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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 Herndon handymen
Alex N.
Fast, friendly, and fair. Best experience I’ve ever had with a handyman.
American Pride Handyman ServicesAmerican Pride Handyman Services
Kesavacharan V.
I wanted to replace all the blinds in my house and the professionals worked quickly and professionally. I will recommend them for handyman services
Rosario handyman serviceRosario handyman service
Shawnette A.
The handyman arrived right on time. He was very clear at explaining what he was doing and cleaned up when he was finished. I would use them again. Thanks!
Gudiel Contractor LLCGudiel Contractor LLC
Larry K.
Had a good experience with Edward and his team. They took care of 6 or 7 tasks from painting to general handyman services. Very responsive and completed work to agreed upon terms in a timely manner.
District ContractorsDistrict Contractors
Ramanathan A.
While I ended up not needing a handyman, throughout the process he was very responsive and asked me to look for specific details before making a purchase and very helpful overall. Would definitely work with him another time !
Randal Solutions LLCRandal Solutions LLC
Beth J.
I recently bought a condo and had a list of repairs and installations that I needed don. From electrical to appliance to installation, Ahmad handled everything very efficiently and was helpful and pleasant. He is definitely my go-to handyman now. Thanks, Ahmad!
A to Z pristineA to Z pristine
Rick R.
Oziel was amazing. We had a bunch of projects of many different types. Oziel was able to do it all. If you’re looking for a handyman who can do many varied projects and do them well, look no further. He was a great communicator. He worked hard. He was happy to do anything we asked. He was thorough and clean. We have already hired him again.
AZTEC paint drywall and home repair LLCAZTEC paint drywall and home repair LLC
Kristina H.
I had tried 3 times with Home Advisor and never had a handyman actually show up. This morning I went on Thumb Tack and within an hour had been contacted by Tracy. She was able to arrange for David to come today and he arrived right on time. He accomplished many tasks is a relatively short time, and all to my satisfaction. I will definitely use them again.
Handyman@Your Command LLCHandyman@Your Command LLC
Luzette n.
Michael is an awesome handyman. He helped me put together my office furniture and while he was there he noticed things that needed fixing in the office and gave me suggestions that were cost effective. He got the material i needed and completed the job excellently. I am very glad with what he did for me and will definitely use him again for future projects. I will recommend him to anyone who needs a handy man, He is very detailed and very professional. I will add pictures later Thanks Michael
Michael BirdsongMichael Birdsong
Nicole M.
Fantastic experience working with Gary for my home repairs. Will definitely be using him again, and highly recommend him for your handyman needs. Gary was extremely responsive, asked the right questions to seek to understand the full scope of the job, arrived on time and prepared. There was no haggling, job minimums, or language barriers which I've experienced with other companies. Gary's prices are honest and fair, and for his quality of work a great value. Overall true professionalism, it's evident that Gary cares about his work quality and strives for perfection. I was very impressed and think you will be too.
Springfield Home ServicesSpringfield Home Services
Gary R.
Byron did an excellent job with sort of a complicated drywall repair (and he did a great job at hiding the electrical panel and making it easy to pop out) and he also installed a door in a new place where a door has never been. He also installed some door handles and helped put caulking in some windows in our second floor. He was very responsive and he didn't finish until he was happy with the quality of his work. His rates are also the best. I probably interviewed 10 handyman before hiring him.
Handyman & MoreHandyman & More
Beatriz C.
Really enjoyed working with Dan! He was punctual, responsive, and didn't mind that the address was hard to find. Hired Dan for curtain rod installation at the last minute, and he was very accommodating. Really appreciate his honest assessment of the work, the way he went the extra mile to ensure the rods would stay anchored, and support the curtain weight. Dan was friendly, very knowledgeable and personable. I even asked for his perspective on something another contractor did that requires a tweak, and he suggested it was a quick DIY, but is available if needed. Really could not recommend more - and will definitely consider Dan again for any handyman needs! Thank you so much!
Still WatersStill Waters
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