10 Household Chores You Can Outsource to Amazon
Hire someone to clean your house or assemble furniture.
We already know that Amazon is a great shopping resource for everything from books and tech gadgets to clothing and even groceries—but did you know that you can also hire professionals to help you with household tasks?
Like Angie’s List, Taskrabbit, or similar sites, Amazon Home Services allows you to book a wide range of home pros—all through your Amazon account. The marketplace, which has been around since 2015, has grown to include services like smart home consultation, too.
Though you might be worried about letting someone you hired off the Internet into your home, Amazon has got you covered. Professionals can join the marketplace through invitation by the retailer, or by applying. Amazon then screens through media searches, online interviews, reference checks, and background checks (both criminal and business). All experts need to have licenses and insurance.
To purchase and book a service, customers can either buy a pre-packaged service with a fixed price (like two hours of cleaning) or they can submit a custom request and receive estimates. When booking, home owners select three different dates and time frames and the pro confirms an appointment. All of the payment is done through your Amazon account, making it super easy.
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In case the service wasn’t up to par, Amazon has a Happiness Guarantee and will work with you and the pro to make sure the job gets done right.
Take a look at 10 services we found on the marketplace that we wouldn’t mind signing up for (and some we didn’t even know you could hire out!) Find more information about Amazon Home Services here.
House Cleaning: Hire a weekly service to come tidy up your house, or schedule one for more comprehensive jobs, like for spring cleaning or when you move.
Goat Grazer: Yes, a goat grazer. If you have some unwanted vegetation on your property, a goat can get rid of it for you. They can eat thistle, blackberry, English Ivy, kudzu, poison ivy, various grasses, and so much more.
Assembly: If the thought of assembling IKEA furniture gives you anxiety, you can hire a pro to put together everything from your bookcase to treadmills.
Hammock Setup: Just in time for spring and summer, you can hire someone to hang a hammock for you and not worry about it collapsing while you’re trying to get an outdoor nap in.
Smart Home Consultation: Trying to decide which smart home products are right for you can get overwhelming. With this consultation service, you’ll have a one-on-one meeting with an Amazon employee to help you identify what smart home solutions will make your life easier.
Guitar Lessons: We know, this isn’t a chore, but you can also use Amazon to learn a new skill. This service includes one-on-one lessons, and you can select your instructor and how long each session will be. Voice, drum, piano, and tutoring lessons are available, too.
Home Organization Consultation: Hoarders, rejoice. A professional organizer will come to your house, evaluate any disorganized rooms, and provide solutions. Sometimes it takes an outside eye to help you declutter.
Holiday Light Installation: For next year’s holiday season, consider hiring someone to help you hang those outdoor lights. Now, you don’t have to worry about falling off any ladders.
House Painting: Whether you need an accent wall done, or your whole exterior needs to be spruced up with a new coat of paint, you can hire a professional for the task.
Printer Setup: This one’s for the technophobes. It may seem like an easy task, but if you really can’t figure it out, Amazon’s here to help. A pro will come in to help you configure your printer and any software that comes with it. There are also similar services for wireless and surround sound setup, plus computer training.
This article originally appeared on Realsimple.com.