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Why are handymen so expensive?

Handymen are often viewed as expensive, and it’s not uncommon to hear people asking, “Why are handymen so expensive?” The answer is not as simple as it may seem. As a handyman service provider ourselves we can answer this question!

What do handymen do so extraordinarily?

Handymen are not just repairmen, their responsibilities also include owning a business, managing advertisement campaigns, answering phone calls and emails, being drivers all day long from job site to job site, and much more. In other words, people like us wear many hats, and each role requires a different skill set.

One of the most common complaints about handymen is their high hourly rate.

Some people compare it to the hourly rate of IT guys, who happens to be paid around $50-100 per hour in some cases. (By the way, this website is also built by us)

How much does a handyman make?

The truth is, the service price charged by handymen is not a living wage. When you hire a handyman, you’re paying not just for their time, but also for their expertise, tools, essentials, travel, gas, and advertisement expenses. In reality, the actual resulting salary of a handyman can be two or three times lower, so a luxurious sounding $70 per hour becomes a salary of around $25-50k annually which is similar to $13-27 per hour with a regular 9-5 job.

Another hidden aspect of a handyman’s job is the time and money spent on answering people’s questions online and by phone. Many people believe that online consultations are free, but they don’t realize that each connection costs the handyman money.

How much are advertisement cost for a handyman business?

For example, $50 worth of leads on a promotion website (like leaders in this area – Thumbtack, Angi, HomeAdvisor) for a week may result in only 1-5 leads (conversations with potential customers). If one negotiation succeeds for $150, it is only a $100 profit for the week. Sometimes businesses choose promotion websites where they pay for a click (like the famous review website – Yelp), which can cost $2-30 per single mouse click!

It’s also important to note that being a handyman is not a full-time job, it is a business that consumes you 24/7. Typically, people hire handymen for only a couple of hours or a few days at most. But the short-term nature of these jobs means that a handyman has to constantly search for new clients and work to maintain a steady income stream or spend a fortune on advertisement.

In summary, maintaining a handyman business is a complicated and multifaceted job requiring many skills and responsibilities. While the hourly rate or service fees may seem high, it is important to consider the additional expenses that come with running a business, providing quality services, and answering clients’ questions online. Hiring a handyman can save you time and effort, but it’s important to recognize and appreciate the value of work.

If you are looking for an affordable handyman service in Seattle, Washington – consider TheHandyman.Work as your leading choice!

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D LEE
D LEE
2023-02-22
Alex and his son are great. I have asked to fix my front iron gate leaning problem and garage entry door frame damage. I definitely recommend them. They are friendly and professional.
Adelina Rosen
Adelina Rosen
2022-12-17
I am impressed with the quality and professionalism of Tomilin Handyman Service. Arrived on time, left the place clean and went above and beyond what I asked to make sure that the job was properly done. The main task was to replace a fan with a over the range microwave. However, they did a number of small jobs around the house. Overall, great experience and I would hire them again.
Sandy Zhu
Sandy Zhu
2022-11-22
Alex and Anton were punctual, friendly, and got the job done right. We needed a smart thermostat installed and at first there seemed to be some issues with the wiring, but they were able to figure it out and get it done within an hour. Thanks Alex and Anton, we'll be in touch!
Elizabeth Rabinovitsj
Elizabeth Rabinovitsj
2022-11-18
Alex and Anton fixed my front gate in just a few hours. They did an excellent job and they were so professional. Wonderful people!
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2022-10-14
Repaired the wall behind our oven and did great work.
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Winnie Tsai
2022-10-05
Alex and his partner Anton were very responsive and resourceful. They scheduled the project the next day after I contacted them. They quickly found replacement parts and creative solutions for broken cabinets and window shutters. They completed the project efficiently and communicated well while I was remote. I highly recommend them!
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2022-09-30
Amazing, handy father/son duo! I have had them come out and help me with three separate jobs now and no matter what it is, they do fantastic work. I think one of the best parts about them is the fact that they are genuinely kind people who are helpful and fair. For years I have searched for a great handyman and I finally found them!
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2022-09-30
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2022-09-21
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Ashok Natesan
2022-09-19
I've now had Alex over twice, one to fix some doors that were rubbing the frame and once more to do an assortment of other fixes. He did excellent work both times, was on time and charges were very fair. He was a real engineer in his previous life and it shows. He can handle more complex and varied projects IMO than most handymen. I'd highly recommend him.
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