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How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Handyman?

As any homeowner knows well, there are many maintenance costs associated with general upkeep of the home. Things can break, need replacing or even just a few coats of paint. A handyman is an all-purpose general contractor, sometimes without a particular specialization, but who has the ability to work on a broad spectrum of home repair projects. The term handyman is rather general, and knowledge and skill will vary depending on the person. Most handymen take smaller jobs and charge much less than larger contracting businesses. Having a reliable and knowledgeable handyman only a phone call away can be a huge asset in property maintenance.

National Hire a Handyman Costs

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National Hire a Handyman Costs
Average reported cost $380
Number of Cost Profiles 41296 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $51
Maximum reported cost $1,122
Most homeowners spent between: $222 to $390

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As with any contractor, the amount charged by a handyman depends on the type of job you are hiring them to do. Common jobs handymen can be contracted to do include laying flooring, replacing windows, light masonry, painting, bathroom renovation, light carpentry and other finishing work. Handymen's rates may be either hourly or daily, but depending on the size and complexity of the job, they may quote a flat fee.

It is almost always more cost effective to hire a handyman for any job that doesn't absolutely require skilled contractors. However, if you have access to a reliable handyman, they can be used to subsidize the costs of larger jobs as well. If you are budgeting an addition or complex renovation to your home, a handyman can be hired to do much of the less-skilled labor, which will significantly cut labor costs. For example, using a handyman to complete demolition work before skilled labor is done will reduce the costs of your main contractor.

This often rings true for finishing work as well. To finish a job may tack on hundreds of dollars from your primary contractor, but hiring a handyman for painting, installing flooring, and installing fixtures and covers can cost you half the amount of money with the same final product.

It is important to evaluate the knowledge of your handyman before allowing them to complete any work. Ask for references if you're ever in doubt. Often handymen rely on a returning customer base for much of their business. There is no better judge of the effectiveness of a handyman than one of their customers.

Last updated on Apr 4, 2016

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