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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 Redmond handymen
Anna M.
Project was not complete. Although we arranged day and time the handyman didn't come.
Avery Wilson's efficiency Handy servicesAvery Wilson's efficiency Handy services
Jayashree A.
He was amazing and completed the project … we would highly recommend mountain handyman , value for money..
The Mountain HandymanThe Mountain Handyman
Mira N.
FixTman made the whole process of hiring a handyman so easy and pleasant! They’re lightning fast at replies and we’re very helpful with all my questions/requests. I hired them to hang up two curtain rods for me in my bedroom. The handyman they sent was very kind, a quick worker, and diligent. I’m very happy with my new curtains!
FixTman LLC. (Seattle)FixTman LLC. (Seattle)
Jake Y.
Very professional and very quick to fix my problems. 100% would recommend to any one. He’s now my go to for handyman tasks
WD HandymanWD Handyman
Dr. S.
The Pro arrived on time, completed the entire list of work recommended by the house inspector, and did everything which was required in a quite and professional manner. Highly recommended as a handyman or a specialist
Hurtado Painting, Construction,  and HandymanHurtado Painting, Construction, and Handyman
Vijay A.
Outlet behind our refrigerator stopped working and American handyman team able to quickly identify the problem in the circuit breaker board and fixed it with good quality. Easy to work with, professional and reasonably priced. Highly recommended.
American HandymanAmerican Handyman
Laura L.
Steve was prompt, courteous, efficient, and thorough. He fixed two dripping faucets and some door hinges for us, leaving the work area spotless. He’s now our go-to handyman for the best price and a fast response on small jobs.
TheEveryThingGuyTheEveryThingGuy
Thumbtack Customer
Dennis was great and on time. He rode with me to home depot to get extra parts that I didn't know that I needed. He did th job very well and in a timely manner. I will look for his services for future handyman needs... Thanks Dennis
Doerksen HandymanDoerksen Handyman
Evelyn L.
We noticed leak on the ceiling the day after thanksgiving. I’ve reached out to several handyman and Montes was the only one responded that day. He came in on Monday first thing in the morning and was able to fix it right there. We’re very happy with his punctuality and responsiveness. Will definitely keep him for future needs.
Montes handyman servicesMontes handyman services
Magdalena V.
I have never experienced such an unprofessional service before (we have remodeled our whole house few years back and had few repairs since). I needed few handyman projects done (fixing stuck pocket door, installing 2 new mailboxes, closing few holes in a drywall after a plumbing job was done, etc.). They had the highest price per hour ($83/h), but I have picked them since they had good reviews. They were supposed to arrive at 10am, but at 8am they have sent me a message they will need another person (for additional $71/h), since some of the work requires heavy lifting. They said the job would be done faster as both people would be working in parallel the whole time except when the work needed more man-power. This is why I agreed to it, even though $154/h was approximately 2.5-3 time more then what other handyman asked for. The money would not be a problem at all if they actually did the work properly, but here is just some of the things that happened: - The had their masks on their chin most of the time. - They walked around the house in dirty shoes (never put anything over their shoes even though it was a rainy day and they walked in and out of the house many times) - They did not cover the area with cloth/paper during the work. Not in the garage nor in the house. There was dust everywhere since they were cutting the dry wall. It took them more time to clean up after they were done (which they charge $150+ for, so no wonder this works great for them), and it took us another hour to clean up what was left after them. - Early in the morning after we showed them what is the work needed they went out to their truck to grab something. Since they were not back in 20min, I walked out and found them both sitting in their truck watching YouTube video on how to fix the pocket door. Both of them. - The other person that came was not experienced at all (he didn’t even know how to close the dry wall holes without help from the main person), spent most of the time together with the main guy ‘helping’. After 3 hours when they haven’t even started on the drywall or mailbox (they were both working on pocket door), I went down and told them that I will not be paying for the other person, since he is not working nor he is needed to help with heavy lifting. Only then he was sent to work on the mailbox and drywall. - When they installed new larger mailboxes, they didn’t return the old mailboxes to the house but actually threw them in the bushes close by ?!!!??? I could not believe it. My husband went and found them and took them back to the house. Unbelievable. - When they finished installing the pocket door (the mechanism was completely replaced and the door is now sliding well), they have done such a poor job reattaching the door frame and filling the damaged parts. At this point I just wanted them out of my house, that I didn’t even check. When they left we saw that there are nails sticking out and bunch of holes everywhere…. - I’m posting pictures to show some of the things I am talking about. Overall it took these 2 men 7 hours to install 2 mailboxes, close 4 small holes in drywall in garage, and fix the pocket door. And they left mess everywhere. I was so disappointed that I decided to leave review (and will leave one as well at my company’s group where people are asking for recommendations for contractors). This is just unacceptable. These folks do not deserve 4.5 start review they have in Thumbtack. Do yourself a favor. Hire someone else.
Michael's handyman servicesMichael's handyman services
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