Community Corner: Apps for Home Repairs and Maintenance

Booking home repairs and maintenance tasks is a hassle for all of us, at one time or another. Fortunately, there are now some new apps on the market that are designed to take the headache out of caring for your home. Whether your faucet is leaking, or pests have invaded your home, these new apps will very likely take care of the problem.

This Canadian-made app calls itself a “one-stop solution” for all your home care needs. It listens to your requests, searches for experts who have been carefully vetted, collects quotes, and schedules a time to get the task done. Setter has even helped a homeowner get a cat down from a tree, so no task is too odd for the company. The app is currently only available in Toronto and San Francisco but plans to expand to the rest of Canada and the U.S. are underway. (

The team behind Jiffy believes that home maintenance should be easy breezy. That’s why they’ve created a web and mobile platform that lets homeowners seamlessly book an expert and compare pricing when it comes to those small jobs that are hard to get a tradesperson to come and fix, such as a broken toilet handle, a sticky door lock, or a light switch that doesn’t work. Jiffy even takes care of payment and invoicing. The app is available in Toronto and Ottawa, and is currently being rolled out to the rest of the country. (

Much like the aforementioned apps, AskForTask lets you schedule “taskers” who are insured, verifi ed and highly rated. All you have to do is post the task on the app, use the instant price estimator tool to determine how much the task will cost, and wait for a certifi ed tasker in your area to accept the job. AskForTask is available in most major cities across Canada. (

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