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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 Summerville handymen
Bridgetta B.
I was very pleased with my experience with this handyman. I will refer to all my friends.
Flowertown HandymanFlowertown Handyman
Alice N.
Happy to have found Flowertown Handyman. He is great and does good quality work.
Flowertown HandymanFlowertown Handyman
Naomi C.
Low Tide Handyman gave me prompt service with a fare price. Mr. Fields was very Professional. I needed my shutters to be fixed. Which is located on the second floor of my house. One was completely off and the other shutter was coming off. He fixed them both and he also made sure the other two shutters was secure. I was skeptical of hiring a handyman versus hiring a professional shutter repair company. Low tide handyman did a great job. I do recommend this company. I also will get this company again if need be.
Low Tide Handyman Services LLCLow Tide Handyman Services LLC
Deborah H.
Sadly, I had already hired another person for the job. However, Handyman Services seemed to be a good company. They were very helpful. I will consider them for my next job.
OA General Contracting LLCOA General Contracting LLC
Rhett M.
We have found our new handyman! David was just the person we’ve been looking for. He was timely and was very knowledgeable in fixing the problem we had with the junction box to our ceiling fan. Highly recommend!
Fast RepairFast Repair
KaMar G.
I have to give Mr. Deas major props for the job he completed. He identified and fixed several issues left by another handyman, kept me in the loop the entire time and delivered a solid Murphy bed. I will 100 percent call on him again for any of my future work needs.
Door #1 SSSDoor #1 SSS
Nickki P.
Where do I even start...David is my new go to handyman. He's very responsive, courteous, and professional. He not only did a great job assembling my 2 porch rocking chairs he did it in record time (under 45 minutes for both)! So glad I found him on here🙂
Fast RepairFast Repair
Sheneta l.
Wow! Truly God sent! We greatly appreciate the exceptional work & customer service provided! Very reasonable priced! Very professional & punctual! He even took the time out of his schedule to repair my storm door that was not part of the initial project. We are already making plans for our next project with Chief Handyman Service! Thank you again!
Chief's Handyman Services LLCChief's Handyman Services LLC
Elyott L.
Low tide handyman services does an amazing job! Chris is the owner and is very kind and knowledgeable. I grew up with my dad as a contractor and now live in another state. It’s hard to find someone I trust as much as my dad but Chris nailed it. They did a great job at an amazing price. These are the guys to call! I’m so thankful they were able to squeeze us in on short notice too. They’re awesome!
Low Tide Handyman Services LLCLow Tide Handyman Services LLC
Talbot H.
Ah-ma-zing. If you’re in the area or anywhere near it, there is truly no better choice for a handyman of basically any kind. David installed my ceiling fan and rain showerhead. He did a seamless job with the installations; they’re perfect. He was also super fast despite being so thorough and precise. What’s more- he was SO personable (the poor guy - I talked his ear off the whole time he worked because he’s such a pleasure to talk to), funny, and couldn’t be friendlier. 10/5 stars. He’s the only one you want for the job.
Fast RepairFast Repair
Jaclyn F.
Hiring Omar was the greatest decision I made in regards to our home renovation, as he was beyond courteous, professional, polite, and all-around amazing! He went above and beyond the scope of the job and just because he is such a great guy- he even offered to help with items I hadn’t initially requested because he knew I needed the help! I will recommend him to everyone who needs anything from “handyman work” to small reno-jobs to large Remi-jobs as he does it all and does it quickly and efficiently! In addition to his great work and professionalism, he was such a pleasure to have at the house. He was beyond friendly, took the time to make sure I didn’t need help with anything else and was a true gentlemen. The smartest decision anyone can make when it comes to hone repairs, handy work, & renovations is CALL KHEMIRI KONTRACTING! Thank you sincerely Omar and Stay blessed! Jaclyn Fallara
Khemiri KontractingKhemiri Kontracting
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