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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 Handyman Hero Inc
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(187)
Handyman Hero provides quality services to our customers in all areas of home renovations. Whether you want to renovate the kitchen, re-paint the bathroom or finish the basement, we have the expertise to make a better living environment of your home. We are committed to ensuring complete satisfactio...Read more about Handyman Hero Inc
Handyman Hero provides quality services to our customers in all areas of home renovations. Whether you want to renovate the kitchen, re-paint the bathroom or finish the basement, we have the expertise to make a better living environment of your home. We are committed to ensuring complete satisfactio...Read more about Handyman Hero Inc
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 Blue Sky Exteriors
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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If you need a small repair to your home or if you want to remodel the entire house you have come to the right place. Blue Sky Exteriors is a remodeling contractor that specializes in interior, exterior and handyman services. We do roofing, siding, gutter installations. We do interior bathroom and...Read more about Blue Sky Exteriors
If you need a small repair to your home or if you want to remodel the entire house you have come to the right place. Blue Sky Exteriors is a remodeling contractor that specializes in interior, exterior and handyman services. We do roofing, siding, gutter installations. We do interior bathroom and...Read more about Blue Sky Exteriors
Porch Pro Headshot Next Day Door
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(18)
"I highly recommend Next Day Garage Door. My husband and I had a horrible experience with another company that was charging us outrageous prices for (what we though) simple repairs. Turns out we were right - Next Day Garage Door provided pricing information that was almost 1/5 the cost other compani...Read more about Next Day Door
"I highly recommend Next Day Garage Door. My husband and I had a horrible experience with another company that was charging us outrageous prices for (what we though) simple repairs. Turns out we were right - Next Day Garage Door provided pricing information that was almost 1/5 the cost other compani...Read more about Next Day Door
Porch Pro Headshot Handyman Joe LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(11)
"Great work! Highly recommended!! Jose helped us reattach a fallen window shutter on the third floor, clean the gutter, and patch up the roof. It was a lot of work on a crazy hot, sunny summer day. The work was fantastic, and the charges were transparent and fair. Will definitely call Jose if we ne...Read more about Handyman Joe LLC
"Great work! Highly recommended!! Jose helped us reattach a fallen window shutter on the third floor, clean the gutter, and patch up the roof. It was a lot of work on a crazy hot, sunny summer day. The work was fantastic, and the charges were transparent and fair. Will definitely call Jose if we ne...Read more about Handyman Joe LLC
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 AffordaPro LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(32)
With an outstanding 5-star rating, AffordaPro LLC in Funkstown, MD is one of the best painting companies in the area.
With an outstanding 5-star rating, AffordaPro LLC in Funkstown, MD is one of the best painting companies in the area.
Porch Pro Headshot RENOVATIONS AND DESIGNS
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(39)
Make sure your windows are repaired quickly and efficiently with some help from the 5-star-rated professionals at RENOVATIONS AND DESIGNS in Ellicott City.
Make sure your windows are repaired quickly and efficiently with some help from the 5-star-rated professionals at RENOVATIONS AND DESIGNS in Ellicott City.
Porch Pro Headshot Two By Four Construction  LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(10)
Customers have awarded Two By Four Construction LLC in Mount Aetna with a positive 4-star rating for their reliable and professional carpet installation services.
Customers have awarded Two By Four Construction LLC in Mount Aetna with a positive 4-star rating for their reliable and professional carpet installation services.
Porch Pro Headshot Craftmasters Services
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(6)
The professionals at Craftmasters Services in Midland, MD will repair any window issue you throw at them. Give them a call today.
The professionals at Craftmasters Services in Midland, MD will repair any window issue you throw at them. Give them a call today.
Porch Pro Headshot monster home improvement
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(14)
Not sure where the unwanted draft is coming from? Let the window repair professionals at monster home improvement in Olney, MD take a look at your windows.
Not sure where the unwanted draft is coming from? Let the window repair professionals at monster home improvement in Olney, MD take a look at your windows.
Porch Pro Headshot Friendly Fencing
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(13)
Get your windows replaced by Friendly Fencing in Franklin, MD and bring a whole new look to your home.
Get your windows replaced by Friendly Fencing in Franklin, MD and bring a whole new look to your home.
Porch Pro Headshot First Impressions
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
First Impressions was founded years ago by Juan Rivas; a great man and a wonderful father. He was a perfectionist in his trade, and took great pride in his work. After his passing in 2013, his family is dedicated to continuing his legacy of excellence. We are family owned and have lived in Norther...Read more about First Impressions
First Impressions was founded years ago by Juan Rivas; a great man and a wonderful father. He was a perfectionist in his trade, and took great pride in his work. After his passing in 2013, his family is dedicated to continuing his legacy of excellence. We are family owned and have lived in Norther...Read more about First Impressions
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)
Replace your old windows in a flash when you opt for NDBC Handyman Services in the Ernstville, MD area, a 5-star-rated company.
Replace your old windows in a flash when you opt for NDBC Handyman Services in the Ernstville, MD area, a 5-star-rated company.
Porch Pro Headshot Genesis Home Remodeling LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(5)
"Ivan has been the contractor for my two rental properties in Washington, D.C. for 4 years. He and his team are always on time and they do a great job. Ivan also never takes on a job that he cannot finish in a timely manner. He even has keys to my properties and my tenants completely trust him to...Read more about Genesis Home Remodeling LLC
"Ivan has been the contractor for my two rental properties in Washington, D.C. for 4 years. He and his team are always on time and they do a great job. Ivan also never takes on a job that he cannot finish in a timely manner. He even has keys to my properties and my tenants completely trust him to...Read more about Genesis Home Remodeling LLC
Porch Pro Headshot GraniTech Inc.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Transform your home's interior with a quality carpet from GraniTech Inc. in Stevensville, MD.
Transform your home's interior with a quality carpet from GraniTech Inc. in Stevensville, MD.
Porch Pro Headshot Daniels Painting & Remodeling
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(1)
The 5-star-rated experts at Daniels Painting & Remodeling in Rock Point, MD can take care of all of your window repair needs.
The 5-star-rated experts at Daniels Painting & Remodeling in Rock Point, MD can take care of all of your window repair needs.
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 Kris & Son's Home Repair
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(6)
If your windows are producing a draft, reach out to the experts at Kris & Son's Home Repair in Bakersville because their window repair services have earned them a stellar 5-star rating.
If your windows are producing a draft, reach out to the experts at Kris & Son's Home Repair in Bakersville because their window repair services have earned them a stellar 5-star rating.
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 Handy Quality Improvements
Serves Ashburn, Virginia

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Frequently asked questions about handyman services

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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