Can't DIY? 6 Online Sources for Efficient and Inexpensive Helping Hands

February 08, 2018

Online Sources for Inexpensive Helping Hands.jpgToday it's easier than ever to be a DIYer. If you want to learn computer programming, fix a leaky faucet or knit a sweater, there's a YouTube video or online class for that.

What about the projects that are beyond your scope? Don't break the bank getting your computer repaired or planning a wedding. Check out these websites that pair you up with solutions to fit your budget and needs.

1. Thumbtack

Thumbtack's slogan is, "Consider it done." They have a network of more than 260,000 professionals in all 50 states who handle services ranging from house cleaning and pet sitting to life coaching and wardrobe styling. Simply answer a few short questions about the service you're seeking. Within hours, you'll receive customized quotes that you can compare, along with profiles and reviews to make your choice. Thumbtack is available for Android and iPhone.

2. Craigslist

Craigslist has gained enormous popularity as a marketplace for goods, but it's also a source for auto repair, tax preparation and other services. Some providers are small businesses, while many others are freelance workers who offer extremely affordable rates. Proceed with caution as, unlike sites such as Thumbtack, Craigslist does not guarantee any services. Mobile apps are available for Android and iPhone.

3. TaskRabbit

If you need day labor, TaskRabbit is a more convenient method than traditional employment agencies. More than 50,000 Taskers are ready to handle tasks such as furniture assembly, wall-mounting TVs or moving and packing. All Taskers are fully vetted through identity and background checks and ranked by consumer ratings. TaskRabbit offers mobile apps for Android and iPhone.

4. Angie's List

Angie's List is a super-charged version of Yelp and other online review sites. All reviews on their site are collected, verified and certified to weed out anonymous and fake posters. When you need a job done, compare the top-rated companies and take advantage of members-only discounts. Green memberships are free, while Silver and Gold upgrades are offered for a nominal fee. Mobile apps are available for Android and iPhone.

5. Takl

Woke up with an urge to rearrange the furniture? Takl connects you with same-day help for house cleaning, repairs, junk removal and other tasks that just can't wait. All services are pre-defined and pre-priced, so you don't have to spend valuable time comparing estimates. Workers undergo background checks along with orientation and onboarding sessions for superior customer service. Earn cash rewards when friends use Takl with your unique referral code. Takl offers mobile apps for Android and iPhone.

6. Perssist

Ever had those days where you wished you had a personal assistant? Your prayers have been answered with Perssist. A virtual assistant can handle requests as simple as scheduling your next haircut or as time-consuming as researching a vacation spot. Three levels of membership include 2, 5 or 15 hours per month, with 24/7 availability. Give Perssist a trial run with one free hour.

How do you handle difficult tasks around your Springs luxury apartment home? Tell us in the comments!New Call-to-action

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