Right, the kids are back at school (the youngest has just started nursery!) so it is time crack on with the to do list. We have so many jobs in the house that need doing – decking laid, curtain rails fixed, new loo seats put on and the windows cleaned to name a few. Everytime I log onto Facebook, I see numerous requests on various groups for a recommendation for a handy man, electrician etc. It is like the bind leading the blind and so time consuming! Melissa Gauge has cottoned onto this and started a website SpareMy Time as a one stop shop for of recommended tradesman for all your DIY needs!
Melissa is offering one lucky winner a £50 voucher to use on Spare My Time. Follow the simple instructions below!
On Spare My Time you can search, book and pay for hand-picked, top quality local services, whilst effortlessly striking off jobs from your to-do list. I have had a go and absolutely love it.
It is so easy to use and knowing Melissa, I knew I was in capable hands.
Her goal is to take the hassle out of getting things done and help you every step of the way. They believe feedback is king, so all her service providers are rated and reviewed by past customers.
If you are finding it tough to choose, get in touch and she would love to help you find the right provider for your job. All of her service providers are small, local businesses who believe in quality and customer care so you won’t be disappointed. She also know’s that admin is a hassle and there are just not enough hours in the day, so all booking and payment is online and simple.
Why Did Melissa Set Up Spare My Time
The idea for SpareMyTime started in our real-life situation – trying to juggle work and kids whilst managing our never-ending to-do list.
Every time we needed something done we inevitably ended up paying way too much and getting frustratingly mediocre results in return. Furthermore, our hard-earned weekends were spent trying to catch up with the practicalities of life, rather than enjoying time with our family and friends.
She soon realised that there are a number of great smaller businesses operating within her local community: friendly, reliable and trustworthy with a focus on great quality. These companies are often overlooked by customers who don’t have the time to make an informed choice, opting instead for bigger firms on the basis that, as they are more expensive, they “must be ok”.
Who It Is Aimed At
SpareMyTime is aimed at anyone looking for quality, looking to support local and looking to tick some of those jobs off their to do list.
What It Covers
SpareMyTime covers most jobs that any busy home dweller may find on their to do list and many more besides – painters, plumbers, pointers, window makers, carpenters, gardeners, builders all the way through to waste removal, bike services, PAs, dog walkers, hairdressers, singing teachers and beyond!
The list grows each time we meet a brilliant service provider that shares our values of quality and customer care!
What Area It Covers
At present they cover South West London however a number of their service providers will service other areas of London, so it’s always worth checking.
How It Works
- Search: fill in a search form and select a service provider based on past customer reviews
- Connect: click ‘connect’ and discuss your requirements with the service provider of your choice via a dedicated chat channel
- Quotes and booking: your service provider will send over a quote and booking form – accept you’re good to go (payment details are only taken once on your first booking)
- Payment: your service provider will send you an invoice which you can either ‘pay now’ or leave it and funds will be transferred after 24 hours
- Keep in the loop: text and email alerts will keep you on top of your job every step of the way
- It’s all about making life as easy as possible!
It was so easy to sign up and book someone in. Here is Jason cleaning our windows (and this photo makes me realise we need the house painted too, thank goodness for Spare My Time to help me find someone quickly!)
Shop : I love Indian Summer (in Fulham) and am always a sucker for small start ups on Instagram (try Daisies and Dinosaurs for beautiful kids décor). Little Heroes on the Fulham Road is great for kids birthday presents.
Website : I guess I can only answer www.sparemytime.com to that one… (but I’m probably on Instagram more 😉
Restaurant : Pappa Cicca is a go-to for all of our family.
Hotel : We went to Martinhal Beach Resort in Portugal last summer which was a perfect holiday for both us and the kids (they still talk about it a year on).
Holiday Destination : On the slopes (with or without kids).
Parenting Tip : Fresh air seems to be the secret ingredient for our kids so we try to get them outside as much as possible.