Local Apps and Services That Help You Get Things Done / Knock out your to-do list at the click of a button
We know. You’re busy. And it can be a struggle to get everything done — from cleaning the house to getting all the laundry done (it seems like a daily chore since baby arrived). But these five local services promise to ease that burden. They’ll pick up the swing you scored on the Facebook online garage/yard sale, wash all those onesies, even repair that clanking sound in your car while it sits in your driveway so that you can tick other tasks off your to-do list. (Note: Tipping is not included and is completely optional.)
The Details: Schedule weekly, biweekly or monthly cleaning services from an insured and background-checked professional. The reservation includes the estimated time and cost. Once booked, get real-time updates on when your professional arrives and leaves.
Why Moms Love It: Beyond cleaning, you can hire someone to hang the TV, paint the playroom, hang a ceiling fan and more.
Best For: Parents who don’t fancy themselves handy and who don’t want to spend weekends scrubbing, sweeping and dusting.
Cost: From $75/cleaning; price varies by number of rooms and frequency. Handyman prices vary by service.
Get started: Download the free app for Android and iOS. Available throughout Collin, Dallas and Denton counties and most of Tarrant County too.
The Details: Cleaners sort, wash, dry, fold and deliver laundry same-day or within 48 hours. Schedule weekly, biweekly or as-needed pickup and leave special requests for articles that require extra attention such as that blanket that Aunt Lynn knit.
Why Moms Love It: Whether it’s a leather jacket or nursery curtains, separate the wash from the dry cleaning and leave it in the supplied laundry bags on your doorstep.
Best For: Moms who will turn a tank top inside out to avoid doing laundry.
Cost: From $1.99/pound;dry cleaning from $2.25/shirt; delivery fees, from $5
Get Started: Available throughout Collin, Dallas and Denton counties and parts of Tarrant County too; 214/414-3034.
Pickup Instant Delivery
The Details: Founded by Dallas mom and CEO Brenda Stoner, Pickup uses Good Guys — off-duty firefighters, veterans and military personnel — to pick up the étagère you won on the neighborhood Facebook garage sale and deliver it to the foyer.
Why Moms Love It: Good Guys can pack boxes, hook up appliances, assemble the crib and rearrange furniture too, for $1/minute.
Best For: Moms with newborns who aren't venturing out yet or those with multiple infant and booster seats who can’t squeeze one more thing in their vehicles.
Cost: $49 for one Good Guy within 10 miles; price varies by number of guys, type of furniture, distance and stairs.
Get Started: Download the free app for Android and iOS. Available throughout Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties too; 800/560-2168.
The Details: On-demand taskers do almost anything — from holding your place in line at the DMV to building a bookcase in your daughter’s room. Choose a vetted and insured Tasker according to skills, reviews and hourly rate; pay when the job is complete.
Why Moms Love It: The live chat allows you to further customize chores and view receipts for reimbursement.
Best For: Moms whose to-do lists seem to grow exponentially.
Cost: Prices vary by taskers’ individual hourly rates.
Get Started: Download the free app for Android and iOS. Available in Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Dallas, Garland, Irving and Mesquite.
The Details: Request quotes from vetted, experienced (at least 10 years) local mechanics, then choose based on price and ratings. They come to your home or wherever you may be to replace brake pads, repair the alternator or perform hundreds of other fixes.
Why Moms Love It: Come-to-you mechanics are available seven days a week, 7am–9pm, and there’s a 12-month or 12,000-mile warranty on all work done.
Best For: Moms who skip routine tuneups because they can’t spend time sitting at the auto body shop.
Cost: Labor rates from $60/hour plus cost of parts.
Get Started: Book online or download the free app for iOS. Available throughout Collin, Dallas Denton and Tarrant counties; 844/249-6752.