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How Much Does a Handyman Cost?

low costIndependent Handyman: $30-$50+ an houraverage costHandyman Service: $60-$125 an hour

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.
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Handyman Services
Amount: $70.00 per hour
Posted by: Sarah Qqqqq in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: May 13th, 2021 01:05PM
John Otis is the handyman he is great I mean absolutely great he works for a company named 2 men and a hammer and they are Knowledgeable about everything I have been using him for about five years and he knows a little bit of everything I would recommend him to anyone. Contact them at [email protected] if you live in the Cincinnati Ohio area or NKY
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Skilled Handyman
Amount: $65.00 per hour
Posted by: sdg in Dallas, TX.Posted: September 16th, 2019 05:09PM
Affordable,Trustworthy, dependable. Vert professional and time efficient. Will definitely call again.
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Handyman of Irving
Amount: $75.00 per hour
Posted by: Ligia Bolton in Irving, TX.Posted: January 23rd, 2019 07:01AM
Great job! Very professional and we are thrilled with the results. Best in Dallas-Ft. Worth!
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KMC Handyman Services in Phoenix Az.
Amount: $35.00 per hour
Posted by: Kimmie C. in Peoria, AZ.Posted: August 22nd, 2018 11:08PM
A good friend hooked me up with this handy person about a year ago and I can't thank her enough. He does about everything you could have on that honeydo list and is always polite, respectul and on time. Great work and very afordable. Even shows up on weekends if you need him to! 602-332-2759
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Arthur Boutchee
Amount: $0.00 per hour
Posted by: carole s in Mission Viejo, CA.Posted: January 15th, 2018 01:01AM
The most inconsiderate, unreliable, dishonest service around. After he stretched out a 1 month job to almost 12 months, I need thousands of dollars more repairs than I did when he started. Don't believe his sales pitch. Run the other way as fast as you can!
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A-1 Chimney Sweep
Amount: $275.00 per hour
Posted by: Gladis in Pasadena, CA.Posted: October 20th, 2017 02:10PM
Noticed there were two identical twin workers,. when they left i realized one was distracting me outside while the other was stealing from my back bedrom. Business is Owned by Jeff Cullen
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Swing Gates/ reallings
Amount: $60.00 per hour
Posted by: Rj Villanueva in Honolulu, HI.Posted: August 6th, 2017 04:08PM
Fabrication gates, reallings Custom made pricing estimates
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Helping hands Urgent home repairs and maintenance
Amount: $75.00 per hour
Posted by: Johnie Williams in Everett, WA.Posted: April 12th, 2017 09:04PM
He was very professional, explained each stage of the specified work. He was on time an most importantly, it was done right. He built my new deck 24x36 w/railings and stairs.
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AVC Solutions Is AMAZING!!!
Amount: $50.00 per hour
Posted by: Jimmy Ringle in Pittsburgh, PA.Posted: February 20th, 2017 03:02AM
They did such a great job for us. We couldn't be happier.
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Handyman services
Amount: $45.00 per hour
Posted by: Cathy Truman in Huntsville, AL.Posted: February 7th, 2017 06:02PM
BARNETTS CONSTRUCTION handyman specialist. They are very professional. Hung some doors. Remodeled my whole kitchen.they are great.their number 2562039011
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rip off contractor and partner
Amount: $1,000.00 per hour
Posted by: bob best in san jose, CA.Posted: September 30th, 2016 09:09PM
Eric Olsen. Stay away from this drunk horny creep and his horny little dog. His estimates are jacked is crappy. not trustworthy. Been known to work with creepy realtor mike, also a scammer.formerly of san jose. Later Moved to northern calif before 2013.
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handyman Case Mcfarland of Dallas
Amount: $85.00 per hour
Posted by: Nicole B.B. in Rockwall, TX.Posted: March 27th, 2016 07:03PM
My sister needed the batteries replaced in her remote controlled window blinds that are 20 ft high inside her home,as well as the smoke alarms on the 20 ft high ceiling.She couldn't find anyone willing to do it.So I googled and found Mesquite,Tx #1 handyman .He quickly responded and had the project completed the next morning in less than a hour.He came equipped and ready to the job.My sister was most impressed with his professionalism,common courtesy and cleanliness.Her exact words were " A Texas Gentleman." I and other family member have used his services since.He is highly skilled in all trades and was willing to work within our budget.SAVE yourself time and money and call 0r text
Case Mcfarland 214-646-4555
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Amount: $30.00 per hour
Posted by: thankful4help in cleveland, OH.Posted: February 15th, 2016 10:02AM
I used this guy and he was awesome changed my locks after a break in hes agreat guy and if he cant fix it he knows someone that can
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Efren Rubio (Rivera) A&E
Amount: $1,200.00 per hour
Posted by: A. R. Etnuh in Houston, TX.Posted: October 23rd, 2015 04:10PM
Scam alert! Charged for work not contracted, some specifically told to NOT do, and some not completed. Was professional at beginning, hostile at end. Be aware!
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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! [email protected]
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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 @ [email protected]
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The Go2Guys ( Fort Worth, Tx
Amount: $65.00 per hour
Posted by: [email protected] 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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