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Keeping Cool While Staying Green

Summer has always been synonymous with fun – and what’s not to love? Beaches? Fun. Popsicles? Mega fun. Scorching heat and high electric bills? Um… not so much.  If you’re in need of some respite from the heat, check out these tips to help you keep cool, while also lowering your carbon footprint.  Blackout Curtains The genius who invented blackout curtains probably deserves a Nobel prize. Or, at the very least, a high five. Not only do blackout curtains improve your sleep by reducing sunlight, they also do what regular curtains can’t: keep heat out during the summer and trap heat in during the winter. Better yet, they can even reduce your electric footprint significantly – some reports say up to 25% – which makes this tip a no-brainer. If you don’t feel like installing curtains (because let’s face it, who does?), a Tasker can do the job for you, while you sip a deliciously refreshing summer beverage.  Insulation When the Little Prince wisely said, “what is essential is invisible to the eye,” I’m pretty …

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How To Host A Stress-Free BBQ

  Ah, the great outdoors gives us much to celebrate – birds, trees and (most importantly) good company. If you’re in need of a party (aren’t we all nowadays?), why not throw a backyard BBQ? It’s the perfect excuse to eat delicious food while getting together with loved ones.  If the thought of organizing an event kicks your stress meter into overdrive, check out the tips below to make planning a party as easy as cherry pie (with a huge heap of whipped cream, please).  Figure out your guest list. Once you have an idea of what you want to spend, you can figure out how many people you want to invite. A few considerations: how large is your backyard? How many people can you comfortably accommodate? Do you want to focus on close friends and family you see often, or take the opportunity to invite people you haven’t seen in a while? Send out invites. Unleash your inner graphic designer by finding a festive digital invitation (many are free). Make sure to specify an …

Moving Task Descriptions

Planning a move is a big undertaking–and you have our sympathy. You may be surprised by all the ways that Taskers can help. From packing to moving boxes, read on for the range of moving services provided by TaskRabbit and learn how we can support you at any–or every–step of your move. We got your back (literally, we will do the heavy lifting for you!) Once you start chatting with a Tasker, they can help you iron out any missing details! Here are some key considerations: When you book a Help Moving task, your task description is crucial to helping the Tasker understand how to plan. If you need help packing and unpacking, book a Full Service Help Moving task to ensure the expectations are mutual.  Determine if you need 1 or more Taskers. Since Taskers are independent contractors, it is not possible to hire multiple Taskers through one task. If you need multiple Taskers, you can hire them yourself or ask your Tasker for referrals.  Moving an entire home is very different than moving …

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

  For many people during the pandemic, watching sports has been a mental and emotional outlet. Conveniently, it’s actually “normal” to stay home to watch football’s biggest game of the year! But the current limits on social gatherings doesn’t mean you can’t still take in the action with your crew. We’ve put together some tips on throwing a virtual watch party. Here’s how to get ready for kick-off: Send an e-invitation to set the party mood. Lean into football or team themes with the template you choose. Make your lighting game strong. Consider what time of day it will be while you’re watching. You could brighten the room to give off a party vibe, or you keep your lights dim for a theatrical setting. Organize virtual pools/brackets/games. If you’re more interested in the hoopla than the actual game, create or download a scoring sheet to rate the best commercials. Circulate this sheet with your guests beforehand. If you don’t already have your TV mounted on the wall, now’s the time! Plan a festive atmosphere in …

3 Common Winter Tasks for Your Home

New homeowner? Here are three winter tasks you may need to get done. Snow Removal In cold climates, snow is something you can count on every winter. Thankfully, a Tasker can take care of clearing your property of snow for you! All around your property–anywhere pedestrians walk and cars park–is where you can expect you’ll need snow shoveling.  Areas where snow needs to be shoveled include: Driveway Front and side paths Stairs Patio/deck Sidewalk Coupled with this task is chipping ice from the driveway, removing icicles from the gutters, and sidewalk salting. Mention if you have your own supplies or if you need the Tasker to bring them (i.e. snow blower, snow shovels, salt, ladder, etc.) Book Snow Removal task Winterizing Your Home Winterizing your home is one way to achieve energy efficiency. You don’t want drafty windows letting in cool air and letting out heated air! On that note, if you’re considering upgrading any of your appliances, you can also hire a Tasker for Smart Home Installation. Common winterization tasks include: Installing storm windows …

Tips for Communicating With Your Tasker

Like in any relationship, communication is key to a successful experience using TaskRabbit. Writing a detailed task description and using the chat thread to stay in touch about the task will create a smooth process.   No matter what task you’re booking, here is helpful information to include in your task description: Details on what you need done Instructions for entering the space Whether you or someone else (or pets) will be present during the task Any tools/materials you already have Any budget or time constraints Contactless preferences Once a Tasker has accepted the task, you can use the chat thread to follow up, ask and answer questions, share photos, etc.  Using the chat thread Be specific Special tools needed Special cleaning products you will provide  Cleaning products you do not want used Brand, make, and model # of furniture to be assembled Any heirloom items/breakables that need special care Parking instructions Pick-up/drop-off address/es Set expectations Indicate if you’ve hired anyone else to help, or if you plan to help (two Taskers can make tasks like …