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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 Charleston handymen
Thumbtack Customer
He was very respectable, kind, and hardworking. I have definitely found my handyman.
Jerry's I'll Fix ItJerry's I'll Fix It
Steven B.
We were very happy with Low Tide Handyman. I would and have already recommended them.
Low Tide Handyman Services LLCLow Tide Handyman Services LLC
Marc M.
George did a first class job. He went beyond the call of duty. He is an all around handyman.
George's Furniture Assembly & Handyman ServicesGeorge's Furniture Assembly & Handyman Services
Camille P.
Outstanding handyman. Exceeds expectations. Knows how to do many things. Very pleasant and responsive. Will be using him again.
CJ Property SolutionsCJ Property Solutions
Allen T.
Nothing short of awesome working with him. He is my exclusive handyman for my businesses in Charleston. Awesome work and very fair!
Fast RepairFast Repair
Melody H.
Dylan was polite, quick and efficient. He got the job done, despite me not having the proper replacement piece. A true handyman!
SandersoncustomsSandersoncustoms
Christine W.
Lynx Handyman Services rehung a broken door. He knew exactly what he needed to do the job and completed it efficiently. He was courteous and punctual.
Torelli Handyman ServicesTorelli Handyman Services
Karen A.
Exceeded expectations. After two visits, both on time, efficient and high quality, we have finally found our go-to handyman. Steve is a pro! You will not be disappointed.
Chief's Handyman Services LLCChief's Handyman Services LLC
Erika L.
Helped me hang a TV as a surprise for my husband on SUPER short notice. I will definitely call again in the future for any handyman needs I may have!
Door #1 SSSDoor #1 SSS
John H.
I've hire many handyman and carpenters over the year. P&C is top 1%. Truly cares about his work. Extremely professional. A++ communication. Do not hesitate to hire.
Plane & Chisel Finish CarpentryPlane & Chisel Finish Carpentry
Thumbtack Customer
I will definitely use this company again. The guy who came out to help knew everything. My post on facebook was "Um. I just met the handyman of the century. For real. I almost died I was so happy when he replaced my stuff in no time at all." I had to have my disposal replaced and was able to ask the handyman his opinion on other things in the house that I may need someone to look at at a later time while he was working. I am confident he could probably fix or tell me what is going on with just about anything. It is such a relief to find a good handyman. I hesitated for so long getting things fixed. I am a single woman and felt very safe having him in my home.
Roberts Construction of CharlestonRoberts Construction of Charleston
Matthew R.
David is a true 5 STAR handyman that can do it all. No project too big or little. Super friendly and promptly responds. Excellent work with attention to detail. Will use again and again. Thanks David !
Fast RepairFast Repair
Ellie C.
David is great! He responded immediately...he came prepared...he installed our sewer cap in less than 5 minutes. It was amazing to watch. David is now our "go-to" handyman. Thanks, David!!!
Fast RepairFast Repair
Missy K.
George was very polite, punctual and hardworking. He and his nephew worked on a very difficult chandelier for four hours and then continued the rest of the work with out breaks. I admired his work ethic and will be scheduling him for more handyman items around the house.
George's Furniture Assembly & Handyman ServicesGeorge's Furniture Assembly & Handyman Services
Karen N.
I would highly recommend George for any of your handyman needs. He was extremely professional and friendly. His work quality was excellent. Very responsive and punctual. Thanks again George for a great job well done! Karen w/ AM Conservation Group
George's Furniture Assembly & Handyman ServicesGeorge's Furniture Assembly & Handyman Services
Jayya Y.
He came to help me assemble my bed and even though it was already late when I contacted him, he came to help me the same day. He is a very nice person, and very professional. I recommend Glassbow to anybody that needs a good and reliable handyman.
GlassbowGlassbow
Samantha H.
Omar was fantastic! I will definitely be contacting him for future work! He was exceptionally polite, punctual, did a great job, cleaned everything up & kept me updated throughout the project. I’ve been looking for a great handyman since I bought my first home last year and I’ve finally found one!
Khemiri KontractingKhemiri Kontracting
Monica C.
Handyman Jeff was hired to fix our side door to garage that had dry rot, and also repair a stubborn-to-open backyard fence door. Jeff was punctual and pleasant. He completed the repairs in a timely fashion, and he thoroughly explained what he had to do. I'm very happy with his quality of work and will hire again.
Jeff VosburghJeff Vosburgh
Drenna B.
Brandon was the perfect handyman. I needed a new toilet installed and he picked it up at Lowe's, saving me a delivery fee. He was very courteous, knowledgeable, efficient, and even took the packing box and old toilet away for disposal. He left the workspace immaculate. I will definitely hire him again and highly recommend him.
Brandon's home repairsBrandon's home repairs
Kyra C.
I was in need of a handyman to hang two mirrors. Seems simple, but i have a tendency to hammer/drill unnecessary holes so it was such a relief to have a professional. The installation was so fast i couldn’t believe when he said he was done. I would highly recommend Bennett (i think that was his name) for his professionalism & efficiency!
Cool Breeze RepairsCool Breeze Repairs
Jeff H.
The woman in charge of T & C Cleaning is a nice woman of integrity. I would've rated them terrible if it weren't for her and I'm sorry to her for having to rate them so poorly as I realize what this can do to a company's reputation on the internet, however, I had a terrible experience. The sliding door was installed inside out (because they didn't realize there was security hardware included in the kit) and couldn't secure the door after losing the pieces. Speaking of missing pieces, they said the door wouldn't lock because it didn't come with one (it did). It basically ended up me standing over them holding the manual insisting that the door could be installed properly. It was a waste of my time. There's missing hardware (my screendoor won't lock) and several of the screws are stripped and will have to be replaced. Oh, I almost forgot they tried to walk out the door saying the job was finished when there was a giant hole that needed to be sealed. I should've known better, though when I got a call from the handyman on his way over for the quote and he forgot to hang up the phone while he swore up a storm about how he had to come do a quote. My second red flag was how they were blasting music from their truck in my driveway when they pulled up. There's a serious lack of professionalism on the handyman side. I hope this nice woman can find a better handyman to associate with.
T & C Cleaning 843 Handyman Services LLCT & C Cleaning 843 Handyman Services LLC
Shayne E.
Scammer alert! The worst Thumbtack experience I’ve had. I’m pretty sure this guy goes around “quoting” people 4x the standard rate in order to charge an 85$ fee. I asked for a few simple cuts on a subfloor and baseboard, and to screw down some sheathing and was quoted 4 times more that it should cost. It was even my materials, I simply did not have the tools to do it. He quoted me 685$ for “a couple of hours” of work. Throughout the process he was trying to get me to pay a fee - he was at my house for 5 minutes and said “I need to go get some wood at the warehouse”. Didn’t hear back for 3 hours “phone died” and then gave me this quote. I tried to negotiate and he told me “do you want quality or a handyman”. Pretty sure after reading reviews his game is to go “consult” people for an 85$ fee and then charge 4 times the normal amount. I’ve reported him to Thumbtack and this experience makes me want to take business off this site.
Quality Construction & PlumbingQuality Construction & Plumbing
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