5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Hire Personal Helpers For

By HomeAdvisor

Updated October 6, 2017

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Updated October 2017

You probably know that you can hire errand runners and personal assistants for services like laundry, housekeeping, bank and post office services, dog walking, food pickup, and more. But on request, they can do a lot more than that. Here’s a list of 5 services you didn’t know they could do for you.

1. Vacation Services

While planning a vacation, there are several things you need to tick off your checklist before your plane takes off.

  • Convert your money (USD) to your destination’s currency.
  • Research and book flights and hotels according to your budget.
  • Shop for necessary thermal or summer wear depending on where you are going.
  • Get a good cell phone plan so that you are always in touch with your folks back home.
  • Print and verify the documents you need before the vacation. Make sure that your passport and visa are updated.

You could either choose to do these yourself or hand them over to professional errand runners because they can be thorough, letting you board your flight in peace. It is imperative that you hire someone with prior experience when it comes to vacation errands, as they will eliminate any errors in the process.

2. Housing and Services Research

When you have to relocate, there are a number of things you need to understand and consider before finalizing on your new home. Here are a few:

  • Good school nearby for the kids
  • Feel of the neighborhood
  • Locating stores and hospitals
  • Locating municipal offices and recreational centers

You can hire someone to do the entire research and get back to you with suggestions, so that you can take an informed decision.

3. Technology Help for the Elderly

Elderly people and senior citizens might not be as tech savvy as their next generations. Technology might seem a little intimidating to them and resultantly they tend to miss out on how technology can make their lives easy. Connectivity across the planet with a touch of a finger will get them closer to their families and friends but because of their apprehensions, they might shy away from using technology.

Helpers can assist senior citizens in figuring out computer and other technology devices. They also manage automated systems in their houses, like security and irrigation systems.

4. Garage Sale Help

Garage sales are a great way to get rid of the unwanted items you have lying around and make a little cash on the side. But, organizing a garage sale can be very tedious. To ease the whole process for you, you can get assistants to help you with planning, organizing, promoting, and executing the sale. They can also manage your inventory and balance the final accounts.

5. Holiday Decoration

Long holidays come twice a year and many plan their holidays to spend quality time with family. For some, decorating the house becomes the family event everyone gets involved in. Others want to leave the decorations to the professionals and do other fun activities with their families.

In such cases, you can pass on that responsibility to professional helpers to get your house holiday ready. Flexible plans by service providers allow you to customize the decorations too. Decorators take care of the leasing process of the materials used and also assist you in taking down the decorations.


  1. Linda, October 13:

    I has a cleaning services. How much does it cost for membership.

  2. Linda, October 13:

    I only do commercial building.

  3. Linda, October 13:

    Banks and certain other buildings. Need a estiment of how much it would cost to get set up with services.

  4. HomeAdvisor, October 20:

    Hi Linda – check out this membership page for details on membership http://welcome.homeadvisor.com/membership. Or email directorymembership@homeadvisor.com for more.

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