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Fix the House for Father’s Day.

A new poll from HomeAdvisor shows fathers may prefer a completed project over a traditional gift.

June 4, 2014 (Golden, Colo.) —According to data* from a recent survey conducted on behalf of HomeAdvisor, 33 percent of fathers would gladly trade a new tie for a completed home improvement project. The survey data also reveals most fathers (85%) have a home improvement to-do list and more than half of fathers (56%) say their children don’t help them complete the list. This Father’s Day, families can forgo the traditional gifts and help Dad by hiring a professional to complete his home improvement to-do list.

The top three tasks fathers would love to see completed as a Father’s Day gift are painting the interior rooms, washing the windows, and pressure washing the home’s siding, driveway and patio. Online tools such as HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide can help with budgeting for these projects. Cost Guide provides the average cost locally and nationally of more than 850 home projects.

According to HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide, the average costs nationally of the top three projects requested by fathers are:

•$235 for cleaning the windows

•$2,057 for painting a home interior

•$340 for pressure washing the exterior surfaces

Before hiring a professional to complete a home improvement project, HomeAdvisor recommends getting quotes from at least two different contractors, making sure the professional has the correct licensing, and asking for references from similar projects. Online sites such as can also be searched to find verified ratings and reviews on more than 80,000 pre-screened professionals.

For more information on HomeAdvisor and its services, visit Home improvement tips are available by following @HomeAdvisor on Twitter and by subscribing to the YouTube channel.

About HomeAdvisor

HomeAdvisor is a leading website and mobile app provider offering resources for home repair and improvement projects.  HomeAdvisor’s patented ProFinder technology matches homeowner projects to the nation’s largest network of over 80,000 pre-screened, customer-reviewed home improvement professionals. Homeowners can make informed home project decisions using resources including: Pro Reviews, featuring reviews from homeowners who have actually been connected with the service professionals they review; Cost Guide, providing average costs for projects coast-to-coast; Home911, offering dedicated 24/7 emergency home repair support; DesignMine, providing inspiration and collaboration for remodeling projects; as well as robust home tips and project planning tools. Access to all of the site’s features is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required.  HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, CO, and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).

Contact: Brooke Gabbert
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Direct: 303.963.8173

*This data was collected by Survey Monkey on behalf of HomeAdvisor from May 7-11,2014 among 504 homeowners who are also fathers.