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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 Memphis handymen
Viviana M.
Benny with B’$ Handyman did an amazing job. Will definitely hire him again for future projects.
B’$ Home improvement contractorB’$ Home improvement contractor
Michael R.
Not able to get job done as handyman unreachable after accepting job. Perhaps he’s having phone difficulties.
Barringer Home Repair ServiceBarringer Home Repair Service
McCall D.
Would absolutely recommend! Helped fix a complicated light fixture that another handyman couldn't complete. will definitely use in the future.
Imperial RenovationImperial Renovation
Jasmine S.
Amazing handyman! I needed him for a last minute project for a guest and he helped me without hesitation. Very affordable!
Handyhelp LLCHandyhelp LLC
Zequita B.
Replied to my request quickly came out next day for a quote 2 days later work complete. Very professional and giving the most economical solution. Will use him again for my handyman needs.
B’$ Home improvement contractorB’$ Home improvement contractor
Melody G.
I needed a few repairs done - wooden bed frame repair and a few minor plumbing and handyman issues. The work went quicker than I anticipated and he is responsive on here. I would use again. Thanks!
The Quick ConnectThe Quick Connect
Shelby R.
Handyman Help...He called ahead of time when he was on his way. He came on time. He replaced my bathroom vent fan. Need l say anything else. Will definitely use again. Thanks!
Handyhelp LLCHandyhelp LLC
Alerie D.
Ennio has been a great help in building our furniture. He goes above and beyond in helping us with what we need. He also provides timely updates about his progress which we really appreciates. Definitely recommending him for your handyman works.
Diversity Handyman Services LLC.Diversity Handyman Services LLC.
Angelicque m.
Handyman Conin was absolutely awesome and such a huge help in getting these journey of projects completed: Bed breakdown and new bed installation Replaced four light fixtures Have a heavy mirror Replacing fan with new fan Oh wow educating me on some things that could cause safety hazards.
Joe B.
They were great. Needed a few “simple jobs” done and they took care of them. One of the jobs was (of course) not as straightforward once they got into it, but they were able to troubleshoot it and got it done. Very responsive, worked me in the same day! I’ll be looking to use them again for my household/handyman needs again.
BMW Property ServicesBMW Property Services
Nithya s.
They did an amazing job !. They are very professional, they clean up after the work is done, they are willing to go an extra mile to get the job done. They did repair works on our kitchen cabinets, plumbing job and installed blinds . We would definitely call them again if we need any handyman services.
Robertson RemodelingRobertson Remodeling
Page M.
Christopher and his wife were fantastic! They repaired 13 doors that were not closing properly. Discussed future projects. Excellent professionalism and attention to detail. Arrived within the time frame given…that’s rare these days! All work areas cleaned up and all work completed in a couple of hours!! I have found an excellent handyman….thanks for a job well done!
Sheryl L.
Kenny came out and hung something for me. It was done to perfection. He is so knowledgeable of different types of repair. I have already contacted him again to come out next week and I have some other things in mind to have him do real soon. He is very personable, professional, and reasonable. I have found my handyman for all my future projects. I cannot say enough about him! I was very pleased.
Handy Home RepairsHandy Home Repairs
Carl L.
JR is the absolutely best, fastest, most versatile, and hardest working handyman I have ever hired. For over 40 years I have been hiring and he has given high quality work at a low price. The man has talent. He is a carpenter, floor installer, ceiling repair and he is great at figuring out solutions. I never recommend anyone, but I am truly impressed with John and he gets my highest recommendation to all that need help with their home projects.
Jrs contractingJrs contracting
Sheryl L.
I had a issue with my ceiling, a light, and a sink and had no idea how to correct them without it being very expensive or laborious. He came over accessed the situation and came up with a fantastic way to repair everything without it really costing much in materials. I am selling the house so he made some other minor suggestions to improve the house and I loved them. He did the work I am thrilled about everything. In the middle of doing those things I had to call him to come to the house where I now live to repair a pipe under the kitchen sink. He came and found what the issue was and fixed it correctly. A prior contractor had the pipes all wrong and it was causing issues and he solved the issue and a couple of other things without trying to overcharge. He is honest, fair, and does very excellent work. He is my handyman from now on. I have some other projects lined up for him. I give him 10 stars!!!!
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