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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 Fairfax handymen
Edward H.
If you are looking for an efficient and professional handyman, he is the man.
Antonio Gonzalez LLCAntonio Gonzalez LLC
Ann B.
100% positive experience. Edgar will be my 1st choice for all my handyman tasks.
ER ConstructionER Construction
Helen R.
Julio is the best. He did a great job at a fair price. I would recommend him to anyone needing handyman help.
Mr Handyman & appliance installer,LLCMr Handyman & appliance installer,LLC
Tuba B.
The Best Handyman I would have to recommend to everyone. My mom and I really loved the Work he had done on our home. If anyone needs a responsive, respectful, Great value and hard working handyman, I definitely recommend Hamza. He was super nice and super handy. Thank you again for your hard work Hamza. ~Bakhshiyar Family
Golden ServicesGolden Services
Elizabeth W.
Alpha Handyman was very helpful and very quick. He came and completed our task very quickly and competently. Would certainly consider working with again in the future!
Alpha HandymanAlpha Handyman
Igin I.
Jeremiah is hands down the best handyman I have ever encountered. I am very pleased with his work so far and will continue to use him for all the work needed around the house.
Headson HandyworkHeadson Handywork
Laura M.
Mike got back with my request quickly and worked with me to find a solution for the project. I was pleased with his work for reasonable price. Been looking for a good handyman. I'm happy to have found Mike!
HITEC-TTS, LLCHITEC-TTS, LLC
Asfandiyar Q.
Julio was excellent. Very responsive, arrived on time and did a wonderful job of cleaning up and organizing a nest of strewn about cables. Will definitely be using his services again and would recommend him to anyone looking for a great handyman.
Mr Handyman & appliance installer,LLCMr Handyman & appliance installer,LLC
Jane M.
Julio was great. He was on time. He was polite. He was professional and he did a great job. Plus, he was available almost immediately. I would recommend him for all of your handyman needs. I know he will be working in my house again.
Mr Handyman & appliance installer,LLCMr Handyman & appliance installer,LLC
Cynthia A.
Mr. Mike is now my "go-to" handyman. He put together an office desk and chair, and hung a few pictures for me. The quality of his work is excellent and he arrived exactly when he said that he would. I highly recommend him.
HITEC-TTS, LLCHITEC-TTS, LLC
Viki W.
MG Handyman did a terrific job. He did a job for a rental property as I am out of state. Fantastic to work with and did the work quickly and efficiently!! Would definitely use him again!! He replaced a storm door that had been shattered.
MG handyman, painting and moving.MG handyman, painting and moving.
Barbara R.
The gentleman who did the work were great. Polite, efficient, and friendly. They kept the in progress mess to a minimum and totally cleaned up after. Most importantly, though, I am very happy with the quality of their work. I will certainly be contacting 4Brothers for my future handyman needs.
4BROTHERS REMODELING & CLEANING SERVICE INC.4BROTHERS REMODELING & CLEANING SERVICE INC.
Nome H.
Finally a handyman that is legit! Michael was responsive from the start of the booking pro. We agreed on the time and date and it was very easy to explain all the work that needed to be done. He showed up with one helper on time, got started and completed the job in no time with no issues! His work is clean and neat. He’s patient and gives great advice when asked about the positioning of furniture and decor! If you’re looking for a reliable and competent handyman book Michael! Oh wait and did I say his prices are very reasonable with zero price gauging! I will be using Michael for all of my projects from here on out! Thank you so much for your hard work!
Michael’s handymanMichael’s handyman
Byungsu K.
Antonio came to my house to fix garbage disposal and unclog dryer discharge line that was plugged with straws, and other miscellaneous things. He is very responsive and provided me with best ways to handle issues that I had. I highly recommend him and I will contact him for any future handyman jobs.
Antonio Gonzalez LLCAntonio Gonzalez LLC
Nina A.
These guys were awesome. They hung a picture for us that was twelve feet above the ground and they did such an amazing job that we asked them to fix our bed, which they graciously did. They were the first handyman or vendor to enter our home and take off their shoes without having to be asked. So professional and considerate.
Golden ServicesGolden Services
E. L.
Sam was excellent! We hired him to do a little handyman work - redoing the weather stripping on our exterior doors. This was definitely not a straightforward job because our house was built in 1956. He troubleshot the issues and did an excellent job! On time, responds quickly, very skilled. Will definitely consider hiring him for future work.
Invisible Guards, LLC. (IGs)Invisible Guards, LLC. (IGs)
Josh C.
We hired Sergio to take care of a variety of items that needed fixing for our home sale. Sergio was amazing and easy to work with. He was accommodating to our schedules and timeline along with being flexible to taking on additional projects as needed. Painting, installing towel bars, carpentry, and misc handyman jobs. He handled going to purchase the supplies to complete each job and was transparent with pricing and fair. We felt comfortable with him and he was very professional.
S&J PAINTING SERVICES LLCS&J PAINTING SERVICES LLC
Jessica H.
We moved into a new house and had a bunch of things that needed fixing, from screwing junction boxes into joists to venting bathroom ducts to the outside of the house. Ever came out to do an estimate and completed the work at the quoted cost even though he had to bring out extra workers at one point. He finished ahead of time and even threw in a couple of extra small fixes for free. I highly recommend Ever for any handyman work you need doing!
EVBAL Contracting services LLcEVBAL Contracting services LLc
Vijay C.
Douglas installed shiplaps for my home project. Douglas did an excellent job with this carpentry work. He knows this craft very well. The finished wall looks great. Douglas was always professional. He always asked for my input, sought feedback on the quality of work, and made sure that I was fully satisfied with his work. He is a very pleasant person to work with. I have already signed him up for a few other upcoming home projects. He is going to be my handyman going forward.
DB Handyman Services.DB Handyman Services.
Laura M.
Miguel and his team did a FANTASTIC job fixing the peeling paint patches on my bathroom: they only fixed the problem areas (instead of stripping the whole bathroom); they completed the work in about half a day; and the quality was stellar! I couldn't wait to see the result of other jobs on my fix-it list. Unfortunately, I never will. Miguel told me he'd return to complete another job in the house the following week. I texted him the day we scheduled to ask when I could expect him. No reply. I texted the following day. "Sorry I got busy. I'll call you." was the reply. I'm waited a week and no reply again. Summary: great handyman if you can get him to communicate and schedule effectively.
Mas.Paintservice LLCMas.Paintservice LLC
Nakisha J.
Miguel was truly heaven sent. He installed closet shelving, a chandelier and a 75 inch television for me. He is extremely professional and his prices are beyond reasonable. For example, I received a quote from a different handyman for my chandelier alone and it was more than ALL of the work Miguel completed. In addition, I travel for work and often had activities planned on the weekend, so the work was done over a period of several weeks. Miguel was extremely accommodating with my schedule and came back atleast three times, no complaints or charged me extra. He even brought 4x4 pieces of wood to ensure my t.v. was centered (the studs were off center) and properly anchored. Miguel is an engineer by trade and his expertise comes across in his work. He’s knowledgeable, meticulous and customercentric. Miguel mentioned that he does home renovations as well (kitchens, bathrooms, etc.). I will definitely use his services again, once I purchase a home.
Miguel The TechMiguel The Tech
Jennifer O.
While Nick was a very nice guy, overall the project I hired him for was not completed to the project plan I outlined in great detail prior to the start of the project. I asked for 11 light poles in planters to hang outdoor lights from and 7 tiki torches in planters. I specifically outlined what I wanted done in terms of the planters and light strings. None of my directions where followed. I ordered these for a party and Nick showed up in a UHaul (a charge I did not authorize) with a half-baked version of what I had explicitly laid out. Overall, nice guy but directions were not followed and basic “handyman”/engineering/physics were not applied to the project at all. I’m disappointed at the lack of proper planning, execution (missing multiple features explicitly asked for), overall budget (don’t rent a uhaul when I the project could have been done at my house and no uhaul used), and timeliness. On top of all of this, the time estimated was 2 hours and ended up being 9. Epic fail on so many levels and he was not willing to fix his own mistakes. He wanted me to pay him to come and fix the pitfalls he created.
Blonder's Handyman ServiceBlonder's Handyman Service
Neil G.
I'm a retired veteran with limited funds for home repairs, so when my kitchen faucet started leaking quite a while ago, I was very nervous about hiring a plumber. I took a chance on Julio and now I have a very reliable source for other projects. He was polite, neat, responive to my many questions. (-He took great care around the area in which he was working). His fee for replacing our original faucet was very reasonable! (-His name is now on my refrigerator!) Already recommended him to friends. Additionally, I needed a repair on an upstairs toilet and was ready to put it off. As a courtesy to me, he suggested to repair it at this time. I only had to pay for the part... wow! With my fixed budget, that was very much appreciated. Today, it's not easy finding quality / reliable work for our homes. He backs up his work as well - advising me to call with any problems resulting from the work performed... That's my idea of a true professional! Thank you Julio. We'll call you again when we need the talents of a skilled Handyman. Gratefully, Neil and Jessica Goodman
Mr Handyman & appliance installer,LLCMr Handyman & appliance installer,LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Dealing with Steve from MDFurniture1 has been a complete disappointment and a waste of time for me. He was the first person to respond to my request for a quote for a handyman job. His quote was prompt, ie within the hour of my request and was very competitive compared to the others i got. I was very excited with the price quoted and also to see all the positive reviews he got. I called him the same day to finish clarifying job details which he requested in his initial message with the quote. After that point its been a nightmare and he has been very unprofessional. I’ve asked to schedule the job with him 4 times by now. On my first attempt I called him and he said he’d call me back the entire day went by without a call back. The next day I called him again and he said he’d call me back by afternoon for sure, that did not happen either. Each time his excuse was that he was busy on another project. The next day I decided to message him over thumbtack thinking that might be a faster route to reach him considering he was so quick on it initially. I messaged him around 1:30pm and he finally responded close to 7pm asking for my availability. I replied back in roughly an hour with a bunch of options for the following week. This transpired on a Friday. I did not hear back from him the whole weekend. The following Monday I waited till evening to contact him around 4:30pm. I did not hear back from him about that message AT ALL. I decided to give him the benefit of doubt of being super busy and sent him another message on Wednesday evening reminding him. He replied back late at night at 10:37pm informing me that he could do the job the next day and gave me a few other options. I saw the message the next morning around 9:30am and responded that I was available any time that day and to please call ahead to let me know what time. He did not show up or call all day. Finally I called him to inquire what happened and why he did not even have the courtesy to inform me if his plans changed and he could not accommodate me. His response was that he never saw my message!! Then he told me he would come on Sunday but get back to me on the exact time. That never happened either. Its been over a week at this point and he has not bothered to call or message me to apologize for keeping me waiting on him again or to reschedule. Suffice it to say I would not recommend Steve to anyone and the people who have had a good experience with him really did luck out!
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