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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average fixed rate for handyman jobs ranges from $120-$175. 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Alexandria handymen
Clifton M.
I was extremely impress with the Obed professionalism, punctuality, and quality of work. He showed up with all of the materials needed to complete the job. He was quick and extremely friendly. I will definitely call him back for any handyman services that I may need in the future. I highly recommend his services to anyone looking for handyman services!!!
Callejas Handyman/HVAC ServiceCallejas Handyman/HVAC Service
Shaunta H.
I had great experience with A to Z Handyman. He was very thorough in completing the job and quick. Will be happy to hire for other projects.
A to Z pristineA to Z pristine
Thumbtack Customer
Hector wasn't just a handyman - he was personable and a great spirit. A job well done. I'll hire him for all my handy needs going forward.
H&S Services dba as Sno-TraxH&S Services dba as Sno-Trax
David R.
We were very happy with the work quality, response and professionalism and will definitely use them again. We also recommend B&C to anyone looking for a handyman
B & C Better Choice LLCB & C Better Choice LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Solid work considering the diversity of handyman projects (install range hood on old plaster/brick wall, Remove a 100 yr. old interior plaster wall, etc...).
Benchmark Custom Builders LLCBenchmark Custom Builders LLC
Ben S.
Herbert is an amazing handyman! I love across the country and I can trust him to complete any of the tasks on my rental home with great quality and in a timely fashion. Highly recommend!!!
High Point Contracting, INC.High Point Contracting, INC.
Beatrice g.
David was a great help. I needed assistance to finish some plank flooring in two bedrooms. He was able to complete the work which looked wonderful. He was polite and a great handyman to have for the project.
Handyman@Your Command LLCHandyman@Your Command LLC
Sherrill H.
Request was for handyman to remove garbage disposer/replace with a new one; and 2 minor electrical repairs. Brian was prompt, courteous, professional, wore booties over shoes, paid attention to details. He noticed disposer seemed almost new; was able to fix problem. He was honest. Could've replaced it. He took extra care in the other 2 minor projects by also inspecting the total fixtures to be sure everything else looked good. Definitely recommend Real which has a handyman service and remodeling, construction. Sherrill
Real Handyman ServicesReal Handyman Services
Thumbtack Customer
I want to echo what the other reviewers have said. They're professional, a step above, and on top of it. I'll use them anytime I need any handyman work done again. Thanks, Labor Neighbor!
Labor Neighbor Relocation & Assembly SpecialistLabor Neighbor Relocation & Assembly Specialist
Maria F.
If you need someone punctual, knowledgeable, and respectful. Local Handyman Pros is the one.. Kevin did a great job, and took care of what I first asked for and another little project I needed. Will hire again.
Local Handyman Pros LLCLocal Handyman Pros LLC
Sherille B.
What awesome customer service. Herbert was by far the BEST Handyman that I've hired through thumbtack. After agreeing on a time and date, Herbert arrived on time and was genuine. I hired him to hang a few curtain rods and a somewhat large mirror. He assessed the space and explained to me how he would hang all of the items. He had everything he needed and worked efficiently. On top of that, his prices were extremely reasonable. I plan on hiring him for ALL of my handyman jobs in the future. Highly recommend!
High Point Contracting, INC.High Point Contracting, INC.
Amy H.
We are not even finished the project but I have to RAVE already. Charles is AMAZING. my shelf in my closet crashed bc previous handyman did not secure to a stud --- he is making this right and ensuring safety and craftsmanship.
Uc-charles servicesUc-charles services
Michael Z.
Uziel helped us install two shower doors. He was professional, meticulous, genuine, and friendly. Easy to communicate and reach out; always works with enthusiasm and smile. A good handyman and a good person. I’ll recommend him to everyone.
Lener Construction LLCLener Construction LLC
Megan K.
I used Michael’s Handyman for a small job - cutting a broken lock off my bike. I called 3 other handyman services in the area and they wouldn’t even consider such a small job. Michael’s came out and did the job very quickly and for a very good price. They responded quickly to all of my messages. They were expecting to arrive earlier than scheduled, and called ahead to make sure that was okay with me, rather than just showing up early. Overall, a very good experience. I will definitely keep Michael’s in mind for future projects!
Michael’s handymanMichael’s handyman
Arielle A.
I did not hire this handyman and the reason is because he wanted $600 to hang some curtain rods, change a few door knobs and attach a toilet paper holder to the wall. Very very over priced for what I was asking him to do.
A to Z pristineA to Z pristine
Thumbtack Customer
Brandon did an excellent job! He showed up on time, did the work as expected and cleaned up after completion. I'd highly recommend him to anyone else seeking a handyman. I intend using Brandon for all my future projects!
1st Home Pro Services LLC1st Home Pro Services LLC
Scott B.
Great experience hiring Michael's Handyman. Helped us out with several small projects around the house including installing wooden shelves, exterior masonry sealing, drywall repair, and other small projects. Will definitely hire again once we've got a new list.
Michael’s handymanMichael’s handyman
Eric W.
Outstanding handyman!! My project was a tough one, and Eduardo guided us through and made sure we got exactly what we wanted. We’ve hired him twice now and we are so relieved we have someone we can trust. We recommend him without hesitation!
Eduardo YusEduardo Yus
Hang N.
I sent emails to three handymen to repair a broken chandelier mounting plate. Ahmad responded within 3-4 hours. I sent him some photos and we were able to arrange a mutually convenient time the following afternoon. Ahmad arrived at the agreed time, he wore a mask and shoe covers, and was very respectful and professional. He had already bought the replacement mounting plate and set right to work. It was apparent that he knew exactly what he was doing and the repair was completed within 40 minutes. My husband and I are extremely happy with the quality of the work and responsiveness. We will definitely reach out to him again the next time we need any handyman jobs around the house. The other two handyman companies? They have yet to respond...
A to Z pristineA to Z pristine
Sherif S.
Amir is a very good handyman, and on top of that he is very courteous, goes out of his way to help his clients. I hired him for a job to install kitchen cabinet handles and he started fixing other items along the way, I was 100% satisfied with the quality of his work. I will definitely hire him again
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Monica P.
Juan was fantastic. I asked him to come a little earlier than planned and he did make it. He did an excellent work in my bathtub and also fixed little requests in no time. His prices are very reasonable. I will definitely hire him again. Want a great handyman? call Juan you will not regret it.
angel's homes remodeling...and General Contractorsangel's homes remodeling...and General Contractors
Corie D.
My Pro Master is fantastic and gets 5 stars when it comes to work quality, professionalism, responsiveness, value and punctuality. I've been looking for a handyman for a while for our 1920's house and I think I've finally found one! They installed curtain rods, removed a powder room vanity, and also installed sconce lighting. I'm happy with the result!
MY PRO MASTER HANDYMAN & CONSTRUCTIONMY PRO MASTER HANDYMAN & CONSTRUCTION
Gerri L.
I'm a real estate agent and needed a handyman to do some of the work involved in preparing a property for market. Angel and his crew were great. They showed up on time, they were pleasant and courteous and they diligently went about completing the myriad of tasks I had given them. They knew what they were doing and they did it well. I will definitely use Angel and his crew for future projects.
angel's homes remodeling...and General Contractorsangel's homes remodeling...and General Contractors
Rosa H.
As a single female, it’s always a little scary to call over a handyman. My mother and I tried to install curtains but weren’t prepared for the concrete and plaster walls in my apartment. My dog pulled on the curtain to get a ball from behind the couch...and the result can be seen in the first photo. Hamid, was prompt and professional. I find his rates to be reasonable and fair. I would 100% hire him again!
H.B Handyman ServicesH.B Handyman Services
Thumbtack Customer
Juan and his associate did a great job for me. We ha d a couple small wall patch jobs and some sticky doors - true handyman tasks. Juan came over promptly, evaluated the job and was able to complete everything that same afternoon. He was courteous, cleaned up after himself and professional. He even pointed out some caulking that our builder missed! We will definitely hire him again.
angel's homes remodeling...and General Contractorsangel's homes remodeling...and General Contractors
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