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Based on 4,628 cost profiles



Based on 4,628 cost profiles

Costs mentioned are determined by quotes received for handyman requests on Oneflare and should only be used as a guide.

The cost of a handyman ranges from $70-$200, with the median, ranging from $95-$287 across Australia. Handymen are exactly what their name suggests - handy. This is because they are highly skilled professionals in a wide range of repairs, typically around the home. The types of services handymen can provide is a lengthy list, all with varying prices. It's always handy to investigate the price variations for different handyman jobs to get an idea of what your particular job will cost you.

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Setting a budget for your handyman services

The first step in setting a budget for your handyman job is to outline the type of work that will be involved. The price does not vary greatly from service to service, as the main factor affecting the price quoted will be the size and scope of the job.

Other factors affecting the cost of your job

Every handyman will have their own method of charging for their services - it can be an overall fixed price, by the hour or even by the day - all depending on the size and scope of the project. Other factors such as experience and legal licences can potentially affect the cost of your handyman job too.

Job size

The size and scope of the job will directly affect the amount you pay to hire a handyman. Whether it’s the literal size of the project or the level of complexity and expertise involved, job size is one of the main factors affecting the final cost of the job - the size is going to affect the time involved as well that materials used. It bears repeating, but you should always include as much detail and information as you can when submitting the job. Images are a fantastic way to get an idea across clearly if you don’t quite have the words to describe what you’re after. It’s important to include as much information as possible in your job request form.

Job complexity

Job size and complexity do not always go hand in hand. Large jobs, for instance painting a fence line, could be considered a large job depending on the size of the property. However, it’s only a single action and requires little specialist knowledge, therefore, it is low complexity. Whereas removing and installing a new toilet (while physically smaller) is both a large job (regarding the lifting and replacing) but also highly complex, requiring knowledge of both plumbing and tiling. When hiring a handyman, make sure to consider the complexity of the job you’re asking them to undertake.

Job complications

Complexities also tend to bring complications. Simply the more opportunities there are for something to go wrong, the more like a complication is to occur. If you are being charged at an hourly rate, these complications can blow out your budget. An experienced handyman should be able to both minimise complications as well as provide you with an accurate quote on the cost and time of the job. Be aware of this factor when choosing which business to hire. A less experienced handyman might be at the right price point, but, might ultimately cost you more if complications arise.

How much experience the handyman has

Sometimes, it may be the case that a more experienced handyman will associate with a higher hourly rate - they work quicker due to efficiently calculating what trouble spots to be wary of and can avoid any mistakes that an inexperienced handyman might make. Depending on the type of job you are undertaking you may also be looking for a handyman with specific qualifications.

Are they licensed?

In Australia, handymen do not need to hold a licence to undertake handiwork. However, hiring a licensed handyman can provide you with an assurance that the job is being done.Keep in mind that there are some jobs that a handyman are not allowed to undertake without a specialised licence. If this is the case make sure that you hire an appropriately licensed contractor to undertake the job.

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  • Do you need multiple services?
  • How often?
  • What type of property?

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How to hire a Handyman

Regular maintenance schedule

Organising a regular maintenance schedule with your handyman can actually save you money in the long run. If you have a larger property with a number of jobs or you simply want the peace of mind that everything is checked regularly by a professional, then this option is for you

Prioritise your to-do list

Look at what jobs can be completed together. If you have leaking pipes that need fixing and also want to get an older style tap replaced check whether you can bundle the jobs together and save you and the handyman having to make multiple trips.

What are their skills?

It's true that handymen are capable of multiple jobs around the house, but all of them will be able to do everything you may want. Therefore, before you hit the hire button, make sure you clarify exactly what you want to be done and whether the business are capable of doing it for you.

Make sure they have insurance

As is the case with any trades professional who carries out work in your home, a handyman needs to be insured. This not only protects your property from and damages that may occur should a complication arise but also if they are injured in the course of undertaking their work. Oneflare makes it easy to see whether a handyman is insured or not. The information will be present on their profile

Past customer reviews

Reading past customer reviews on the handyman's Oneflare profile has the abilit y to effectively indicate if they are a competent and capable worker that can get the job done smoothly and brilliantly.


It is also important to note that choosing the cheapest quote isn't always the best.

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