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Can you paint countertops?

With raw materials like wood significantly up in price, you might be asking yourself: Can you paint countertops? The short answer is yes, you can paint countertops, and there are several considerations to keep in mind. In today’s inflated economy, many people are choosing to repurpose their countertops rather than replace them. Painting them is a great way to update the look of your kitchen without having to spend a ton of money. It’s also a great option if you’re looking to make different sections of your kitchen stand out, like an island or bar area.   The most common countertops are laminate, granite, marble, and Formica. While each material is unique, there are some common questions you should ask yourself about the pros and cons of painting vs. replacing. Pros of Painting Countertops vs. Replacing Them With supply chain issues and inflation still top of mind, you might be rethinking your kitchen renovation plans, particularly as they relate to countertops. The good news is that you don’t have to replace them to breathe new life …

Friendship, Gratitude, Peace of Mind: All in a Day’s Gig

Introduction Outsourcing Help Number of Americans who outsource help with life tasks The pandemic increased Americans’ need to outsource Helping your Community How often Americans outsource for help Americans are building long-lasting relationships within their communities How Customers Show Their Appreciation Overall satisfaction level with independent contractors How appreciative are Americans toward independent contractors, and how do they show it? Gratitude Most polite states Best tipping states Impact of Independent Contractors on Customers’ Lives It’s Okay to Ask for Help Methodology Introduction The sharing economy is large and growing. To understand the experiences of the people who make up this two-sided marketplace, Taskrabbit, a digital platform connecting people to skilled, reliable Taskers who provide quality services around the home, conducted a study to recognize the impact that these relationships have on customers’ lives.  The study showed how often and why Americans outsource tasks to gig workers—the independent contractors who work within their communities—exploring what they’ve gained by the people they turn to for help. Outsourcing Help Number of Americans who outsource help with life tasks …

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Home Maintenance Checklist

Home Maintenance Checklist Keeping your home in good shape is no easy task. From winter to summer, there’s always lots to do. Maintenance is key to keeping your home in great shape and can help you feel better, save money and prevent major damages in the future. You might ask: What regular maintenance should be done on a house? Read on to discover how to keep your home in tip top shape with our general maintenance checklist. Table Of Contents General Maintenance Checklist Summer Maintenance Checklist Fall Maintenance Checklist Winter Maintenance Checklist Spring Maintenance Checklist General Home Maintenance Checklist Keep your kitchen tidy; clean the sink, fridge and oven/range with water and baking soda Test all your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and other emergency equipment Inspect electrical appliances for wear and tear; check cords and outlets Look for peeling/chipped paint on both the interior and exterior of your home; paint where needed Clean up your outside space: it’s important to keep trees and hedges trimmed, as well as maintaining things like patio furniture or …

Can you paint vinyl siding?

You might be wondering: can I paint the vinyl siding at my home? Yes you can paint vinyl siding, but there are a number of considerations you should be aware of before doing so. Here are a few things to consider before painting your vinyl siding. Considerations before painting vinyl siding: Your warranty may not cover it Can you paint vinyl siding? Yes, but check your warranty first. Most siding manufacturers void your warranty upon painting, so this is something to consider before starting the painting process.  Costs of painting your home’s vinyl siding The cost of painting siding depends on how large your home is and the paint you choose. Painting vinyl siding can cost up to $14,000 depending on the size of your home, the paint you select, and if you choose to DIY or hire a painter. Overall it’s often worthwhile to paint vinyl siding as it’s cheaper to paint it than replace it entirely. However, if your siding is damaged you may want to look at replacing it. Painting Vinyl Siding …

Behind our Brand Refresh

You might have noticed things look a bit different around here. You’re not the only one updating your space; we decided it was time to give our brand a fresh coat of paint in line with the times and where we’re heading.  Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at the process of our brand refresh and, most importantly, the reasons behind it. Evolving the logo  In 2008, Taskrabbit started as a platform for getting household tasks and errands done in a pinch. Speed was the name of the game—hello rabbit—but over the years, Taskrabbit has evolved. Today, it’s a platform that connects you with reliable, skilled experts who can help complete home projects when you lack either the time or confidence to do them yourself. Whether you need electrical work, furniture assembly, organizing, or something in between, using Taskrabbit allows you to work with independent contractors and compensate them fairly for their work. Taskers choose their own rates—and 100% of their rates go to them—which means when you use Taskrabbit, you are helping individuals work …

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Tasks We ❤️ for Father’s Day

Not all heroes wear capes – some wear jeans and a t-shirt! As we approach Father’s Day this year, we thought it would be fun to look back on some of the most unique tasks gifted to dads throughout Taskrabbit’s history.  How cool is it that: A Tasker delivered dad’s favorite donuts, on behalf of her daughter who couldn’t be there in person. A client got the help of a Tasker when it came to making Father’s Day special. The Tasker picked up everything one would need for the perfect barbecue — including beer — and delivered it to the Client’s dad. A Tasker made sure that a father got the gift his son made for him.  A Tasker picked up a dad’s favorite liquor and delivered the gift with a handwritten note. When an injury prevented a son from visiting his dad over the weekend, he booked a Tasker to deliver tons of his dad’s favorite BBQ items. Need help delivering a gift even when you can’t do it yourself? We’re here to help! …

Garage Goals Just Became a Thing

Spring cleaning isn’t just reserved for homes – garages need some good, ol’ fashioned organization too!  One of our favorite principles of organization is to use the entire space as efficiently as possible. Perhaps the most underutilized space in the home is the mid to upper wall area. In the picture below, you can see how Megan had to concentrate all of her belongings in one corner to make room for her car. That left her with limited visibility and not-so-easy access, which, frankly put, can be a royal pain in the butt. By taking advantage of the space above the floor, Tasker Brian was able to significantly increase Megan’s storage area.  This brings us to our second principle of organization: the more items that are visible (think at a quick glance), the better set up for success you’ll be. Additionally, when each piece has its own place that’s easily accessible (convenience is key), locating and returning items becomes a breeze.     Tasker Brian installed a ceiling bike rack that also doubles as a storage shelf …

International Women’s Day: Taking a Note from Leaders We Love

In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding both the right to vote and better working hours and pay. The demonstration spurred an idea, and activists celebrated the first National Women’s Day a year later.  Women’s Day went global when, in 1910, Clara Zetkin suggested the idea at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, where women from over 17 countries were present. They agreed unanimously on the concept, but it would still take 65 more years for International Women’s Day to be officially recognized by the UN.  Today, International Women’s Day is recognized every year on March 8 to celebrate the achievements of women — and reflect on where gender equality is still lacking.  This International Women’s Day, as we celebrate the past and plan for the future of women everywhere, we’re featuring the women who make TaskRabbit what it is—our leadership team and the female-identifying Taskers running businesses that impact lives and communities, day in and day out.  Our women-led TaskRabbit leadership team shares their best advice  What is the …

Home Organization Tips for the New Year

Happy new year, y’all! Did you know that home organization is one of the most common new year’s resolutions? If you want to streamline the stuff you keep but aren’t sure where to start, check out these tried and true organizational tips.  Phase One: Shrink Your Stuff The person who coined the phrase “you can’t do two things at once” was probably thinking about home organization. Make sure you remove unwanted items before you begin organizing. Start small by clearing out a drawer or shelf and then moving on to larger spaces, like a closet or pantry. Once you’ve rid yourself of unnecessary items, you’re ready to begin phase two. Phase Two: Group Like Items Remember the Sesame Street classic, “One of These Things is Not Like the Other?” Guess what? The lessons you learned as a toddler apply as an adult too! Lay out all of your items within eyesight and group like items together. For example, if you’re organizing your home office, group all of your writing supplies in one container and cables …