For years, I worked in the solar industry as a sales person and designer. Most customers were shopping for very expensive solar power systems based on price primarily, and almost exclusively. Many were quick to share that they were not buying based solely on price but it was routinely the main reason why one company was selected over another. Hiring a handyman is really no different. Always, pick the right person first, followed by careful definition of the work and your expectations, followed by a frank discussion about the price for those services.
Hourly rates are often advertised to create interest. Just like sale prices at the grocery store. Both are designed to develop interest. If you want to learn about my current hourly rates, or want to get a fixed price quote, give me a call!
By the way, I like the way that HomeAdvisor addresses handyman hourly rates. They offer great advice when it comes to how much a handyman will charge. Their explanation is posted below:
How Much Does a Handyman Charge?
Handyman services can charge an hourly or flat rate, depending on the project. On average, homeowners tend to pay between $182 and $636. How does a handyman decide when to charge an hourly or flat rate? It depends on the known and unknown factors of a job. Hanging a ceiling fan is a pretty straightforward job. The average handyman knows about how long it’s going to take and what tools will be needed. This sort of job is normally a flat-rate job. Drywall repair, however, is usually an hourly job because it can involve unknowns that affect how long the job takes. The damaged area seen on the surface might not be the only damage. What looks like a 5-inch patch job could turn into having to replace the whole panel if cracks and other damage are hidden behind the paint and texture. Replacing anything due to water damage is another job filled with unknowns.
An hourly rate might be applied to small jobs with a minimum charge (usually one-half hour to one hour). This is so the handyman is compensated at a rate that allows him to stay in business. For example, if he or she charges $60 an hour but your job is a ten-minute job, pro-rating your job to $10 would hardly be fair compensation for his or her time and labor. The best way to save money on this is to bundle several small jobs together. This allows both of you to make maximum use of his time.
Look through the rest of the HomeAdvisor site for other cost information. It will provide some insight on costs for a number of different projects. You could use HomeAdvisor to find a contractor but be aware that while the service is free to consumers, the contractor does pay for the referral, and that cost is usually passed on to customers in the service providers rate.
After you do your research, give me a call!