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How Much Does a Handyman Cost?

low costIndependent Handyman: $30-$50+ an houraverage costHandyman Service: $60-$125 an hour
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Loosely defined, a handyman performs a wide range of basic home maintenance and repairs ranging from simple ones like fixing a squeaky door, hanging storm windows, to more complex projects like installing cabinets or weatherproofing. A lot depends on the expertise of the individual handyman or service company and the desires of the homeowner.

Typical costs:

  • Traditionally most handymen worked independently, setting their own hours and rates and gaining reputations by word of mouth. In the last few decades, professional handyman "services" have sprung up, either as local businesses with teams of employees or as a national chain.
  • Expect to pay about $30-$50 an hour for an independent handyman in rural or less expensive areas and $40-$60 an hour in more urban locations or regions with a higher cost of living. These rates are just average estimates, and will vary considerably by region and by individual worker. Some handymen charge a lump sum for a specific project, depending on the complexity.
  • Depending on the skills needed, rates run $60-$125 an hour for a professional handyman company. There's often a $150-$350 minimum charge and there can be a $30-$100 "trip" charge (if the worker needs to go buy materials). A professional handyman company usually has several employees, providing a wider range of skills, and screens employees for experience and reliability.
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What should be included:
  • Make a list of everything that needs doing, because it's usually cheaper to have it all done at once rather than as separate small projects. Ask if you can purchase basic supplies on your own time instead of paying the handyman to drive to get them.
  • It's not always cheaper to hire a handyman instead of a licensed specialist to perform extensive plumbing or electrical projects, or other complex work. A handyman could be unfamiliar with what's needed and take a lot longer to do the job. In some states handyman can work without a contractor's license as long as they stick to minor repair work, but bigger jobs usually require a contractor's license. Check with local and state officials.
  • Some agencies offer free or low-cost home repairs for low-income seniors; check with your local senior center or department on aging, but be aware that these programs frequently have a waiting list.
Shopping for a handyman:
  • The Colorado Springs Gazette details questions to ask when hiring a handyman and lists common scams. Experts warn against scam artists who operate with little more than a truck, tools and cell phone; they collect deposits and then leave town without doing the work.
  • For referrals to a good local handyman, check with friends and relatives or ask for recommendations from a locally owned hardware store or real estate management firm. If you pick a handyman from a phone listing (without any sort of word-of-mouth recommendation), some experts suggest checking with local law enforcement for a police record.
  • When using a service, ask about turnover rates and how they screen their employees.
  • Whether using an independent handyman or a nationally-linked service, get several estimates and a final written bid/contract that specifies what work will be done, including start and finish times, payment schedules, type of materials used and who will provide them, and whether the handyman will pull the necessary permits for a larger project.
  • Even an independent should be bonded and have a business license as well as liability and workers' compensation insurance. Request at least three references and check them all. If applicable, check whether the handyman is licensed in your state[1] . See if there are any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[2] .
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Handyman in Dallas Texas
Amount: $45.00 per hour
Posted by: Murtaza in Dallas, TX.Posted: July 28th, 2015 04:07AM
Byron Smith is his name.
This guy is awesome, been using him for 5 years now. Probably the most trustworthy guy I know. I wouldn't let anyone else work in my homes. He has such a broad range of knowledge in everything. He specializes in electrical work but he can do anything from plumbing to computers. I own 12 rental properties and I use Byron and highly recommend him. I can honestly say you wont find anyone better. email him!
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Ottos Handyman services is AMAZING!!
Amount: $45.00 per hour
Posted by: BigElilm in Brigham city, UT.Posted: June 3rd, 2015 04:06PM
B.Otto Derr has come to my home on multiple occassions for wood, snow and bush removal. scraping and painting my eves and much more tasks. I rely on him so much where i can not do these things. He is friendly, trustworthy, and efficient.
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Handyman! Sergio is the go to guy! In Dallas Fw.
Amount: $60.00 per hour
Posted by: Dave Regal in Plano, TX.Posted: May 29th, 2015 10:05AM
This guy is so awesome he was recommended by a friend, my floor had to be replaced called this guy on weekend he drove a good 35min didn't charge for estimate. I had previously ordered the flooring to match the rest since only a few were going to be replaced he offered to pick it up for us at no additional charge! But when they were getting ready to install the flooring was off by inches come to find out that they no longer make it like I had previously install, so we my wife and I were going to have family over. Sergio is a great man he is so smart he told us not to worry he could fix it AND he did!! It was a little extra because he had to replace more than we had said but my floor looklooks great as if nothing had happened I cant even tell you how he did it but my god it looks even smooth and my wife is happy!! I strongly recommend him to my fam. And friends. Oh I also left him and his helper alone in my home thats how honest he is. 214 815 5306.
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Kevin's Handyman Service
Amount: $45.00 per hour
Posted by: Alecia in Sammamish, WA.Posted: February 17th, 2015 12:02AM
Went above and beyond and after he helped with my plumbing issue and fixed some electrical problems I had in my home, he helped limb some dangerous tree branches overhanging my driveway and didn't even include the tree trimming in the total cost! Very professional, diligent, experienced and definitely ensures his customers satisfaction. He's worth every dime.
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Amount: $45.00 per hour
Posted by: KAREN BOWLA in anaheim, CA.Posted: December 26th, 2014 10:12PM
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Elite Handyman Services LLC
Amount: $225.00 per hour
Posted by: Jon Delany in Gaithersburg, MD.Posted: October 16th, 2014 04:10PM
I went to use the bathroom about 9p.m when I flush the toilet water started gushing from underneath of it I called elite handyman services to come out for an emergency service call in the charged me 225 dollars an hour they were here for 3 hours and he gave me a first time customer discount bring my total bill to 500 apparently there was a huge clog in my cast iron drain pipe and the wax ring failed causing water to flood out my bathroom they were very quick and very professional they are the only handyman company I trust.
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handyman services in Sydney Australia
Amount: $35.00 per hour
Posted by: bethj in Charlotte, Other.Posted: June 23rd, 2014 04:06PM
We have used Jim's Building Maintenance. They charge pretty good prices. I am not sure of their typical rate, but they seemed very reasonable.
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By James
Amount: $35.00 per hour
Posted by: Joan Figaro in Highland Lakes, NJ.Posted: June 2nd, 2014 04:06PM
My home was neglected for a few years because of illness, I had numerous projects that needed to be done and done fast since I needed to sell the home....I called him on a Saturday night he came over Sunday morning in the rain and sat down with me for 3 hours....long story short he did my plumbing...painting........carpentry.........all the headache jobs.........very neat.professional
gave me great ideas on how to stage the house for sale............Great Guy
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Minor plumbing, painting handyman srevice
Amount: $45.00 per hour
Posted by: Antonio in Atanta, GA.Posted: December 7th, 2013 12:12PM
Patrick did a great job on my home. I had tile repair, drywall repair, light fixtures replaced and installed flooring
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Amount: $50.00 per hour
Posted by: M. Tucker in Indianapolis, IN.Posted: June 23rd, 2013 06:06PM
I met this handyman named Mike Nero and he gave me his card, well I had a couple friends that needed work done on their homes. .and of course I was reluctant on refuring him cause he said he could do so many different carpentry jobs.long story short , everything he does is like he's worked every construction, handyman service out there.he did a staircase, crown molding, on one house and new lights , patio, remodeled bath, tile new tub ,the works , and he's reasonably priced just email him @
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The Go2Guys ( Fort Worth, Tx
Amount: $65.00 per hour
Posted by: in Arlington, TX.Posted: June 3rd, 2013 04:06PM
Professional, affordable, and dependable . Victor and his crew were very professional and helped me save on a few major repairs,with their daily rate service, I could save an get 8 full hours of dependable work from the Go2Guys vs paying a few contractor that wanted to charge me to do a complete bathroom and kitchen remodel for an average price of $15,000 . Victor and his crew got the job done professionally for under $7000.00 and spent only 1 1/2 of a week in my home working vs 3-6 weeks bid on contractor time . So give him a call (817)789-3615 ask for Victor

The Go2Guys Fort Worth .
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Tennessee Handyman in nashville
Amount: $50.00 per hour
Posted by: Mancavedude in Nashville, TN.Posted: April 5th, 2013 12:04PM
Normal residential rates are $50 commercial is $65 you want someone who is not only capable but insured and has workers comp,like these guys do, or you can risk it and call uncle Joe or pedro and company and do it for a six pack of beer and take all day.
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Sir Fix-A-Lot handyman home maintenance services in Houston, TX
Amount: $30.00 per hour
Posted by: Big Mike in Houston, TX.Posted: April 3rd, 2013 09:04AM
Having rental properties throughout Houston, I call Sir Fix-A-Lot for all my handyman services. It is a family owned business; a husband and wife team. He is very knowledgeble, has a wide range of skills, consistently helpful and they charge me by the project not per hour. When my tenants move out, Sir Fix-A-Lot comes and inspects all the damages, changes the locks and sets an appointment to do all the repairs for a quick turnaround. All of my tenants call them directly when they have maintenance or emergency repair issues. They keep my properties well maintained. Sir Fix-A-Lot is very reliable, trustworthy and respectful to my family & my tenants. They do top of the line work everytime. Pictures of some of my properties are on their website If you have anything you need to repair, install, replace, remodel,improve or build in Houston, Stafford, or Sugarland, TX give Sir Fix-A-Lot a call at 409-526-8393.
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Amount: $45.00 per hour
Posted by: Chrissy4 in Mesa, AZ.Posted: December 16th, 2012 11:12AM
Even though he is a good friend he gave me and my husband the best price with professional service and got the job done exactly how we wanted it and was of course being a friend he was still friendly with a smile when I changed my mind on some things. I would recommend him for anything. He put in a new tub with relocating the drain, new fixtures, new wall to it, textured the walls, primed and repainted and even put the new flooring in and I have NEVER been happier. He has done other work for us like digging up old concrete slabs that were horrible, leveling the ground in our entire yard and breaking down 2 termite infested sheds that were in our back yard. He can run ANY type of equipment.
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3 Light fixture and a bathroom faucet
Amount: $180.00 per hour
Posted by: Remis in Pgh, PA.Posted: October 11th, 2012 08:10PM
Needahand maintenance were great they were polite and did what they came to do I would recommend these guys to anyone and when they left it was like they were never here And there prices were very reasonable
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sobe handyman
Amount: $40.00 per hour
Posted by: beth white in miami beach, FL.Posted: September 24th, 2012 12:09PM
He is located here in south beach. On time, good rate, he did a great job. He was honest on telling me what was wrong. English speaking, which could get difficult here in Miami when trying to explaining something. is how i found him
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Eric (Sir Fix A Lot)
Amount: $45.00 per hour
Posted by: Nikole in Ft Lauderdale, FL.Posted: August 10th, 2012 11:08AM
I was referred to this Handyman through a friend, who calls this guy "Sir Fix A Lot".. lol. He does really great work at afforable prices. I was in desperate need to get these 2 couches taken apart and reassembled in a diff room. He did a wonderful job, was extra careful & meticulous, & he fixed our dining room chairs.. He really is a genius with furniture stuff.... He has done some painting, light drywall patchings, minor elect and plumb, door hardware replacements, etc. He will work on the weekends too! I ended up hiring him to do some demo for me later on... He works for his wife's family GC business .... so he can get anything done that may need a skilled craftsman or require a permit even. I was like a One-Stop Shop, Full Service, Handyman. He has given me the ok to put his contact info if anyone is interested: rnName: Eric rnCell: 754-242-2175. rnEmail:
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Great Handyman contact
Amount: $35.00 per hour
Posted by: Mrs. Johnson in Augusta, GA.Posted: August 1st, 2012 12:08PM
I paid $35.00 for this guy to repair my toliet, then he stop it from shaking for free. He's a great handyman, thanks so much Bernard.
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Great dude called Johnny
Amount: $40.00 per hour
Posted by: Carla Cabezas in Ontario, CA.Posted: July 30th, 2012 01:07PM
I needed ceiling fans installed in Five of my bed rooms along with five flat screen TV’s with all my AV system with wires tucked in cleanly in my walls Johnny said three days, and in three days he was done, he was going to charge me $750. but hey I had to give the guy a little more it was well worth it. Give him a call and you will see what I’m talking about. 949-293-8630
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Great Handy man called HandyPro
Amount: $30.00 per hour
Posted by: Dialx in Manalapan, NJ.Posted: July 22nd, 2012 08:07PM
Used a guy calls himself HandyPro @ 732 673 8224. The guy was mature , responsible and full of great ideas. once we decided on the exact job and list of things to be done , this guy worked like I never saw a person work. Very old school values on how he does the job. He knows what he is doing. All the work was done with professional results. Talk about going the extra mile. This is the second time I used him and felt compelled to tip him extra each time.
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Handy Man work
Amount: $50.00 per hour
Posted by: Rick Avey in Mustang, OK.Posted: July 18th, 2012 08:07PM
I run a company called ER Services. I always try to tell my clients to bundle their work assignments for maximum value. A good well rounded handyman should have no problem with anything residential including many vehicle repairs. The benefit derived from a good handyman is that you get a lot of knowledge rolled into one person who is smart and confident enough to go out on their own in the world of repairs. I come from the heavy service and maintenance industry and just got tired of always training the new guys and making money for someone else. So I started my own company, carry all required insurance, operate under a legitimate LLC and report earnings to the IRS. 405-202-4848 OKC
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B&G contracting, need noone esle
Amount: $5.00 per hour
Posted by: jennifer penny in Lawrenceville, GA.Posted: June 27th, 2012 02:06AM
I called for a few home projects to be looked at, in lawrenceville ga. i need somethings installed and as well as replaced. Bill Broome was the guy for the job i was told about from the lady on the phone, needless to say i took the advice. Bill Broome who owns b&g contracting came out to my house on schedule we walked through as i explained my issues and things to be done. Well this wonderful man is honest and you can trust him on the job knowing its taking care of, things i thought need to get replace like washer, bill looked at the broken thing and took 15 min to have it running like new again, fixed garage door spring that i got estimates on before but not yet fixed, for 30$ and surprises me on his knowledge how he knows everything on and about in all these different jobs as well as performs with a great friendly peronality and price, everyone needs to have this guy around..
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Scam alert JOE PAPAY- Craftsman and Design Services
Amount: $10.00 per hour
Posted by: Scammer Joe Papay in phoenix, AZ.Posted: June 21st, 2012 08:06AM
The guy is a scam artist. I worked for him. Not only did he not pay me for an entire month, he then stole a check from my own client. He has also dont time for contracting without a license. You can find him on facebook now to the guy that alerted to this scam I quit around the same time you contacted him about the properties.
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Camacho\\\\\\\'s Handyman
Amount: $50.00 per hour
Posted by: Sarina in Salinas, CA.Posted: December 7th, 2011 04:12PM
I recently hired Juan Camacho from Camacho's Handyman to repair my washing machine, closet sliding doors and he changed one of my bathroom faucets. I originally hired him to just fix my washing machine, and found that he did an outstanding job for a very reasonable price. I was worried that there would not be a fix to my washing machine, but he was able to repair it. He charges $50 for the first hour, then $25 per hour for the remaining time. After seeing that he did such a fabulous job on my washing machine, for such a reasonable price, I hired him to do more repairs in my home. I HIGHLY recommend Camacho's Handyman! He can definitely get any job done!
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Scam alert JOE PAPAY- Craftsman and Design Services
Amount: $20,000.00 per hour
Posted by: scam alert in phoenix, AZ.Posted: December 4th, 2011 06:12AM
Joe Papay of 1651 E. Elgin St. CHANDLER (phone number 4803639411) defrauded me of nearly $20,000 over the course of a year. I live overseas and employed Joe Papay to do work on 3 properties I purchased for investment.rnHis original quote to complete renovations on my properties was $10,000. However he continuously requested I pay him more money until I had given him nearly $20,000 and had no more money left. I then had people check on the properties in Phoenix to discover he had completed almost no work on the properties.rnI discovered I had been the victim of a scam artist. rnI am writing this in the hope that no one else will be a victim of this con man.
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Handyman 4 Hire
Amount: $50.00 per hour
Posted by: Bernadine Nunez in houston, TX.Posted: November 6th, 2011 04:11AM
This business is run by Terry Adair, a former idustrial maintenance manager. He offers a wide varity of services and is particular at what he does. He has done a bathroom remodel, wood fence and various other projects for us.
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Woodring Handyman Service
Amount: $50.00 per hour
Posted by: Kristia in Tucson, AZ.Posted: August 25th, 2011 12:08PM
I needed electrical, some odds and ends done around the house and some plumbing. He was great! He even called to follow up to make sure everything was working correctly. He has now done work for several other people I know and everyone was more than satisfied!
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Mr.Handyman CT
Amount: $160.00 per hour
Posted by: Anma in Wilton, CT.Posted: August 22nd, 2011 06:08AM
They charge 160 per hr for the first hr and then 50/half hr for every hr beyond the first.
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Dexter Handy Man Service
Amount: $50.00 per hour
Posted by: jennie in Salinas, CA.Posted: August 13th, 2011 12:08AM
Did some home repairs for my home in monterey county did unbelivble job remodeling would def hire to do regularly inspection of homes I currently rent
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Acer Creek Services
Amount: $40.00 per hour
Posted by: a user in Buffalo Grove, IL.Posted: June 28th, 2011 07:06AM
Excellent work, was willing to work with our schedule, from repairs and painting to drywall and landscaping, went with us to pick up the material, no extra charges, have recommended him to all our friends and family. five stars!
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Handyman rates
Amount: $75.00 per hour
Posted by: Darwin in Southeast, MI.Posted: June 14th, 2011 07:06PM
$75 is the going rate in most large cities. With that being said, getting multiple projects completed will cost roughly $65 per hour. There is usually a charge for material pick-up also; however you can avoid this charge by shopping for materials and picking them up yourself. The best way to hire a service is to find one that offers flat-rates. You'll save money this way.
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Wherr are ypu getting your price information from ???
Amount: $65.00 per hour
Posted by: Mr.Independant handyman in Chicago area, IL.Posted: June 3rd, 2011 03:06PM
I am an independant handyman in Chicago.Il.I currently charge $65 per hr.There is no reason why independants should charge up to $60 less per hr. than the larger outfits because they need to pay for there ad's and van logos/painting.The local larger companies charge between $85 and $136 per hr. and mark up their on hand materials by 30% margin.These numbers are current and the same for this whole area,rural areas included.You "self help sites" need to get your facts straight !!!!!!
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Premier Home Services Handyman
Amount: $30.00 per hour
Posted by: a user in Joliet, IL.Posted: April 16th, 2011 12:04PM
We hired Premier Home Services Group for our remodeling project. By the end of the project we calculaed that they cost us about $30.00 an hour which is more then reasonable for the excellent work they do. I will recommended them to everyone. Their number is (630)518-6450.
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Free Estimate s
Amount: $35.00 per hour
Posted by: Ifixedit in Peoria, IL.Posted: March 21st, 2011 02:03PM
Free estimate s COST US MONEY ! So there's no such thing ...What i've done is give people a choice 35 dollars per hour plus material or I beat an written estimate by 10 % .. Time and material is the fairest way to charge everyone , How many times have you gotten an estimate and it ended up more than told ? want to save money , say you want a light fixture installed , purchase the light , call handyman set day and time clear area where light is to be installed , in most case's this should only take an hour 35 to 65 dollars ..... simple enough .......
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