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Handy is an online platform that connects individuals with independent service professionals to help with all kinds of hands-on tasks around the home.

Formally known as Handybook, the company has been in operation since 2012. Their headquarters are in New York and their service professionals work across the US. (Check the website to see if available in your area.)

About Handy

Handy ReviewHandy was founded by Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua while they were both attending Harvard Business School.

They wanted to provide a practical solution to an age-old problem – finding top-rated service professionals to complete common household tasks, quickly, and easily.

The platform acts as an online marketplace connecting professionals with people seeking out their services.

You can find a skilled professional to help with anything around the home really. From a regular house cleaner to a one-off task assembling some furniture or wall mounting a TV.

For each task, you fill out a form with details of the work you want to be done. Their technology then pings the job to service professionals with the skills to do the work, and they then send quotes to you.

Looking at their list of locations, it looks like they have professionals in just about every city across the US. They have also expanded into parts of Canada and the United Kingdom.

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How Handy Works

To get started, select the service you want, such as house cleaning, then type in your zip code, some details about the size of your home, preferred date and time you want a cleaner, and click submit.

You will be emailed details of available cleaners and prices. You can then accept, decline, or change any of your details.

Once you’re happy with the quote and have accepted the price the work will be carried out as per your agreement.

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I think it’s fair to say that you will find someone to help with any job around the home that you’d expect a professional handyman to be able to do.

Some of the core services listed on their website include:

  • Home cleaning
  • Furniture assembly
  • Interior painting
  • Moving help
  • Handyman services

Plans and Pricing

There are no plans or pricing as no two jobs are the same. You can request a quote for any of their services in a matter of minutes with just some basic details on the job with no obligation to commit.

I tested Handy out for a house cleaner. As you might guess, the prices depend on how big your house is. I found ranges from $80-$200 per cleaning, and you can get lower prices by signing up for a recurring cleaning plan.

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Other cleaning services I considered had a lot more “friction” in the process. You had to call them up, ask for a quote, sometimes they wanted to come out and see your house, and in general it was just a big pain. Handy definitely appealed to me not wanting to deal with that — they made it very easy, and offered a nice discount on the first cleaning.

For other services, just use the quick quote tool on the website or app.

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Handy Alternatives

TaskRabbit is probably the best-known company for in-person assistance, and they operate on a very similar business model. With more than 140,000 vetted taskers in their database, you shouldn’t have any problems finding what you’re looking for.

Another company that might be worth looking at is Alfred. They offer a subscription model, and for a monthly fee, you can have your very own “Alfred” visiting your home and helping out with chores.

Not quite the handyman on-demand service, but something to consider for help with ongoing tasks such as cleaning and shopping.

Your Turn

Have you worked with Handy? If so, please leave a brief review to help others with their decision.

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    My wife has been wanting to hire a house cleaner for years, but for whatever reason I was hesitant to outsource this chore.

    Strange, because it checks all the boxes for something we SHOULD delegate:
    Our time is better spent elsewhere.
    It’s not something we enjoy.
    The house is often a mess. (how much that REALLY impacts our quality of life is debatable, though clutter does stress me out.)

    With Handy, I just punched in how many bedrooms and bathrooms we had, and it spit out a price. In contrast with all the other mom-and-pop cleaning companies that wanted to make me call for a quote, that was a huge selling point.

    They assigned a cleaner, who came out the next day, brought all her own supplies, and was a really hard worker. I definitely didn’t realize how dirty that shower was until I saw it when she was done with it! And when my wife saw it, it made the service even more worthwhile.

    All the communication, payment, and tip were done through the app.

    Handy appealed to me because it was so seamless and easy to use. It took all the friction out of hiring a cleaning service.

    The drawback is you’re probably paying a premium for that technology interface that other cleaning services don’t have. There’s this extra layer of overhead, that you could probably save some money be dealing directly with the people doing the cleaning. So now that our household is on-board with outsourcing this chore, maybe that’s the next step.

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