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Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Jul 27, 2021 5:36 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Jason [VA]) Jul 27, 2021 6:02 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Gene [OH]) Jul 27, 2021 6:56 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Roy [AL]) Jul 27, 2021 7:09 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Ken [NY]) Jul 27, 2021 7:42 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Still Learning [NH]) Jul 27, 2021 8:06 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by W [CA]) Jul 27, 2021 8:15 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Jul 27, 2021 8:55 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by ned [AL]) Jul 27, 2021 9:48 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Jul 27, 2021 11:08 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Nicole [PA]) Jul 27, 2021 11:14 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Jul 27, 2021 11:18 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by MikeA [TX]) Jul 27, 2021 11:41 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by #22 [MO]) Jul 28, 2021 12:36 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by #22 [MO]) Jul 28, 2021 12:36 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Still Learning [NH]) Jul 28, 2021 8:05 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Jim [OH]) Jul 28, 2021 8:59 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Jul 28, 2021 8:59 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Ed [CA]) Jul 28, 2021 10:47 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jul 28, 2021 11:08 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Jason [VA]) Jul 28, 2021 11:23 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Lucy [IN]) Jul 28, 2021 11:29 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Lucy [IN]) Jul 28, 2021 11:30 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Ken [NY]) Jul 28, 2021 12:37 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by dino [CA]) Jul 28, 2021 1:28 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Jul 28, 2021 2:11 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Lucy [IN]) Jul 28, 2021 3:03 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Robert,OntarioCanada [O]) Jul 28, 2021 7:25 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by dAVE [CA]) Jul 28, 2021 9:43 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by dAVE [CA]) Jul 28, 2021 9:43 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by FloridaNative [FL]) Jul 29, 2021 8:23 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Jul 29, 2021 11:17 AM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by tryan [MA]) Jul 29, 2021 12:10 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Jason [VA]) Jul 29, 2021 12:58 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jul 29, 2021 6:10 PM
       Handyman Labor Prices (by mike [CA]) Aug 4, 2021 2:10 AM
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Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 5:36 PM
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Hey, I just wanted to reach out to everyone and find out what their handyman labor is costing you.

I was just blown away by an independent handyman on his pricing. I admit that some of the work is in the crawlspace, which isn't fun. And I'm willing to pay a premium for that, but I was honestly stunned by his prices. He's local and when I saw that he posted about being a handyman I reached out to him. He also mentioned that he's working on getting licensed. The work I need is not complex so whether or not he's licensed I felt wouldn't be a big deal.

So we're talking about replacing some damaged crawlspace vent screens and replacing the vapor barrier underneath... over the dirt and if necessary removing some of the old Visqueen. I would supply materials and haul away any scrap. Also I've been under this house many times. It is very small (900 SF) and pretty accessible.

Before I share his price I would like to hear what hourly labor rate any of you might expect to pay for this. At most this is a one day job. Plus he knows that I manage several units and could use him again and again.

--73.25.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 6:02 PM
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I would expect it to be around $75/hr. I've hired cheap labor before and it ended up costing me much more in the end. --73.177.xxx.xx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 6:56 PM
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I've had to use a handyman company and the prices are $55-$60 an hour. But for that price I do get quality work and I need that for our houses which are basically class B to B+ properties. --99.165.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 7:09 PM
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My handyman's hourly rate is $25.00/hour, however, for some type of jobs like installing metal roofs, he quotes a project fee. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 7:42 PM
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I have an older guy and i pay him $25 an hour,good honest guy who can do a good job at most tasks,a friend has a good guy going on 25 years on the books at about $22 an hour.If you can hire a guy full time you can hire an employee much cheaper than a guy who thinks he is running a business --72.231.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 8:06 PM
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$35-75 but usually over $50 --75.67.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by W [CA]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 8:15 PM
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Paid a handyman this week to remove and install a new AC in an apartment. Cost me a pack of Marlboros. You'd be amazed how many workers will show up at a job to get free smokes. Carton of Marlboros costs me $34 in TJ. Never give your handyman his "grog ration" aka booze till after the job is done . . . Booze and smokes are valuable to motivate workers to show up these days . . . --23.105.xx.x




Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 8:55 PM
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Well it's good to hear that I'm not so out of touch with reality as he made me feel.

Well I figure he'd likely be about six hours give or take. He agreed. He quoted me $3600, which equals about $600/hour. He said he would normally charge up to $6300 (about $800/hour) for this. He said he was giving me a big break because he liked my wife and I.

I told him there was no way I could afford to pay or those prices. After a bit he texted me back and said his absolute minimum would be $2000 or $333/hour and that was incredibly cheap and he'd never work for so little again. I thanked him for his generosity and said it looks like I'm doing it myself.

I also let him know that I've never even paid an electrician or plumber that kind of money for a day's work. I have no idea how any of his customers do it. Only a year or so back I probably would have paid no more than $25-30/hour.

I'm feeling ill. I'm going to price out a few guys if I can find anyone to give me more prices. If others are close to his prices I will pass myself off as a handyman and go make my fortune. --73.25.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by ned [AL]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 9:48 PM
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Yeh. That price=crazy.

He either:

Flat out doesn't want to do it.

Or, thinks your gullible.

Or, is comparing his work to that of high dollar waterproofing type places.

Or, I dunno.

No way, though.

Most I'd pay based on what you said is likely a 2-4 hundred bucks. --70.92.xx.xx




Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 11:08 PM
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I would have to agree with you Ned. My wife thinks because he knows we own a few rental properties, he thinks we're rich and decided he would try to soak us. But I don't know. I'd love to find some of his other customers and ask them what they paid for his work. Funny thing was that he's the one that reached out to me and said he had two or three days available if I had any work for him. And he's very young, Hispanic, and seemed like a nice enough guy.

But just in case, I took a look in the mirror and didn't see "STUPID" written on my forehead.

Just out of curiosity I might ask someone I know to get a price on some work and see what happens. I do know that he never wants to talk hourly rate, only by the job. Perhaps he's able to hose people more easily by doing that, IDK. --73.25.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 11:14 PM
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was the job description in writing? If not, I'm guessing you and he had different ideas on what was to be done. I don't crawl around under houses so I'm not exactly sure what the job entails. Are you sure he does? Did he misunderstand that you were supplying materials and haul away the debris? --72.70.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 11:18 PM
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No Nicole. He confirmed everything with me more than once and all was crystal clear. --73.25.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 11:41 PM
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I've had a few young guys try to soak me over the years. Most have worked for their dad's for years and then try and make a go of it on their own. I'm guessing they find enough desperate people to make a go of it for a while but they don't seem to last long and they are gone with the wind.

I've had the hardest time finding a handyman lately, my $25/hr guy turned 75 and got to where he can't do the work. I've asked around other landlords and most are paying $35-50/hr for descent guys but are also having a hard time finding help.

At $600 per hour you might ask your Doctor, Lawyer, Electrician, or Plumber. All of those would be cheaper per hour. --209.16.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by #22 [MO]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 12:36 AM
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I pay 30-50/hour for handymen, depending on skill and strain of the work.

What it comes down to, is that you need a more wholesale like labor source. They're out there. Of course, so are the guys trying to make a killing for a small job. Realtors often know service providers, closer to wholesale in pricing.

I'll give you an example of this:

A month ago, tenant called an HVAC contractor of their chosing without authorization and paid "out of their rent."

They paid $600 for a capacitor to be changed.

My HVAC guy would be between $85-125 for the same service. The rotten contractor has a ton of ads, fake google 5 stars, etc.

Gotta sift through the crap sometimes... it's no fun.

--23.126.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by #22 [MO]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 12:36 AM
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I pay 30-50/hour for handymen, depending on skill and strain of the work.

What it comes down to, is that you need a more wholesale like labor source. They're out there. Of course, so are the guys trying to make a killing for a small job. Realtors often know service providers, closer to wholesale in pricing.

I'll give you an example of this:

A month ago, tenant called an HVAC contractor of their chosing without authorization and paid "out of their rent."

They paid $600 for a capacitor to be changed.

My HVAC guy would be between $85-125 for the same service. The rotten contractor has a ton of ads, fake google 5 stars, etc.

Gotta sift through the crap sometimes... it's no fun.

--23.126.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 8:05 AM
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A little bit of supply and demand could factor in as well, although he called you. I know my heating person didnít really have time or want a particular job so he gave a quote to someone at about 3 times what he would normally charge. They hired him. He did the job. --75.67.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Jim [OH]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 8:59 AM
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Forty seven dollars per hour --184.57.xxx.xx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 8:59 AM
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Best option is to hire a spray foam company then spray foam where no vapour barrier is required. Spray foam will upgrade insulation as low heat transfer. --99.236.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Ed [CA]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 10:47 AM
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If he was advertising, he may have been trolling for gullible suckers. Either way, he needed more work or he wouldn't have been advertising. --108.201.xx.xx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 11:08 AM
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The guy who does good work is $80 an hour, but he usually isn't available. I suspect he has discovered he can keep busy with easy jobs.

The guy who charges $50 an hour, someone has to go along behind him and redo what he did because he didn't do it right. --76.178.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 11:23 AM
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That price would be in line for a full on crawl space encapsulation, including an interior perimeter french drain system/sump pump and dehumidifier- including all plumbing and electrical. But just to throw a roll of plastic on the ground?! I would have been rather unpleasant with that gentleman and his number would be at the bottom of my trashcan. --73.177.xxx.xx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Lucy [IN]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 11:29 AM
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#22 I am wondering how you handled that situation of his taking it out of the rent. Did you let it fly or what action did you take?

Robert Ontario, could you explain that process a bit more? I keep having freezing busted pipes and conventional insulation isn't always working for me. One situation is in an upstairs area which when it busts, if floods the apartment below. Would foam help there, or would something under the house help? --69.160.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Lucy [IN]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 11:30 AM
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I just got a quote for $1500 on a job, the guy thought would take him a week to do (various non complex fixes). I thought it was outrageous but am going to pay it anyway to get this place ready to rent. :< --69.160.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 12:37 PM
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I thought about this and i find that an inexperienced guy doesnt know how to bid a job and might just throw out a crazy number because he doesnt know any better.I start out by asking these guys how much they want per hour,if they ive me a decent number we meet at the job and i show them what i want done and if i like them i tell them to get started and i pay them hourly as opposed to give me a price and set them up for failure because they dont know how long it will take.The only things i do by bid is a legit guy like a licensed electrician,plmber,hvac etc

--72.231.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by dino [CA]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 1:28 PM
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Occasionally, you will see some people in the trades that have chosen a new trade.

It is not plumbing, not electrical, not painting, not carpentry.

Their new trade is finding a group of customers that are willing to significantly overpay for jobs. They look for what I call the "jackpot job" and turn down fairly priced, smaller common everyday jobs that require a person willing to work hard with a good work ethic.

They see a highly skilled, very knowledgeable, very experienced, well trained, licensed, insured, bonded, and very professional person charging a lot of money. Then they decide they should be able to charge the same while doing ten percent of the work with no quality whatsoever.

At this point, even if he offered to do the job for $300 total, you would not be getting anything of value. He would be in and out in no time and having done nothing of value.

You have run into a real pro. Not a pro in any of the trades, but a real pro at the con.

No need to ask anybody else about him. You already know everything you need to know. He's only available for just a few days, yeah right. At the drop of a hat, he cut his price almost in half and he'll never work that cheap ever again, yeah right. He is offering such a bargain only because he likes you, yeah right. (Even assuming everybody likes you).

--76.171.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 2:11 PM
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I won't be wasting any more time on this guy, even though he told me if I had anything else to let him know. Right.

I do think he may have given an outrageous price because he doesn't actually want to do it. But if so, I much prefer he just says that up front instead of trying to strike gold. Either way, I wouldn't be able to ever trust him. --73.25.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Lucy [IN]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 3:03 PM
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JB, I wish they'd say that up front also. I've asked for quotes on 2 jobs from 3 "pros" no one has gotten back to me.period. Just say you don't want the job (however you want to word it) And let me move on instead of waiting on you. Maybe they are too difficult (one is very high) or not lucrative enough? (too much work and not a high payer) I don't know. But oh everyone is jumping at the 10k bathroom remodels. --69.160.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Robert,OntarioCanada [O]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 7:25 PM
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In the house fiber glass insulation was used where there are air pockets in insulation. Where slowly spray foaming house one room at a time. One winter the drain pipe in the kitchen froze where cleared by pouring boiling hot water down drain. A lot depends on how pipes are configured in house or building where water pipes must be away from outside walls. Going to go with more Uponor pex piping as with pex can manifold where one larger pipe feeds smaller pipes. A 3/4" pex can feed 1/2" pipes. Also pipe insulation which not costly will protect pipes from freezing. Insulation basement with solid board or if there are stud on outside walls then spray foam. Since spray foaming under kitchen cabinets the drain pipe as never froze. Buildings built in the eighties had low levels of insulation where only met the building code at time of building where now the insulation level is higher. Fiber glass insulation is cheap along with the worst performance of all types of insulation. Spray foam there is no air transfer which prevents insects and air movement. --99.236.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by dAVE [CA]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 9:43 PM
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HE'S telling you its sunshine and giggles,....but what it is is by-products of combustion he's blowing you your xxx.

my war story is standing at the parts counter of the local plumbing supply house waiting for a three dollar fitting and overhearing the gab between three fancy plumbers in crisp jump suits, with embroidered logos and names,...talking about their '''best''' 50 gallon atmo gas water heater swap outs.

$1850.......$2450,......and $2995.,...with the senior discount down from $3,500. !!

It made me sick. --172.250.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by dAVE [CA]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 9:43 PM
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HE'S telling you its sunshine and giggles,....but what it is is by-products of combustion he's blowing you your xxx.

my war story is standing at the parts counter of the local plumbing supply house waiting for a three dollar fitting and overhearing the gab between three fancy plumbers in crisp jump suits, with embroidered logos and names,...talking about their '''best''' 50 gallon atmo gas water heater swap outs.

$1850.......$2450,......and $2995.,...with the senior discount down from $3,500. !!

It made me sick. --172.250.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by FloridaNative [FL]) Posted on: Jul 29, 2021 8:23 AM
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I think that price is outrageously high. I have to wonder if he is confusing his hundreds with his thousands! I've seen that before - --104.0.xx.xx




Handyman Labor Prices (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Jul 29, 2021 11:17 AM
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Haha, FloridaNative, I wish that were true...

He reached out to me again last night and said he was "tempted to do the job for $1500."

Tempted, so funny. I'm sure he is very tempted! --73.25.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by tryan [MA]) Posted on: Jul 29, 2021 12:10 PM
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My guy is $125 minimum and $25/hr after first hour. Simply put he won't walk in the door for less than $125. --172.76.xx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Jul 29, 2021 12:58 PM
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Under no circumstances would I give him the job, even if he reduced his price to $10/hour. Anything less than his original bid will leave him feeling resentful and the job will get done poorly. I know when to be political and when to be an a*hole. I would have made sure he never felt the need to call me back. --73.177.xxx.xx




Handyman Labor Prices (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jul 29, 2021 6:10 PM
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Repairs should match the quality of your rental.

If you think they are charging too much, maybe you hired the wrong person, or you need to raise your rent? --24.101.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Aug 4, 2021 2:10 AM
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i am licensed in calif since 94 so when guys quote me contractor rates i let them know i GLADLY pay those rates to licensed contractors. everyone else gets between $35 an hour to $50 if they are in my circle of love. i am always looking for good guys and they learn that if they do good work and don't shank me, or my referrals, they can expect plentiful referrals and work for the next 30 years. a few have gotten licensed and i have no problem paying a shop rate and a minimum. it does make it better for them that most of my stuff can be done when they get to it so they sometimes keep it in their pocket until they get delayed on other jobs and they like the fact that they can show up when it suits them and fill in a day that might have been a zero. --76.173.xxx.xxx




Handyman Labor Prices (by John [NY]) Posted on: Aug 4, 2021 12:51 PM
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Most contractors donít want to work hourly. I know I never would. I quote by the job and ití usually comes out to $1-200 per hour, or about $1000 a day plus materials. When they work hourly you can get better rates but most handymen now know they get more by the job.. if they lack tools or a vehicle, you Might get them for $20-30 an hour. I had someone skilled without tools and a vehicle that I was paying $15 an hour last year. This year he wanted $25 an hour and most of the time he insists on being paid by the job which ends up being a much higher rate. --107.88.xxx.xx



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