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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.
Reviews for Columbia handymen
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly, competent, reliable, affordable! They are now at the top of my list for handyman jobs!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dianne B.
Wow!! The best handyman experience ever!! We wish that we had found Howie months ago - after several months of renovations it was great to finally find someone who was trustworthy and professional. Howie quoted the price and the job and did not increase it once on site (as many others have done recently). We can't wait to hire Howie again and tell all of our friends and neighbors about his work. Wonderful, awesome experience.
Handy HowieHandy Howie
Promila R.
My experience with David and his wife (Laura) was excellent. David is very professional and loves his job. He is committed to quality. We had an incident where a window was accidentally broken while he was caulking the exterior of my house. He made multiple trips in order to fix the issue. Now the window is better than new! Thank you David! I would recommend him to anyone looking for a handyman Promila Rao, MD, MHA
Gray Home ServicesGray Home Services
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