How Much Does An Average Handyman Service Cost?

The cost of handyman services ranges from $40/hr-$55/hr in Australia. A typical handyman service can cost around $95 to $290, covering a wide range of repairs or installations.

Here’s an overview of the average cost of handyman services in each state:

State  Average Costs (fixed price)

NSW  $25 – $450

VIC  $55 – $850

QLD  $40 – $900

ACT  $80 – $450

WA  $40 – $600

TAS  $60 – $500

SA  $45 – $500  

What Affects The Cost Of A Handyman Service?

Handymen offer a wide range of maintenance and repair services. Their tasks include exterior and interior work, ranging from plumbing to electrical work, painting, tiling and more. There are several factors which influence the price of handyman services. 

Those factors include:

1. Location

Depending on where you’re located, you may expect to pay additional travel fees for your handyman to come to you. They need to include excessive travel time, gas and mileage, which can either be charged as a flat fee or per mile, calculating only those miles beyond the handyman’s service area. You should always discuss this with your handyman beforehand so that you can get an idea of how it will affect the total costs of the services.

2. Materials required

Depending on the parts and materials needed for your project, you have several different options you can go with. You can either purchase all the supplies and materials beforehand and confirm the purchase with your handyman, or your handyman can purchase them for you and bill you accordingly. They can and will also bill you for the shopping time, which will be calculated according to their hourly rate, or added as a fixed fee. 

3. Scope and size of the job

The scope and size of the project will definitely affect the total cost of the services, as it will affect both the time required for the job to be completed and possibly the amount of materials used. Painting, tiling, cleaning the gutters, and so on, are a few examples where this factor would play a big role in determining the final price of the project. 

4. Complexity of project

Another important factor that plays a role in the final cost of the services is the complexity of the project. While some jobs may take less time to be completed than others, their complexity is what makes them cost more than jobs that take longer to complete. Therefore the time it takes for a project to be completed is not the most important factor that needs to be considered when determining the final cost of the services. 

5. Minimum service fee

In some cases, such as smaller repair and installation jobs, you may be expected to pay a minimum service fee to cover your handyman’s expenses, so they can account for the time and effort spent to book a client, visit the work site and set up. 

6. Expertise and skill level

You may also expect to pay higher prices for a more experienced and skilled handyman, depending on the type of job you have. That’s because the more experience they have, the easier it is for them to avoid common mistakes that inexperienced handymen might make. Additionally, they tend to work much faster and more efficiently, mainly because they can plan out their steps better and are able to foresee any difficult and troublesome spots, so they can keep an eye out for them during the process.

How to Choose a Handyman

In order to choose the right handyman that fits your requirements and your budget, there are a few things you need to take into account. 

Here are a few tips that will help you find the right handyman for your project:

  • Find out what’s included in their services

  • Find out if they charge by the hour or on a fixed price basis

  • Ask for quotes from several companies and compare their rates to your set budget

  • Ask for a complete list of all the services they offer and compare it with other offers to see which one covers all your requirements

  • Find out if they offer certain discounts, or if they have special offers and regular maintenance packages

  • Talk to them about all the payment options they offer and ask them if they have any payment plans available, particularly if you have a bigger job at hand. Find out if they require a deposit for multi-day jobs, but be careful with those that require the full amount before the work is done

  • Ask about their experience working on projects similar to yours to see if they’re a good fit for you

  • Find out what type of equipment they use and whether or not they have their own supplies

  • Ask about their availability and find out how many days or hours it will take them to finish your project

  • Ask about additional services other than your primary project and see if they can accommodate all your needs

  • Make sure they are insured, which will protect you and your property, so you can’t be liable for any potential injuries that may occur

  • Check out reviews and recommendations from homeowners that have used their services

How to Save Money Hiring a Handyman

There are several ways that you can save money when hiring a handyman for your indoor or outdoor projects. 

These include:

1. Bundle jobs together

If you have several different jobs on your to-do-list that can be done in a day, you can save yourself and your handyman a lot of time by bundling those projects together. This means that your handyman won’t have to bill you for multiple trips to your home, because they will be able to complete all tasks in one day. This way, you can cross off a few list items from your to-do-list at once and save a lot of money in the process.

2. Organise a regular maintenance schedule

Ask your handyman if they offer a regular maintenance package, so you can get a discount on their services while keeping everything in check. This way they can attend to any issues as they arise, so they don’t escalate and turn into a bigger, more costly problem. Regular maintenance packages can save you a lot of money in the long run and give you the peace of mind that everything’s in order.

3. Communicate clearly with your handyman

Talk to your handyman before you hire them, to make sure you give them all the necessary information about the project and avoid paying any additional expenses that could have been predicted ahead of time.

4. Hire the same handyman for all your projects

By hiring the same handyman anytime you need something fixed, installed or replaced, you can build a good relationship with them and often get discounts on their services. They’ll also be quite familiar with all the ins and outs of your home and know which issues to address right away, and which ones to monitor.

These are some of the best ways you can use to save money when hiring a handyman, so make sure you stick to them if you want to get the most out of your money, while still getting a high-quality service.