No tool kit? No problem

Tamara Kraus  – June 20, 2017

Buying furniture is one thing. Trying to put it together yourself? That’s a nightmare if you’re faced with complicated instructions and are short on time.

As with everything, it should be no surprise that there are plenty of apps that will schedule reliable, third-party services to do the heavy lifting for you.

Whether you need someone to lend a hand or can’t spare the hours needed to put together a new bed, there’s no reason you should say “Goodbye” to your work day. You can summon an expert to your door—sometimes for less than $100, depending on what and how many items you need assembled.

Here are five apps that offer affordable assembly services (and help with other tasks too!) so you won’t break your back or the bank.



In addition to expert furniture assemblers, Handy connects you with other home professionals: handymen, plumbers, electricians, and maids. You can find Handy in 35 locations including Los Angeles and San Francisco. In just a minute, you can book a service as soon as the next day. Insider tip: If you’re ordering through, you can add on a Handy assembly service when you’re purchasing certain items.



Consider TaskRabbit the dating app of the home-improvement world. In the app, after you select what kind of service you need and when, you’ll be matched with a list of professionals who are qualified and available to do the job. Payment is done via the app, so there are no questionable money exchanges.



It’s time to take the guessing game out of on-demand services. With Takl, everything is pre-priced so there are no surprises or hidden fees after the job is done. What’s even better is that all the providers complete a background check, orientation, and an on-boarding process before they start, so you’re in expert hands. But the coolest feature is the bidding process. If you need a custom job done, providers can bid a price, and you get to select who does the job.



No job gets left behind through Thumbtack. With hundreds of options and up to five cost estimates from experts, that long to-do list can be accomplished in no time. And for all you small-space dwellers, there’s even a specific “Ikea Furniture Assembly” option because those instructions aren’t as simple as they appear.



Compare and manage your matches with HomeAdvisor’s patented ProFinder technology. The user-friendly app allows homeowners to find and organize professional leads and contact them directly with just one click. And if you have an emergency situation, you can note that when putting in a request so you can get a rush service. While the app is free, service prices vary by location.

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