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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.

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.

Reviews for Providence handymen
David S.
Very punctual, responsive and easy to work with. A great guy and does a fine job. Note: Bob is actually a contractor, not a handyman.
RMPaolino Construction and Property MaintenanceRMPaolino Construction and Property Maintenance
Rui d.
How to easily a dozen handyman projects that needed to be done in the new house we purchased. He arrived on time, gave good suggestions and was able to complete the work in a timely manner.
Thiago Handyman ServicesThiago Handyman Services
Alexandria R.
I was unable to due a walk through with this handyman. Because of this He called me a scammer.. I’m remodeling a two family contractors walk in and out of the vacant house with no issue they give me quote and complete jobs. No professionalism!
Wemakeit EasyWemakeit Easy
Thumbtack Customer
David Hogan is an excellent handyman with reasonable prices. We hired him to do several small jobs including stair repair, installation of a new screen door and painting. He was prompt, pleasant, and did what we asked him to accomplish. We will hire him again.
HDM3 Construction and Cleaning Services IncHDM3 Construction and Cleaning Services Inc
Thumbtack Customer
We hired steve to do a few odd jobs for our business, from setting up a display in the window to assembling desks. He showed up right away and a great job with both projects, and we are very happy with his willingness to do odd jobs. A reliable, all-around handyman.
I&S RemodelingI&S Remodeling
Laura G.
I highly recommend Derrion to help with any handyman job. He was polite, professional and did an amazing job assembling a new desk for us. Thank you for replying so quickly to our request and for fitting us in to your schedule. We are very happy customers and will be contacting you again for future projects.
East Side Repair and InstallEast Side Repair and Install
Desiree G.
Bortie is professional, pleasant, and flexible. We had a variety of work that needed to be done from curtain hanging to doorknob changing to ceiling drywall. Bortie provides us with high quality work. Most importantly, he is kind and more than fair. We will absolutely be calling upon Bortie for all of our handyman needs. If you are looking for professional, high-quality work from a great person hire Bortie!
Bortie TehBortie Teh
Thumbtack Customer
Guenter is very proactive and takes ownership of his projects with extreme ease. He gets details and specs up front and then makes good decisions along the way to completion, very much with an eye towards respecting the character of the house. He is timely, thorough, and is able to spot problems that we weren't able to see in our own house. He also is able to offer high quality design advice given our particular circumstances and, I believe, can do so in a variety of contexts and as regards a range of budgets. He is easy to work with, and far better than any other handyman or renovator we have yet to run into in Providence.
Hans Handyman ServicesHans Handyman Services
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