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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 Tacoma handymen
Yash K.
Great to work with. Was on time and communicated well. Good value for general handyman type tasks.
Eco Fabulous HMSEco Fabulous HMS
Doreen J.
Joseph is a great and reliable guy! Would totally hire again for my handyman needs. :) *two thumbs up*
JB Junk Removal, Handyman, and HaulingJB Junk Removal, Handyman, and Hauling
Ina C.
My project was installing a chandalier. Handyman Guy ( Jimmy) was awesome. It took him one hour only. He was honest, worked hard and very professional. He knew what he was doing, plus responded super quick. Accepts debit too- 👏. Will hire him again for my next project. I recommend the Handyman Guy. ——Ina
The Handyman GuyThe Handyman Guy
Meredith H.
I am so glad we found Brett for our handyman needs! He fixed our broken door quickly and efficiently and is so helpful and friendly!
Brett RobertsBrett Roberts
Sherri W.
The handyman did exactly what I asked him to do in the time frame that I wanted. I'm happy with his work and plan to hire him again.
HIROLLERZ LLCHIROLLERZ LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Migel does excellent work. Is is on time and very reliable. His prices are very fair for the quality work he does. I will be using Migels services in the future. Highly recommend him as a handyman!
Miguel reyMiguel rey
Ann R.
We had some early confusion about use of the Thumbtack app, which was my fault. Robert came on time, assessed the problem, described the solution to me, and completed the work quickly and efficiently. I would hire him again for any handyman job.
HMSHMS
Roberta S.
Steven was easy to communicate with and very professional. He explained the 2 jobs on how he would proceed which I appreciated. A really nice guy and did a great job. I am already going to schedule my next job with him. He is now our handyman.
Pacific Aligned LLCPacific Aligned LLC
Cindy B.
Austin did a awesome job on installing our new door! He is on time , does great quality work, keep great communication & listens to what you want done! Plus he is honest ! Look no further if you need a handyman! We will be hiring him more projects!
Austin GibbsAustin Gibbs
Rabosky T.
Indigo handyman service is Second to none in everything that is provided, from customer service, attention to detail and etc. The research on whatever job he will do will be conducted before the job begins and those details will be briefed to you to ensure customer satisfaction. This is the handy man that you want, especially if you’re looking for honest assessment and feedback before, during and after the job is completed.
Indigo Handyman Service LLCIndigo Handyman Service LLC
Eric B.
Working with Indi was a great experience from the time he responded to the project through the completion of the job. He was very communicative throughout the entire process, sent photos of the work in progress and was great in terms of working with my tenants at the rental property where he was doing the repairs. I will definitely use Indi in the future and can recommend him to others who need a reliable handyman who does quality work at a fair price.
Indigo Handyman Service LLCIndigo Handyman Service LLC
Jill J.
I would give Joey 10 stars if I could. He is out of this world when it comes to getting the job done. I had absolutely nothing to worry about once he took over getting rid of all the junk at my house while I was moving to another space. He did everything from getting the U-Haul to loading up a 26-foot truck and taking it all to the dump. He is my forever Handyman and I will be hiring him for these types of jobs until he decides to no longer do this type of work! I cannot recommend him more highly. He is literally the man! Hire him, you won't be disappointed.
JB Junk Removal, Handyman, and HaulingJB Junk Removal, Handyman, and Hauling
Dee-Dee G.
Brett is and was amazing with this small but must have job. But it wasn't without drama; not his, mine. The first door was too wide, took it back and the 2nd door was too short. So Brett took it upon himself, and took the entire kit back to Lowe's, got the right shower door kit and came back and finished installing my door. Let me just tell you, that spoke volumes about him and what he wants his work to say about him. This a busy man, we literally had to go through his calendar to find a spot, but he made one for me. LOVED that about him. Not only is he good at what he does, he is kind, respectful and has a great personality. I will hire him again, and again, and again!! AWESOME Handyman!!
Brett RobertsBrett Roberts
Mari W.
Fantastic experience!! I reached out to impact solutions for help finding a handyman type person who could help me assemble a pre-fabricated craftsman shed for my backyard. The team they sent (Noah and Emilio, I think? I’m horrible at remembering names) were just the sweetest guys! Super positive and friendly attitudes, worked really hard the whole time they were here, there was one part of the shed that was giving them trouble which I had seen in other product reviews, and they totally worked together to figure out a solution, and the shed came out super fantastic. They were just the right guys for the job, and I could not be more pleased to work with them. Hopefully I’ll have an excuse to ask for their help again in the future. Thank you for the great work!! (I hope they don’t mind their faces being in this photo, they just seemed so proud, and I was so excited, it was such a great end to the day, lol!!)
Impact Solutions NW LLCImpact Solutions NW LLC
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