Columbus area personal assistants lend a hand to clients

Columbus area personal assistants lend a hand to clients

What services do you offer?

Colvin-Tener: "Errands, deliveries, pet-sitting, dog-walking, residential cleaning, housesitting — pretty much anything anyone needs to have done."

Abelman: "Cleaning; housekeeping; senior, companion and personal care; handyman and maintenance repairs; yard care; and relocation services."

Wilkoff Friedman: "Running errands, grocery shopping, gift shopping, scheduling appointments, waiting for service people in homes, and taking cars for service."

What is your most popular service?

Colvin-Tener: "Residential cleaning and errands. This seems to be what people need most."

Abelman:"Our home care, because we can do laundry, cleaning and meal prep at the same time as senior care."

Wilkoff Friedman: "Either taking a car in for service or arranging and waiting for service people in the client's home."

Are there any errands you won't do?

Colvin-Tener: "I'll consider anything within reason."

Abelman: "No. We do it all."

Wilkoff Friedman: "We won't do anything illegal, immoral, unethical or that would put my employees in danger."

Do you give estimates?

Colvin-Tener: "Yes, I give free estimates."

Abelman: "Yes, we offer free estimates."

Wilkoff Friedman: "Yes, we give free estimates."

How do you charge?

Colvin-Tener: "I charge an hourly rate, starting at $20 per hour. I don't charge mileage, and I supply all supplies."

Abelman: "Handyman work is by bid. Home care has an hourly fee of $18.95 to $19.95 — more hours means a lower rate. Yard care usually runs $30 an hour. The mileage fee is the current IRS mileage reimbursement rate."

Wilkoff Friedman: "We charge $32 per hour. There's a one-hour minimum, and then we charge by the quarter-hour. We charge for mileage if the errand exceeds 30 miles, and we use federal guidelines for mileage reimbursement."

Do you offer gift certificates for your service?

Colvin-Tener: "Yes."

Abelman: "Yes, and coupons."

Wilkoff Friedman: "Yes."

What makes you stand out from other errand service companies?

Colvin-Tener: "I offer the most personalized service. I'll do pretty much anything for my clients, and they're happy to have me to ease their load."

Abelman: "We have an all- inclusive approach to home services, and we can partner with other services, like skilled nursing and home health agencies."

Wilkoff Friedman: "Our reputation of 'getting it done' for our clients."

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