As you get older, you may not want to or be able to spend time completing various physically challenging chores around the house. Outsourcing those tasks is an easy solution, and it doesn’t have to be a very expensive one if you choose the right tasks to outsource. Here are three you should consider outsourcing immediately.
- Lawn mowing: Depending on the size of your lawn, you may be able to hire someone for as little as $15 a month to maintain your grass. Hiring kids during summer break can be even cheaper. If you have a larger yard and don’t have the budget to hire someone, consider exchanging chores with a neighbor. You might be able to go grocery shopping for them, pick up their dry cleaning or run other errands in exchange for their mowing your yard.
- Raking and shoveling: According to the Cleveland Clinic, over 11,000 people each year are hospitalized after shoveling snow. Shoveling and raking are both physically intense activities that are worth hiring someone else to do, even if it means you need to adjust your budget in order to afford it. The burden of shoveling and raking can become so heavy as you age, it often prompts people to move out of their homes and into an apartment, townhouse or condo so that some if not all of the shoveling and raking is taken care of by the management.
- Major house cleaning: It can get expensive to hire a cleaning person to come in every week to maintain your home, but if you hire someone once a month to do the major cleaning tasks, this can make it a lot easier for you to maintain the other three weeks of the month. Consider hiring someone once a month to do the more intensive stuff—like cleaning baseboards and cleaning the refrigerator and stove. You could also hire someone twice a year to handle window washing, carpet cleaning and cleaning window treatments.
Your physical health is the most important asset you have. Ensuring its maintenance by hiring others to do some of the more physically intense home-upkeep activities is an important way to secure your happiness throughout your retirement