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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average rate for handyman jobs is $90-$160. 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 fee. Hourly rates for a handyman can average $50-$100 per hour. 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.

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.

Reviews for Philadelphia handymen
Rushi J.
Great handyman!
Eleazar StemnEleazar Stemn
Rick A.
Michael is reliable,affordable and great handyman. Thanks
Rick A.
Michael is reliable,affordable and great handyman. Thanks
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
Thumbtack Customer
Peter has been doing such a great job for me since I hired him to do small handyman projects in my home.
PJA ServicesPJA Services
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
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. 😊
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
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
Gaby S.
He came with his own ladder to install a window privacy film that I bought on amazon. He took exactly an hour and was super efficient. I love the work and I'm so happy he was available to come save day. Book him for future handyman work!
Thumbtack Customer
My daughter wanted to install new shelving in her room, but I live out of state. So I used Thumbtack to source out a handyman for the job. Several replied but we ended up choosing Vinny. I asked my daughter to write this review and she wrote: "Vinny was fantastic! He is very responsive with texting, showed up early to the job, was very enthusiastic and friendly, and did a wonderful job with my two wall shelves. He helped me brainstorm their placement and together we picked two spots that I am very, very happy with. With the second shelf, he ran into a problem with the wall (apparently there was concrete inside it) and he took the extra time to make sure it worked anyway. I can’t say enough positive things about Vinny and I will definitely be calling him next time I need any sort of handyman or construction services."
VM ConstructionVM Construction
Neoshie G.
Marc is a no-nonsense handyman that comes when promised and fixes the item. I have a triplex and for the last month, Marc has been my guy to call to complete maintenance requests. He'll come no matter how small the project. Plus he is a nice guy to work with. I have worked with so many handymen that overcharge, call a horrible job complete, and/or were rude/unprofessional. He has been a lifesaver. Thank you, Marc!
Marc Tregear’s Handyman ServicesMarc Tregear’s Handyman Services
Jean C.
Kenney has done many handyman projects for me. Brand new roof, repair and repainting of damaged ceilings, repainting of bedroom wall, replacement of kitchen and bathroom electrical lights, brand new beautiful railing, porcelain tiles in entryway, repainting of door and power washing of outside cement (looks brand new). Installing another railing, installing curtain rods. I only wish he wasn’t so busy. Thank you Kenney for all your hard work.
FARO  Home SoLutionsFARO Home SoLutions
Sherri S.
After I posted what I needed to get done, Bill promptly responded with a fair estimate. He came the next day to go over what was needed to be done. He was very honest and upfront about each job. He went into detail what it might entail and if it was necessary (we are putting our house up for sale) . In less than a week after the initial contact, he finished the work. We will definitely be hiring Bill again and will refer him to others that need a licensed handyman.
BHS ServicesBHS Services
Patricia G.
I fully recommend Mikhail. We are so happy we found him. He is an excellent handyman--skilled, pleasant, kind, and very reasonably priced. He worked very carefully and conscientiously, taking the time to avoid mistakes and getting sure the job is done perfectly well, beginning to end (hanging several mirrors, a curtain rod, changing many light fixtures, fixing kitchen cabinets, installing bathroom towel bars). I will hire him again in the future without any hesitation.
Maintenance 4 UMaintenance 4 U
Emma P.
I just found out that my dishwasher is leaking, he did not put it correctly on the floor, on one side is it higher on my new floor, on the other side it is lower on the old floor....my new floor got wet all over when i used the dishwasher just now...He forgot to attach the D/W to the new countertop initially...now this I don't know... This Handyman is lying about the work...I did NOT run the D/W at the time when he attached it to the counter top...we went to near -by WAWA to get $$ for him....
Advanced Construction Design LlcAdvanced Construction Design Llc
Landon T.
I would not recommend this handyman for hire. I posted an ad here on thumbtack. Hughes Home Improvements responded with their contact information . I spoke with Ed Hughes by phone and text several times confirming that he was helping us with our project. I even shot him a text the day before and he said we were good to go. The morning of the project he cancels saying he is not going to be able to do the job. Leaving us to have to rearrange our whole day postpone our project and hire an expensive contractor to do the job last minute. Zero stars.
Hughes Home ImprovementsHughes Home Improvements
Mark T.
So far Phil has replaced my hot water heater and put in a new light by my front door. I plan to have Phil hide cabling for a TV, mount security cameras, fix an issue with my skylight, build a storage cube, replace some two prong receptacles with three prong and patch my front steps. Phil has given me suggestions that have reduced the amount of outlay for materials. His advice and expertise has helped keep the cost of various small projects reasonable. I plan to use Phil for my handyman needs going forward.
ForeStar ServicesForeStar Services
Dana T.
Lee is a solid handyman. He knows what he’s doing and does quality work. I had numerous maintenance things piled up that needed to be fixed. He started by rehanging my mail box, fixed the front door, replaced screws on my medicine cabinet, kitchen cabinets, put pantry door on track, repaired ceiling fan in my kitchen, installed wall mounted broom organizer, installed vinyl privacy film on dining room window, tighten screws in dining room chairs, fixed door knob in dining room, removed exterior light fixture, fixed back door and even looked at my washer for good measure that was on the blink. I will definitely used him again for other projects that come up. The holidays are coming and everyone wants their home to be shown in the best light. The real bonus is that he very reasonable. I highly recommend him.
Man with a Bucket of ToolsMan with a Bucket of Tools
Elizabeth S.
I had a washer and dryer that needed installation & I didn't have the parts I needed either. I put out a request and Lee was among those who responded. I could tell by our initial interactions he was a really down to earth, honest and interesting person. He gave me a reasonable quote which included labor and parts and was available within a day or two. I'd explained that I wasn't sure if the dryer was gas or electric. We couldn't find a place on the machine for a gas hookup and initially assumed it was electric. Lee showed up with his trolley of tools right around when he said he would. He hooked up the washer and vented the dryer meticulously and ran both through several cycles to make sure everything was done properly. The dryer tumbled but wasn't getting hot & we still couldn't find the gas hookup on the machine. We assumed it would eventually heat up and Lee went on to his next job. On his way there he texted me saying that the dryer issue was bugging him so he did some research on the make and model and found out it was indeed a gas dryer. I was really impressed by his concern for a stranger. He said he'd finish his job, pick up the part he needed and come back that day. He came back but bought the wrong part. It was late in the afternoon so he exchanged it and came back the next day to finish. We were finally in business! He made 3 trips to my home, and three trips to Home Depot to pick up parts and he stayed true to his quote.Like many of us who are trying to get by, Lee relies on public transportation to get and from each job, and to and from Home Depot to pick up parts when necessary. I want you to know that Lee will not show up in a crisp uniform with a clipboard and a shiny toolbox. His hands are well worn & dirty, and his clothes look like he's spent a long day working-because he has.He has a background in construction and has one of those minds that loves learning how fix and repair new things. He's an all around fantastic handyman and I can't wait to give him more business as soon as I can. Lee is someone who was skilled and hungry to find work. After trying traditional routes, he saw an ad online for Thumbtack. I really commend the great lengths he has gone through to start this venture for himself. Hire Lee. He's honest, kind, skilled and very reasonably priced, especially given his expertise and work product. You won't regret it!
Man with a Bucket of ToolsMan with a Bucket of Tools
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