Handyman Pricing Considerations

When I first considered becoming a handyman I asked myself, “How much can I earn as a handyman and can I charge enough to make a decent living?”  I proceeded to scour the internet to see what other handymen were charging for their services. The rates being charged were all over the board.  Some handymen quoted hourly rates on their…

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Should I Hire Handyman Helpers?

The hiring of employees can be a great way to increase your income as a handyman.  In my area, handyman helpers would earn from $15 to $25 per hour.  After figuring in payroll taxes and workman’s compensation insurance the cost per hour would be closer to $25 to $35 per hour.  Marking up the employee cost to $40 to $50…

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What Should My Hourly Handyman Rate Be?

My web search yielded no local handyman rates so I continued my search the old fashioned way…I started asking around.  I know some real estate agents in the area and I asked them if they knew any handymen, and how much they charged. From their referrals, I talked to a handyman who had a good reputation with these agents.  He…

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Should I Offer Senior and Group Discounts?

Yes.  Offer seniors and non-profit groups a discount rate.  When friends and former co-workers approach you with work offer them a discount rate too.  There is great demand in the senior community and non-profit groups for reasonably priced work and, if you deliver on your promises, will be glad to pass your card on to their friends.  The Board of…

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What About Weekend, Holiday or Overtime Rates?

If you want to charge extra for weekend or holidays I suggest you charge time and a half for weekends and double time for holidays.  Most customers will be comfortable with this structure since it closely matches the familiar work day environment.  Will they want to pay it?  Probably not, but at least they will understand the basis for the…

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Should I Charge By The Hour or By The Job?

There is no best answer for this question.  How you quote prices depends on two main factors: how confident you are about the estimate and what the customer’s particular needs are. By the job, you are taking the risk of the costs running over.  In order to make this type of estimate you must be confident that you will make…

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What If I’m Not Sure How Long a Job Will Take?

Experience will teach you how many hours it takes to do various jobs.  In the mean time there are pricing guides available and some techniques you can use. This book contains a guide that shows a wide range of jobs and how they were priced.  You can use these for comparison purposes to price your work.  If you visit the…

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What If I Run Over? When Should I Charge the Customer?

Be careful how and when you enter into this conversation.  Your reputation is at stake. Good communication with the homeowners throughout the course of the work will completely eliminate surprises and conflicts when you go to collect your pay.  Make sure he or she understands the work being done and the challenges you are faced with. If the over run…

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How Large a Deposit Should I Request?

There are limits on what you can request as a deposit.  Check the laws in your state for the exact limits.  In California, contractors are prohibited from asking for a deposit of more than 10% of the contract price or $1,000, whichever is less. You’ve heard the horror stories about “tradesmen” asking for a 50% deposit and then skipping town…

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How Much Should I Mark Up the Materials That I Sell?

I’ve always based this decision on whether or not I was being paid to pick up the materials.  If I’m on the clock when I’m doing the shopping, I will not mark up the materials but will simply show them the receipt for reimbursement.  Otherwise, I will mark up the materials from 10-50% over my cost.  Some of the lower…

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