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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 Suffolk handymen
Kyle K.
Full cycle did great work. They were quick and extremely affordable. I will be using them for future handyman projects undoubtedly.
Full Cycle Home ServicesFull Cycle Home Services
Shirlene R.
Karmillian Handyman Services can be described as a competent and multifaceted operation. I was initially researching information for a handyman to remove my existing all- in one bath tub, and install a new bath tub and wall combination. I chose Karmillian Handyman Services because the profile displayed a diversified collection of project photos the business completed. Additionally, there was an aura of pleasantry that accompanied the profile photo, and I was not disappointed. Subsequent to calling the business phone number, I received an immediate response and next day service call. The job was assessed and estimate given to complete the install. After agreeing on the cost, a contract was drafted including all details and price. During the demo and install, there were some structural issues. I was advised about my options to correct the problem to include additional cost. The bathroom install was completed in a timely manner, even though I chose to include some needed upgrades. I was so impressed with the workmanship, professionalism, and punctuality, that I solicited Karmillian to complete additional projects to include ELECTRICAL, FLOORING, PAINTING, PORCH INSTALL, VENT REPLACEMENT, AND KITCHEN REMODEL. Stand out aspects about this Handyman services are as follows: The owner; Joshua, is pleasant, knowledgeable, and is generally ready to commence work between 6am-7:30am Takes the time to explain the details and strategy of project. Ensures that the customer agrees to any additional charges before proceeding. Cleans up at the end of work day He has a network of contractors for almost anything you need a handyman to do. This is my perceived "one stop shop" handyman services. Will definitely hire again!
KARMILLIAN HANDYMAN SERVICEKARMILLIAN HANDYMAN SERVICE
Cassandra J.
Brown's Handyman Services did a great job on my base molding installation. The work was completed as quoted, planned and executed. And the Team was very professional. I will definitely utilize them in the future, and refer them to family and friends. Awesome job!
Brown’s Affordable Handyman ServicesBrown’s Affordable Handyman Services
Marcia G.
My husband & I would definitely recommend Brown’s Affordable Handyman Services! Upon arrival, Mr. Brown and his assistant went to work connecting the faucet on a new bathroom vanity we had installed to the water pipe in our powder room. The work was completed promptly, efficiently and correctly. We then discussed future projects that we need to have done with Mr. Brown. We definitely expect to continue to use his services in the future.
Brown’s Affordable Handyman ServicesBrown’s Affordable Handyman Services
Val V.
I can't say enough good things about Marlon. He came at the time he said he would and after giving him the details of the first project he immediately went to work. Altogether, he did two projects for us and a last-minute "oh yeah, do you have time for this?" project. They were done with the utmost professionalism, extremely high quality, and affordable rates. He also cleaned up the pencil markings he made on the ceiling to ensure his work was clean. He will be my first call should I need a handyman for another project. You need to hire this guy!
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