a Bucket of Tools
K. M.
Damian responded quickly to my request and gave me a fair price. He showed up on time and worked the same day and next day until the problem was resolved. He was polite and professional. I highly recommend him for any handyman project.
Wolf Property Management LLCWolf Property Management LLC
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