Choosing the right house cleaning service for your home.Written by Fayola Peters
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There are many house cleaning services out there, to help you find one that's right for you and matches closely with what you have listed in step one and two you can...
3.Make a list of potential house cleaning services to hire by:
-asking for recommendations from friends and/or neighbors who use house cleaning services.
-using classifieds and telephone directory
-using internet (to find places online where you can find a prescreened maid service or find prescreened cleaning contractors go to http://www.housecleaning-tips.com/cleaning-services.html
4.Most house cleaning services offer free consultations. Using list you made for step three (3), contact prospective house cleaning services and set up appointments. During these appointments you can find out what house cleaning services they offer, what they charge, as well as get an idea of there personality and professionalism.
If you follow steps listed above, I’m sure that you can make an informed decision and choose right house cleaning service for you.
Fayola Peters is the webmaster of Housecleaning-Tips.com. Check out the house cleaning services page at her website at http://www.housecleaning-tips.com/cleaning-services.html and find a prescreened maid service or cleaning contractors in your area.
High-End Manhattan Renovation GuideWritten by Colleen Barry-Sleicher
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All contracts for home improvement in NYC must include address and phone number of contractor, contractor and salesman license numbers, estimated dates when work will start and be substantially complete, description types of material, a notice that all monies received will be deposited in contractors account and be used for no other propose than to provide payments as stated in contract, a schedule of progress payments showing amount or each payment and application of that payment in some relationship to progress of project completion or materials to be purchased, all limitations, representations and warranty, a statement and insurance certificate .
Contractors will give a schedule of work to be performed. Building guidelines can have a great affect on project timeline. Over course of job many man-hours are lost just getting in and out of a building. Building Hours are often 9AM-4:00 or 4:30. Building may have restrictions on amount of time any job can last. There may be restrictions on service elevator usage or water shut off times and planning. Buildings are careful concerning site protection. Good contractors take extra steps to protect building and clients living space. Site Protection includes protecting existing floors and dust control with exhaust fans for example. .
Projects are divided into two phases. The first phase includes behind scenes construction including walls, floors, ceilings and everything that is behind these surfaces. The second phase is “Finish Work”, which is woodworking, cabinetry, final skim coat, marble tile and moldings. A majority of work will be behind scenes. The first phase is often most costly and time consuming. As mentioned earlier planning is very important. Many rooms are defined by any changes including wall locations, plumbing and water supply locations, electrical requirements and HVAC installation.
Sample Renovation Project Tasks: Demolition and debris removal. Many contractors often have their own employees take care of demolition to insure quality. Inspect for any leaks or damage behind walls, tiled areas, floors, etc. Repair and prep behind scenes areas with any needed protective installation or sealants. Plumbing and electrical installation. Electrical Riser Work. Cutting through existing wall for design changes. Framing of new walls, partitions, etc. Complete walls Smooth and Level floors, walls and ceilings for cabinetry, vanities, tiling, wood floor installation etc. Install new floor areas. Complete ceiling changes. Complete tiling Install appropriate fixtures such as tub. Complete doorway framing and interior window frames Complete surface electrical work such as ceilings lights, lights with cabinetry, etc. Install cabinetry, appliances, vanities, counter tops, etc. Complete surface flooring Complete fixture installation Complete crown-molding, millwork, trim work, woodworking and carpentry. Final plaster skim coat Floor protection and painting Complete Painting Faux Finish, wallpaper, murals if needed
Keep following points in mind during a renovation:
The finish items will affect way rough plumbing and electrical work will proceed Walls cannot be closed until inspection is performed. Projects cannot be rushed such as painting and come out correctly. Changes, deletions, additions, client approval and any missing specifications or items will cause delays in job completion date. Contractors do not look forward to changes and additions, they have schedules and other projects they want to move forward on. Job site meetings usually produce some modifications or changes. There will usually be some minor changes that will result in added costs. There is always a ripple affect on any contractor's job schedule when poor planning takes over.
Colleen Barry-Sleicher, CEO and Founder Manhattan Home Improvement Referral, firstname.lastname@example.org
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