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Looking to fix your home but cannot afford to hire a professional?

A lot of time and labor goes into home ownership. There are tons of tasks to complete around the house, with some being important seasonal chores while you may have other chores that you've put on the back-burner. If you have a long maintenance checklist, help with maintenance from serious volunteers can be very useful.

At Hovos, you will find a number of volunteers across age groups, skill sets and interests willing to support hosts with maintenance jobs. In return, you can provide them free meals and accommodation. Volunteers may even be willing to help out with language practice and/or computer/internet usage.

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If you have a long maintenance checklist, you can either hire your local handyman or just do all of it yourself. The first solution will cost you money while the other will be exhausting or impossible - depending on how much time you can afford to spend. In this situation, help with maintenance from serious volunteers can be very useful.

Sign up now to connect with volunteers. Be clear about your expectations and if there's hard work involved, do communicate it without hesitation.

You're sure to find enthusiastic and skilled individuals with some experience in maintenance work.

Wins from this experience

As a host in maintenance you will learn to cooperate with and take care of your volunteer(s). Furthermore, a host will learn more about the country, background, culture and lifestyle of the volunteer, which can broaden up its view in life.

Volunteers interested in maintenance tasks

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Do you like to repair things? Are you handy around the house?

Your host may expect your assistance with a variety of maintenance tasks. It can range from cleaning and organizing to inspection and replacements. For instance, you may be asked to offer a lending hand with roof repair, tighten knobs or handles around the house, inspect and clean the basement, check exhaust vents, wash the deck, clear dead plants/shrubs or clean out the gutters. Decide if you're up to the tasks(s) - if you don't think maintenance jobs are for you, there are a number of other projects on our site to explore.

When you volunteer to help a homestay host with his/her project, it makes sense to choose something that you enjoy doing and/or you're actually proficient at. It is especially true when the project in question is maintenance work.

If you're naturally inclined to help with maintenance tasks - whether at home or in the shared kitchen in your student dormitory - consider this project. It helps to make a checklist of things you want to ask your host to be absolutely sure that this project is for you.

Hosts may define 'general maintenance' in different ways. Make sure you know what you're in for before agreeing to volunteer. Some hosts may give you very little/easy maintenance chores, while expecting you to assist with other jobs such as pet care, cooking or gardening. Others may want you to have a bit of technical experience or be a fast learner and work alongside them as they perform repair, replacement and maintenance. Have a chat with potential hosts to determine whose project is most compatible with your interests and skill.

Wins from this experience

You will also learn how to live abroad with another family far away from your familiar surroundings. You will gain more knowledge about their lifestyle and traditions. It's a win-win situation for both. you will do some maintenance, but you will also learn how to live abroad with another family far away from your familiar surroundings. Hovos brings hosts and volunteers together.

Hosts that need help in maintenance tasks

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What is the price of hosting or volunteering in maintenance tasks?

Are you interested in hosting or volunteering in maintenance tasks and are you curious about the payment? At Hovos, there are two options for hosts and volunteers concerning payment.

You could join Hovos for free and you pay a service fee or you could become a member and you pay an annual membership fee. Non-members will have to pay 10 dollars or 10 euros when a host and a volunteer agree on a help-offer through Hovos. Members will have to pay an annual payment of 25 dollars or 25 euros without additional costs.

The advantage of being a member is that you become more trustworthy and therefore members will be shown first on the website. Members could build up more trust by adding their mobile phone and passport.

Do you need help from different kinds of expertise?

Are you not looking for maintenance tasks, but you need help on other expertise? At Hovos, you can easily select the expertise you need help in.

Hovos offers animal care, art project, gardening, internet support, computer help and many other kinds of expertise.