Outsource the chores
Don’t feel like cleaning up this Diwali? Get help
It’s festival time, and just when you were thinking of cleaning the ceiling fans and dusting the books, your househelp decides to take leave. Fret not. Download one of these apps and get a professional to clean up your home.
Compare the prices of home services like laundry, plumbing, appliance repair, cleaning and pest control, and book the one you find the most suitable. “We are a marketplace where our service partners give upfront prices for thousands of services,” says Lomesh Dutta, co-founder, Near.in, who is based in Gurgaon, near Delhi. The aggregator checks the credentials of the professionals it’s listing, to ensure reliability. They charge 15% of every order. They also offer yoga instructors, physiotherapists, event services like birthday planners or magicians, and services like appliance or laptop rental. Repair charges start from Rs.200, while home cleaning starts from Rs.500.
Available in: NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru
Free on Google Play. Near.in
Book a maid in less than 10 seconds with Timesaverz. Launched in January, the app provides home-cleaning, laundry and handyman job services, appliance repair and pest control. It offers three kinds of cleaning. “You can go for deep clean, basic clean or just get a specific area of the home cleaned—kitchen or washroom,” says Mumbai-based Lovnish Bhatia, co-founder and chief operating officer, Timesaverz Dotcom Pvt. Ltd.
Prices range from Rs.200 for a handyman’s job to Rs.6,500 for a home-cleaning service.
Available in: Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, NCR
Free on Google Play and iOS. Timesaverz.com
Looking for a part-time maid, for a few days or a few hours? Open up WorkHorse and book at your convenience. “Maids take leave on days when you’re counting on them the most,” says Pankaj Prakash, co-founder, Workhorse. “So we offer real-time service in which you get a maid when you need one.”
Once you log in and enter your requirements, the app shows you the nearest available maid out of the 700 working for them. You can book in real time and even track their movement to your house on a map within the app.
Maid on Demand, as the service is called, starts from Rs.75 per hour. Workhorse also offers two types of home cleaning—deep cleaning, which includes floors, tiles, walls, sofas, carpets and bathrooms, or basic cleaning. Deep cleaning for a 2BHK, or two bedrooms, one hall and one kitchen, costs upwards of Rs.3,200. They have a 20% discount for Diwali services if you use the coupon “festive 20” while booking. They take bookings from the website, app and call centre.
The Android app was launched in April and iOS, in October.
Available in: Mumbai, NCR
Free on Google Play and iOS. Workhorse.co.in
Key in the nature of your problem, the budget and the time you’re available and LocalOye will suggest the perfect service expert from its online marketplace. “We currently have this extremely unique feature of delivering your service at your doorstep within 2 hours,” says Bengaluru-based Bharati Balakrishnan, chief business officer, LocalOye. This particular service is available only in Bengaluru at the moment; they plan to extend it to other cities soon.
Their experts come with vacuum cleaners, chemicals, scrubbing machines and disinfectants. For the festival season, they’re offering Rs.1,000 off on home-cleaning services, which start at Rs.5,500 for a 2BHK and Rs.7,000 for a 3BHK.
Available in: NCR, Bengaluru, Mumbai
Free on Google Play. iOS launches soon. Localoye.com
Mr Right is a home services aggregator based in Noida, near Delhi, and has over 2,500 service providers working actively on its platform. It connects you quickly to the right professional for your requirement and charges 10-20% of the order as commission.
If you have a problem, their customer service is quick to respond. It is now working on adding Add to Cart, which means you can book multiple services in one go. “We offer 300-plus home services like handymen, cleaning, car wash, pest control, water-purifier repair, computers and home appliance or TV and AC repair,” says Prashant Chaudhary, co-founder, Mr Right. Services start from Rs.200 per hour.
Available in: NCR. To be launched soon in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune.
Free on Google Play and iOS. www.mrright.in
Planning a party and looking for all kinds of things? “Be it photographers, home cleaning and repair, decoration for home or return gifts, we have it all,” says Suhail Vadgaokar, vice-president, brand and customer experience, UrbanClap. Users need to enter the requirement and their matchmaking engine matches it with the most relevant service providers. They verify the professionals listed to ensure reliable service. They follow the marketplace model and simply connect customers to service professionals. Cleaning services start at Rs.4,000 for a 2BHK.
Available in: National Capital Region (NCR), Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai
Free on Google Play and iOS. www.urbanclap.com
How about a personal concierge who can take care of all your requirements? “You can get anything done over chat with our app,” says New Delhi-based Vipul Aggarwal, co-founder, Good Service. “Book a carpenter, a movie ticket, a taxi, find a music class, a doctor’s appointment, buy groceries from local stores or organize food for a party. Just tell us and we run the errand for you!”
Over chat, you can ask the app to find someone to repair a part of your home, buy a home decor item, find a yoga class, book a flight, or order a pair of gloves or food from your favourite restaurant. “Till it’s legal, we don’t say no. We’ve once sent a locksmith as late at 3am to a customer who had gotten locked out of his house,” says Aggarwal. Good Service will look for the perfect match in their vendor database and give you options to choose from. They don’t charge anything. Once you’ve ordered, you can live-track the person or the delivery within the app too. They have more than 40,000 vendors in their database for both service and product delivery.
Available in: NCR
Free on Google Play and iOS. www.goodservice.in
Bengaluru-based Housejoy makes it easy to get plumbing, electrical jobs and home cleaning done. “It allows for scheduling a service by date and time, up to three months in advance,” says Nirmal KizhakkeVeetil, product head, Housejoy. Once you’ve downloaded the app, it asks you for details on home size. You can customize the type of cleaning you want—from a single room to a single two-seater sofa—and pay by card, e-wallet or cash. Housejoy uses encryption and secure methods to keep your address private.
The app offers 12 services, including home cleaning, painting, plumbing, pest control, laundry and computer repair, across major metro cities. Prices vary in each city. In Bengaluru, for instance, home cleaning for a two-bedroom, one hall and a kitchen home configuration costs around Rs.2,500. They currently have a special Diwali cleaning package available.
The app has been downloaded close to 100,000 times since its launch.
Available in: Bengaluru, Mumbai, NCR, Ahmedabad, Surat, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune
Free on Google Play. The iOS version will release by December. Housejoy.in
Do it yourself
Make a list of chores and finish them with the help of these apps
Unfilth Your Habitat (or Unfuck Your Habitat on Android):For those who can only be motivated if someone shouts at them, this app will help a great deal. You can make a list of chores or ask it to give you random cleaning challenges. If you don’t do them on time, the app bullies you, curses you and uses all the tricks at its command to make sure you clean up. Available for Rs.60 on Google Play and iOS.
House Cleaning List:It comes pre-loaded with 150 tasks to help you organize your chores; all you need to do is check and uncheck boxes as you finish cleaning one section. Available for $0.99 (around Rs.65) on Google Play, Amazon and iOS.
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