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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 do handymen charge per hour?

On average, you can expect to pay a handy person around $55 per hour. However, this cost can range between $35 and $80 per hour, depending on a number of factors. For instance, a handyman may charge a minimum fee of $50-$100 for small jobs that won’t take much of their time. The complexity of the job will affect the price as well. Your final price will also depend upon where you live, as certain regions have higher labor rates than others. 

Get in touch with a few handy people near you, and ask for free cost estimates.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Des Moines handymen
Denise W.
Great handyman
Mr.FixThatMr.FixThat
Emily G.
Handyman Guy was excellent! Very courteous and professional. Thank you!
The Handyman GuyThe Handyman Guy
Terry B.
JC Handyman did a great job! I would hire him for another job anytime !
JC Handyman LLCJC Handyman LLC
Cornelius W.
M&P Handyman Installed a wall mount Vanity Door knobs, disposal,Mirror Originally hired M&P to install vanity But after speaking to them I decided to hire M&P to do other Projects..One of the things I appreciate is they wanted my approval before they actually mount it or installed anything..That is an excellent way to keep you and your handyman on the same page use them for all your handyman needs..I know I will thank you.
M&P luxury remodelingM&P luxury remodeling
Lance T.
I’m already looking for another project for RE Remodeling Handyman to help me out with. Two thumbs up!
RE Remodeling HandymanRE Remodeling Handyman
Margie a.
I felt like I was being ignored Sadly I did not use them and found another handyman
M&P luxury remodelingM&P luxury remodeling
Kris S.
Esor was wonderful, helped us fix a light fixture with ease! He'll be our new go-to handyman moving forward
Handyman careHandyman care
Robert M.
It was a simple job and the handyman performed it adequately. He did not, however, wear a mask, despite my wife and I doing so.
M&P luxury remodelingM&P luxury remodeling
Luke Z.
Great Handyman, fixed all my problems for our business. Now we are going to hire again for our homes. Thanks
HNREMODELING LLCHNREMODELING LLC
Kimberly J.
Seth is great - honest, professional, friendly, and someone I’d want to do all my handyman projects! Will definitely have future projects for him.
Cascade Home ImprovementsCascade Home Improvements
Fabiana B.
Have a great experience with 2DRS remodeling. I moved from Chicago to Seattle and was looking for a trusted handyman. I think Eduardo is going to fit the description.
2DRS Construction2DRS Construction
Desiree W.
I had Michael's Handyman fixed a chipped garage door entrance frame. Excellent work for a great price! They even completed the repairs in under an hour.
Michael's handyman servicesMichael's handyman services
Dream Italian V.
David restored my confidence that you can hire someone from this company. He is SUPER! My first handyman did not have the skill set for half of the things he said he could do. I was selling my home and had to hire another person (not from Thumbtack) to come and fix his non-professional work. $1000 for the first handyman from this site was a terrible decision.
David's Handyman ServicesDavid's Handyman Services
Matthew M.
Handyman was professional and installed our garbage disposal as requested, but was unable to get the disposal working due to power issues. My concern is we paid flat rate (essentially two hours) for getting a working garbage disposal but had to leave because he had other jobs (which only dedicate 1 hour). Still without working garbage disposal and need to hire another handyman. :(
Michael's handyman servicesMichael's handyman services
Jeffrey H.
Very honest handyman with his small crew. Will be upfront about can do's and can't do's. Charges a rate per project and will work with you and your budget.
24/7 home improvements24/7 home improvements
Ernie M.
I never used a handyman before. I selected Arnaldo to install our dishwasher and an above the oven microwave because the installers from the company I bought my appliances from could not do the prep work. Arnaldo and his assistant, Bruno, showed up on time and did a fantastic job in a reasonable amount of time. I plan to use The Handyman Guy (Arnaldo) again. I highly recommend him.
The Handyman GuyThe Handyman Guy
Andrea C.
Mogi is a good listener, a hard worker, is creative with good ideas, is efficient, is quiet and cleans up after every day on the job. He is my new go-to handyman!
Mogi (TLG GROUP)Mogi (TLG GROUP)
Nate J.
Theo did an amazing job adding flashing to the corbels on my roof, super efficient. Have been trying to get the right handyman for two years and these guys are great!
Fast Fixes NWFast Fixes NW
Brian O.
I would hire Meikel again. He was on time, worked fast, did a great job and was reasonably priced. He also provided the best communication of the handyman I contacted.
FaGu ConstructionsFaGu Constructions
Brendan L.
Excellent handyman. Gave smart advice on how to complete project quickly and with minimum cost. He was also extremely communicative and did a great job fixing up an old bathroom.
Handy&Vova’s LLCHandy&Vova’s LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Eric did a great job fixing two faucet/sink related issues. The price was as quoted and reasonable. I would definitely hire Eric again for future handyman work!
Got G-Pa & Dad's Talent HandymanGot G-Pa & Dad's Talent Handyman
DM N.
Avery was very efficient & professional. I needed five handyman & electrical items completed from replacement of a ceiling light fixture, smoke/carbon monoxide detector, smart light switch to installation of coat closet rods to a few small baseboards. Everything was completed in roughly 2 1/2 hrs. If you’re looking to hire a handyman, electrician, plumber, mover or anything else, he’s your man! Thank you a million Avery for a great job!
Avery Wilson's efficiency Handy servicesAvery Wilson's efficiency Handy services
Thumbtack Customer
Stephen helped us repair a rotting door frame and even patched a hole in our drywall while he was there. Friendly, quality work, and truly a handyman that every homeowner needs! Thanks Stephen.
The Hanndy ManThe Hanndy Man
Chris L.
Rob did great work on multiple handyman projects around my home. He arrived on time, did quality work and charged a fair price. I would happily hire him again.
Floor to Wall Covering Installation Inc.Floor to Wall Covering Installation Inc.
Wenwen Z.
Pueblo Development is really great! He helped to install my thermostat and found out the issue about my furnace with fuse. With his great work, I don’t need to find another handyman..
Pueblo DevelopmentPueblo Development
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