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Cost guide: handymen

A handyman, or property maintenance expert, can tackle a variety of tasks. We take a look at what you can expect a handyman to do, and how much it might cost.

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Handymen – or handywomen, for that matter – are useful when you’ve got a list of small jobs that need doing around the house, and it would be expensive and time-consuming to hire specialist traders for each one.

Jobs they are capable of doing may include:

  • hanging curtains, pictures, mirrors and shelves
  • painting and decorating
  • assembling flat-pack furniture
  • fixing cupboards and drawers
  • basic gardening jobs such as mowing lawns and trimming hedges.

A property maintenance company or handyman will typically charge by the hour, rather than a fixed price for certain jobs, and prices will vary depending on where in the UK you live.

Find a trusted handyman near you by searching for ‘handyman and home maintenance services’. Only handymen who have passed an assessment by our trading standards professionals, and who follow our Code of Conduct can become Trusted Traders.

Handyman costs and completion times

Our figures are only a guide to average costs, and will vary according to factors such as the specifics of your job, where you live and the condition of your property.

Unless otherwise specified, prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.



Typical price quoted

Price range

Time to do job

Put up curtain pole and hang curtains

Fix curtain pole to wall and hang curtains for an average patio door (width 240cm, height 202cm). Customer supplies own curtains and pole.



1–2 hours

Hanging pictures and mirrors

Hang two large pictures and one large mirror. Assumes house is modern and walls are plasterboard.



1-2 hours

Put up basic shelves in living room

Put up eight MDF shelves (2 metres in width) in an alcove between chimney breast and side wall. Assumes no painting required.



4–8 hours

Assemble flat pack furniture

Assemble a flat pack double wardrobe and five-drawer chest of drawers.



2–4 hours

Paint woodwork

Rub down and prepare wood, and paint gloss on skirting boards and one door frame in a 4.5m x 4.1m room.



3–5 hours

When to hire a specialist

A handyman might have the knowledge and experience to do very minor plumbing jobs, such as replacing washers, or small electrical jobs that don’t legally require a qualified electrician, such as like-for-like replacement of sockets. But more technical jobs are best left to qualified electricians or plumbers.

For any work related to boilers or gas appliances, you should always hire a registered Gas Safe Engineer.

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¹Costs were checked and updated in 2018.