We all have certain household chores we dread doing. Perhaps it’s lawn mowing, bathroom cleaning, or just assembling furniture. Whether it’s due to lack of time, lack of interest, or even lack of ability, these tasks can pile up.
Of course, you could always hire someone else to do these things. But historically, finding someone to help out with tasks around the house was tricky. You could place an ad on Craigslist, but how do you know you can trust the person you’re hiring? How do you make sure you pay them in a way that’s compliant with the law?
Luckily, a new wave of task apps is making this whole process easier. One such app is Takl. It’s a service that helps you find same-day help with over 400 pre-priced services.
In this guide, we’re going to show you everything you need to know about using Takl to get help around the house ASAP.
What Is Takl?
Takl connects you with professionals who can handle just about any household task you can think of. Using the Takl app, you just describe what you need done, pick someone to do it from a list of qualified professionals, then sit back and relax while they do the task. Once they’re done, you pay (and optionally tip) the person you hired from within the app.
So what exactly can the app help you with? With over 400 services available, it’s difficult to list them all, but here are some of the most common household tasks on Takl:
- Appliance installation
- House cleaning
- Home repairs
- Courier services
- Furniture assembly
- Junk removal
- Lawn care
- Tree limb clean up
- Moving a flat screen TV
- Installing light fixtures
- Helping you pack for a move
While Takl focuses on providing home services, the app can also be useful if you have a small business and just need some day help with office cleaning or junk pick-up. This way, you don’t use up the valuable time of your employees (or yourself) for basic tasks.
In case you’re worried about the integrity of the people on Takl, don’t be. Takl verifies the identity of all the providers on its platform and performs background checks. Takl also lets customers leave reviews as an added layer of accountability. This way, you can be sure that the person you’re hiring is competent, honest, and trustworthy.
How Much Does Takl Cost?
The price you’ll pay for a job on Takl depends on the size and nature of the job. Naturally, you’ll pay more to have someone install a new appliance than you would to have them put together a lamp.
One benefit of Takl is that, regardless of the size of your task, the app uses clear upfront pricing. The app will show you what you’ll pay for pre-set tasks that providers offer, which lets you compare different provider rates. If you need help with something that doesn’t quite fit into the categories Takl provides, you can also agree to pay your provider an hourly rate for however long the task takes.
To give you an idea of what things tend to cost on the app, here are some real examples from the Takl website:
- Hanging string lights: $57
- Splitting 25 logs: $110
- Removing leftover debris from a home renovation: $145
- Chopping up and hauling away a fallen tree: $254
We should also mention that you’re not limited to just one task. If you have several things for a person to do around the house, you can combine them into one job at an agreed-upon rate.
How to Use Takl to Get Help With Tasks
Hiring help with Takl is easy. To start, just download the app for iOS or Android. From there, browse the list of chores and pick the one you want. Remember, if you can’t find a chore that suits your needs, you can create a custom task (or “Build Your Own Job,” as Takl describes it).
Once you’ve picked the chore, your next step is to pick a time. You can get same-day help if you need it, or you can schedule a task in the future. You can even create recurring chores (which can be useful for things like lawn mowing or house cleaning).
Next, you’ll need to add some photos of what you want done. This helps keep expectations realistic for both parties involved. You might describe a piece of furniture as “small” or the amount of junk you have as “large,” but these terms are subjective. Adding photos lets your provider get a realistic idea of what you need before they commit to the task.
Once you’ve added photos, you can now browse a list of available providers for your task. You can see descriptions of their skills and qualifications, their rates, and the reviews that other customers have left them. Assuming you like what you see, you can hire them at the tap of a button and even track their location as they head your way.
After your Takl provider has arrived, all you have to do is clarify the details of the job, give them any additional info they need, and let them get to work. When the work is done to your satisfaction, you can pay your provider through the app. This way, you never have to worry about dealing with cash or checks. You’ll also have the opportunity to rate your provider’s performance and offer any feedback on their services.
To conclude this guide, here are the answers to some common questions about using Takl:
1. What’s the Takl Guarantee?
If the job that you hired a provider to do isn’t done to your satisfaction, Takl guarantees they’ll work to make it right. The Takl customer support team is available 7 days a week to assist you with any questions or issues that arise.
2. Are there any restrictions on the things I can hire Takl providers to do?
Yes, Takl has some restrictions. To start, you obviously can’t ask providers to do anything illegal.
Beyond that, you aren’t allowed to use Takl to find subcontractors. For instance, if you own a painting company, you can’t subcontract out some of the work to painters you found on Takl. You could, however, use Takl to hire someone to organize the paint supplies in your company’s storage shed since no one is paying your company to do this work.
Finally, you should remember that Takl is intended to help you find fast help for small jobs. Within this category, the scope of the jobs can vary, but there are limits. For instance, Takl isn’t the service you should use if you need someone to remodel your kitchen or repair your house’s foundation.
3. Where is Takl available?
If you need help in your city, you’ll be excited to know that Takl has an extensive presence across the United States. The app is available in 41 states and has a presence in most major U.S. metro areas. You can view the full list of cities here.
4. How can I become a Takl provider?
If the information in this article has gotten you interested in working as a Takl provider, we encourage you to apply. To become a provider, you just have to do the following:
- Sign up for the service using your full name, email address, phone number, zip code, and a unique password.
- Choose your skills from the 12 categories available. (This helps Takl match you with customers.)
- Go through the online orientation process and learn how to use the app. (Don’t worry. It’s quite simple.)
- Verify your identity with a profile photo and valid government-issued ID.
- Upload your bank account information (so you can receive direct deposits for your earnings).
- Pass a criminal background check.
Visit the Takl application page to find out more information about working with the service.
Start Using Takl to Get Help Today
We hope this guide has helped you understand how you can use Takl to get help with all of your household tasks. If you’re interested in other ways to get help around the house, have a look at our guides to TaskRabbit, Angie’s List, and Handy, all of which offer similar services.