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 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 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 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 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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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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Can I Get a Contractors Discount When Buying Materials?

Any discounts you receive have the potential of being either extra profit for you or additional savings for your customer.  It’s a winning situation either way so don’t hesitate to ask for a discount. I have found that the major chains have differing policies.  One chain flat out said no, that they do not offer contractor discounts while another said…

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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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Should I Charge for Mileage or Travel Time?

I don’t charge for travel time or mileage within my normal area but many contractors do.  The plumbers and electricians are particularly known for this.  Check to see what other handymen in your area are doing. When traveling outside of my normal work area I always charge for mileage and/or travel time. If you charge for mileage, use the federal…

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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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