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Porch Pro Headshot Porch Services
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(83)
Porch services is an easy and reliable way to get home projects done. How it works: 1) Book your appointment. 2) Get a price and get it scheduled. 3) It’s done.
Porch services is an easy and reliable way to get home projects done. How it works: 1) Book your appointment. 2) Get a price and get it scheduled. 3) It’s done. Learn more.
Porch Pro Headshot House Doctors of Manassas
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(1,188)
Whether your to-do list is growing out of control or your bathroom needs a facelift, House Doctors is the handyman you can trust for all of your home improvement needs in Manassas, Fairfax and surrounding areas. We have the tools, skills and experience to complete everything on your home to-do or w...Read more about House Doctors of Manassas
Whether your to-do list is growing out of control or your bathroom needs a facelift, House Doctors is the handyman you can trust for all of your home improvement needs in Manassas, Fairfax and surrounding areas. We have the tools, skills and experience to complete everything on your home to-do or w...Read more about House Doctors of Manassas
Porch Pro Headshot JCS Home Services
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(146)
We’ve been your Sterling VA neighbors since 2011, offering affordable rates and convenient times for dryer vent cleaning and a wide range of other services to maintain and enhance your home’s beauty, safety and functionality. We strongly believe you should have dryer vent and chimney cleaning perfor...Read more about JCS Home Services
We’ve been your Sterling VA neighbors since 2011, offering affordable rates and convenient times for dryer vent cleaning and a wide range of other services to maintain and enhance your home’s beauty, safety and functionality. We strongly believe you should have dryer vent and chimney cleaning perfor...Read more about JCS Home Services
Porch Pro Headshot Southern Home Improvements & Beyond, LLC
Company provides home improvements and plumbing services. Can take care of most home owner needs. Skilled in all aspects of plumbing. Handyman services are rated some of the best with drywall repair, bathroom remodeling, tile setting, carpentry, siding repairs and minor electrical.
Company provides home improvements and plumbing services. Can take care of most home owner needs. Skilled in all aspects of plumbing. Handyman services are rated some of the best with drywall repair, bathroom remodeling, tile setting, carpentry, siding repairs and minor electrical.
Porch Pro Headshot Golden Rule Builders, Inc.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(85)
Located in Catlett, Virginia, we are conveniently positioned to serve the entire Northern Virginia area. This includes the counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Fairfax, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Stafford, Fredericksburg, Warren, and Clarke. Whether you're in Middleburg or Upperville, Warrent...Read more about Golden Rule Builders, Inc.
Located in Catlett, Virginia, we are conveniently positioned to serve the entire Northern Virginia area. This includes the counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Fairfax, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Stafford, Fredericksburg, Warren, and Clarke. Whether you're in Middleburg or Upperville, Warrent...Read more about Golden Rule Builders, Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot GettsTheJob Done
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(17)
"Mr. Getts was on time and very professional. He got the job done in a timely manner and told me if I had any problems to just give him a call and he would come back out and fix it free of charge. He even cleaned up the trash and wiped everything down before he left."
"Mr. Getts was on time and very professional. He got the job done in a timely manner and told me if I had any problems to just give him a call and he would come back out and fix it free of charge. He even cleaned up the trash and wiped everything down before he left."
Porch Pro Headshot Next Day Door
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(18)
"I had a broken spring back in November and need a repair ASAP. The technician Dave was professional and quick. Dave and the company provided good prices. I had to follow up with them cause I was concerned about a noise from my garage door. I followed up with them and Dave visited our home again at...Read more about Next Day Door
"I had a broken spring back in November and need a repair ASAP. The technician Dave was professional and quick. Dave and the company provided good prices. I had to follow up with them cause I was concerned about a noise from my garage door. I followed up with them and Dave visited our home again at...Read more about Next Day Door
Porch Pro Headshot Home Pro Residential LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(4)
We've been serving the Northern VA area since 1997. We warranty all out work up to 2 years. Free Estimates. Licensed, Insured, Bonded Handyman Remodeling at its best Accepting all credit cards, cash, & check. Husband and wife team. Check us inside Facebook with over 1000 before and after pictures @ ...Read more about Home Pro Residential LLC
We've been serving the Northern VA area since 1997. We warranty all out work up to 2 years. Free Estimates. Licensed, Insured, Bonded Handyman Remodeling at its best Accepting all credit cards, cash, & check. Husband and wife team. Check us inside Facebook with over 1000 before and after pictures @ ...Read more about Home Pro Residential LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Rendon Remodeling & Design, LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(94)
Create a strong, tight seal from the outdoor elements with properly installed windows from Rendon Remodeling & Design in the Hancock, MD area.
Create a strong, tight seal from the outdoor elements with properly installed windows from Rendon Remodeling & Design in the Hancock, MD area.
Porch Pro Headshot RENOVATIONS AND DESIGNS
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(39)
RENOVATIONS AND DESIGNS in Colmar Manor, MD, who have been rated 5-stars by previous customers, are there to assist with replacing any broken or old windows.
RENOVATIONS AND DESIGNS in Colmar Manor, MD, who have been rated 5-stars by previous customers, are there to assist with replacing any broken or old windows.
Porch Pro Headshot Friendly Fencing
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(13)
Turn your dented drywall into a smooth surface again with help from the repairmen at Friendly Fencing in Pinesburg.
Turn your dented drywall into a smooth surface again with help from the repairmen at Friendly Fencing in Pinesburg.
Porch Pro Headshot Damon L. Blackburn
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Based in Reston, Damon Blackburn is a master craftsman and experienced home repair specialist serving Reston, Herndon, Vienna, Sterling, Potomac Falls, Ashburn and Great Falls, Virginia since 2000. A master craftsman with an artistic flair, Damon provides inventive solutions for even the most deman...Read more about Damon L. Blackburn
Based in Reston, Damon Blackburn is a master craftsman and experienced home repair specialist serving Reston, Herndon, Vienna, Sterling, Potomac Falls, Ashburn and Great Falls, Virginia since 2000. A master craftsman with an artistic flair, Damon provides inventive solutions for even the most deman...Read more about Damon L. Blackburn
Porch Pro Headshot PATTERSON'S HOME Inspections
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Hello, My name is Lawrence Patterson I am 34 years old and I've been in business for four years. I own and run a reliable Home Inspection business I am a very reasonable,dependable and thorough in all my work I do. I also do handyman services and small jobs including landscaping, some construction, ...Read more about PATTERSON'S HOME Inspections
Hello, My name is Lawrence Patterson I am 34 years old and I've been in business for four years. I own and run a reliable Home Inspection business I am a very reasonable,dependable and thorough in all my work I do. I also do handyman services and small jobs including landscaping, some construction, ...Read more about PATTERSON'S HOME Inspections
Porch Pro Headshot NDBC Handyman Services
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(4)
Rated 5 stars by happy customers, the professionals at NDBC Handyman Services in Oldtown, MD will use their expertise to repair your broken windows.
Rated 5 stars by happy customers, the professionals at NDBC Handyman Services in Oldtown, MD will use their expertise to repair your broken windows.
Porch Pro Headshot GraniTech Inc.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
When your walls have suffered damage, you can rely on GraniTech Inc. in the Baltimore, MD area to repair them properly.
When your walls have suffered damage, you can rely on GraniTech Inc. in the Baltimore, MD area to repair them properly.
Porch Pro Headshot Dorman Home Remodeling Inc.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(13)
Turn your dented drywall into a smooth surface again with help from the repairmen at Dorman Home Remodeling Inc. in the South Kensington area.
Turn your dented drywall into a smooth surface again with help from the repairmen at Dorman Home Remodeling Inc. in the South Kensington area.
Porch Pro Headshot Passarelli Remodeling LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(4)
Make sure your windows are functioning properly all year long with repair services from Passarelli Remodeling LLC in Indian Springs.
Make sure your windows are functioning properly all year long with repair services from Passarelli Remodeling LLC in Indian Springs.
Porch Pro Headshot CUTTING EDGE CONSTRUCTION INC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Accent your landscape design with thoughtfully placed outdoor lighting from CUTTING EDGE CONSTRUCTION INC in the Potomac, MD area.
Accent your landscape design with thoughtfully placed outdoor lighting from CUTTING EDGE CONSTRUCTION INC in the Potomac, MD area.
Porch Pro Headshot Genesis Home Remodeling LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(5)
"Genesis has done several remodeling jobs, large and small for our rental properties and residences that have been superb. The workmanship is always first rate, price fair and delivered on time. Honest and reliable, highly recommended for any home improvement or repair."
"Genesis has done several remodeling jobs, large and small for our rental properties and residences that have been superb. The workmanship is always first rate, price fair and delivered on time. Honest and reliable, highly recommended for any home improvement or repair."
Porch Pro Headshot NVA Home Improvements
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Here at NVA Home Improvements we work hard ever day to remain the top choice for any residential & professional painting & drywall and any home improvement projects. From painting & drywall to carpentry & handyman service, we cover it all. Our staff has the experience to do every job the right way....Read more about NVA Home Improvements
Here at NVA Home Improvements we work hard ever day to remain the top choice for any residential & professional painting & drywall and any home improvement projects. From painting & drywall to carpentry & handyman service, we cover it all. Our staff has the experience to do every job the right way....Read more about NVA Home Improvements
Porch Pro Headshot DC Home-Improvement
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
D C Home Improvement, based out of Annandale, is a handyman company. For over 15 years, they have been offering bathtub repair, driveway gate installation, and fence construction.
D C Home Improvement, based out of Annandale, is a handyman company. For over 15 years, they have been offering bathtub repair, driveway gate installation, and fence construction.
Porch Pro Headshot FHS Construction Inc
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Check out our website for more information about our expertise and previous projects. For serious inquiries: Email: Fhsconcrete@gmail.com Phone Number: 240-417-6207
Check out our website for more information about our expertise and previous projects. For serious inquiries: Email: Fhsconcrete@gmail.com Phone Number: 240-417-6207
Porch Pro Headshot Asen's Handyman Services, LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Asen's Handyman Services is a handyman company from Ashburn. They offer plumbing services, driveway gate installation, and enamel work.
Asen's Handyman Services is a handyman company from Ashburn. They offer plumbing services, driveway gate installation, and enamel work.
Porch Pro Headshot Clear view glass and mirrors
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Replace old, warped, or broken windows with the experts at Clear view glass and mirrors in Barnesville.
Replace old, warped, or broken windows with the experts at Clear view glass and mirrors in Barnesville.
Porch Pro Headshot Sparkspection
Serves Ashburn, Virginia

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What is a handyman & what does a handyman do?

Many people keep the contact info for their local handyman on their phone. And if you're looking at remodeling or moving into a new place, you'll probably need handyman services.

A handyman doesn't have to be a man. This is a catch-all term for a person who performs small and mid-sized jobs requiring skilled labor. They can tackle routine maintenance, basic remodeling, building work, or moderate home and property repairs.

A handyman isn't quite the same as a general contractor. Contractors handle larger-scale projects that need special permits and licensing. Though a handyman may have the required skills to perform larger jobs, it's best to call a contractor specializing in a specific area — such as rewiring, HVAC installation, or major plumbing work. A proper contractor will have the training and licenses needed to perform such work.

A good handyman can easily take care of a wide variety of tasks. Most are skilled painters — able to handle anything from painting porch railings to interior rooms. They're not put out by tasks like fitting new corner molding or repairing window sills, and they hang mirrors or art or mount flat screen TVs with little effort. Some handymen can build small furnishings for your home, like wall shelves, bookcases, and even seating.

Outdoors, a handyman can paint or repair fences, pressure wash driveways and patios, and are often willing to do small gardening tasks, like trimming shrubs or watering the lawn. If a job seems small enough and doesn't appear as though it will take permits or a whole crew to complete, call an experienced handyman first. If a job is too big for them to take care of, they usually have the name and number of many specialized contractors and services that can tackle the job at hand.

How to find a local handyman?

A good handyman can make all the difference if you don't have the skills or the time to tackle all the items on your to-do list. It's easy for tasks to pile up around a house, and you can quickly start to feel like you're falling behind trying to tackle the projects yourself. Unless you're a handyman yourself, chances are you'll run into several repairs you don't know how to fix.

If you're looking for handyman services, an online search for a "handyman near me" is easily the most convenient way to find any type of service you need. If you know somebody who employs the help of a local handyman, find out if you can get their contact information.

When searching for a handyman's services, look them up online. See what their rating is, and read the comments people leave. When contacting a potential handyman, find out the following information:

  • What sorts of jobs can you do?
    While many handymen are able to do just about any small or mid-sized job, they often have areas they're stronger in, like carpentry or plumbing.
  • What sort of jobs won’t you do?
    Even if a job doesn't fall within a handyman's area of expertise, they're very good at figuring out maintenance and repair-related tasks outside their wheelhouse. However, don't assume they'll do anything you ask. Any handyman will have limits. One might pressure wash your driveway, but didn't sign up to clean your garage.
  • How much do you charge?
    Handymen typically charge an hourly rate, but may give you a quote for each task based on the expected time, effort, and materials going into the job. If they have to purchase materials to begin the job, a handyman may require you to pay some of the cost up-front.

Does a handyman need a license?

Each state has its own laws on licensing and permits for construction, home improvement, and repairs. Most states provide exemptions for minor work, which each state defines differently. Licensing requirements are usually determined by a dollar amount or materials used.

Jobs that need heavy machinery or a crew of workers tend to need permits, as well as oversight by a licensed or certified professional. If you need to build a home addition or replace the roof, you would need a licensed general contractor to oversee the operation. A professional service should be the one to handle large concrete projects like adding a driveway or repouring a foundation to your home.

If you need major HVAC work done, like replacing a furnace or installing new ductwork, you'll need to contact a contractor to handle such a project. Handyman services shouldn't be involved in larger projects like these.

In almost any state, a handyman doesn't need a license to perform jobs like building a doghouse, repairing a deck, painting, or other small jobs. A handyman is perfect for assembling furniture from a box or unclogging a drain. As a general rule, if a project doesn't need special permits, a handyman is the right person for the job.

If you need to do any building or remodeling, check with your local or state government to find permit restrictions. Many places have penalties for not obtaining the proper permit when required. It's better to be safe than sorry. Your state or city should have a building and safety commission to contact to verify all building, remodeling, and repair constraints. This usually includes permit and contractor licensing requirements.

What can a handyman legally do?

Rules differ from state to state on what a handyman can legally do. In most locations a license is needed to perform construction or specialized installation and repair tasks. Some cities and states also enforce licensing requirements for labor and materials that reach a certain cost amount. Typically, a handyman is legally able to do any job that wouldn't potentially affect the stability of a home structure or the function of interior systems.

Projects that alter the structure especially need a licensed professional to oversee. For example, someone without enough knowledge of construction shouldn't demolish interior walls. Without the proper reinforcement, taking out a wall could cause major structural issues to your house, including collapse. A licensed contractor would have the construction know-how to properly remove a wall and reinforce the space. This doesn't mean a handyman wouldn't know how to do the job properly. Proper licensing, permits, and post-work inspection ensure the project is complete according to building code and industry standards.

Many projects need two or more people to complete. An unlicensed handyman usually can't legally take on jobs that would need a crew to perform. Pouring a driveway or installing HVAC systems and ductwork usually takes a team to complete. Setting an unlicensed individual on such a task will likely cause issues down the road.

No matter where you are, here are some examples of tasks that are legally safe for a handyman to perform:

  • Assembling furniture
  • Pressure washing driveways and decks
  • Light carpentry like building shelves or closets
  • Changing filters in the furnace or fridge
  • Small electrical jobs, such as replacing outlets
  • Lawn and garden tasks, like mowing or shrub trimming
  • Minor plumbing, like unclogging pipes, changing the flushing assembly on a toilet, or installing a faucet

Handyman vs. contractor: can a handyman do plumbing or electrical work?

Whether a job needs handyman services or a professional contractor depends on the size, scope, and type of project you have.

When it comes to electrical or plumbing work, a handyman can tackle small jobs, like changing a faucet, replacing a light fixture, or setting up an entertainment system. You'd hire a handyman to put up exterior lights that plug into an outlet, but should have an electrician do the project if it involves running new wires to power them.

Suppose a job requires major electrical work, like rewiring, adding or changing a circuit breaker, or doing work within the breaker box. In that case, you need a licensed electrician to perform these projects.

You should hire a professional plumber for major projects involving pipes and water fixtures in your house. You should hire a plumber for jobs like changing the water main, installing new pipes, rerouting the water flow, or installing new fixtures. Though many handymen are capable of installing a new toilet or changing a faucet, a plumber should handle major works, like putting in a shower or a sink.

Be sure to outline the requirements of any job ahead of time. A good handyman can perform many types of projects, but will also know their professional limitations. They'll also know of reputable professionals that can handle larger, more involved projects. It may be inconvenient to contact other parties to do a job, but in the end, it'll be safer for you in the long run.

Handyman hourly rate: how much does a handyman charge?

Handymen typically charge per hour for labor, plus any cost of materials if they have to provide them. The hourly rate will vary widely, based on several factors.

The typical price range is $50-$80 per hour for an independent handyman. The handyman may charge more if a job is physically taxing or complex. Your location also has a significant impact on handyman pricing near you. A handyman is going to follow the going-rate in their area, though they may go lower to get the work if they're in a highly competitive area.

Many companies provide handyman services as well. Their rates tend to be higher — $75 to $125. However, most offer a guarantee of their work. They often offer discounts for bundling jobs, which may be ideal if you have a checklist of projects you want to get done. Another upside to hiring a service over an individual is that a company is required to insure their workers in most states. If an accident happens on the job, you're much less likely to be held accountable.

For each job, find out what materials you'll need. If you buy the necessary supplies, that can save you considerable amounts of money per job. Contractors, whether through a handyman service or independent, typically mark up the cost of materials by 20% or more, tack a trip charge onto their bill, or both.

Handyman services and some individuals will require you to sign a contract before they'll take on a project for you. Read the agreement carefully. Services tend to be strict about jobs their workers can and can't do.

When estimating on a per-job basis, the typical cost for smaller jobs is $100 to $500, plus materials and markup. Mid-sized projects usually go for $500 to $1,500 or more.

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I had an out door living space created by this company They did an amazing job. They took my initial ideas and just exceeded my expectations. The time line was on point and the team effort was great. Everything from the deck and pergola to the patio and p...

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