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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 Newport News handymen
Amarlia V.
Horrible experience. Took too long, had to get another handyman by searching on google. Will never use this site again because it seems to be a pattern of poor service.
ABW ContractingABW Contracting
Roger S.
Man my handyman was so professional and punctual and help me on his day off. This company is the real deal will be using these guys in the near future. Class A customer service
1st Choice Home Services1st Choice Home Services
Mary T.
Will was awesome! He came out the next day to do repairs and not only did he complete the original work, he was able to fix other items I added onto the scope! Great Handyman... will definitely use again :) Thanks Will!
WrightCo Handyman ServiceWrightCo Handyman Service
Thumbtack Customer
Doug was very punctual, efficient and professional. He replaced a broken hinge in a washer. The door could not be propped open sufficiently for me to change the part myself as it required sliding the machine. So I decided to use the thumbtack service to find a handyman. Doug got it all done in about a quarter of an hour. The job was well done. I highly recommended hiring him.
Du It All Services, LLCDu It All Services, LLC
Ashley F.
2 C.O.O.L. handyman SUCCESSFULLY resolved the plumbing issues in my home. 2 other plumbing companies I called did not properly diagnose the problem and it remained until I found 2 C.O.O.L. Enterprises via Thumbtack. He asked all the right questions so that he was able to be prepared for the job. He was on time on both days and accomodated working around my schedule. By process of elimination, he found the right solution and provided results with an educating explanation. He is professional with customer service and reasonably priced.
2 C.O.O.L. Enterprises2 C.O.O.L. Enterprises
Dee R.
Today, I hired J.G Solutions to install a ceiling fan light and it looks great. James was friendly, personable, professional, punctual, and affordable. In fact, his rate was better than rate of handyman I was considering for the job. The install required a little more electrical work than I anticipated, but James knew exactly what to do. I was impressed with how knowledgeable and confident he was in completing the job. Hiring him for the install was a great decision and I plan to hire for future projects. I am very pleased. Thank you.
J.G SolutionsJ.G Solutions
James C.
When first contacting Dwayne, I was quite hopeful for our future handyman needs. We’ve been searching for a good, reliable handyman to help us fix up our old house. I contacted Dwayne initially for a kitchen floor fix since our fridge leaked. He came right out and quoted a fair price. He did good work so we hired him to tile our shower as well. We had a few scheduling hiccups during the projects but nothing too major. Here’s where the issue occurs. The floor register installed for the kitchen floor is designed for a wall, not a floor. It’s thin and flimsy and since it is located right in front of the sink, it didn’t last. I asked Dwayne if he could come out and patch in some tile so we could use a different kind of register. This was back around Christmas. He first had COVID. I contacted him after 2 weeks, no answer. Tried 2 weeks later, a month now, no answer. After 2 months he finally answered and said he would come back out and apologized he had a family emergency. For 2 months? Ok, whatever, let’s just get the floor done. He says he’ll come one night, doesn’t show. Said his job ran late. Ok, no worries, he said he’d come the next day at noon. Never showed. Never replied back. Just straight up ghosted me. He had my money already. Why would he come back? He says he stands by his work and respects his customers but that’s a lie. He seems like a nice guy but his work ethic lacks. He left an extremely dirty job site the first time and was fighting on coming back to clean up his mess. The work in the shower is subpar. A lot of uneven tile and he left mortar caked on the tile everywhere. Be warned with Dwayne. He’s unreliable and subpar work.
Time for a change remodeling llcTime for a change remodeling llc
Rowland P.
Drew Robertson is more than just a "handyman." After hiring him to repair some old water damage to some subflooring, band joists, and floor joists, and install new subflooring and tiling ( see my other review for that work), I hired him to renovate a small upstairs bathroom. He removed the old tub/shower, fitted the new Moen valve and soldered all the lines. Installed the new tub/ shower, installed a new light, wiring and switch. Then fixed some old water damage under the old sink, and soldered on new valves. He installed a new pedestal sink, toilet, mirror, and shower curtain rod. He painted and caulked. Moreover, he installed new vinyl plank flooring. The job looks and functions great. He quoted a fair price and finished when he said he would. I will use him again in the future. He is a small business man with a small crew, so it goes without saying that he is a cash/check businessman - no credit cards. I've attached some before and after photos.
Creative CarpentryCreative Carpentry
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