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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.

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.

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.

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 Bellevue handymen
Sam M.
Jacob is an outstanding Handyman. He completed multiple complex tasks in a timely fashion and was very professional and punctual on both his visits. Highly recommended.
Mathers MaintenanceMathers Maintenance
Suya C.
Jesus is able to address the issue efficiently. I definitely will count on him next time we need handyman, cleaner or carpet clean. They do it all.
danys property maintenance llcdanys property maintenance llc
Kevin L.
David did a great job with a few various kitchen sink tasks. He also charged a very fair price. Would recommend to anyone looking for a handyman!
David's Handyman ServicesDavid's Handyman Services
Wilson W.
Highly recommended! I hired Derick for some handyman work on multiple issues in my house. He was able to diagnose and fix them all with good quality. There doesn't seem to be anything he couldn't fix. I would hire him again.
Duffnstuff Roofing & FireplacesDuffnstuff Roofing & Fireplaces
Raj K.
James, thank you so much for the great work you did to build new outdoor staircase. Reasonably priced and I am very satisfied. I would definitely recommend James if you need handyman services. He is very knowledgeable and honest.
king handyman servicesking handyman services
Anahita S.
Unlike another handyman we had contacted earlier (and he didn't even show up) Mr.FixThat was very responsive, SUPER punctual and good at his job. He fixed our doors quick, and the bidet we wanted him to help install was a big trouble. The bidet was not compatible with the toilet seat. He spent a lot of time trying to fix it with the available parts and tools, then he ran to stores and couldn't find it (pandemic troubles!). He was persistent enough to look it up online and find the part on Amazon, buy it for us and come back to fix it. After all he was very fair in charging us. Definitely we will directly call him next time we need a handyman.
Mr.FixThatMr.FixThat
Soumya H.
We had hired Steven from Gutterguysservice to do a few odd jobs around the house. He's such a hard-working and honest person, qualities so rare these days. He has not only performed the chores very well, he has gone far and beyond of what one would expect a handyman to do. A true gem! Thank you.
GutterguysserviceGutterguysservice
Min W.
I hired Attila to install post and put on a mailbox. Attila arrived on time and completed the work neatly. But because of the design of the post, the mailbox wobbles. Attila provided an idea of mitigation and offered to make modifications to current design with minor additional labor charge. I am very happy with his service and will hire him again if there is more handyman project coming up.
Attila Hamvas Construction. LLCAttila Hamvas Construction. LLC
Ipei l.
I tired to pick all five option for how amazing Lucas is...but it limited me. Lucas is amazing, hard working, super efficient, timely, responsive...and all in all the best handyman I have had the pleasure to work with ever. Sadly for me...I’ve gone though over 5 handymen to finally find this gem of a human. Can I pick 20 out of 5 stars?
Seven General Contractor LLCSeven General Contractor LLC
Veronica F.
Don't be fooled. His charming smile will convince you very quickly but we learned the hard way. He appeared very knowledgeable as well so we gave him a contract with a long list of things to do (over $4000). First he was overbooked because he only came to our project a couple of times a week. He hired an inexperience guy and let him do the work without close supervision. Installed the wrong color door handles, most of the items were undone, etc. Then he started removing items from the list claiming his original quote was too low. Asked us to pay over $800 more and when we refused he simply returned a fraction of the money. To cut a long story short, our tenant moved in and some of the work was still uncompleted. We even had to look for a new handyman and paid him over $500 to do the most urgent items. I was completely unhappy with his service.
Goodface Handyman & Remodeling Service LLCGoodface Handyman & Remodeling Service LLC
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