Like most everyone else with a house, kids, a husband and a job; I often find keeping up on most of my household tasks to be a chore. I recently decided to tackle a few of the outstanding items on my to-do list and reached out to my local parents group for advice on the best service to hire for help. I kept hearing about Neighborly and knew I had to investigate.
Neighborly is an extra pair of hands around the house. Their friendly and most importantly, vetted and insured helpers take care of all the things you don't have time for - from cleaning the grill to assembling furniture, walking the dog and running errands. Neighborly launched a year ago and currently employs 10 full-time employees along with their helpers who are contract employees. Helpers are able to select the services they will provide that closely align with their skill set which means when they come to your house, you will be getting someone specifically suited for your task.
"I find Neighborly to be the perfect supplement for managing my household. While I don't exactly need a regular in-depth housecleaning, it can be challenging to get to some of the more mundane tasks with two small children on my own.," said Ballard resident, Amanda Pearson. "I'd say that neighborly's services offer a very affordable in-between, which is all I need."
I decided to test the service out with a multitude of tasks I needed to get done around the house. First on my list was the pile of stuff destined for the dump that was languishing on my driveway, much to my neighbor's chagrin. I downloaded the Neighborly app, quickly scrolled through the offerings and booked a helper for my dump run in minutes. My request was quickly confirmed by my helper who showed up promptly and quickly got to work. Twenty minutes later my driveway was clear and Gage, my helper, was on the way to the dump for me. Once Gage has completed my task, he emailed me a receipt from the dump and charged my card. This was quite possibly the most painless dump run I've ever had to do.
After this first successful experience with Neighborly, I booked help for a few other dreaded tasks. I love my yard but am often overwhelmed with the weeding needed to keep it looking nice. I had helpers over twice to weed and my yard is quickly shaping up to be one of the nicest ones on the block, versus its usual shaggy ways. I was really impressed with Kayla who took time to let me know that she had spotted some slugs and that I should spread coffee grounds around my rose bushes to keep the slugs away.
After experimenting with help outside my home, I decided to try out Neighborly inside my home. While enticed with the idea of having someone else fold my laundry, I decided that I really needed to have my kitchen cleaned. I had Shea over for an hour of house work and she got to work scrubbing down my kitchen and doing my dishes. My kitchen was spotless when she left and I knew I was hooked on Neighborly.
After each booking with Neighborly, my helpers took time to send me a short note through the app about the task and what was completed.This extra touch really impressed me. All of my helpers were prompt, friendly and hard workers.
From meal prep to yard work, shopping and auto care, Neighborly is your flexible assistant at home. They will also take your dog for a walk, check on your cat and take care of the poop littering your backyard. While they don't take care of chickens just yet, I did put in a request for chicken sitting. You can either use Neighborly a la cart as need arises or for an even better deal, get a membership which gives you a certain number of service hours a month for a flat rate. "Neighborly is as flexible as customers need us to be," said Alex Malek, CEO. Memberships start at $59 a month and a la cart services at $12.
"The best part about using Neighborly was the app. You can sign up for services on your phone and then someone magically shows up to help you out. You can also pay through the app. It was so easy," said Greenlake resident, Lorin Belcher. "I would use neighborly to help me complete projects around the house that I otherwise couldn't do on my own with two little kids in tow, like trips to the dump, weeding, and raking."
Neighborly is currently in most neighborhoods throughout the city of Seattle and adding more service areas frequently.