What Are Common Handyperson Prices?

Matt Marandola
Written by Matt Marandola
Updated May 23, 2022
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Handyperson prices range from $400 to $600 on average, depending on the job

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When it comes to tackling all those tricky home projects you’ve been putting off, a handyperson can quickly come and save the day. Whether you need a lightbulb changed or help repairing cabinets, a handyperson can shorten your to-do list, stat.

Because handyperson jobs can range from a simple task that only takes an hour to multi-day projects, prices for a handyperson can cost as little as $65 or as high as $1,200.

How Much Does a Handyperson Cost?

When hiring a handyperson, be sure to ask if they charge by the hour or a flat price. If they charge by the hour, they’re likely to charge $60 to $125 per hour, not including materials and travel costs. Some handypeople may also charge half-day or full-day rates, so be sure to give them as many details as possible and ask about their pricing structure before their visit.

For a handyperson that charges a flat rate, they’ll often quote you based on the materials, location, size, and scope of the work you need them to perform. This is why it’s a great idea to come into any project with as many details as possible to set you both up for success.

It’s important to note that many handypeople will require a minimum rate for a site visit. Even if your task is small and takes a few minutes, like replacing a lightbulb on a high ceiling, a handyperson may still charge you their minimum rate. It may be worth it to bundle a few tasks together to make it worth their and your while.

How Much Do Handypeople Cost by Project?

The type of project the handyperson tackles will influence the final price the most. For example, installing weather stripping on doors and windows ahead of a chilly winter will cost more than hanging a simple light fixture in your new home. 

There are a few handyperson hiring tips you can use to ensure you hire a reputable, qualified handyperson. First, ask neighbors and check out online reviews. While a handyperson can complete a wide variety of tasks, you should still look into what projects the handyperson offers ahead of time.

Installing a Light

Installing light fixtures isn’t an easy task, contrary to popular belief. You’re dealing with exposed wires, and one wrong move may end with you zapping yourself and the electrical wiring. The average cost for a handyperson to install a light ranges between $65 to $125, depending on the light fixture.

Installing a Sink

If you’re installing a sink in the bathroom, it’ll cost around $100 to $150, so long as you’ve bought the sink ahead of time.

Installing a kitchen sink will cost around $300 to $500. The price goes up for kitchen sinks because they often have garbage disposals or multiple basins, which means additional plumbing work.

Painting

If you’re the kind of painter who ends up with paint on the ceiling and floor (not to mention on your clothes and in your hair), hiring a handyperson to paint is probably the smart choice. It’ll cost you around $100 per room plus about $25 per hour.

Repairing Cabinets

Not all handyperson projects are installation jobs. Sometimes you need to call someone out to help repair what’s already there.

For instance, say the hinges came flying off your cabinet one night when you were reaching for your favorite bowl for a bowl of cereal. Or maybe you’re really tired of how much noise your cabinets make. Either way, repairing cabinets will run you around $300 on average.

Refinishing cabinets is a different story, though. Because your handyperson will need to sand down the cabinets, repair defects, and reapply stains, this job will run you closer to $3,000.

Tile and Grout

Are you finally tired of that one cracked tile staring back at you from the kitchen floor? For a handyperson to replace your tile and grout, you should expect to pay around $450. You may need to pay more if you have more expensive flooring, such as marble.

Handyperson Price List

ProjectCost
Painting$20 – $25 per hour
Installing a light$65 – $125
Repairing cabinets$300
Replacing tile and grout$450
Installing a ceiling fan$100, $250 for second story
Installing a bathroom sink$100 – $150
Installing a kitchen sink$300 – $500
Installing weather stripping $265

What Factors Influence the Cost of a Handyperson?

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While the projects sound simple, the size and scope of each project will vary. This is why your neighbor may have only paid $250 to have a few lights replaced, while you may pay around $1,000 because you needed every single light inside and outside the house replaced.

Be sure to do your research, ask plenty of questions, and check references. All of these precautions will help prevent you from falling for a handyperson scam. While the vast majority of pros are trustworthy, these characters take your money but never deliver on the projects.

Size of the Project

The size of the project will be the most significant factor when it comes to the final price of hiring a handyperson. There’s a good chance they’re operating on their own with no team to back them up. So, if you have a sizable project that typically requires multiple people, only one person will likely slow things down and run up the price.

But this does have an upside. Because only one person is handling the work, it means there’s very little room for miscommunication. Everyone is on the same page, and you can adjust and tweak the project together.

Distance to Job Site

Keep in mind that the handyperson needs to travel to your home to complete the task. The further away you are from their office, the more they’re likely going to charge.

Scope of the Job

Handypeople handle a wide variety of jobs, but like everyone else, they tend to excel in certain areas while only handling more straightforward tasks in others. For example, if you hire a handyperson who specializes in tile and grout but finds plumbing installations a little more complicated, you may pay more for the tiling and less for the plumbing. You could also experience the reverse, where you pay more for plumbing and less for tiling.

Pricing ultimately comes down to the individual you hire. One person may charge more for the work they know will get done with high quality, while others may charge more for work they don’t specialize in.

FAQs About Handypeople

What’s the difference between a handyperson and a contractor?

A contractor specializes in a specific field. They often operate in teams where they have subcontractors to handle specialized problems. So if you have significant plumbing, drywall, or roofing issues, you’ll want to hire a contractor, as they may be too much for only one person.

A handyperson is typically one person who works on whatever jobs come their way. You wouldn’t call a contractor to fix the hinges on cabinets or paint your room. Instead, a handyperson can handle all of these issues, saving you from having to make multiple phone calls.

What are the most common handyperson jobs?

Cleaning a gutter, replacing fixtures such as a cabinet or light, and painting are all common handyperson tasks.

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