Tuesday, April 29, 2008
You get what you pay for
When I went to see my friends on Friday night, they were talking about how they’ve got lots of things that never get done and so they’re thinking about using a concierge service. Basically they would pay a company a fee and they would arrange their lives from them. Be it booking a holiday, arranging for goods to be delivered or getting the boiler serviced. Pretty much anything. I think this comes with somewhat of a price tag. But having said that there is a certain appeal to having someone do all those jobs that I never get round to – not that I can afford to pay someone to sort my life out for me. There is also a part of me that thinks it would be a very cool job to have. Although it can be a hassle, I do like finding things out, working out to get a good deal on something, helping other people out with finding products or services. Maybe I should have this as my second career. Not that I feel I have had a ‘career’, as such, to date.
Anyway, should you want to make use of a concierge service, then these people might suit you, if you are rich and famous (so rich that you would be willing to apply for membership without actually knowing how much they charge… Or you could try these people who seem to charge a maximum of £40 an hour, which whilst quite a lot of money, if it saves your sanity then maybe is worth it. A green alternative (as in how to make your life more eco-friendly) is these people. They charge about £200 but I guess you might make that back through the energy savings.
However, for something that doesn’t involve inviting strangers into your home, you could make your life a bit simpler by using a vacuum robot. You can programme this one and it will start vacuuming in the middle of the night if you want. It is about £800 though… Or you can get a rather cheaper one here, for a mere £230. Or if you want one that you don’t have to give up eating for a month to be able to afford then you can get this one for about £20 and it can mop your floor as well, although I think the fact it is cheap probably also means it isn’t as effective as the others. You really can buy anything these days though.