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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.

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.

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.

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 Arlington handymen
Inga L.
Carlos was on time and very professional. I would recommend him as a handyman!
CJ  CONTRACTORCJ CONTRACTOR
Morgan G.
Local Handyman did a excellent job! Will use again when I need them!
Local Handyman Pros LLCLocal Handyman Pros LLC
Greg B.
Great service and workmanship! Will absolutely hire Handyman @Your Command for my next need.
Handyman@Your Command LLCHandyman@Your Command LLC
Melissa P.
The best handyman- couldn’t of asked for a better all around experience. Very professional and great work!
RSA LlcRSA Llc
Melanie E.
We hired HP handyman and he did a good job. We will hire him again.
High Point Contracting, INC.High Point Contracting, INC.
Rose B.
Erick did outstanding job installing my toilet. I will recommend to anyone needs good handyman.
4BROTHERS REMODELING & CLEANING SERVICE INC.4BROTHERS REMODELING & CLEANING SERVICE INC.
Marietta B.
Gods Handyman team responded rapidly to my drywall repair needs. So thankful for their willingness to perform quality work within a day. Very helpful in providing paint options as well. Stayed true to the estimate which was reasonable. Would definitely hire them again for other handyman services.
Gods handyman’s service LLCGods handyman’s service LLC
Elisha H.
Local Handyman Pros installed a bathroom vanity for me; he was able to do the job skillfuly, quickly, and at a fair price.
Local Handyman Pros LLCLocal Handyman Pros LLC
Michelle S.
The handyman does not speak English and could not fix my treadmill. Wasted my time when I could have booked with someone else.
DJL Remodeling / Handyman PDJL Remodeling / Handyman P
Rose T.
Alpha Handyman responded quickly, came on time and completed 3 jobs for me. His work seems to be excellent and I will use him again in the future.
Alpha HandymanAlpha Handyman
Erin a.
Excellent service— went above and beyond! We have tried other handyman companies in the past, but from now on will only being using Wasi Solutions!!
Wasi Solutions LLCWasi Solutions LLC
Miriam H.
I tried to hire 2 other handymen through Thumbtack. Each came by to examine the work I needed. I asked for an estimate. The first Thumbtack handyman strung me along for 3 weeks telling me he would get me an estimate. The second handyman gave me an estimate for 1/8 of the work. Blonder's Handyman Service had an estimate for me within 2 days. His work is A quality. I don't really want to recommend him because I want him all to myself. But since wouldn't be good for him, I'll be honest and say he is thorough, does great work, and clearly knows what he's doing.
Blonder's Handyman ServiceBlonder's Handyman Service
Cristina M.
We had a great experience with the customer service at FixTman LLC and the handyman that came named Bahman. Bahman was very professional, had a very robust toolkit and did an amazing job!
FixTman LLC. (Washington D.C.)FixTman LLC. (Washington D.C.)
Sarah L.
Excellent, experienced professional in renovations. Repaired items in my rental unit for tenant. Completed tasks that other handyman thought were too difficult, like fix the front door alignment or properly replace caulking in the bathroom.
H3 Renovations LLCH3 Renovations LLC
Theresa Y.
MUCH better than the last handyman we worked with (who was very nice just not the best ). 4BROTHERS is not the cheapest but also not the most expensive- very happy with the quality of work so we will definitely be hiring them again.
4BROTHERS REMODELING & CLEANING SERVICE INC.4BROTHERS REMODELING & CLEANING SERVICE INC.
Michael I.
I highly recommend Rob for any handyman services. He did a great job installing 2 light fixtures, a dimmer switch, and hung a heavy mirror for me. He was on time, professional, and did it for a very fair price.
Rob's Handyman ServiceRob's Handyman Service
Hannah S.
I asked Jose and team at Handyman Pro to do a variety of small plaster patching, random fix-its, and then a big fresh coat of paint on all the walls and trim. They were able to start and complete the work quickly and did a great job. Thank you!
DJL Remodeling / Handyman PDJL Remodeling / Handyman P
Brent M.
Great same day service to fix my leaky toilet. Noel diagnosed and fixed me up quick. Prompt, personable and skilled, Noel is officially my new handyman who I would refer to my closest friends and gladly use him again.
Liberty General Contractor LLCLiberty General Contractor LLC
Philip W.
Charles is great! I haven’t had the best experience last when it comes to handyman services in the past but Charles completely changed that. He was punctual, professional and got the job done very quickly. I would hire him again for future projects. Thanks so much Charles!
Uc-charles servicesUc-charles services
Tom M.
Hugo did a great job. He did not waste any time with the project, and did exactly what I asked him to do. He was also punctual. After he completed the job, I asked for an estimate to paint the exterior trim of our house. I highly recommend this handyman company.
Handyman@Your Command LLCHandyman@Your Command LLC
Farhad F.
Asked for $150 to replace a toilet. The entire job takes 50 minutes to an hour. That's a per hour labor rate of $150-180. Not even a board certified dentist charges that rate, let alone a handyman, not even a master plumber. People have lost their minds in this market. I refuse to participate.
Byron Rene obregonByron Rene obregon
Kelly R.
Excellent work! I hired him to finish my builder's punch list and short cuts, with a wide array of necessary tasks. He recognized immediately what needed to be fixed, how to do it, and did it with a high degree of quality and professionalism. Thank goodness I found a great handyman!!!! Hire him. Get your list finished.
Alpha HandymanAlpha Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend Patrick. Patrick hung curtain rods and a shower rod for me in my apartment. I'm picking about curtains bc of the interior designer in me. Patrick got it right and the curtains look great and it's all very sturdy. Patrick arrived on time and worked quick but quick as in a good way, he was efficient and didn't rush. Patrick is a talented handyman as well as courteous and professional. It is my pleasure to write this 5 star review. I will hope to hire Patrick again for my handy man requirements. I know Patrick does stuff well beyond handyman (i.e. amazing kitchen renovations) too! I currently live in a rental unit so no renovations here but when I do buy a home, would absolutely consider hiring Patrick!
HubbyCanDoHubbyCanDo
Colin T.
Very highly recommended! Michael's was a great choice for handyman services for my townhouse. I needed some routine projects taken care of, such as patching and repainting a damaged ceiling and straightening a misaligned A/C register, and Michael and team were able to do the work professionally, on time, and for a fair price. I'll definitely work with them again in the future for similar work.
Michael’s handymanMichael’s handyman
Sally H.
I hired Antonio Originally to paint some windows, I was so impressed with his quality of work that I had hired him for 2 other jobs. What I have come to appreciate is Antonio’s ability to be a real handyman, he can do painting, carpentry, plumbing and electrical. I intend to hire Antonio again and again.
Antonio Gonzalez LLCAntonio Gonzalez LLC
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