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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 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.

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.

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.

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 Alexandria handymen
Dion G.
Great go to handyman. He is very reasonable and responsive when needed.
Screen shot-handymanScreen shot-handyman
Tess B.
Kevin did great work on short notice. Highly recommend him to anyone needing a handyman.
Local Handyman Pros LLCLocal Handyman Pros LLC
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
Evelyn M.
Local Handyman Pros did a great job with our handyman service request. We had curtains installed, mirror decor placed on the wall and he added lights to our ceiling fan. He was very responsive to our request for service, showed up exactly on time and was very professional! I would definitely use this company again for future services!
Local Handyman Pros LLCLocal Handyman Pros LLC
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
Kaushal J.
Miguel was an absolute pleasure to work with. He responded promptly, came with all the tools and was very meticulous when completing the task. I would definitely recommend Miguel for your handyman needs.
Mas.Paintservice LLCMas.Paintservice 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
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
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.
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
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
Thomas B.
Edgardo did a great job fixing my ceiling fan and my patio door handle. He does quality work and came on short notice. I recommend him for any handyman projects you may have.
VasquespremodelingVasquespremodeling
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
Laura W.
Local Handyman Pros did a excellent job! He responded very quickly and even came out the next morning to complete the task! His prices are reasonable and he did a great work. I would definitely use him again in the future
Local Handyman Pros LLCLocal Handyman Pros LLC
Patricia F.
Kevin of Local Handyman Pros was excellent on all dimensions I hope for in a contractor. He caulked a difficult 3/4 tub to tile gap perfectly, as well as other bathroom caulking that look like new. He did handyman tasks from picture and mirror hanging to fixing outdoor downspouts with speed and care as it was on the clock—this made the price economical for me. His more general experience shines through with the quality of advice he gave me on a number of problems with our house, always offering a temporary as well as long term option. I will definitely be contacting him again for further work.
Local Handyman Pros LLCLocal Handyman Pros LLC
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
Latisha M.
I was very pleased. He took his time and made sure that everything was done right. I appreciate his professionalism and kindness. I would definitely recommend his handyman services to everyone oh, and I will be a returning customer. Thank you for everything.
Uc-charles servicesUc-charles services
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
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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