Choosing the right house cleaning service for your home.

Written by Fayola Peters

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House Cleaning Services - Choosingrepparttar 100134 right house cleaning service for your home. By Fayola Peters

Today our time is eaten up by work, commuting, study, and so on and so on. We don't have much time left over to clean our own homes anymore. So we hire house cleaning services to help clean our homes.

If you are one ofrepparttar 100135 thousands of people looking for house cleaning services there are four (4) steps that you can take to help you to chooserepparttar 100136 right house cleaning service for you.

1.Decide and write down what house cleaning you want done in your home byrepparttar 100137 house cleaning service you will eventually hire. You can write down which rooms you want cleaned, what items or furniture you want cleaned, like laundry, floors, carpets, ceilings, dishes. You can even decide on whether you wantrepparttar 100138 house cleaning service you hire to make beds.

2.Next to your list write downrepparttar 100139 price you would be willing and can afford to pay forrepparttar 100140 house cleaning services you listed for step one (1). Staterepparttar 100141 price that you would be willing to pay per month.

High-End Manhattan Renovation Guide

Written by Colleen Barry-Sleicher
Manhattan High End Residential Construction
by Colleen Barry-Sleicher

Manhattan High End Residential Construction Information for brownstone, apartment, condominium and coop owners and Building coop boards planning renovations in New York City's exclusive cooperative and condominium buildings and Brownstones


Brownstones have been a part of New York City sincerepparttar 1800’s. NYC cooperative and coop buildings are designated as either pre or post war buildings referencing WWII. Think of renovations in these buildings as dealing with squared off areas, whether it is a section of one floor or a vertical section of a building having more than one floor in a single residence.

Pre War Buildings

In Pre War buildings walls are made of gypsum block along with metal lath or steel studs. The floors and ceilings tend to be very thick.

Post War Buildings

Gypsum block was used in 1960’s buildings, plaster inrepparttar 100133 1970’s, and sheetrock up torepparttar 100134 present. These buildings are made up of plaster, cement and steel. Since theses materials are very dense and less flexible than prewar buildings they tend to transmit sound. Often soundproofing is needed under floors.

Difference in building materials

Many ofrepparttar 100135 luxury buildings in NYC were built prior to 1960. There have been many innovations in construction since. Metallurgy has contributed many new products in building and building maintenance. For example copper water pipe and Synthetic rubber. The use of lead or lead containing products is now prohibited. Paint may not be stripped with heat or dry sanding. Chemical strippers can be used becauserepparttar 100136 old paint does not go intorepparttar 100137 air. Plaster walls and ceilings will probably require a thin plaster layer (skim coat) to be applied to makerepparttar 100138 surface smooth. This will seal any lead containing paint layers in place. Asbestos was used in plaster, floor tile and many other products in buildings prior to 1979. Now, a certified removal company must perform any asbestos removal.


Property owners will be required to put in time duringrepparttar 100139 planning stage. It is important to research and feel comfortable withrepparttar 100140 designer. You must be onrepparttar 100141 same page or you will never getrepparttar 100142 look you want. When selecting a designer, keep in mind a project can grow beyondrepparttar 100143 skill level ofrepparttar 100144 designer. Interview several designers. Prior experience and knowledge will determine their suitability for any project. Any delay in selecting or approving layouts, drawings, work items or materials will cause delays that will cause more delays. One missing detail or purchase item may delay huge blocks of work.

Architects and Designers

Interior designers are trained in architectural design as well as soft goods selection. Often a design firm has Architectural designers working for them. Architects are more involved inrepparttar 100145 methods of construction. Aspects ofrepparttar 100146 project such as electrical device location and type, air conditioning, plumbing fixtures, walls and ceilings, architectural woodwork are of more interest torepparttar 100147 architect. The importance of good planning withrepparttar 100148 architect and designer influencesrepparttar 100149 project progress. For example,repparttar 100150 bathroom fixtures may have an impact on howrepparttar 100151 tile work is installed. Doorway dimensions will determinerepparttar 100152 light switch location.


All contractors performing work on a private NYC residence must be licensed byrepparttar 100153 NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) as a Home Improvement Contractor (HIC). Plumbers and Electricians are licensed byrepparttar 100154 NYC Department of Buildings. Architects are licensed byrepparttar 100155 State. Decorators and Interior designers are not required to be licensed.

Prepare a detailed plan of what you want accomplished before interviewing contractors. A complete project specification must be developed for a contractor to prepare a realistic estimate of time, materials and cost forrepparttar 100156 home improvement project. Do not changerepparttar 100157 plan as you speak to different contractors. You will not be getting an “apples to apples” quotation. The contractor withrepparttar 100158 higher price may be including an aspect ofrepparttar 100159 project you did not make clear to another contractor. Project specifications that are incomplete are a roadmap for disaster.

When choosing a contractorrepparttar 100160 homeowner should consider general knowledge, existing customer projects, references and reputation. The homeowner might consider usingrepparttar 100161 services of a contractor referral agency. The referral agency offersrepparttar 100162 homeowner a pool of contractors who have been screened and matched to a particular project. Selecting a contractor who is inexpensive, inexperienced and in over his head can only lead to disappointment.


There are two variables that determinerepparttar 100163 final cost of each project. “Core Work”, walls, floors, ceilings and everything that is behind these surfaces and “Finish Work”, moldings, trim, final skim plaster coat, marble, tile, and cabinetry. Quality ofrepparttar 100164 workmanship andrepparttar 100165 level of finish will vary between different contractors. Core Work, behindrepparttar 100166 scenes, construction cost are often similar from contractor to contractor. The cost ofrepparttar 100167 Finish Work will be determined by how much you are willing to spend andrepparttar 100168 skills ofrepparttar 100169 contractor performing this work. This finish work will haverepparttar 100170 widest variance in pricing and final appearance ofrepparttar 100171 renovation. Finish materials such as stone and woodworking will have quality price differences.

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