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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Alamo Heights handymen
Carlton F.
You won’t find a better and faster handyman
Mr. Handy PietkaMr. Handy Pietka
Yedlisbett G.
Best handyman services I have ever hired. Knowledgeable and professional
Handy hiHandy hi
Bettina C.
Had a fantastic experience and now have a permanent handyman to suit my needs.
HhsHhs
Tosha D.
The service that I received was excellent and quick. I will recommend Done Right Handyman to anyone.
Done Right ConstructionDone Right Construction
Bryan T.
Israel is the best handyman I have come across. His quality of work is excellent!
Israel LeonIsrael Leon
Ruben L.
Awesome job, I would recommend his services to anyone. He's a well rounded handyman.
Asonganyi and son'sAsonganyi and son's
Ravindranath D.
They were quick to respond to our request regarding a couple of handyman fixes. The communications were smooth and efficient. We are very happy with the quality of work, professionalism, punctuality, and pricing. Thanks to the technician for a job well done! We will use them again for any future handyman jobs.
Bubba's Handyman ServiceBubba's Handyman Service
David G.
J&D did a great job on the handyman projects I requested. The work was done in a timely manner and within the budget we discussed. My storage room cleanout and awning-hanging look great. I will definitely be interested in hiring them again for my handyman needs.
J& D Cleaning and Handyman servicesJ& D Cleaning and Handyman services
Jo A.
Very professional and explained what went wrong. He’ll definitely now my handyman going forward 👍
Israel LeonIsrael Leon
Laura S.
Fast, reasonably priced, very nice man! I think I found my new handyman!
RyanRyan
Cynthia L.
Easy process of finding someone to help with things quickly. Punctual and highly informative. My handyman was Great!
On site maintenance LLCOn site maintenance LLC
Raymond R.
We needed 3 flat-screen TVs installed in our new house. The movers weren't finished until 5pm, but William, with Done Right Handyman, said it was no problem--he would come as late as 8pm if we needed. We will definitely use Done Right Handyman again for future projects.
Done Right ConstructionDone Right Construction
Juliana M.
Great experience. Nice guy, great price. Plan on working with Done Right handyman other times. Recommend!
Done Right ConstructionDone Right Construction
Sid B.
Good guy but only does electrical and nothing else he said. Don’t know why he was listed as a handyman.
Lockdown MoversLockdown Movers
Marcus S.
Handyman review: On time. Very professional. Very transparent. Great quality work & workmanship. Will definitely be using him again.
On site maintenance LLCOn site maintenance LLC
Adrian E.
Steve was awesome and his work was top notch. Happy we went with him and happy that we now have ourselves a handyman.
My handymanMy handyman
Jasmin W.
Joe did an amazing job at my rental house. I will definitely be hiring him again for all my handyman needs.
Home Da VinciHome Da Vinci
Irvin T.
Ivan, was definitely a professional. Who did exactly what he says and more. I recommend Ivan for any of your handyman needs!
Copado ConstructionCopado Construction
Shanya j.
The best handyman I came across! He is honest and did a wonderful job fixing my fan, lights and outdoor curtains and a swing.
77 General Contracting77 General Contracting
LaDonna K.
I was very happy with the work by My Handyman. I will definitely call him again when I need some work done.
My handymanMy handyman
Andrew A.
William is An amazing handyman and works fast. Extremely humble and a joy to work with. Would definitely recommend for a family or business needing his services
Done Right ConstructionDone Right Construction
Nash I.
Sarah and Jessica at Bubbas handyman service were amazing! Super communicative and flexible. Any future help I need I’ll be calling them
Bubba's Handyman ServiceBubba's Handyman Service
Linda M.
Steve was professional and honest throughout each step. The work was completed as promised and on time. Will definitely call on My Handyman for future odd jobs around my home.
My handymanMy handyman
MM P.
Very punctual and efficient! I highly recommend Lloyd for handyman services. I also know he has many more services and expertise that he offers.
Lloyd's ContractingLloyd's Contracting
Thumbtack Customer
Hard to see handyman who are this patient and inviting for all changing minds we had. He patiently worked with us and did complete the project to our satisfaction.
Details Quality Home ServicesDetails Quality Home Services
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