Need help around the house? You can now rent a ‘spouse’ to handle your chores


We’ve all had days where we just need help from someone else, whether with mowing the lawn, fixing the sink or even just cleaning. Sometimes, a helping hand can go a long way.

If you’re single or just tired of asking your partner to fix the hole in the wall, a Texas company is lending out spouses who can help you cross some items off your to-do list.

A Spouse-Renting Business?!

Sometimes Spouse rents you a “husband” or “wife” for everything from home repairs, pet sitting and cleaning to helping students move in and out of their dorm rooms. Your spouse can be rented by the hour, day or week. Spouses are background checked, insured and trained.

There are locations all over Texas, but if you’re in a different state, have no fear: There are plenty of other businesses happy to help with the chores you’d rather not do.

What To Do If You’re Not In Texas

One of the better-known businesses for when you need an extra hand is TaskRabbit, where you can book a handyman in your area. Each Tasker undergoes a background and identity check, and each covers up to $1 million in property damage—just in case the task doesn’t go as planned.

Another is the Handy app, with which you can book a handyman or a home cleaning. This isn’t available in all areas, but can be used in most major cities. Thumbtack is a similar service, and allows you to find a professional for anything from house painting to personal training. Thumbtack is in all 50 states, but not in every city. Just search their locations to see if there’s one near you.

You can also always try Angie’s list, which can help you find top-rated helpers. It’s free to join and get access to their millions of reviews from other members, but there are also plans that offer more choices if you think you’ll be using some outside help more often.

If you’re not sure what projects you’d like to tackle yourself, here’s a guide for when it’s okay to try DIY first, and when you should just leave it to the pros.

[h/t Country Living]

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