Decorating, entertaining, getting organized… Now that December and the holidays are officially upon us, your to-do list is probably longer than ever. Doing everything to get ready for the holidays can be stressful, which is why the best gift you can give yourself now is hiring someone to do the heavy lifting for you. Whether you need help decking the halls or walking the dog, there’s a Thumbtack pro ready and waiting to help make your holidays the most enjoyable yet.
Take a Family Portrait for Your Holiday Cards
Everyone knows the best cards are the ones that include a photo of the family. Make this year’s card extra special by hiring a professional photographer to take a family portrait; it’s a lovely way to send a smile to friends and family who live far away and the framed photos will make great gifts for everyone in the family.
Average price: $190
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Hire a Painter to Create an Accent Wall
If you’re going to be entertaining this holiday season, you may feel like you need to spruce up your home. An accent wall is an easy and inexpensive way to add a little drama to any room and is the perfect way to make a focal point pop, define a living space, or just add a splash of color. Plus, it’s a relatively simple task that can be completed by a pro in less than a day.
Starts at $230
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De-Clutter to Make Room for Guests
If your guest room is filled with junk, now is the time to get organized so that you can get it ready for overnight guests. Take an afternoon to sort through everything and then hire someone to come haul all of your junk away. And since they’re coming… why not also take some time to go through the garage and get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past year? It’s never a fun task, but it’s one you’ll be happy you did come January.
Average price: $135
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Get Your House Cleaned
If you just want to clean your home so that it looks great and feels comfortable for holiday guests (and for yourself!), hire a professional cleaner to come in and help you clean everything and start the holidays on the right foot.
Average price: $150
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Have Your Carpets Cleaned
Before you welcome people into your home for the holidays, have the carpets cleaned so that every room looks its very best. It will actually take less time than cleaning them in the spring or summer because the lack of humidity means quicker drying times.
Average price: $120
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Hire a Handyman
You probably have a long list of things you need to do around the house before your friends and family arrive: tighten the staircase railing, hang new curtains, fix a chair leg, put up all of the holiday decorations… The best way to get everything crossed off of your to-do list is to hire a professional who can come in, complete all of the small projects you need finished, and make sure you’re ready for the holidays.
Average price: $105
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Get Help Training Your Dog
If your dog has any behavioral issues, like jumping, guarding objects, growling, or anything else, you may want to consider hiring a dog trainer as soon as possible, so that you can start to break those habits before your home is filled with friends and family who may not want Fido’s muddy paws on their favorite holiday sweater.
Average price: $115/session
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Book a Dog Sitter
Celebrating the holidays often means quite of bit of travel. Whether you’re driving for the day to see Grandma and Grandpa, or leaving the country for a family getaway, you want to make sure your furry friends are well taken care of while you’re away. Book a dog sitter now to come to your house to feed, walk, and play with your pets while you’re gone. Knowing they’re well taken care of will give you peace of mind and make the holidays that much more enjoyable.
Average price: $30/hour
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Get New Furniture Set-Up/Installed
Is Santa bringing a new home theater and you want to set up the entertainment system? Want to upgrade a room with a new sofa or bookshelf before your big holiday party? Skip the stress of moving and setting up heavy furniture and instead, hire a pro to do it all for you.
Average price: $100/hour or less
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Hire Someone to Hang the Holiday Lights
Adding festive lights to your home is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. But climbing up and down a ladder in freezing temps isn’t exactly fun or safe. Hire a professional to hang lights along your roofline and pathways, atop hedges and trees, and around pillars, deck railings, windows… anywhere you want to make things merry and bright. (And don’t forget: you can also hire someone to take them down come January.)
Starts at $110
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Have Your Holiday Party Catered
The best way to celebrate the holiday is by spending time with the people you love. Organize a get together with your favorite friends before everyone’s calendars fill up. And instead of asking everyone to bring a dish or slaving away in the kitchen, hire a caterer to drop off food. It will save you time, stress, and possibly even money. And it will allow you to enjoy everyone’s company, which is the point of it all.
Average price: $15-22/person
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