Have you already need help with something ridiculously specific around the house? It turns out there’s an expert (or willing task taker) for just about anything. Here’s a curated list of niche home services to help you never have to lift a figurative finger again.
Hanging Christmas Light
Pretty self-explanatory, especially if you plan to avoid joining the 500,000 people each year who are treated for scale-related injuries. A general handyman can do the job, but if you want your home to rival the Griswolds, a professional is the way to go. Local experts like Holiday Spirit Lighting and All Covered Painting can bring your custom light designs to life and even rent the lights to you, so there’s no need to figure out where to store your wicks 10 months out of the year.
Pick up poo
This is definitely one of the most unfortunate aspects of owning a dog. Now you can schedule services like Pet Butler or Poop 911 for weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or occasional poop pickups. The price depends on a variety of factors, including the area you live in, the number of dogs you have, and when your yard was last cleaned. They’re also available for dog birthdays, so you won’t have to deal with the smelly consequences of housing 10 dogs in a Sniffspot. And don’t despair, feline owners, both companies also offer litter box cleaning.
tree stump sculpture
It’s always a shame when a beloved tree in your garden has to be felled, leaving only a sad stump. However, sculptor Tomas Vrba can spruce up your Giving Tree, turning any stump into a work of art. Originally from Slovakia, Vrba was trained in woodcarving at a very young age. He now resides in Bellingham and collaborates with his clients on designs, which range in price from $1,000 to $25,000 depending on the size and complexity of the job. Pro tip: it’s best to give it 12 feet of stump to work with.
Development of vegetable garden
If you’ve always wanted to start a vegetable garden but don’t quite have the right setup for it, hybrid landscaping and gardening company Greenbank can help you start the whole process. They start with a raised bed design and then build one for you in steel, stone or wood. Next: an organized irrigation system for the type of crops you want to grow, soil supply and full-service planting.
Tiling is fairly permanent. Fortunately, Seattle has no shortage of tile suppliers with designers at your fingertips. Seattle Tile Company, for example, can provide concept sketches and color renderings to help you get an idea of what things will look like IRL.
Professional organization and energetic cleaning of space
The only thing better than watching Marie Kondo on Netflix is having someone like her actually help you. Enter Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Coach Jean Prominski. Her company, Seattle Sparkle, offers virtual and in-person sessions to help those who feel overwhelmed by their surroundings or simply don’t know where to start. Sometimes, Prominski acknowledges, people just need someone to sit next to them while they sort through or talk about a sentimental attachment to an object before parting with it. This fuels the other facet of its activity: the energetic cleansing of space. Using reiki and a variety of other techniques, she removes negative energy from your home and resets it.
Buy a rug? Sure. Make a rug? It is much less common. At Turabi Rug Gallery in Pioneer Square, you can design a custom rug for your home or choose from one of their great flooring caches. Turabi also provides antique rug restoration services from its facilities in Turkey, so your grandma’s rug can finally be restored to its former glory.
Air conditioning installation
Only about 53% of Washingtonians use air conditioning, so we get this amenity may seem new to many, but if this 2021 Heat Dome was any indication, times are changing. Greenwood Heating and Home Services, Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, and Evergreen Home Heating and Energy are just a few of the air conditioning installation options in the area.
Choosing the colors for the walls in your home seems simple enough, but it takes a bit of physics. How the light levels throughout the day will affect the color, how the furniture will complement the walls, and of course your personal preferences are all considerations. Emily Lauderback Stewart’s design and renovation company specializes in selecting the perfect colors for your space. Its in-person services (requiring meetings at specific times of the day to assess natural lighting and all nine courtyards) can be pricey, however, and may not be suitable for everyone. That’s why she launched Color in Space as an educational entry point into the world of color consulting for the average homeowner. Through this platform, she offers more affordable virtual consulting options and pre-packaged color palettes designed to create harmony in a home.