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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 Virginia Beach handymen
Sam W.
Marlon was very professional and friendly, he got the job done efficiently! Would recommend for any handyman projects
2 C.O.O.L. Enterprises2 C.O.O.L. Enterprises
K. A.
Overall, a great guy and an even better handyman. He’s completed three different jobs for my family and I. Polite, on time, and a true professional.
2 C.O.O.L. Enterprises2 C.O.O.L. Enterprises
Cheryl L.
I was pleased with help from Mr. Q, he was responsive, helpful, professional, fair in price. I absolutely recommend him for your handyman needs!
Mrque's Services LLCMrque's Services LLC
Haley h.
Call a real handyman that’s insured, don’t use this website for this service. He will take advantage of people who don’t know much about houses and repair work.
HelpfulhandymanHelpfulhandyman
Cassandra Y.
Dwayne was professional, polite, and provided quality work. He offered suggestions and completed all my handyman projects in a timely manner. I would recommend him for your projects.
Time for a change remodeling llcTime for a change remodeling llc
Diana P.
Rick was on time and professional. He is a very skilled handyman and provided me with suggestions regarding proper placement for my mounted TV, address sign, and towel racks. He is a very pleasant communicator and the quality of work was excellent! I recommend Rick to others!
Rick's Repairs and ServicesRick's Repairs and Services
Jon P.
Great handyman that can do anything. He helped me with several projects in the house. He completed work in a timely manner and quality of work was top notch. Overall very nice guy who is fair and trustworthy. Would use him again. Highly recommended.
Ryan OrtegaRyan Ortega
Mary R.
He was very prompt and professional. He did an excellent job with all 4 projects I needed done. He was done in 2 hours,including a trip to Home Depot to get the right screws. I would call him again if I need a handyman
AKG handy man servicesAKG handy man services
David S.
Perry fixed two doors and replaced one interior door on my house. He also caulked the kitchen sink and did some yard work on my front lawn. Everything was fixed to my satisfaction. They are reliable and do qualify work. I would use him again for future handyman jobs.
All purpose maintenanceAll purpose maintenance
Latisha B.
I was very satisfied with the work that he did. He was easy to contact and very prompt to come out and give a estimate. He fixed everything the next day and was in and out. He even put my son's door back on and I didn't even ask. He is very professional and I will definitely be using him for all my handyman needs.
All purpose maintenanceAll purpose maintenance
Hope R.
Don't use guy! He quoted me 45 an hour, he got to my house and said it will be $100! I said that's not what your Thumbtack said! He said that's just for Thumbtack that's not his price! I said bye and I'm not gonna be bamboozled by a underhanded handyman! Don't stop swipe left and keep moving!
HomeWorksHomeWorks
Kelsey A.
Ray and his helper Jake were both very professional and knowledgeable. They were able to help me with several projects. I felt very comfortable having both of them in my home. The work they did was impeccable and they walked me through everything. It is great to know there is a quality reliable handyman in the area that I will most definitely be using again in the future for more home projects!
Reds handyman serviceReds handyman service
Don E.
I am very happy with the service that Full Cycle Home Services provided. I had been looking for a good handyman for a while and I think I found them. I have decided to use them for some things I have been putting off now that I found the right company to do them. I highly recommend you consider them for your next project
Full Cycle Home ServicesFull Cycle Home Services
Cat W.
Excellent Handyman Review! Use this company! First the company is a small business and Vet owned and operated, WIN! The owner, Phil, scheduled my appt at a quick convenient time and was very personable. He was able to complete most of our odd job tasks and was upfront and honest about an item he couldn’t instead of trying to do something outside of his scope (replace a window) which is a huge plus. He also is a stickler about his work ethic and decided to return to replace a drain with a better functioning drain plug b/c he doesn’t believe in leaving things as-is or doing half jobs. But the best part is the company transparency; his story is in his profile, his going rate is there, and he is extremely fair with pricing and hours worked. We will also be using his services for carpet cleaning in a few months. Use this company for handyman work for sure and if it’s Phil, Im sure the carpet cleaning will be excellent too!
Full Cycle Home ServicesFull Cycle Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
I had some major dry wall repairs and painting that needed to be done, and WOW what a great job this gentleman did!! He was clean and neat even wore booties to not dirty my carpet. He even went the extra mile to fix some minor electrical wiring I had going on around his repair. He was very pleasant and professional if I need other work done I will look to see if he can do it! Thank you Tank's Handyman Service great job!
Tank Repair ServicesTank Repair Services
Laura H.
Brown’s Affordable Handyman Services and his crew did an excellent job on the repairs done to my shed, fence, and entryway. They completed the work promptly and did quality work at affordable and unbeatable prices. My shed, fence, and entrance look beautiful!! Mr. Brown was easy to communicate with, and his crew was very kind, neat, and respectful. I have contacted him already about a new job. I would highly recommend this company and will continue to call on them for future jobs inside and outside my home.
Brown’s Affordable Handyman ServicesBrown’s Affordable Handyman Services
DeAndre B.
Hire this guy. He was scheduled to arrive at 9am, he arrived at 8:50 and was working by 9am. He doesn’t mind if you help, it’s not about making hours for him but it’s about building relationships and clientele. He had all the tools for the job, very courteous and respectful of your property and above all, very trustworthy. I left for a few hours with no worries. He teaches you stuff in case you want to do things yourself and if he has to disconnect anything, he reconnects it and gives you his word that it will work just like it should. For instance he had to disconnect all of my kitchen appliances, he told me if any of them leak just call him back and he will take care of them. This is a guy I will be recommending to all of my friends and I am recommending him to anyone looking for a handyman. Five star guy who provides 5 star work!!
Solid ContractingSolid Contracting
Kimberly c.
Recommendation on a good contractor at bottom of review. I wont rant. I will just list the reasons not to use this person. We are actively telling everyone we know not to use him as well as posting on nextdoor for our neighborhood and the surrounding areas. BBB claim filed. - This man is King of excuses and if he does something its the client's fault and he will be sure to try and express that its you. - He will give rough ETAs which although are subject to change he will not communicate that he isnt showing up until you reach out to him the next day. Also he wont say which ETAs are tentative or not. - If you let him go he will not issue reimbursement for the services he didnt do. He will also haggle you out of the amount he owes you back in the first place. - Once you have the project invoiced and paid for so he can purchase the parts needed to complete the project, he will constantly find "new things he didnt see before" that cost more. - I actively listened to this man watch a youtube tutorial video on ceiling fan assembly but charging us the same amount as a licensed/experienced pro. - You will rarely hear from this person. We have a running joke in the house that he doesnt actually exist. We highly recommend our new contractors, they charged us a fraction of what Mike did and had the project completed very quickly. Their company name is Brown's affordable handyman services and they can be reached at (203) 559-4250.
Mikes maintenance mechanical servicesMikes maintenance mechanical services
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