While I like to think of myself as a modern woman who can do anything she puts her mind to, there is one thing I cannot do – DIY. I hate to admit it, but I’m a bit of a hazard with a hammer and if you ask me to do any more than change a light bulb, I’m going to politely decline (while giving you the side-eye). My lack of ability when it comes to anything hands-on is something that needs to be seen to believed and, well, let’s just say that there are a few dry walls that would rather not see my face again. So, with a lack of DIY talent as epic as mine you can probably understand why I value the importance of seeking out professional help. Rather than ruin yet another wall, I’d much rather call in the big guns to work their magic and get it right the first time around. Of course, finding a reliable handyman can be as tricky as finding a parking spot at Sandton City on a Saturday morning and I hardly ever hire anyone that doesn’t come recommended by a friend. But, what if hiring a reliable, vetted, handyman, electrician, or painter was as simple as calling an Uber car? The great news is it is, thanks to brand new local handyman app Hey Presto! Here’s why you need to give it a try the next time you need a little help at home.
The genius app takes the stress out of finding trusted suppliers in your area when things go wrong and it’s super easy to use! All you need to do is download the app from your Google Play or iOS App Store, create a profile and you’re ready to go. You can either book a job for a few days in advance or use the app to hail a reliable handyman near you in an emergency. Once you’ve logged your problem the app shows you a list of all the suppliers near you as well as their call out fees, hourly rate, and community rating.
I must say, I absolutely love the fact that the app is there for you in an emergency! And, if there’s one feature that sets Hey Presto apart from the good ‘ol fashioned phone book or even Google, it’s this emergency feature! I’ve had my fair share of emergency situations when it comes to electrical and plumbing issues and finding an electrician or plumber that can attend to your problem ASAP is almost impossible. Having the app on my phone gives me serious peace of mind as a woman living on her own and I know that the minute I need help all I need to do is hop on the app and find a serviceman that is available and close by.
Another great feature about the app is how detailed the job creator tool is. To hail a handyman all you need to do is create a job, tell them a little bit about the problem (through text and even uploading a picture!) and a professional supplier will be right over to assist. And, I know I keep saying that these guys are reliable, but you can be sure that they really are as each supplier is rated by the community, so you know you’re in good hands! Come on now, if that isn’t every single lady’s dream then I don’t know.
So, the next time you need a helping hand, forget fumbling through the phone book for handyman services – embrace convenience and download the Hey Presto app! It’s free and you can even pay using the app, which means there’s no need to pop to the ATM to pay after the job is done. Trust me, this is one app you need on your phone. So, even if you have to delete a few hundred pictures of your beloved cat on your device to make space, do it! The app and services are only available for Joburg and Pretoria at the moment but the developers have promised that they will be launching more cities across the country soon.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.