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Your burning questions: answered

How much does a handyman charge?

The national average fixed rate for handyman jobs ranges from $120-$175. 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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Des Moines handymen
Denise W.
Great handyman
Sarah K.
Michael is great and we continue to utilize his handyman services. Super professional.
Fair 'n Square - Handyman and Contractor ServicesFair 'n Square - Handyman and Contractor Services
Shalendra C.
Jacob was very helpful and professional in finishing handyman projects I had hired him for.
Mathers MaintenanceMathers Maintenance
Frank L.
Due to selling our home had several jobs that needed to be attended to. Hawaii responded quickly to our request for a handyman and provided an estimate on the spot. Very easy to talk to and was helpful with ideas and concerns for each of our particular jobs. He had a helper who also did an excellent job with plaster. I highly recommend Hawaii for your Handyman Services.
Handy HawaiiHandy Hawaii
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.
Persnickety Construction CorpPersnickety Construction Corp
Supriya K.
Did a great job with replacing floorboards, installing new dishwasher, and troubleshooting electrical problem and obviously a high quality, professional handyman. Would hire again.
Bowers Plumbing and ConstructionBowers Plumbing and Construction
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
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!
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.
SmartHome Handyman ServicesSmartHome Handyman Services
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
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.
Marianne S.
Fantastic job installing cat door in exterior wood door! Fast-moving, effecient, helpful and polite! So glad that I selected Art Handyman. Wiil hire him soon for more jobs!
Art HandymanArt Handyman
Lillian C.
Dima is a great handyman! He helped us build our kitchen, and he exceeded our expectations. His ideas and suggestions were spot on and reasonable. We are definitely going to keep working with Dima!
HD Construction LLCHD Construction LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Douglas was wonderful. He fixed my towel rack, and he mounted another in less that 30 minutes. He was totally professional, and I recommend his workmanship to anyone who needs a handyman job.
Sarah C.
Francis was a joy to work with. I now consider him my handyman for life LOL he’s super professional, punctual, keeps a very clean workspace, and does the job right. He’s very trustworthy I highly recommend him
Francis HerreroFrancis Herrero
Kenneth P.
He helped me finish a project that had been left incomplete by a previous handyman. The project involved ripping out bad drywall work and re-doing it. I look forward to having him come back to finish the exterior work around the new window.
Mona C.
Chris Wright help secure the window that I needed fixed and he did it on that day! The work was high quality and he was very polite and understood what I needed done. I will hire them again for handyman jobs around my house! Mona Coffel
Huskies Remodeling ServicesHuskies Remodeling Services
Dana F.
Had a great experience with Jacob on an over the range microwave install! I went with him because of how responsive and communicative he was (I’ve found that to be rare these days). And then his work was thorough and efficient. Now I know I have a reliable handyman for any future needs!
Mathers MaintenanceMathers Maintenance
Adrienne C.
Amir did a wonderful job replacing some drywall, cleaning and sealing my shower tiles as well as painting my baseboards in the bathroom. He was punctual and very responsive. I would recommend for your handyman needs. I plan to hire him again in the near future.
AmirTech handymanAmirTech handyman
Hiral J.
Zack is super efficient in his work. Friendly and responsive in interactions. He replaced cooktop on our over range and also adjusted a misaligned closet door. He also took care to disposing off the old cooktop. Would definitely hire him again for any handyman work.
Mary B.
Isaac was a pleasure to work with. He was communicative, on time & quick to assess and resolve the issue at hand. Isaac also possesses great knowledge & very helpful with the information and tips he shared. I will definitely work with him again and highly recommend him to others looking for a very capable handyman.
Patterson handyman servicePatterson handyman service
Krish S.
Seth has been been great to work with, taking on a diverse range of tasks - installing blinds, troubleshooting a sprinkler system, installing security cameras, and other essential handyman projects. Easy to work with, takes necessary covid-related protective measures, and gets things done quickly and unobtrusively. Strongly recommend.
Persnickety Construction CorpPersnickety Construction Corp
Andrea H.
Mr. Alboreeni was very professional. I have been trying and trying to find someone willing to come do a few odd jobs (without success) Mr. Alboreeni responded to my request immediately SO GLAD to finally have finally found a Handyman who will come out even for "something small"!!
Ibrahim AlboreeniIbrahim Alboreeni
Rebecca M.
We were having trouble with our washer and had clothes piling up. We contacted Art Handyman and he was out to fix it within a couple of days (we had to wait for the part to arrive). He replaced the pump and it works perfectly now! We will definitely keep him in mind for future projects!
Art HandymanArt Handyman
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