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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.

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.

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.

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 Renton handymen
Narayana M.
Excellent work and would recommend for anyone looking for an amazing handyman !!
Silver Line Precision Plus LLCSilver Line Precision Plus LLC
Queenie Y.
Robert is a very patient and professional handyman and we are very happy with his works. We will definitely rehire.
HMSHMS
Thumbtack Customer
Jose is great handyman very quik I was impressed about his work We would definitely contact him for the next proyet
Seattle Painting  llcSeattle Painting llc
Teresa H.
It has been difficult to book a handyman during the pandemic, so having Dave do such high quality work at a good rate was very valuable. He went above and beyond to complete our job and even suggest improvements from his expertise. We really appreciated Dave's hard work and would book him again for additional handyman jobs.
skylark.co.llcskylark.co.llc
Michael M.
Denis went above and beyond in repairing my gutters. I would most definitely hire him again. Anyone looking for a handyman, I highly recommend Denis.
DenislionHandypro incDenislionHandypro inc
Matt B.
Yuriy is now my go to handyman. He did very high quality work on repairing some of my siding. He was responsive, on time, and a nice guy. Very rare you find this combo. Highly recommend.
YuriyYuriy
Michael M.
Esor was a pleasure to work with. His knowledge for the variety of projects I had (plumbing, electrical, etc.) was excellent. Everything was completed and works perfectly. I recommend Esor to anyone in need of a handyman for ANY project. I will definitely hire him again for any future projects.
Handyman careHandyman care
Heidemarie H.
Maria's All At Once Handyman/Contractor business did a very good job repairing several problem areas on my built in gutters. The work involved some carpentry, sanding, caulking, and painting. It was all done in one day, as promised. I am very satisfied with the quality and the price.
Home Improvement All At Once LLCHome Improvement All At Once LLC
Kartik S.
I got lighting and switches changed and Hassan got them done really fast and good. Also for one room, we had a electrical problem and he informed us and did not proceed as it needed a certified electrician. He got the job done very fast. Would definitely recommend Hassan to anyone looking for a handyman. Kartik
M&R Group SPM&R Group SP
Sandeep M.
John's a skilled handyman who possess smart ideas of his own and can guide you well with solutions. He helped me with multiple jobs when I moved in to my new home. He's also kind hearted and does not any from offering help with any work. I would definitely recommend him.
Emerald City HandymanEmerald City Handyman
Huma v.
I would really recommend him. Someone had ditched us in middle of our project after spoiling our vinyl flooring. He not only took up the project but finished it with utmost responsibility. He is reasonable and very honest about the things he can do, doesn't give false hope( like our previous handyman did). Definitely hiring him for our future projects.
Renovation pro LLCRenovation pro LLC
Ivan K.
Best experience working with a handyman ever! I needed a bedroom door replaced so I messaged him on a Monday and he came out the same day to inspect and get a look at it. He even sent me pictures that night to let me know the progress he was making with the custom door. Project was done the next day! Super quick, super affordable. I tried looking other places but no one was going to be as efficient as this. Hugo was a pro and did everything we wanted. He is the only person I will ever ask to do home improvements!
DamasPro.DamasPro.
Thumbtack Customer
I am really happy with his work. To be honest I wasn't sure the dishwasher could be re-attached to the newly installed stone counters, but he had several solutions in mind and fixed it. Success! Then he and I tried to figure out the multi-page instructions on how to install new wood blinds but after awhile just tossed those aside and figured it out. They look great. He spent a fraction of the time estimated, and, the piece de resistance, really came down in price after his original estimate, really! He is a great handyman and I am happy to recommend.
loyaltydrainsandsewersloyaltydrainsandsewers
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