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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 Wauwatosa handymen
Charlene M.
Mark was a personable..on time.patient..innovative...a all around handyman.
New Life HandymanNew Life Handyman
Marquise H.
Excellent handyman I recommend him To anybody That need work
Ted WorxTed Worx
Barbara K.
Couldn't ask for a better handyman I highly recommend him
Wrei LLCWrei LLC
Marco C.
Colin is an excellent handyman that gets the job done. Highly recommend! Will use him for future work.
Schaefer Home ServicesSchaefer Home Services
Letecia N.
Mr. Bryce is amazing. He provides quality work, a man of his word and shows up on time. Wonderful handyman! 10 ⭐
Hass Handyman LLCHass Handyman LLC
If you are looking for high quality handyman service with affordable rate, then look no further! Contact Lorin! He was punctual, courteous, honest and diligent. Great job.
Finishing WellFinishing Well
Techmicial M.
Awesome service!!! I will definitely contact Loren again for any handyman needs. He was very professional and provided great customer service! Thank you again!
Finishing WellFinishing Well
Kat & Derek V.
Dominic was quick to respond to our work request, had availability when we needed it, and showed up when scheduled. He is an absolute professional who I enthusiastically recommend to anyone looking for a handyman!
D.D.W ServicesD.D.W Services
Thumbtack Customer
Brian's response time was excellent and his work was completed in a high quality manner. I look forward to Big Blue Handyman completing projects for us in the future. I'd recommend Brian to others. Thanks Cherrie
Big Blue CarpentryBig Blue Carpentry
Renita W.
I am extremely pleased with his work. Mark was on time and got the job done it a timely manner. Very professional. If you're looking for a good handyman he's the one. I will definitely hire him again.
New Life HandymanNew Life Handyman
Mary G.
Marc did a very nice job on our bathroom tub surround amid obstacles that were out of his control. Great communication throughout the process. MGD Handyman Service will be called on again if future repairs are needed.
MDG Handyman Service, LLCMDG Handyman Service, LLC
Ronald L.
Cash is Professional, does Quality Work all at a Reasonable Price. He is also Punctual, Courteous and Friendly. In conclusion, he is the BEST Handyman I’ve hired through both Home Advisor and Thumbtack. You Won’t be Disappointed. Ron
CMC Services, Inc.CMC Services, Inc.
Andrew J. H.
Jon does excellent work & provides excellent customer service. His handyman skills are very good. He is very friendly and gets the job done. Will definitely use him again. Thank You Jon for a job well done.
Lillian S.
A skylight window was leaking and I contacted Phoenix Services to re-caulk it. Jose responded and completed the job on the same day. He was also very fair with his pricing for the job. I would definitely consider him for other handyman work.
Phoenix ServicesPhoenix Services
Barbara V.
Johnny does very good work. He charges a very reasonable rate. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a handyman and I will definitely ask him back again if I should need any more work done.
First Rate Handyman ServiceFirst Rate Handyman Service
Erin B.
Mark was responsive, punctual, and did outstanding work - all rare to find these days. He helped us to finish our laundry room ceiling and made it look better than we could have ever expected. Will be our go-to handyman without a doubt!
New Life HandymanNew Life Handyman
Kim M.
Unfortunately, Aranda stood us up Saturday, then again Sunday, then stopped responding to me. My tenant was left waiting for 2 full days for someone that didn't show up, and now I look like a jerk. He might be a totally fine handyman, but not showing up and not responding is not acceptable :(
Aranda Handyman ServicesAranda Handyman Services
Susan G.
I had a very small project, but Noah was very willing to help me with it. He was quick to respond to my request for a handyman. He fixed my project in record time! I was amazed at how professional he was. I have future projects for him to do! I would definitely recommend Noah!
Jansen’s Plumbing ServicesJansen’s Plumbing Services
Thumbtack Customer
I have hired Matt twice now and he does excellent work. He has had creative solutions to different issues and has provided accurate estimates. Matt has done carpet cleaning, painting, new floor installation, drywall repair and other miscellaneous handyman type work. He does a good job.
Matt's Plowing & LandscapingMatt's Plowing & Landscaping
J. L.
Brian replaced a screen door for me. He was fast, professional, efficient, and precise, taking the time to reset it until it was exactly level and balanced. Works perfectly; he cleaned the scraps/packaging, and hauled it to the garbage for me. The price Brian charged was apx 1/4 of what others wanted for the job. If you need a handyman, dont fool around. Call Brian.
Wrei LLCWrei LLC
Brenda G.
Took on a very challenging kitchen exhaust fan installation and did a great job! This project turned out to be much bigger than I anticipated, but Johnny was able to get it done. Job required some additional electrical work and he was able to pull in an electrician to make sure the work was done right. Safety first. Highly recommend using his handyman services!
First Rate Handyman ServiceFirst Rate Handyman Service
Charlotte K.
Bryce was hired twice. Fence repair: this was an extensive job that required a higher level of skill than a general handyman. Beyce replaced a board on board sections of our rotted cedar fence. It was handled to perfection with respect for our home. Window AC install was handled with same professional care and respect. Honest, skilled. Highly recommended and would hire again. Thank you Bryce!
Hass Handyman LLCHass Handyman LLC
Emily O.
We have hired Sam for a wide variety of repairs at our rental property over the past several months. He is extremely knowledgeable, cost-conscious, and skilled. He is very communicative which is important to us being out-of-state landlords. I have complete trust in him to provide the most value-based approach to repairs and improvements for our rental property. I would recommend him at the highest level to anyone needing handyman services.
Costner Enterprise LLCCostner Enterprise LLC
Essential Handyman Services did a really great job with all the stuff I needed done round our apartment. Putting up the curtain rods, hanging up curtains and shelves in the bathrooms, and hanging up pictures. I was so impressed with how knowledgeable they were about many things and how they managed to do a bunch of different things in just over an hour. I was happy to pay for the fantastic work I got done today. Will definitely contact them again.
Essential Handyman servicesEssential Handyman services
Penny K.
We had an issue with a free standing cabinet that needed to be secured to the wall. Not only did he do as requested but made suggestions for it to be more secure and fixed additional issues he encountered during the process. He was fast to respond to my request and came exactly at the designated time (same day as the request!). He was very professional during the entire process. I will use his service again! High recommendation to others looking for a handyman that has a variety of skills.
JC handyman servicesJC handyman services
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