Home Ownership

Gift Guide: 10 perfect gifts for the homeowner

So, what do you get for the new homeowner? What about the gift of time and money (money saved, that is). Here are the 10 best services to buy for the new homeowner on your gift list
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The perfect home is often the ultimate Christmas gift, but then comes the housewarming! So, what do you get for someone who has just bought a home? The gift of time and money.

One simple and effective way to give both these two precious gifts is to buy your friend or family member a much-needed service. Need to clean out some junk? There’s a service for that. Need to move? There’s a service for that. Need to wash the outside of that new-to-you-home? There’s a service for that. 

We examined the top 10 services you can gift that new homeowner on your holiday gift list this year (plus we added a bonus — consider it a gift to you, the great-gift-giver).

At any time, if you want to see suggestions of companies that offer the trade, just click on the service and you’ll jump straight to that section.

Top 10 Gifts To Gift a Homeowner:

  1. Meal service plan
  2. House painting
  3. Professional organizer
  4. Cleaner
  5. Gutter & eavestrough cleaning
  6. Window cleaning
  7. Exterior house cleaning
  8. Snow removal & Lawn maintenance
  9. Pest control
  10. Handyman services
  11. BONUS: Junk removal

Who to choose?

To make sure you end up with a reputable company, we took only top-rated companies, based on reviews from the Better Business Bureau, Facebook Reviews and HomeStars, which is a free service that helps homeowners find reputable renovators, repairmen and retailers.

To help find the right service within your gift budget, we attempt to provide approximate costs. However, since prices can vary dramatically, based on a number of factors, be sure to contact the company directly to get an exact quote.

1. Meal-kit Delivery Service  

Starting cost for one month (family of 4): $240

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Rush to work, rush home, clean the yard, shovel the walkway. It’s exhausting being a homeowner. This year give that new homeowner (or just that tired homeowner) the gift of time. Meal service plans offer food drop-offs right to a person’s door and many of them now offer vegetarian options.

Across Canada

  • Fresh Prep — meal kits
    • Two meals for two people start at $22, while family plans with four recipes are $122 for the week
    • Works with nutritionists to offer vegetarian & pescetarian options
    • Accommodates food allergies (but all food prepared in the same facility)
  • Hello Fresh — meal kits
    • Starter plans and family plans available. Family plan that serves four people, four meals starts at $165 (but deep discounts are available for new customers)
    • Vegetarian options available
  • Chefs Plate — meal kits
    • Starter plans and family plans available. Family plan that serves four people, four meals starts at $165 (but deep discounts are available for new customers)
    • Vegetarian options available

Toronto (and area)

  • GoodFood — meal kits 1-855-515-5191
    • Quick, classic and family baskets with two to four meals kits included
    • Serves two to four people, starting at $59.40
    • Vegetarian options
  • Fresh City — meal kits 647-560-3939
    • Organic and farm fresh ingredients only.
    • Ingredients and recipes to feed four for one week starts at $48
  • Chefs Plate — meal kits 1-855-420-2327
    • Classic and family plans available (family plans include 15-minute meals)
    • Classic plan for 2 starts at $80, while the Family plan for 4 people with four meals is $144
    • Vegetarian options
  • Bonus: Farm-to-Table Meals — fresh meals 416-723-3965
    • Large dinner package, which offers 5 prepared dinners that feed 2 adults and 2 children, start at $89.50
    • Gluten-free options

Vancouver (and area)

  • Fresh Prep — meal kits 604-569-2699
    • Two meals for two people start at $22, while family plans with four recipes are $122 for the week
    • Works with nutritionists to offer vegetarian & pescetarian options
    • Accommodates food allergies (but all food prepared in the same facility)
  • Fresh 2 You — fresh meals 604-868-9339
    • Pick a meal, pick a portion and have it delivered to your door prepared and ready to eat!
    • Main dishes start at $15 per serving, breakfast starts at $10 per serving
    • Upsize to athlete or athlete high-calorie meals
    • Accommodates substitutions and some allergies
  • Chef 2 Home — fresh meals 604-876-0400
    • 4 meals per week (delivered twice a week) starting at $54 per week
    • A La Carte options available

Calgary

  • Lean On Meals — fresh meals, [email protected]
    • Order meals and either pick up or have delivered
    • Example: Classic turkey meatballs starts at $11 per serving
    • Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and Low-FodMap options available
  • Rooted Meal Prep — meal kits
    • Farm fresh, plant-based meal kits
    • Weekly kits that feed a family of three (or two adults) start at $85
  • Fit Kitchen —  fresh meals 403-455-3474
    • 6 days of meals (includes three meals and two snacks) starts at $255
    • Gluten-free options

Edmonton 

  • Spud.ca — grocery delivery & meal kits 1-866-857-7783
    • local and organic food delivered
    • Per item cost (need to shop online). Example: Beef pot pie $20, Butter chicken sauce $13, Quinoa salad $11
    • Accommodates food restrictions, including nut-free, vegan, Kosher, dairy-free, gluten-free, wheat-free and non-GMO
  • Dinner Factory — meal kits 780-470-3463
    • Assemble in store and take home, order and pick-up or order and delivery
    • Variety of meal portions and number of meals. Smallest is three meals for up to three people for $69
    • Gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free options
    • $15 to $45 delivery fee
  • The Backyard Basket — fresh meals 780-293-3583
    • A La Carte meal shopping, with cost starting at $9 per serving

Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg

  • Gainz Locker — fresh meals
    • Weekly re-occurring meal plans start at $50 per week
    • Order prepared meals, pick-up from a Gainz Locker
    • Vegetarian options available

2. Paint the house 

Approximate cost for one room: $500

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Has your friend or family member just moved into a new place? Maybe they’ve lived in a house long enough that it needs a bit of a refresher? If that’s the case, consider paying for a painting service.

Across Canada

Toronto (and area)

Vancouver (and area)

Calgary

Edmonton

  • Elite Trade Painting
    • Residential and commercial painting services
    • Interior and exterior painting
    • Two-year warranty
  • NCS Painting & Design
    • Residential and commercial painting services
    • Faux finishing and staining
    • Two-year guarantee
  • Paint It Right
    • Residential and commercial painting services
    • Interior and exterior painting
    • Plaster & drywall
    • Pressure washing

Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg

3. Organize my stuff!

Approximate cost: $45 to $150 / hour

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If your friend or family member is overwhelmed by stuff then, quite possibly, the best gift to give would be the gift of organization. Do this by hiring a professional organizer.

Toronto (and area):

Vancouver (and area):

  • ShelfGenie of British Columbia
    • 97% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Services: Professional organizer, downsizing, estate cleaning, packing & moving, staging
  • Good Riddance Professional Organizing Solutions
    • 89% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Residential organizing, moving & downsizing, senior move managers
  • Out of Chaos
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Home and office organization
    • Move management
    • Office productivity and time management

Calgary:

  • Room to Breathe
    • 5 out of 5 on Google reviews
    • Move-in/move-out, moving services, closet overhauls, downsizing, home offices, basement organization, kitchen solutions, garages and sheds
  • Calm to Order
    • 5 out of 5 on Google reviews
    • Move-in/move-out, moving services, unpack and organize, home reorganize/redesign
  • J’Organizing Inc.
    • 5 out of 5 on Google reviews
    • Home organization, moving & downsizing, home management strategies

Edmonton:

  • Perfectly Purged
    • 5 out of 5 on Google reviews
    • Home organizing, office & paperwork
  • Naoko Organize Me
    • 5 out of 5 on Google reviews
    • Home organization, downsizing, office organization, clutter & hoarding, move planning, closet reorganization, real estate prep, estate organizing
  • Room to Breathe
    • 5 out of 5 on Google reviews
    • Move-in/move-out, moving services, closet overhauls, downsizing, home offices, basement organization, kitchen solutions, garages and sheds

Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg:

4. House Cleaning

Average cost: $25 to $50 / hour / cleaner

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Who wouldn’t like to come home to a clean, fresh home? Give your friend or family member the gift of a home cleaning service.

Across Canada

  • Molly Maid
    • Spring cleaning
    • Move in/ move out
    • Regular cleaning (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly)
  • Merry Maids
    • 54% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Residential cleaning
  • Green Maids Canada
    • 84% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Residential, move-in/move-out
    • Residential and commercial cleaning services
    • 1 hour of cleaning, 2 maids for $80

Toronto (and area)

  • Mona Home And Office Cleaning
    • 94% Star Score on HomeStars
    • A+ with Better Business Bureau
    • Services Provided: House & apartment cleaning, eco-friendly cleaning
    • Service Area: Markham, Stouffville, Toronto, Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa
  • A+ Residential Cleaning
    • 98% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Services Provided: House & apartment cleaning, renovation cleaning, move-in/move-out
    • Service Area: Toronto
  • Detailed Maids
    • 96% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Services Provided: House & apartment cleaning, renovation cleaning, move-in/move-out
    • Service Area: Toronto, GTA

Vancouver (and area)

  • Esprit Cleaning Services
    • 98% Star Score on HomeStars
    • House & apartment cleaning, office cleaning
    • Green cleaners
  • Busy City Services
    • 5 out of 5 Facebook reviews
    • House cleaning, residential and commercial cleaning, Airbnb cleaning, handyman services
  • Aspen Cleaners
    • 4.7 out 5 Facebook reviews
    • Housing cleaning, office cleaning, carpet cleaning

Calgary

  • Mango Maids
    • 4.7 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial cleaning, carpet cleaning, move-in/move-out cleaning
    • Eco-friendly cleaners
  • Westmaids
    • 4.8 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential move-in/move-out cleaning
    • Routine and deep cleaning
    • Online quote for services
  • Maids in Blue
    • 4.7 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential cleaning

Edmonton

  • Scrubs Organic
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial cleaning, move-in/move-out cleaning, renovation and new home construction
  • Maid Pro
    • 4.8 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial cleaning, carpet cleaning
  • Dust Queen
    • 4.4 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial cleaning, carpet cleaning

Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg

  • Tidy House
    • 4.7 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential cleaning
    • Saskatoon & Regina
  • Complete Clean
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • House and office cleaning
    • Regina
  • Signature Cleaning
    • 4.9 out 5 Google reviews
    • House cleaning, move-in/move-out, post-construction cleaning, commercial office cleaning
    • Winnipeg
  • Take The Time
    • 4.5 out 5 Google reviews
    • House cleaning, move-in/move-out, carpet and upholstery cleaning, commercial office cleaning, handyman services
    • Winnipeg

5. Gutter cleaning service 

One time average cost for two-storey home: $235

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No one likes to climb up the ladder and stand precariously above the driveway scraping the leaves out of the gutters. To eliminate this essential task, consider gifting your friend or family member a gutter cleaning service.

Toronto (and area)

Vancouver (and area)

  • A Glass Act Window Cleaners & Building Maintenance Ltd
    • 98% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Exterior residential and commercial washing, interior & exterior painting, roof cleaning, gutter cleaning & repairs, wooden deck refinishing and restoration, chandelier cleaning, pressure and power washing
  • Quality One Home Services
    • 97% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Exterior cleaning, roof cleaning, gutter cleaning, power washing, window cleaning
  • Green Grads Gutter and Window Cleaning
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Gutter and window cleaning

Calgary

  • ASL Services
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Eavestrough cleaning, repair and installation, window cleaning, pressure washing
  • Gutter Patrol
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Gutter cleaning, eavestrough repairs and installation, downspouts
  • Men In Kilts Window Cleaning
    • 91% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Window cleaning, gutter cleaning and pressure washing

Edmonton

Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg

  • Gorilla Property Service
    • Gutter cleaning, window cleaning, graffiti removal, pressure washing, roof cleaning, snow removal & salting, property managers
    • Saskatoon
  • My Aurum
    • Residential and commercial services
    • Window cleaning, gutter cleaning, pressure washing
    • Saskatoon
  • BWK Exteriors
    • Gutter cleaning, eavestrough repairs and installation
    • Regina

6. Window cleaning 

Average cost: $360

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Toronto (and area)

  • What a View Window Cleaning Services
    • 97% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Window cleaning, gutter cleaning
  • Parker’s Window Cleaning
    • 98% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Residential and commercial
    • Interior and exterior window cleaning, post construction window cleaning, eavestrough and downspout cleaning, general handyman work, pressure washing
  • Maple Window & Eaves Cleaning
    • 98% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Window cleaning, gutters & eavestroughs cleaning, eavestrough repair, pressure washing

Vancouver (and area)

  • Sedona Power Washing
    • 5 out 5 Google review
    • Exterior and interior window cleaning, pressure and power washing
  • Quick Sidekick
    • 96% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Window cleaning, gutters & eavestroughs cleaning, exterior home cleaning, handyman services
  • Shack Shine
    • 87% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Window cleaning, gutters & eavestroughs cleaning, exterior home cleaning, power washing, house washing, Christmas light hanging

Calgary

  • Touch of Glass 
    • Residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning, chandelier cleaning, pressure washing
  • Invisible Windows
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial window cleaning, power washing, pressure washing
  • Wipe Clean
    • Window cleaning, pressure washing, gutter cleaning, snow removal

Edmonton

  • Gorilla Property Service
    • Gutter cleaning, window cleaning, graffiti removal, pressure washing, roof cleaning, snow removal & salting, property managers
  • Heights Residential 
    • 4.8 out 5 Google reviews
    • Window cleaning, gutter cleaning, pressure washing, Christmas light (hanging and rental)
  • Edmonton Window Cleaners
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Power washing, eavestrough, commercial and residential services

Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg

  • Cusson’s Window Cleaning
    • 4.6 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial window cleaning, post construction, home cleaning
    • Saskatoon
  • College Window Washers
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial window cleaning
    • Regina
  • Ken’s Window Washing
    • 4.8 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning
    • Winnipeg

7. Exterior Cleaning 

Average cost: $275

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Toronto (and area)

Vancouver (and area)

  • GVRD Building Maintenance
    • 88% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Exterior cleaning, roof repair, window cleaning
  • Home Smart Home Services
    • 92% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Window cleaning, gutter cleaning, power washing, roof moss removal
  • Be Gold Building Maintenance
    • 93% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Window cleaning, gutters & eavestroughs cleaning, exterior home cleaning, power washing, house washing, yard maintenance

Calgary

  • Mike’s Mobile Shine
    • 4.6 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial exterior cleaning and pressure washing, hot water and cold water washing, chemical-free cleaning, graffiti removals
  • Power Cleaning
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial window cleaning, junk removal, pressure washing, snow removal
  • Precision Power Washing
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential, commercial industrial power washing, soft wash, driveway, patio and deck washing, window cleaning

Edmonton

Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg

  • JonesE Property Maintenance
    • 4.1 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential, commercial, vacation services, interior cleaning, lawn care
    • Saskatoon
  • College Window Washers
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial window cleaning
    • Regina
  • Grime Fighters
    • 4.4 out 5 Google reviews
    • Pressure washing, window cleaning, side cleaning
    • Winnipeg

8. Snow removal / Lawn maintenance

One time average cost: $175

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Toronto (and area)

  • S.N.G Landscaping  (Snow removal & Lawn maintenance)
    • 98% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Serves: Woodbridge, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Maple and Concord
  • Urbanscapes & Great Canadian Snow Removal (Snow removal & Lawn maintenance)
    • 94% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Serves: Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Thornhill, North York, Toronto, Etobicoke and Mississauga
  • The Garden Girls (Lawn maintenance)
    • 99% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Serves: Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Thornhill, North York, Toronto, Etobicoke and Mississauga
    • 94% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Serves: Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Thornhill, North York, Toronto, Etobicoke and Mississauga

Vancouver (and area)

  • RC Lawn Care  (Snow removal & Lawn maintenance)
    • 90% Star Score on HomeStars
    • Serves: North and West Vancouver
  • Great Canadian Landscaping Company  (Snow removal & Lawn maintenance)
    • 4.3 out 5 Google reviews
    • Serves: North and West Vancouver
  • Deep Cove Landscaping  (Snow removal & Lawn maintenance)
    • A+ with Better Business Bureau
    • Serves: North Vancouver

Calgary

  • SuperYards (Snow removal & Lawn maintenance)
    • 4.5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial snow removal and lawn maintenance
  • Fresh Cut Lawns (Snow removal & Lawn maintenance)
    • 4.3 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential snow removal and lawn maintenance
  • Scoop Cut N Shovel
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential snow removal and lawn maintenance

Edmonton

  • HHS Contracting (Snow removal & Lawn maintenance)
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential and commercial snow removal and lawn maintenance
  • Griffin Landscaping and Snow Removal (Snow removal & Lawn maintenance)
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential snow removal and lawn maintenance
  • White N’ Green Inc
    • 4.1 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential snow removal and lawn maintenance

Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg

9. Pest control services 

Average cost: $235

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Across Canada

Toronto (and area)

Vancouver (and area)

  • Westside Pest Control
    • 4.6 out 5 Google reviews
    • Eco-friendly pest control
    • Residential, commercial and industrial pest control
  • Pest Detective
    • 4.6 out 5 Google reviews
    • Pest and extermination services
  • Alpine Pest Control
    • 4.9 out 5 Google reviews
    • Residential, commercial and industrial pest control

Calgary

  • Spartan Pest Control
    • 4.1 out 5 Google reviews
    • Insects, rodents, electronic reporting
  • Natural Pest Solutions
    • 5 out 5 Google reviews
    • Insects, rodents pest control
  • Zap
    • 4.9 out 5 Google reviews
    • Insects, rodents pest control
    • Full-service warranty

Edmonton

Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg

10. General Handyman Services

Average cost: $45 to $90 / hour 

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Toronto (and area)

Vancouver (and area)

Calgary

Edmonton

Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg

BONUS:  Move my junk!

One time average cost: $315

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Across Canada

Toronto (and area)

Vancouver (and area)

Calgary

Edmonton

Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg





Romana King
Romana King

Romana is an award-winning personal finance writer with an expertise in real estate. She is obsessed with the property marketplace and is the current Director of Content at Zolo.