Last updated: 26th Mar 2019
A professional handyman in Australia charges an average of $50/hr for a typical job around the house. Keep in mind, though, that actual prices may vary depending on the type of work that needs to be done. If the task requires minimal effort, you can get handyman services at a budget rate of $40/hr. But if the job requires a higher level of skill, expect to pay a premium rate of $55/hr.
Home handiwork prices from real customers
Job details: Dismantling bed, lounge, and dining table on Neutral Bay and reassembling them at Cremorne
TOTAL COST: $150
Job details: Removing built-in wardrobes, disposing of the materials, and patching walls afterward
TOTAL COST: $330
Job details: Installing a 900mm x 750mm mirror that weighs 8kg, replacing existing 600mm single towel rail with a 900mm one and possibly patching up holes, installing a 600mm double towel rail
TOTAL COST: $175
Job details: Changing a door lock and opening a back door that’s chained and padlocked (lost key)
TOTAL COST: $187.20
Job details: Painting the ceiling of the ensuite bathroom, replacing silicone around shower area, and sealing grout in the shower, and painting the ceiling of the main bathroom and replacing silicone around the bath tub
TOTAL COST: $1,000
Job details: Trimming the bottom of two internal doors as new carpets were installed
TOTAL COST: $150
Cost of common handyman jobs
|Home Handiwork Task||Typical Quoted Prices|
|Range hood installation||$200|
|Hanging a panting||$150|
|Wall mounting a TV||$220|
Average Handymen Call-Out Fees
In addition to standard labour rates for home handyman (or handy-woman) services, your handymen will likely charge a call out fee to cover the cost and time of travel to your home and vehicle expenses such as petrol. Most commonly, the call-out fee will range between the equivalent of 1-1.5 hours of their labour rate, so can range between approximately $30 – $50. Although their travel time may be less than 1 hour, the call-out fee is also used to cover for their time to come up, and inspect the job – sometimes the solution to a problem can be resolved very quickly (within minutes) – therefore a call out fee ensures your hired handyman will at least be paid a minimum amount of time for coming out to your home.
On total costs: the factors that really matter
There are various things that determine the cost of a handyman’s service. Of course, the type of job that needs to be done is one major factor, but there are also other things that could affect the prices.
The size of the job is an important consideration. Small jobs like hanging pictures or replacing light switches only take a couple of hours or less. These also require simple tools and fewer materials, so you won’t have to allocate a huge portion of your budget for them. Large jobs, on the other hand, can take up to two days to finish which in turn results in higher overall costs.
Why considering your handyman’s location is a must
Victoria residents are lucky to be paying the lowest price for home handiwork across Australia. On average, handymen in Victoria charge $48.11/hr. This is only slightly lower than the $48.81/hr rate in South Australia.
On the other hand, the most expensive handyman services can be found in New South Wales at $55.93/hr. Meanwhile, a typical handyman job in Western Australia costs around $53.64/hr.
Prices in the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland are in the middle of the spectrum. Homeowners in the Australian Capital Territory can expect to pay $51.67/hr for a handyman service while customers in Queensland will have to shell out about $52.17/hr when hiring a handyman.
Pricing information correct as at August 2017.
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