Chad gets a lot of questions about price: Hourly Rate or By The Job.
We price our projects by the latter for a number of reasons. The more complex a job, the more of a chance there will be for complications. However if you break it down, paying a hourly rate means that sometimes you’ll be paying an higher hourly rate for someone who is skilled and works quickly, versus someone who needs time to problem solve.
If a flat rate job is $150 and the tech gets the job done in an hour, you’ve paid him $150 an hour.
If the flat rate job is $150 and complications cause the job to take four hours, you’re paying $37.50 an hour.
We found this link from Home Advisor to be especially helpful. Also some services are quite extensive and charging by the hour would do neither party any good. Such services would be changing plumbing valves, faucet installations, ceiling fans, or even remodels. This would be a good area to do your research on the company you are looking to hire and know that the cheapest is not always all-inclusive.
Just remember these final three tips to help the job go well:
Move furniture or other items away from where the handyman is going to be working before he gets there.
Make yourself available to answer any questions.
Keep kids and pets away from where the handyman is working. Tools and other materials can be dangerous, and ruin finishes if spilled or knocked over.