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Question DetailsAsked on 10/24/2013

what is the average hourly rate for handy man services

for minor painting and minor roof repair and a electrical outlet replacement

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It depends on where you live. This has been a frequent question in this forum. You can see others answers by browsing through the other questions. Generally you'll pay $20-25 an hour for a handyman but will often pay a lot more for the job in the long run paying by the hour than by the job. When you pay someone hourly there is no incentive to get the job done in a timely manner. Quite the opposite. They'll usually drag out a 2 hour job into a full day or even more to make as much money as they can. Get estimates/quotes instead. Then if there is a price difference in the end it has to be justified with more work than expected due to hidden damage or something that could not be foreseen.

Just about any handyman or contractor that works by the hour is going to be shady in one way or another. You probably won't want them on your property anyway. The exception is some of the older, retired guys that do it to keep busy but don't want to figure anything out in advance. They often have the skills for small repairs but don't really want to make a business out of it. If you find one of these guys he can be a great asset but it usually comes at a cost. Since it is more of a hobby they usually do it at their own pace and when they feel like it. If you have the time and patience hire one of them at the hourly rate. Otherwise, hire a professional with a written estimate.

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services


looking for a retired handy man.i have medical disability

Answered 5 years ago by Guest_93828891

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