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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 Plum handymen
Stephen J.
Great handyman! Fixed my issue in no time!
Mr. Philip's Home Services, LLCMr. Philip's Home Services, LLC
Mara L.
Excellent handyman. Highly recommended. He was very reliable.
Four-Square BuildersFour-Square Builders
Bill A.
I am very happy with Eric’s Handyman Services work. Eric was on time, went above and beyond to complete the tasks at hand that we needed repaired. I would recommend his services to anyone in need of a Handyman.
Eric’s Handyman ServicesEric’s Handyman Services
Lisa L.
Quality work and on time! I am going to make David my new handyman!
Loft Home ServicesLoft Home Services
Amy P.
Did a nice job but was not upfront about hidden cost that other handyman were upfront about.
Shark Building LLC.Shark Building LLC.
Nagarjuna K.
They have done a awesome work. I would recommend them for any handyman work people need.
Clark Family Projects LLCClark Family Projects LLC
Mark G.
Great handyman! He came right on time and quickly fixed our kitchen cabinet in a half hour. Would definitely use again!
Loft Home ServicesLoft Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
Charles is a great handyman, who will do small or large projects at an affordable price. He's very knowledgeable, and very personable. Definitely recommended.
Parham Design LLC.  8am/7pmParham Design LLC. 8am/7pm
Jonathan R.
We hired Sly Construction for some Handyman work at a current project we have. They were punctual and communicative. Will absolutely be hiring again.
Sly Construction and LandscapingSly Construction and Landscaping
Mohammad A.
Great Handyman. initially we had little misunderstanding but we talked out. He went to my place as scheduled and looked at the problem. I liked the honesty that he wasn't quite licensed to do the job and offered me to do more as it comes for handyman kind of project. He also suggested me his friends who can do the job having license for it. Loved his professionalism.
Parham Design LLC.  8am/7pmParham Design LLC. 8am/7pm
Patrick M.
Dealing with Mark and Shelby was amazing! I would def reffer Shark for any of your handyman or home remodeling projects. The picture doesnt even do justice.
Shark Building LLC.Shark Building LLC.
Susan C.
Used Embaugh’s Handyman Services to remove & dispose of an old deck & hot tub. Very professional & completed work in a timely manner. Would use him again for other projects!
Embaugh's Handyman ServiceEmbaugh's Handyman Service
Charles K.
Excellent work by Derek. He was professional, affordable, punctual and most of all, responsive to all communication. I highly recommend McFadden Handyman Service and will use them again when needed!
Russ K.
We highly recommend Embaugh's Handyman Services. Ron and his helper installed carpet on our front porch. The quality of the work is great. They were very professional and we highly recommend them.
Embaugh's Handyman ServiceEmbaugh's Handyman Service
Amy K.
Joe was absolutely great to work with...hard-working, affordable and on-time. It was mostly smaller-scale handyman jobs, and I even scheduled a follow-up day/time with him to complete more projects around the house.
Liberty & Pride Home ServicesLiberty & Pride Home Services
Elizabeth A.
The Happy Handyman came on short notice the next day and did a great job installing the ceiling fan. The price was very reasonable too. Highly recommend. I will most likely be calling him for future projects.
Happy Handyman ServicesHappy Handyman Services
Tawnya B.
I was very pleased with McFadden Handyman Services. He was on time (which is very important to me) and honest. An area of siding fell off the side of my mother’s home. McFadden pointed out the cause which was dry rotted wood. He was able to successfully cover the area which will be a great relief to my mother. I was impressed with his timeliness and professionalism. I have recommended him to a couple of friends who were looking for a good handyman. I definitely will be in touch with McFadden for projects I need completed at my own home.
Caitlin G.
Mike was wonderful to work with. He was very responsive, completed everything we needed done in our home professionally and efficiently. His rates were very reasonable. I would recommend him for handyman tasks you may have.
M&M MaintenanceM&M Maintenance
K. M.
Handyman Mike was Professional, Reponsive, & Punctual. He showed up early for the job and was prepared to handle the task. The work was of high quality with exceptional value. He installed the lock on the exterior door with ease. Very satisfied with the quality of work provided.
Handyman MikeHandyman Mike
Susan S.
Handyman Mike figured out why the light wouldn't work, fixed the switch, and put everything back together. I was pleased with his friendly, professional manor. This is someone I will definitely call again when I need handy work done.
Handyman MikeHandyman Mike
Emily B.
Clay arrived exactly on time. He finished the job in just a bit over an hour---the fastest I've seen someone put together IKEA furniture. And the 2 sets of drawers are beautifully assembled! I'll definitely hire him again for any handyman jobs in the future.
Benedict SolutionsBenedict Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Charles came very shortly after our request, came on time and was very courteous, professional and wanted to do the job the way we wanted it done. Very reasonable cost and we will use him again. Not easy finding a dependable, competent and affordable handyman, and Charles is it!
Parham Design LLC.  8am/7pmParham Design LLC. 8am/7pm
Thumbtack Customer
The service provided was excellent. Ed answered all scheduling communication promptly, arrived when scheduled, and quickly and efficiently performed the garbage disposal replacement as described and quoted. Afterwards to took the time to walk through the house with me and consulted on other needs/future projects I had in mind. I will definitely be using his services for all of my future handyman needs.
Helms Home Maintenance Services LLCHelms Home Maintenance Services LLC
Brian D.
I didn't actually hire them. The Thumbtack app won't allow me to proceed unless I choose one of the 2 handyman they recommended. I picked TruBlue so that the Thumbtack app would complete this task and quit badgering me. On a bright note, I did meet with Matt from TruBlue. He was a great guy. Very helpful and informative. I envision using his company for future projects.
TruBlue House Care of CranberryTruBlue House Care of Cranberry
Thumbtack Customer
Charles disassembled and then reinstalled a closet system in our new home and he did a great job. In the past I have found it difficult to hire a handyman to do a small job like this, and I found it very helpful that Charles responded immediately to my request for the job. Additionally, he was very flexible and accommodating in terms of timing and availability. We will definitely be hiring Charles again for other jobs around our new house!
Parham Design LLC.  8am/7pmParham Design LLC. 8am/7pm
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