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Understanding Handyman Costs
How Much Should You Pay for Home Repairs?

When tackling tasks around the house, considering the cost of a reliable handyman is key. FIXRR offers versatile handymen capable of handling various home repair tasks. But what should a handyman cost? Let’s delve into the factors influencing the pricing to help you determine what to expect and how to budget for your needs.

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Handyman Services and Cost Factors

The cost of a handyman service depends on several elements. Consider the following factors when soliciting quotes for your home repair projects.

Job Size

In general, the smaller job, is not necessarily cheaper. There are expences in running a business that need to be considered. That being said, it is always better to have a few jobs lined up, especially if they are just small jobs. Have enough work to meet the companies minimum time allotment charge.

 Handymen who are more experienced can usually estimate how long a job will take before they start and will have a better idea of the cost. There are some jobs that certain handymen will charge a flat fee for. You will need to discuss your project in detail with your handyman before they begin to establish the price of the project.

Exploring different Job Sizes

Small Handyman Jobs

Examples of small jobs you could hire a handyman for may include replacing light switches fixtures and outlets, repairing a leaky faucet, repairing drywall damage or replacing a broken widow blinds. The general rule of thumb is that if it requires simple hand tools and takes less than 1 to 2 hours, it’s a small job. Average cost: $90-185 We offer a 3hour Introductory Task Smasher Special for $199 plus taxes and materials if needed. great deal if you have some around the house maintenenace projects.

Medium Handyman Jobs

Medium jobs typically are a little more involved and take more time and can require more expertise and expensive tools. These jobs usually take between a few hours to complete but less tan a day. Drywall repair is a good example of a medium-sized job for a handyman. This will require using putty, that needs to dry, ( a great time to accomplish on another small project ) a putty knife and attaching support material if the damage is large enough. Hanging Ikea shelves is also considered a medium sized job as shelves must be properly anchored into studs in the wall. Average cost: $200-$375

Large Handyman Jobs

Larger handyman jobs are the most involved and require more time and specific tools and skills. If you’re wondering if you need a handyman or a contractor for a particular job, it’s likely this will be a large job. Large jobs usually take anywhere from over 4 hours to a couple of days to complete. Some examples include wiring for a home theatre, installing heating and cooling registers, or installing a kitchen sink with all its elements. Average cost: $600 and up 

 

Understanding Handyman Charging Methods

It is common for to charge by the hour, but some projects may cost a flat fee. Some may charge for travel time and others may charge a markup on parts they buy for your job. When getting quotes, be sure to ask about these factors.

Handyman Cost Per Hour

An independent handyman will charge an average of $55 and $155 per hour. Of course, this cost can differ depending on where you live for an independent handyman. If you hire a handyman who is a part of  large business, $162 an hour or more. The advantage of hiring a handyman who is part of a large business is that they are expected to have more expertise and meet a certain standard of quality of work.

Handyman Costing Per Job

Some jobs are best charged at a flat rate. Typically these are larger jobs such as hanging chandeliers, mounting wall TVs and installing a toilet. Consult with your handyman to find out if your project will cost a flat rate or be billed hourly.

Cost Differences

Keep in mind that the more complex a job is, the more likely it is to have complications. Sometimes billing by the job can end up costing you more because you are paying higher per hour if your handyman works quickly. However, some jobs will take longer and you will end up paying less by the hour. It all depends on the project and how complex it is. An experienced handyman knows how long a job should take and may give you a flat rate based on that. If they know a particular job will take about an hour, they may present their hourly rate as a flat rate. If they know it will take two hours, they may give you the rate for two hours as a flat rate.

Handyman Services and Cost Factors

The cost of a handyman service depends on several elements. Consider the following factors when soliciting quotes for your home repair projects.

Job Size

In general, the smaller job, is not necessarily cheaper. There are expences in running a business that need to be considered. That being said, it is always better to have a few jobs lined up, especially if they are just small jobs. Have enough work to meet the companies minimum time allotment charge.

 Handymen who are more experienced can usually estimate how long a job will take before they start and will have a better idea of the cost. There are some jobs that certain handymen will charge a flat fee for. You will need to discuss your project in detail with your handyman before they begin to establish the price of the project.Examples of small jobs you could hire a handyman for may include replacing light switches fixtures and outlets, repairing a leaky faucet, repairing drywall damage

 

or replacing a broken widow blinds. The general rule of thumb is that if it requires simple hand tools and takes less than 1 to 2 hours, it’s a small job. Average cost: $90-185 We offer a 3hour Introductory Task Smasher Special for $199 plus taxes and materials if needed. great deal if you have some around the house maintenenace projects.

Medium Handyman Jobs

Medium jobs typically are a little more involved and take more time and can require more expertise and expensive tools. These jobs usually take between a few hours to complete but less tan a day. Drywall repair is a good example of a medium-sized job for a handyman. This will require using putty, that needs to dry, ( a great time to accomplish on another small project ) a putty knife and attaching support material if the damage is large enough. Hanging Ikea shelves is also considered a medium sized job as shelves must be properly anchored into studs in the wall. Average cost: $200-$375

Large Handyman Jobs

Larger handyman jobs are the most involved and require more time and specific tools and skills. If you’re wondering if you need a handyman or a contractor for a particular job, it’s likely this will be a large job. Large jobs usually take anywhere from over 4 hours to a couple of days to complete. Some examples include wiring for a home theatre, installing heating and cooling registers, or installing a kitchen sink with all its elements. Average cost: $600 and up

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Handyman Experience

While an experienced handyman may charge a higher rate, they will be able to complete the job in half the time that a less experienced pro would take. A handyman’s rate will be based on their level of expertise. Complexity of the Job The more complicated the job, the longer it will take and the more it will end up costing you. A good handyman should be able to tell you from the beginning if there are aspects of the job that are beyond their skill set. If this happens, you will need to hire a contractor or licensed specialist. If you’re unsure of the complexity of the job, be sure to ask the handyman you’re considering to hire about the complexity of the job before you agree to hire them.

Common Handyman Repair Job Lengths and Reference Prices

The following are common handyman jobs broken down by those that are better charged by the hour and those better charged by the task.

Common Examples – Charged By the Hour

Charge Task Length of Time

Replace thermostat

Hang a heavy picture

Repair Leaking pipe

Replace a torn screen 1 – 2 hours

Drywall repair (small section) Mount Shelves 2 – 3 hours

Replace window Hang a new door Woodwork repair 3 – 4 hours

Repair a wall Install heating and air registers

Install carpet (small room) 4+ hours

Common Examples – Charged by Task Task Cost

Hall light installation $85

Change toilet valve $98

Bathroom faucet installation $118

Hang ceiling fan (normal height) $131

Hang ceiling fan (second story height) $327

Install garbage disposal $196

Install toilet bowl $196

Install toilet bowl $196

Install kitchen sink $327

 

 

 

Contractor vs. Handyman Which Should I Choose and Why ( yes there is a big difference )

A contractor is a specialist in their field, think electricians and plumbers. Contractors also often oversee a team that may consist of subcontractors who handle specialized jobs within larger projects. They are expected to be knowledgeable about permits.

 

Handymen specialize in odd jobs that cover a wide variety of projects. From replacing a broken cabinet hinge to stopping a leaky faucet, a handyman is a trained generalist who can take on your smaller projects. If you have a list of To-Do’s you need help with, hire a handyman to help you check off those items. You can even save money by having a handyman complete multiple projects in one day. No job is too small for a handyman which makes them a great option to help you around the house.

A simple way to figure out whether you need a handyman or a contractor is to consider the price and complexity of the project. If your project is going to cost over $500 a day and take more than two days to complete, a contractor is a better option. This is because a sizeable project will often require permits and inspections, plus a crew of workers to accomplish.

You should hire a handyman for projects that you may not have the time or ability to do yourself. Certain projects may seem straightforward, but once you get started you may be in over your head. Avoid costly mistakes by reaching out to a handyman to do these for you. They have a wide variety of skills that can help with a range of projects.

Ask yourself these questions when considering a handyman over a contractor:

 Could I do it myself if I only had the time? 

Could I do it myself if I only had the knowledge or ability? 

Should this take less than a day? 

Should this cost less than $500? 

Can this be done by only one or two people? 

Can this be done without a permit? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you should move forward with hiring a handyman. Be sure to give as much detail as possible to your potential handyman so they know the scope of the project.

 They will know for sure if they can handle the project or not.

 

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