Father’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re like most of us, you are probably struggling with what to get Dad besides the standard tie or set of monogrammed golf balls. Sometimes, the best gift is a little help (just ask Mom!) Below are few ways to help Dad around the house:
- Don’t be intimidated
A lot of times household jobs fall on Dad simply because they seem foreign to us. Your dad did the changing of the air filters, the cleaning of the dryer vent or the lawn care and so you were never shown how to do it. These tasks are actually fairly simple. If you want to surprise Dad by taking some routine maintenance off his plate, try Youtube or your local hardware store for guidance.
- Give the Gift of Gadgets
Many dads don’t mind the work itself–but wouldn’t mind working smarter, not harder. Subscription services like The Handy Box and the unfortunately titled Gangbox are fun ways to help Dad up his house maintenance game. Each provides a monthly shipment of gadgets and tools geared towards construction and home improvement. If all else fails, treat Dad to a complaint-free trip to Home Depot or Lowe’s.
- Outsource it!
You could always find someone else to handle Dad’s to-do list. Apps like Thumbtack and TaskRabbit allow you to search for local helpers who can install appliances, hang pictures or make repairs. You can download these apps and search for vetted helpers near you.These companies use background checks and provide insurance so Dad can rest easy that things are getting done safely.
- Do it Together
Kids of all ages can pitch in, so encourage a weekend of family-oriented tasks. The key is assigning jobs that are age appropriate so the helping doesn’t turn into “helping”. Small kids can water flowers, deliver tools or or sweep the garage. Older kids can help clear gutters, rake leaves or stain fencing. Sometimes dividing the labor can be fun and give Dad a chance to pass on his wealth of household knowledge.
Just like the rest of us, a mental to-do list can be taxing and take away from the relaxation of an otherwise fun dad-centric holiday. Help Dad to unwind by taking some of the suggestions above–and then throw in a hearty breakfast, for good measure.
…and if it seems like the work around the house is becoming too time consuming, perhaps it’s time for a newer, ready to move-in home. Now THAT would be quite the Father’s Day gift… See what we did there?
As always, Evolution Home Group is here to help dad—and you—with your next big move!
Happy Father’s Day!