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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 Columbia handymen
Janice R.
The handyman was very friendly and didn't mind answering any questions l had.
Cransten Handyman and Remodeling- Columbia, SCCransten Handyman and Remodeling- Columbia, SC
Lea W.
Matthew is a very good handyman at all aspects! I would hire him again!
Matthew ClarkMatthew Clark
Julia N.
This was my first experience with a handyman, because my husband use to doing everything like this, when he was alive. The experience with this Handyman was just so comforting to know he knew how to handle this project with ease and stress free.It brought great comfort to me that someone was there to help. Thank you
Better Way Maintenance/Repair Service L.L.C.Better Way Maintenance/Repair Service L.L.C.
Eboni V.
Ro was such a professional! He was timely, respectful and knowledgeable. I will surely contact him for all if my handyman needs! Thank you
Holmes WorkHolmes Work
Quantina H.
We had a very positive experience with Cransten. Matt was timely, efficient, and professional. We will certainly use their handyman services again.
Cransten Handyman and Remodeling- Columbia, SCCransten Handyman and Remodeling- Columbia, SC
Sy O.
Truly appreciated the work he did and how he took the time to make sure all was okay. Will be contacting in the future for handyman needs. Thank you!
Better Way Maintenance/Repair Service L.L.C.Better Way Maintenance/Repair Service L.L.C.
Daniel p.
Highly recommend Josh for any and all handyman/contracting work. He was on time and delivered everything he promised and ill definitely hire him again in the future.
Countryside Mowing and Maintenance LLCCountryside Mowing and Maintenance LLC
Delphine B.
Dave is a superb handyman. I have and will continue to recommend him to my friends and colleagues. So glad I found him as he has integrity and is reliable.
Superior TouchSuperior Touch
Ayana R.
He was great! Came when he said and immediately got to work and was finished in a reasonable time. I will definitely hire him again for any items I need around the hiuse that requires a handyman!
Superior TouchSuperior Touch
Alex W.
Jordan with Patriot Handyman Services was great! Helped get our lights installed quickly and fixed a shortcut the builder made on the original install- highly recommend him and will be calling him back for more projects in the future!
Patriot Handyman Services LLCPatriot Handyman Services LLC
Alisa P.
Ricky was a lifesaver! I had family to come visit and needed a handyman at the last minute to install a bathroom vanity mirrored wall cabinet, set up a new Weber grill, and a storage bin for our patio. I put a bid out saying I needed someone in two days and Ricky not only responded immediately to my bid, he showed up and did a wonderful job, was very courteous and professional, and even though my initial request was just for the bathroom cabinet, he put together the other two pieces after asking if there was anything else I needed his help with get my set up. What he charged was reasonable for the amount of work and short notice. I would not only HIGHLY recommend Ricky as a handyman but absolutely plan on reaching out to him the next time I’m in need of a handyman. Thanks for doing an excellent job, Ricky! -Alisa P
Ricky HolmanRicky Holman
Lekisha J.
Outstanding! Hired this pro to turn my craftroom/workshop into a creative and inspirational space. He did this promptly, quickly, and professionally, making suggestions to improve my vision while keeping the prices very reasonable. He will be my handyman for life!!
Superior TouchSuperior Touch
Andrea F.
Mr. Wilson was very professional, easy to work with, and his work is top notch!!!! He did everything with a smile. I will definitely be calling this company again when needed. And of course, I would recommend this company for any handyman needs!!!
Priority Property PreservationPriority Property Preservation
Thumbtack Customer
Installed 3 ceiling fans & mounted a tv. Dennis was extremely professional and polite. He finished all projects in a timely fashion and worked around my schedule to accomplish the tasks. Definitely Recommend him and will be using him again for my future "handyman" needs.
Alternating Current ElectricAlternating Current Electric
Lanita L.
Mr Holmes contacted me and solved my problem the same day. I have been looking for a handyman for YEARS. I do most of my own work around my house but there are something's that require a professional touch. Mr Holmes is definitely that professional!
Holmes WorkHolmes Work
Lindsey C.
Hired Superior Touch to hook up my washer and dryer and it was a quick and easy process. Very responsive via text, knew what he was doing, arrived on time. I’ve already got another job lined up for him. Finding a good handyman is invaluable!
Superior TouchSuperior Touch
Candace W.
I def will recommend Top Choice Home Improvement to provide any handyman services .This handy man was very punctual and professional.He provided above and beyond service and i am very pleased with the services!!!I am very pleased with his quick response!!!!!Thanks for everything!!!!!
Top Choice Home ImprovementTop Choice Home Improvement
Angel S.
Moving onto to another Pro for the handyman services I requested. This Pro does not respond within a timely manner at all. I reached out he gave me his cell number he requested details; I asked which details he needed with no response but I see him active on this app as I type this message.
Pro Home ImprovementPro Home Improvement
Thumbtack Customer
Is not qualified to be a handyman I had to help with a lot of the project's and explain to him how it they should be done it also took him along time to respond to me and commit to a date to come and do the project's The first day he came he was not able to complete the project's because he did not have the proper tools? The second day that he came he had to leave in the middle of the project's to go and finish another job
Woodbrown Home ServicesWoodbrown Home Services
Deonza M.
It is refreshing to deal with someone who valued my opinion and follows through with the project as discussed down to the detail. Mr. Ricardo was punctual, attentive to detail, and honest about the job. His professionalism was second to none. I will definitely recommend to anyone who is in need of a knowledgeable handyman. I will most definitely be using A+ Home Repair for my future projects. Thank you Mr. Ricardo for all of the work you did to improve my home!
A+ Home Repair and RenovationA+ Home Repair and Renovation
Nona M.
Ryan did what he said in the time frame he gave at the cost he quoted. He showed up did the job I ask him to do and few extra things. I love mini makeover to both the master bathroom and spare bathroom. Love my new floors and vanity tops!!!! Great job!!! Already have my next job in the works for him. Best handyman I have found!
Lionheart RenovationsLionheart Renovations
Claudia S.
He ripped me off! His work is poor quality. He was supposed to fix rotting wood trim. He had uneven unions, did not address all rotted areas just covered it caulking. His work is patched work to hide the issue instead of doing what you paid him to do. He should not be allowed to advertise himself in this platform as a handyman because he is certainly not. Unless you want to throw your money away do not work with this guy.
Lonestar FencingLonestar Fencing
James J.
Originally needed a handyman to remove brick from the top of my chimney. Initially, Chris was prompt to inspect what needed to be done (this was July this year). He needed to rent some equipment to complete the work safely, which was fine, the problem came with executing the work. We would set a date, I would ensure someone would be home to move cars and make sure he could get to the chimney and then he would never show. Very difficult to contact and would not provide updates on the days we tried to have the work done meaning my time was wasted waiting at home on the days we scheduled. Giving the benefit of the doubt this isn't the usual handyman work and there was a family emergency on his end which set us back, which I was completely understanding of, but now we are reaching the end of October and the work is still not done. I'm sure if you need less complicated handywork done Chris would be fine, but my experience was like pulling teeth. I would rather just have him communicate clearly that he no longer wants to do the work, so then I could pursue other ways to get this work done.
Pro Home ImprovementPro Home Improvement
Faith S.
He got the job done. Was on the phone being loud, which is unprofessional and he didn’t complete the tasks at hand or inform me about being charged extra fees in advance even though he left for a long time just to get bolts. When he left for bolts he went to purchase something and kindly slid in the receipt as an additional fee. Most handymen don’t charge you for common or minimal supplies such as nails,screws, tacks, etc. The task was dragged because he was off and on the phone with personal calls and left. I asked for a partial refund not even half and he declined with an attitude. I am happy he fixed at least the most important project but I don’t recommend. He’s too unprofessional for me. I usually use another handyman on here named Matthew Clark he’s great all-round but he was unavailable. Check him out if you’d like a true pro. I wasn’t going to say anything but I don’t want anyone else experiencing anything unnecessary. I definitely recommend reading the reviews or requesting Matthew Clark.
ADC Enterprise LLCADC Enterprise LLC
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