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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I hire the best handyman in Seattle?

The most reliable way to find the best handyman in Seattle is through an online search. This gives you access to customer ratings, reviews and photos of work done by handymen in the area. 

Take time to look up the handyman’s credentials. For some tasks, you might want someone with more skills, experience and a license. You can try looking for this information on the handyman’s profile, you can ask them to send you this information or you can try searching for it online.

Select your handyman after doing your research and receiving price estimates from several pros.

How much should I pay for handyman services in Seattle?

In Seattle, some handymen charge as little as $35 per hour, while others charge $60 or more per hour. Your total price will be based on the handyman’s level of experience and certification, the type of work being done, the purchase of extra materials and the driving distance required. 

Finding a reasonably priced, top-rated handyman in Seattle starts with a simple online search. After you’ve identified several handymen that seem right for your task, ask them to send you free estimates.

Please note: All cost estimates are accurate at the time of writing and are subject to change. For the most accurate, up-to-date cost estimates for your specific project, get free estimates from pros near you. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Seattle handymen
Denise W.
Great handyman
Mr.FixThatMr.FixThat
Teresa J.
After my tenant and I removed all the stuff from the room and waiting for the handyman as we scheduled for a week ago, this handyman disappeared, without responding. I have to pay extra money to the tenant and extra money to the other handyman I hired due to urgent.
Heavenly Touch LLCHeavenly Touch LLC
Emily G.
Handyman Guy was excellent! Very courteous and professional. Thank you!
The Handyman GuyThe Handyman Guy
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 handymanM&P handyman
Margie a.
I felt like I was being ignored Sadly I did not use them and found another handyman
M&P handymanM&P handyman
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
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
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 handymanM&P handyman
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
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
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
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
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
Cheri W.
David was so congenial & pleasant to have around. His work ethic is first class & I’d recommend him to anyone wanting plumbing done. His talents are not limited to plumbing either. All around handyman!!!
Hitchman PaintingHitchman Painting
Nhatnguyen T.
Pedro was punctual, friendly, efficient, and fast. I am very satisfied with the job and definitely will use M&P Handyman again for future projects in the home. Thank you for supporting the active duty military and Vets with a discount.
M&P handymanM&P handyman
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