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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Harrisburg handymen
Christopher G.
George did an awesome job with some small repairs to one of our rental homes. Great Handyman!
717 Junk Hauling & Home Solutions Co717 Junk Hauling & Home Solutions Co
Steve F.
Mike is a hard working handyman while caring about getting it right no matter what it takes to do so. He goes above and beyond giving suggestions when asked. He will fix any problem that may arise related to the project. I would hire him again!
M&M ContractorsM&M Contractors
Travis W.
Bill helped me put together a playset. He showed up 15 minutes early and ready to go. The instructions indicated that it would take 10-14 hours with 2 people and it took us only 8. He worked hard and was very knowledgeable. I would definitely use him again whenever I need a handyman.
Bill I's Handyman Service's LLCBill I's Handyman Service's LLC
Anirudh K.
Iv hired many subcontractors for this rental property and all of them did a great or a reasonably good job on time. This is the only guy I hired who did amateurish work, and completely abandoned the project after taking up another job in the middle of my project. He has over promised and under-delivered. 1. Did not install kitchen cabinets as per contract. 2. Lied about working in my property ,even though I have timestamps from my alarm system , proving he was not at the property for an entire week. 3. Substituted work material without my knowledge or consent. 4. His paint-job had to be redone by my new contractor. 5. Did not fill up sidewalk patches as per contract and the ones that he did fill up needed to be redone. 6. Could not take constructive feedback of his shoddy sidewalk job and stopped showing up to work/ returning calls/text messages after that. 7. When I told him that I have no option but to hire a new handyman, as he has abandoned work and stopped returning my calls , he threatened me with breach of contract. 8. When I told him that I will report him to PA attorney general, he again threatened me with breach of contract. 9. Started criticizing me when I pointed out to him his contractual obligations. I felt unsafe after my interactions with this guy and had to install both interior and exterior security cameras on the property. 10. Left massive amounts of trash unpicked at the property for weeks after contract completion date. 11. Did not honor both his written and verbal agreements to finish the job on time and materially breached the contract himself. 12. Even after he delayed my work, did shoddy work and stopped returning calls, I decided to let it go and repeatedly gave him ample opportunity to return back to job-site to correct his mistakes and finish incomplete work, but he simply refused to do the work. 13. I had to hire another contractor and plumber to redo his work and finish up the incomplete work which ended up costing me more money in the end. If you want quality work , to be done on time, please stay away from this unethical and unprofessional handyman. Do not be fooled by his low prices.
Sanderson Property MaintenanceSanderson Property Maintenance
Ghe'tu B.
I had to think about this because I wanted to take into account. Our porch was badly rotted and falling apart. It was becoming dangerous. I didn't have the money to hire a carpenter so I hired a handyman. I was NOT expecting carpenter quality work just something stable, strong and a bit bigger than what we had before. I GOT ALL OF THAT. What took the rating down was tardiness (came at 9:30 for a one day job) and then left the area around the porch full sawdust and scrap wood after saying they would clean up. Upon inspecting the deck it looked like ran out of wood so some places looked 'improvised.' The stair treads were too narrow for stringers so they need to be replace. I also asked him to come back and do some capping around the new posts that were installed (not part of the original bid). Over all I'm happy with our new porch and it does make me smile(as opposed to giving me heart burn like before it was done. Here are some pics...if I can get them load.
Michael B. OlszewskiMichael B. Olszewski
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