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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average rate for handyman jobs is $90-$160. 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 fee. Hourly rates for a handyman can average $50-$100 per hour. 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.

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.

Reviews for Bothell handymen
Teresea D.
EB Handyman Services is excellent! Edin is professional, polite, efficient, conscientious and exhibits a high level of integrity. I would recommend Edin for a variety of projects.
Kelle D.
I was thrilled to find Mello Handyman Service! The level of knowledge, work ethic and services are second to none. Very reasonably priced. I would recommend and use again without question.
Mello Handyman ServicesMello Handyman Services
Jonathan H.
Jose did handyman and painting work when I was selling my house and he was a lifesaver! I hired another painter but he left many part unfinished and sloppy and it was not in a condition to be sold. I then hired Jose and he painted outside of my house superbly and on time. He also fixed all the mistakes of my previous painter made inside the house. He also does handyman work so I wasn't waiting on anything that needs to fixed. I thought I couldn't sell the house in the spring selling season but Jose came after his other job to help me at night so I can make the date. Not only Jose does fantastic work but he could not be a nicer person. I am so glad I met Jose and any time I need handyman work or painting, I will call Jose and recommend to my friends!
Grace L.
John helped me fix my closet door. He showed up on time, very friendly and had done the job very professionally. Thank you John! I will definitely call John again when I need handyman work done.
Emerald City HandymanEmerald City Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Working with TJ was great. He responded to my request for help immediately and was out at my place the next day! He assisted me with various handyman projects such as drywall repair, range hood installation, and floor transition piece installation. His quality of work was very good and I would absolutely use him again.
T & M Welding Specialties &  ConstructionT & M Welding Specialties & Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Paul is great! Here are just a few of the things I love about working with him: (1) He cares about quality. He won't take jobs that he doesn't think he has the skills to deliver at 100% perfect. He endeavors to make even the smallest of jobs just right. (2) His communications skills are top notch. At every step of the project he communicated what was going on. I got rapid responses to all my questions and concerns. (3) He is proactive. When he sees something that needs doing, he lets me know what he thinks needs to happen. He doesn't just follow orders - he has great common sense. (4) Commitments matter to him. He knew I was on a tight timeline to get a bunch of work done. For reasons outside his control, the job took longer (because other people didn't deliver on their promises). He stayed late to finish on time because meeting his commitment was clearly a matter of pride to him. We own a number of rental properties and have worked with lots of handyman services over the years. As of now, Paul has all my handyman business going forward.
Paul BrownPaul Brown
Vikram W.
I hired Rob to help with my SafeRacks installation, he arrived on time was very courteous and professional and got the job done in a neat and clean manner. I liked the fact that Rob spent additional time making sure the installation was done right and will not have any issues in future. I was impressed with Rob's work and hired him once again to also mount my 65" curved TV which he was also able to help me with. The TV mount looks great. 5/5 would definitely hire and strongly recommend Rob to anyone that needs a great handyman!
Floor to Wall Covering Installation Inc.Floor to Wall Covering Installation Inc.
Chitra G.
Jarrod, helped with the safe racks and the wall panel from Costco, along with a many adhoc wall hanging, and mirror hanging on the wall. He was well aware of the scope of his work, and pretty much adhered to the same. He was more responsive to whatever he has been requested to help. I truly liked his work quality that I observed, and would more than happily recommend him to the others. Update November 2020: I hired Jarrod again a few times, until last month, since I hired him first in 2017. He is my go-to handyman now! No second thought!
Silver Line Precision Plus LLCSilver Line Precision Plus LLC
Hitesh N.
Jeff came in and saved the day for me. I was getting work done on the house before putting it up for sale. Jeff came in and handled everything perfectly. He fixed issues with the interior paint job that were caused by the painters who came before him, removed the metal pillars of the pergola, performed caulking and vent/light installation in the bathroom, and painted the garage. He resolved any issues that came his way with ease and took responsibility and ownership for them. He was always punctual. I never had to worry about the job with him, I’d be at work and he’d be at the house working away. When the house went up on the market it was in such good condition that the buyers didn’t require any more work to be done. Jeff really was a savior for me, I’d highly recommend him, and I’ll be reaching out to him for whenever I need a handyman in the future.
Blue Ribbon Handyman ServicesBlue Ribbon Handyman Services
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