Like you, most people don’t have time to do everything that is asked of them. Your home, family, job, and pets all ask a lot from you-each enough to fill an empty schedule-but who has an empty schedule?
As busy as you are, you have probably already considered hiring someone to take care of some of your chores. But unless you are ready to hire a whole staff of people, you have to be selective. It is important to weigh the value of hiring someone to do your chores by comparing the cost and amount of time saved-but who has time to do that? Lucky for you, we do: here are a few of the most common household jobs that people hire for and their compared values.
1. Landscaping Service
Depending on the size of your property, lawn and garden care can be extremely time consuming. Chimney Sweeping Repair While the jobs change with the seasons, there is no real opportunity to take a break from your yard’s upkeep-in the fall you’ll rake leaves, in the winter you’ll shovel snow, in the spring you’ll plant, and in the summer you’ll mow and water your lawn. All are very important to the aesthetic of your home.
These tasks can take any number of hours, depending on how large (and complex) a garden is-but many landscapers charge a flat fee for the week or even for the whole season. They offer a number of services, including weed elimination, lawn mowing, leaf removal, snow shoveling and gardening, typically priced by size of the property and season rather than by hour. It is possible to hire help just for the seasons with more outdoor responsibilities, and take care of the smaller duties yourself. Many of the larger services, should you do them yourself, could take an entire day out of your weekend-but if you hire a lawn care company, you will be free to use your weekend to relax and rejuvenate for the next week. Additionally, the service can do their work during the week, so you won’t be home to be bothered by the sounds of lawnmowers-and you will be available to enjoy your clean, manicured garden.
Gardening can be dangerous and painful on arthritic joints, causing more pain than providing health benefits. Unless you have the energy to cover all of your duties, think about hiring a service to save valuable time.
Price Range: $15 a week and up
2. Dog Walker
While each dog needs to spend a different amount of time outside, there is no question that walking a dog daily is a time commitment. Some larger dogs need a series of walks throughout the day, while some smaller ones need just one or two at the beginning and end. Regardless of the size of your dog, taking him or her outside 2 or more times a day, oftentimes does not work with a busy schedule.
Hundreds of pet-sitting and dog-walking companies dot the country, offering pet care services of all different kinds. They can walk and care for your dog when you are at work, on vacation, or just busy. Some even offer the option of accompanying you on your trip to care for your pet! All of these services apply to animals of all kinds, not just dogs-most companies are willing to customize their offerings to fit the needs of your pet. You can set up a long-term contract with a company for daily walks, or you can hire for individual instances. There are a number of major national companies that specialize in pet care-check out to find one with locations near your home.
While it certainly is convenient to have someone walk your dog and care for your pet each day, what is the point of having a pet if you don’t have time to spend with him or her? Caring for your pet is the best way to establish a strong relationship with it and to reap the health benefits of having a pet. Having a pet is reported to decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, while providing you with more opportunities for exercise and socialization. Overall, the benefits of making time to spend with your pet outweigh the amount of time saved by hiring someone to do it for you.
Price Range: $12 and up per walk, $25/day and up for sitting
Verdict: Do this one yourself
3. House Cleaning Service
No matter what size your home, cleaning it is going to be time consuming. Between bathrooms, the kitchen, carpets, floors, and clutter that collects dust, every home has significant cleaning needs. Worse, cleaning isn’t something that can wait until you have free time to do it-health and safety require a home that is clean to live in. Most likely, your schedule can’t handle the amount of time required to keep your home as neat as you would like it to be.
Hiring a cleaning service is an extremely prevalent purchase in American households-this explains the thousands of choices of cleaning service available across the nation. You should look for a company that is experienced, insured and bonded, and works with only legally authorized cleaning professionals that have been fully background checked. You can find a cleaning company that offers upfront pricing so as to avoid companies that provide you with an estimate just to test you for how much you are willing to pay. For instance our Denver cleaning service prices are calculated based on the time required to clean the home. Some companies will even be willing to laundry, so if you are looking for a total package of cleaning services, ask around to see which company is right for you.
Having a clean home isn’t something you can afford to skimp on. If you don’t have the time or the energy to keep your home free of disease-causing germs and sneeze-causing dust, purchasing a cleaning service is an obvious choice. Working with the chemicals used to keep your home clean can be unpleasant and dangerous-you should leave it up to the professionals. That way, you can come home from work to a clean, safe and happy home.