It’s no secret that I am really far from being a domestic goddess. Housework is basically the bane of my life and Husband has offered on more than one occasion to pay for people to come and make my life easier – although I usually refuse out of pure stubbornness and by annoyingly over-blown sense of frugality! There are, however, a few things that we don’t tend to do ourselves and get other people to come and do for us – some of them work out less expensive than you’d expect and will save you a lot of time and effort in the long-run. Here’s a few of them:


Husband and I do the very basics in the garden, but our lawn is actually pretty huge out the back and sometimes is more than our electric mower can handle! There are some great apps which allow you to find people to do full garden services, which allow you to find someone who covers your area, performs the tasks you need and is within your budget. This allows us to spend less time tending the garden and more time enjoying it.

Window Cleaning

Cleaning the insides of windows is one thing – doing the outsides is completely another and I’ve been called Frank Spencer FAR too many times in my life to think that venturing up a ladder with a bucket of water would be a good idea! We have a window cleaner who comes once every couple of months to keep the outside of the windows sparkling clean and it saves me a lot of stress.

Oven Cleaning

A few years ago, when we were moving out of one property and into another, I decided to clean the oven using one of those chemical cleaning kits. The oven came up beautifully clean…but I (and I’m not exaggerating here) ended up with chemical burns up my arms because I got the caustic cleaning fluid on my skin. Aside from the risk of burns, you have to remember to ventilate properly and all the other safety factors, as well as the fact that it can be a really laborious task. For me, oven cleaning is well and truly best left to the professionals!

Chimney Sweeping

We’ve lived in this house for a little over 2 years now and in that time we’ve had our chimneys swept twice. The guy comes in and shoves a vacuum hose up the flue, sucking out any stubborn ash which may be stuck inside it…and that’s basically it. It costs us about £50 each time and looks like something I’d be more than capable of doing myself BUT – it’s something that I’ll always leave to the professionals for the sake of safety. Anything which would put our family at risk is well worth spending the money on.

Are there any home services that you absolutely refuse to do yourself? Leave me a comment below.