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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 Madison handymen
Sathya R.
Awesome experience with TSJ handyman services for my tv and reverse osmosis system. Great work.
TSJ Handyman Services, LLCTSJ Handyman Services, LLC
Annette B.
He was Johnny on the spot. He did a great job. I will hire him for future handyman jobs.
Poulton Built (Kevin)Poulton Built (Kevin)
Landon S.
We have nothing but wonderful things to say about TSJ Handyman Services, LLC. Stellar work, great communication, honest & trustworthy, etc.
TSJ Handyman Services, LLCTSJ Handyman Services, LLC
John G.
Handyman Services. If anyone is in need of general handyman services, it is not myself, but I would urge you to contact Cottage Grove Design and Repair. Conscientious, efficient, and more than fair in their pricing. I hired them to install some electronic locks and the first go-around didn't go quite right and Scott made it right with no questions asked. Work was completed on time and with Wisconsin friendliness and completeness. Would not hesitate to recommend their services. Give them a call for any odd job or virtually any home repair.Again, highly recommended–you will not be disappointed!!!
Thomas W.
Finding a good handyman needn't be difficult--just call Craig. He completed quite a variety of work to help me prepare my house for sale, including installing water barrels and new downspouts, removing a satellite and repairing roof, installing fans and light fixtures, hanging a medicine cabinet, grouting, concrete patching, and hanging a new storm door, among other projects. Craig did excellent work, and it is clear that he is a very skilled, trustworthy, and fair handyman. I recommend him so highly--I wish I had found him years earlier.
Craig Korb ConstructionCraig Korb Construction
Dawn P.
I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Manuel. He is meticulous, fast, and a real problem solver. I highly recommend him as a Handyman for a wide variety of home projects. He is also just a really nice man.
Manuel JimenezManuel Jimenez
Molly K.
Cedric responded immediately to my request. He patched drywall and installed a vent cover for us. His professionalism is top notch, checked in with me on details and didn’t rush his work. He communicated well about arrival times and kept his word. A great handyman!
NC handyman llc.NC handyman llc.
Isabel M.
Justin is a great handyman. He knows what he's doing and gives good recommendations. We had a ton of rotting wood on our roof and we couldn't get a roofer in before winter. Justin took care of it for a very reasonable price. Will definitely hire him again.
Justin Fleming, Home Improvements/RemodelsJustin Fleming, Home Improvements/Remodels
Mary E.
Manual Jimenez is an excellent person to hire for any handyman job you have. He was immediately responsive to my request for a one day turn around. His manner is warm and kind and the result of his work is just what I needed. He was very helpful to me, and I will use him again.
Manuel JimenezManuel Jimenez
Andrew K.
Mr. Reeves indicated during the workweek they could perform a job I requested to change an electrical outlet for me on a Sunday. This person stated he would arrive at my house at around 1 PM. At 1:35 PM on that Sunday he telephones me that they are ninety miles away in Milwaukee This individual "states" they would have called me sooner but they were talking to their mother. Meanwhile, I am sitting in my house waiting for this person. I tell Mr. Reeves I am no longer interested and this is one of my two weekend days off and he has wasted my time. He responds he also gave up his Sunday. Mr. Reeves choose the day, not me. Mr. Reeves then is suddenly approximately 45 miles away in a closer location. He states he could be at my house at 2 PM. I know the location he said he was at and there was no way he could get to my home in 20 minutes. Somehow he leapfrogged 45 miles during the conversation of two minutes. Who knew where he really was located. I tell him to forget about I am not interested. He then responds that I should never call a repairman again because that is how they work. Does a handyman have permission to be at the very least 75 minutes late? If he had said there was a window between and 1 PM and 3 PM where he could be at my house and I accepted those terms that would be different. If he called at 1 PM or earlier that would give his appointment a bit more justification. However to respond with anger that is how we work, and then tell me what to do, never call a repairman again show an individual who thinks from one point of view. His arrogant statement telling what I should concerning contacting handymen shows his immaturity and childlike view of relationships and narrowness of perspective. I was not expecting someone who would live by the philosophy, The customer is always right. Mr. Reeves's indignation that I was wrong followed by his telling me what to do was certainly not going to win him a customer.
Curtis ReevesCurtis Reeves
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