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Hiring a handyman on time can save you a lot of money in the long run. This is because they can address and fix all kinds of small issues before they get worse and end up requiring a visit from a professional contractor, costing you a lot more in the end.

While handyman services generally range from $40-$90 per hour, not all projects cost the same.

Here are some of the main factors that can affect the cost of handyman services:

1. The handyman’s experience

Some of the main factors that can influence handyman charges is the experience level of the professional you hire. While experienced handymen may require the same amount of time to get the job done, they do usually demand a premium price for their services as the quality of their job is typically superior to newcomers.

2. The complexity of the job

Jobs that require more time and effort to get done are usually specialised jobs so handymen charge a higher fee for them. While some jobs may not require a lot of time, that doesn’t mean that the job isn’t complex. Sometimes a simple task may be more time-consuming, while a more extensive project can take less time to complete.

3. The size of the project

Handymen can perform an array of different jobs, starting from changing a lock to minor plumbing and electrical work and much more. Their fee depends mainly on the extent of the project and the amount of time it takes them to finish it. 

Small projects are jobs that can be completed in a couple of hours, which include faucet repair or replacement, replacing a door, changing an outlet, and so on.

Medium projects usually take 2-4 hours to finish and can include drywall repair, hanging shelves, and so on. 

Large projects, on the other hand, can take a day or a few days to get done and are considered as more demanding repair jobs. These include installing new kitchen elements, tiling, painting interior and exterior walls, wiring a home theatre, and so on.

The price for a small project ranges anywhere from $75 and up, while larger projects can cost $300+.

4. Additional fees

While handymen usually charge hourly rates of ($45-$55) or a fixed rate for particular projects which are more common, there are additional fees that you need to take into account as well.

Those include:

  • Travel fees which can sometimes apply, depending on where you live. They can either charge a flat rate or per mile for every mile that’s outside their service area.

  • Costs for supplies and materials, which can include anything from nails, screws and bolts to light fixtures, new door locks, and so on.

  • Minimum service fee which some handymen charge, no matter how much time and effort the task required of them. Some handymen charge a minimum service fee equivalent of two hours of work so that they can account for the time and effort it took them to book the job, get to the site and do the prep work.