MonthMay 2020

The Importance Of A Vacation Rentals Cleaning Service

How to Manage Housekeepers and Keep a Spotless Vacation Rental

Experienced vacation rental owners across the country can confirm that it doesn’t matter how beautiful, well-located, or trendy your home appears—if you don’t know how to manage housekeepers and keep a spotless rental, then travelers will be less likely to book your home.

With cleanliness at the top of a renters mind, owners should invest in quality housekeeping. Finding a reliable housekeeper can be time-consuming and tedious, especially if you manage a rental remotely. Vacation rental owner Tracey Lee manages two Dallas rentals remotely in California and said because of the distance, using a professional cleaning company is integral for her success.

How to find your housekeeper

Like many vacation rental owners, Lee tried to use the internet to find her housekeeper. “Not being local to the area where my vacation rental is located, I began my search for a cleaning company with a Google search,” she said.

How to choose your housekeeper

After you’ve figured out where to look for a housekeeper, you have to choose the best one for your needs.

 

How Much Should You Charge for Vacation Rental Cleaning?

Property managers and cleaning services getting started in the short-term rental industry often struggle with setting a price on vacation rental cleaning. It’s not hard to see why – go on VRBO or Airbnb and you’ll see the fees for cleaning a vacation rental vary from as little as $15 per stay to $200 per stay.

Costs vary widely from location to location, too. Professional vacation rental cleaning services can charge as much as $350/clean in some locations, whereas a cleaning service working a mere 50 miles away might have a hard time charging $100. It depends on demand, the quality of clean required by the property’s guests, and the cost of living in a given area.

At First Glance

One of the reasons these numbers are so difficult to determine is that the most commonly cited place to check fees for vacation rental cleaning is on listing sites like VRBO and Airbnb. These numbers consistently show a range too wide to be useful.

With rates ranging from $50-$150, it’s quite the guessing game to determine a reasonable hourly rate from those numbers. In addition to the problem of variance, the fees above are not the fees exchanged between property managers and service providers.

Ask. Then Ask Some More.

The simplest way to determine rates in a major metro area like Los Angeles or Paris is to ask better-established businesses in your field.

 

New Vrbo Program Promises A Closer, Cleaner Vacation Rental

As the travel industry starts down a long road to recovery, companies are looking for new ways to reassure customers that their products are safe. Vrbo just introduced a new program to help its customers find a clean vacation rental closer to home. It includes cleanliness guidelines and new search filters that will guide customers to the right property.

New cleaning standards. These new guidelines combine information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and Cristal International Standards. Homeowners and property managers now have “clear guidelines” for disinfecting high-touch surfaces, building in time between bookings to avoid back-to-back stays, and stocking antibacterial handwashes, cleaners and hand sanitizers for guests.

New property descriptions. Homeowners and property managers will be able to report if the property is being cleaned with disinfectant, if guests can check in and out without any person-to-person contact, and whether the property is unavailable for at least 24 hours between guests. Once property owners have supplied that information, Vrbo will add it to the property descriptions that travelers see on the site and app.

New search filters for flexibility and proximity. Vrbo’s internal polling suggests more than 75% of guests are more likely to choose accommodations with flexible cancellation policies when booking their next vacation home. So the company is adding new search filters that allow customers to find vacation homes that provide a full refund when canceling by a specific date. Vrbo will also highlight listings with the most relaxed cancellation policies, making it easier for people to find vacation homes that offer free cancellation closer to their check-in date. Vrbo is also adding a search function for proximity, so you can plan a driving vacation.

You’ve introduced some significant changes to your product today. What are you hoping to accomplish?

We know that when families decide they’re ready to travel again, they’re going to have new priorities when choosing a place to stay. Vacation homes already have the space and privacy away from crowds we know they’ll want, but there are other things we need to highlight for them, including cleanliness, flexibility, and places to stay close to home.

 

Cleaning Guidelines for COVID-19

Cleaning a vacation rental is no small task, even when we are not faced with a global pandemic. A housekeeper is expected to take a property that is in disarray from departing guests and completely reset it—eradicating the microbes that have been left behind in the property and creating a like-new experience for arriving guests. Vacation rental professionals understand that cleaning a property effectively requires specific training, appropriate supplies, and a systematic process

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (VRHP) and the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) are recommending that existing cleaning programs be augmented to include even more rigorous sanitization and disinfection protocols. These recommendations are below

All vacation rental field staff/housekeepers/technicians or other employees should complete training regarding proper and safe cleaning techniques and property security. Teams need to understand how to safely use chemical products (such as germicides used to clean bathrooms) and dispose of trash, cleaning supplies, and biohazards appropriately. Note: VRHP offers these types of training programs and can assist with questions from members about their programs.

Small viral particles can hang in the air for many hours. The currently available WHO information suggests that respiratory droplets can last up to 3 hours in the air. Respiratory droplets are heavier than smaller aerosol particles, which can linger in the air for a longer time. To date, the scientific research is still unclear as to how long smaller COVID-19 particles may stay suspended in air, and what possible infection rates may stem from aerosols. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the COVID-19 virus can survive up to three days on hard metal surfaces and plastic and up to 24 hours on cardboard. During that window of the time, the virus does begin to weaken. In light of these findings, VRHP/VRMA recommends that waiting for the majority of airborne droplets to settle (at least 3 hours) is the safest course of action. A timeframe of up to 24 hours between the last exit from a property and next entry is reasonable, if the business needs can accommodate longer wait times.

VRHP/VRMA strongly emphasizes the importance of ensuring the appropriate use of all personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, disposable gloves, and, in some cases, splash goggles for any entry into a property, even after the 24-hour waiting period. Splash goggles to cover the eyes and a mask that covers the nose and mouth and creates a good seal against the face should be required for any entry to a property within the 3-hour timeframe for respiratory droplet settling.

 

VACATION RENTAL TURNOVERS MADE EASY

We’re committed to restoring  freedom and peace of mind to the vacation rental host.

Happy Host provides unparalleled service and support for our hosts during every turnover. While caring for your property, we help create the perfect experience for each new guest, allowing any host, new or experienced, to run their business without managing multiple vendors.

AUTOMATED TURNOVERS

Experienced hotel housekeepers automatically scheduled daily as your property books. Connect Airbnb or VRBO.

AMENITIY STOCKING

Free, amenity restocking of your bathroom and kitchen basics, plus choose from our selection of popular deluxe amenity items.

LINEN RENTAL

Never buy sheets or towels again. All linens, even stained or missing are automatically replaced and beautifully white every time.

DEEP FLOOR CLEANING

Every floor needs a regular maintenance plan for that extra clean feel. We’ll remind you when it’s time so you avoid the dreaded black foot floors!

Why You Need A Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog Bite Lawyer

while dog owners can experience a variety of health benefits from having a dog, like reduced stress and increased exercise opportunities, situations where a dog acts aggressively can quickly get out of hand. Even the nicest of dogs can reach a point where it decides to attack another person or animal. If you’ve been victim to an animal attack, our dog bite lawyers can provide the support and guidance you need during this difficult time

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 36 percent of households in the United States own a dog. Because dogs are so common, attacks occur often. Just in February of 2018, a man in Owensboro, KY died while trying to break up a fight between his dog and another family dog. If a loved one has suffered a wrongful death as a result of an animal attack, we can guide you through that legal process as well.

Why Dogs Attack

There are a number of reasons a dog might choose to attack a person or other animal. Many of these reasons can be associated with the dog’s upbringing and natural temperament.

Human Negligence. Unfortunately, not everyone who owns a dog should have a dog. Some owners resort to extreme punishments in the event the dog does something disagreeable. When this happens it’s likely the animal will learn to be defensive, especially if they are feeling cornered.

Lack of Socialization. Responsible dog owners know it’s crucial to socialize their canine regularly. This is especially true in the first three months of life, in order to prevent behavioral issues later, like fear, aggression, or avoidance. While this can be more difficult with an adopted, older dog or a rescue, it’s still important to ensure your dog knows how to act around people and animals.

 

Dog Bite Attorney

Our team understands the laws involved in these cases, and the elements a plaintiff (the injured party) needs to prove liability. We know that most dog bites aren’t the dog’s fault – they trace back to a negligent owner or keeper. It is our job to identify this part, build a case against him or her based on laws, and secure maximum compensation for victims with puncture wounds, lacerations, and permanent scarring or disfigurement from a dog attack.

DOG BITE LAWS

Pursuing compensation comes down to understanding Georgia’s – and more specifically, – dog bite laws. The City maintains unique regulations when it comes to animal control and ownership. Within city limits, all dogs must be on leashes at all times in public spaces, unless they are designated dog parks. Walking dogs off leash can lead to a citation from police officers

Owners must have their pets within sight and under voice control at all times, even when in off-leash dog parks. If a dog displays aggressive behavior, the owner has a duty to control or remove the dog from the area. Georgia’s dog bite laws protect pet owners more than the laws in many other states. Section 51-2-7 of the Georgia Code places liability for any dog bite or attack with the owner or keeper of the animal, but only if the plaintiff can prove that the dog was vicious or dangerous, the owner was careless/negligent, and that the plaintiff didn’t provoke the dog.

STATISTICS OF DOG BITE INJURIES

Dog bites occur on a daily basis around the U.S. Most are not severe enough to cause serious damage and thousands in medical bills, but even minor dog bite injuries can be painful and lead to financial losses. Unfortunately, when some dogs bite, they don’t let go. Traumatic dog attacks can result in life-threatening and fatalities, especially in children and the elderly. From 2005 to 2016, 392 people in the U.S. died from canine attacks. In 2016, 42% of fatal dog bite victims were children under the age of nine. Infants three to six days old accounted for 31% of child dog bite deaths in the country.

WHAT TO DO IF A DOG HAS BITTEN YOU

If a dog has bitten you, the first thing you should do is record information about the incident. Get the name of the pet’s owner, if available, and write a description of the dog that attacked you. Get the names of any eyewitnesses who saw the attack. Seek medical attention right away for your injuries. Dog bites have a high risk of infection, and may require antibiotics. All dogs must have current vaccinations. If the dog’s shots are not up to date, you may need additional treatment to prevent diseases that could result from a dog bite

 

DOG BITE LAWYERS

According to a comprehensive, though somewhat dated study by the CDC, around 4.7 million Americans are bitten by a dog each year. About 20 percent of these individuals require some kind of medical attention to treat their dog bite injuries, according to the CDC. In other words, one out of every 69 people in the U.S. will require medical attention for a dog bite this year

Dog Bite Complications

One of the biggest risks posed by dog bites – even those that seem minor – is infection. According to American Nurse Today, “Zoonotic diseases—animal diseases that can be transmitted to a human—are especially dangerous in immunocompromised patients. Pasteurella multocida and Staphylococcus aureus are the most common aerobic patho­gens causing infection from dog bites. P. multocida can cause soft-tissue infections, septic arthritis, and osteomyelitis.”

Just under half of the attacks on children under the age of four involve a family pet and 61% occur at home or in a familiar place. If your child has been attacked by an animal, even if it occurred in a trusted place, it is advisable to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to learn about your rights.

The medical expenses associated with dog bite treatment can be exceptionally expensive. Add in trauma, lasting physical damage, and emotional scarring, and it becomes obvious why an attorney will be helpful in working towards the full compensation you need.

After a Dog Bite

After being bitten by a dog, you should take actions to protect both your health and your legal rights, particularly if you would like the option to file a dog bite lawsuit in the future. The following important tips about what to do after a dog bite can help guide you about the best course of action to take in order to prevent

Of course, breed popularity varies by state and it is more likely that a person will be attacked by a specific type of dog if that dog is common – think Labrador retrievers in St. Louis – in the area. St. Louis has been ranked 17th in the nation for “Pet Friendly City,” which is why dogs can be found nearly anywhere in the city. This means practicing caution around dogs and teaching that same caution to your children is absolutely essential for the prevention of dog attacks

 

Dog Bite Injuries

Dog Bite Injury Attorney

Dogs can be loveable and amiable creatures and we often consider dogs to be members of our families. For this reason, many people do not actively realize the potential risks of a dog bite. Dog bite injuries can be more serious than car accidents and thus, it is critical to understand what to do to prevent bites as well as what to do if a dog bite occurs.

Personal injury lawyers understand that a dog bite injury can range from simple bites requiring stitches and treatment through physical therapy to severe injuries including loss of limbs, loss of fingers, loss of toes, and even death. Our attorneys treat all dog bite injury cases as the most serious types of cases because of the psychological and physical impact dog bites have on our clients. We understand the fear of dog bites and other pet bites, and their potentially long-term effects this type of incident can have on you and your family. Please contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you after a dog bite

Common Dog Bite Injuries

As mentioned above, there is a wide range of injuries that can result from a dog bite or attack

Physical wounds – Dog bites can cause a variety of physical wounds at the site of the bite. This can include lacerations, bruised bones, broken bones, puncture wounds, severed or torn tendons or ligaments, torn muscle tissue, and more. While some physical wounds from dog bites will require more treatment than others, you should always seek medical attention if a dog bite appears to have broken through the skin, as that is when the risk of infection exists.

Infections – Infections are the most common complication of dog bites and can often be more serious than the actual physical wounds. The idea that a dog’s mouth is extremely clean is a myth and many types of bacteria can be transferred during a dog bite. To make matters worse, some dog bites wounds can be very difficult to thoroughly clean on your own. For example, a puncture wound may go deeper than you think and you may not realize that you did not adequately clean to the root of the wound. As the wound heals, it may close and trap bacteria deep in the puncture wound. This can result in a serious or even life-threatening infection. Because the risk of infection is so severe after a dog bite, you should always have your wounds cleaned and treated by a medical professional. If you do suffer an infection, you may have to spend an extended period of time in the hospital and undergo ongoing treatment for months.

 

City Is Full Of Dangerous Dogs

Dog attacks can cause severe or even fatal injuries. A number of dogs that are commonly kept as pets are considered to be dangerous by the City.

Many dogs are dangerous due to improper training or treatment. Dogs may be left chained in an apartment or yard. This often increases the dogs’ agitation.

Did Your Dog Attack Happen In An Apartment Building?

In addition to the dog’s owner being responsible for your injuries, there are situations where an apartment building manager or owner may be responsible as well. In cases where a dog was kept in an apartment building that has a no dog policy, and the owner or manager knew about the dog and failed to remove the animal prior to an attack, the owner or manager may be liable as well.

Children Are Frequent Victims Of Dog Bites

Children suffer a large number of dog bites for several reasons, including their inability to determine if a dog is dangerous prior to approaching it. The wounds they suffer can be especially serious. Children are often bitten in the face or neck

Let Your Kitchen Remodelling Ideas Come To Life

Kitchen and bath is on the rise—one expert explains why

The report cites a 10 percent uptick in sales of products devoted to residential kitchen and bath remodeling and new construction. What’s responsible for that jump?

The healthy economy has certainly contributed to the robust growth in our industry. Sales of residential kitchen and bath products grew 10 percent from 2015 to 2016 in response to new home construction and a vibrant remodel/replacement market. NKBA research indicates that the kitchen and bath industry will grow at similar rates for the next two years, bringing the industry to $178 billion in 2018.

Home sales, both new and existing, are a key indicator of the health of our business as well. In 2017, sales of new homes rose 8 percent, to 608,000 units, which was the best performance in a decade. Sales of existing homes, while more or less flat for the year at 5.45 million, still registered their highest level since 2006, when 6.48 million homes were sold, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Selling and buying homes are key drivers of the remodeling industry. Homeowners frequently seek to remodel kitchens and baths, whether they are sprucing up to sell their house or buying a home and renovating. NKBA research shows that 64 percent of kitchen remodels are prompted because the room needs updating.

 

Five Benefits of Remodeling Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, but for many homeowners, it’s the one room they wish they could improve. While a remodel may seem like a stressful process, there are a few ways a redesigned kitchen can benefit your family.

  • Reduce Energy Consumption. When you remodel your kitchen, you’ll have the opportunity to replace old and outdated appliances with new, energy-efficient models. Many new refrigerators, dishwashers, and even light fixtures are designed to keep your bills low while giving you the best performance possible.
  • Add Value to Your Home. Older kitchens with poor layouts or outdated appliances will not do much to attract potential buyers. Upgrading your kitchen to a more modern design will help increase your home’s value.
  • Improve the Flow. If you’re unhappy with the layout, a home remodeling contractor will help you find the design of your dreams. Remodeling your kitchen allows you to have complete control over the layout of the appliances and counter space, so you won’t have to put up with a layout that makes food preparation more difficult.
  • Increase Storage Options. Some kitchens are woefully short of cabinets and storage, but remodeling your kitchen will let you add more options to the space. Add more cabinets to make the most of vertical storage and maximize counter space with a kitchen island.
  • Improve Safety. Older appliances can be safety hazards. The wiring and electrical systems of old units are not equipped to handle the increased output of the modern energy grid. Newer appliances are manufactured with the proper equipment to handle more electricity without posing a safety risk.

 

Is a Kitchen Remodel Worth It?

Your kitchen is the hub of your home. From bustling breakfasts to relaxing dinners, your loved ones gather to discuss the details of their day in the kitchen. So whether you’re angling to sell your home for a profit or simply want to enhance your own enjoyment of the space, you need to invest some cash in functional and aesthetic upgrades.

TRENDS IN HOME IMPROVEMENT ROI

An upgraded, beautiful kitchen is a renovation that has stood the test of time. Over the years, different upgrades have risen or decreased in value, but a renovated kitchen always lands near the top of the list when it comes to ranking the ROI of home improvement projects.

However, investing $50,000 in a new kitchen doesn’t directly translate to a $50,000 increase in property value. But a kitchen remodel can significantly add to your home’s value, especially compared to other projects. According to Remodeling magazine, a minor kitchen remodel comes in fourth on the 2017 Cost vs. Value report for home-improvement projects. Homeowners can expect to recoup 80.2 percent of the costs. A major kitchen remodel delivers a 65.3 percent return on investment.

TRUST A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER

Before you embark on your renovation project, consider consulting with a professional contractor or designer with experience remodeling kitchens. One of the best ways to improve a kitchen is to modify the workflow. An expert renovator can help you find the best spot to move your sink or refrigerator to make moving and working in the room that much easier.

SPEND WHERE IT COUNTS

A designer can also help you spend money cost-effectively. Once you start planning a kitchen remodel, you’ll realize that while adding lighting, upgrading the countertops and replacing the sink are all great enhancements, it’s vital to reserve a large portion of your budget for the cabinets. There’s a reason 29 percent of a kitchen remodel budget is typically spent on cabinets and hardware. Adding new cabinets offers additional storage space — always a desirable characteristic — and enhances the aesthetics as well. From soft-close drawers to decorative hardware, new cabinets deliver the improved function and modern look you’re going for.

 

Mistakes Sellers Make When Renovating Their Kitchens

  1. The “step-up” trick

This is when homeowners put new floors right on old floors, instead of removing the original floors. Have you ever encountered a three or four-inch difference in height when walking from a living room to a kitchen? Was that intended? No way! It means that there are multiple levels of flooring underneath the floor you see. It’s the easier, and cheaper way to update a floor. The right way is to remove the floor and replace it.

  1. The “expensive countertops on old cheap cabinets” trick

We know what older broken cabinets look like. If you have them, you don’t need to replace them, but please don’t spend a few thousand dollars on expensive countertops and not update the cabinets. It can look like you are trying to fool buyers.

If you are going to spend money redoing your kitchen, make sure you’re choosing projects that will give you the most bang for your buck — without taking shortcuts. A renovated kitchen can totally change the look and feel of your home, and may result in a faster and more lucrative sale. Talk to an agent about your goals, and they can help you make the right decision.

 

You Need Your Kitchen to Function Differently

Your needs for your kitchen are going to change throughout your life. Your kitchen should be ready to handle your lifestyle changes. For example, when you first moved into your home, your kitchen was perfect for just you or you and your spouse. As time went on, you had kids and those kids got older. Now, you find yourself needing dedicated homework or project space, spaces to charge digital devices and areas where you can socialize with your growing family and friends or neighbors.

A kitchen remodel can help you get the versatile spaces you need from storing more kitchen appliances and having dedicated areas for eating to homework and personal projects. If you have a smaller kitchen in an older home, a kitchen remodel can allow you to remove walls and create better flow while giving you clean sight lines into other parts of your home, like the family or dining rooms.

Finding Electronic Leak Detection In A Home Water Conditioning System

How Does Electronic Leak Detection Work?

The principle behind electronic leak detection is that all leaks produce sounds. An electronic leak detection system operates on that principle known as acoustics or the principles of sounds. The electronic machine that is attached to a building’s security system registers the sound made by leaks since it picks up sound waves and transmits their originating site using the safety system installed.

Leaks have different frequencies made by the type of leak whether coming from pipes that are under greater pressure or from pipes that are under lower pressure and from the contents of these pipes. These leaks transmit a frequency that is picked up by the electronic leak detector and is applied while being transmitted through the security system. The amplified sounds that the leak is making is picked up by a trained worker who is also given access to other information regarding the location of the leak found on the leak detection machine and on the type of leak based on the sounds it makes as well as the location.

An electronic leak detector is equipped with a transducer that is sensitive to sounds coming from a system of pipes. If a sound registers on the machine, it is transmitted to the security system at a higher frequency. The amplified leak is then detected and can be attended to immediately following detection. There are various sources that supply leak detectors or for electronic leak detectors. A plumber is an expert in installing and attending to leaks reported by an electronic machine designed especially to pick up on the acoustics made by sounds outside of pipes or leaks. An electronic leak detection machine finds leaks in water systems, toilets, drains, industrial pipes, steam pipes, oil pipes and other pipes transporting liquids. The principle of sound is what is used to detect leaks in pipes using an electronic leak detector.

 

FINDING LEAKS IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD PLUMBING – ELECTRONIC LEAK DETECTION

Finding the leak

Sewer and drain line leaks are best located with sewer cameras. To begin with it should be determined that there is a leak under a concrete floor, before initiating electronic leak detection. Signals are a hot spot on the floor, the sound of water running when all plumbing fixtures are not in use and water coming from someplace on the floor (ground floor), or at a low point on a wall (1st story). Hot water coming from a cold tap and a water heater that does not shut off, or re-ignites quickly, are other signs. At that point one should check the water meter. If the needle is moving and no plumbing fixtures, or bibs, are in use, then there is definitely a leak somewhere. If the main shut-off valve is closed and the meter’s needle stops, it indicates that the leak is in the house (building). Otherwise it is occurring between the meter and the dwelling.

Location of leak

Once it is determined that the leak is in the Maui home, the house shut-off valve can be reopened (causing the meter needle to resume movement) and the hot water shut-off valve, located on the cold water inlet to the water heater, can be closed. If the needle again stops moving, it means the leak is on the hot water line.

Once it has been determined where the leak is, the loss of water can be controlled by closing either the hot water heater shut-off valve, which will still leave you with the permanent use of cold water, or by closing the house shut-off valve, if it is a cold water leak, which will leave you with no water. If there is not substantial water coming into the dwelling, these valves can be re-opened for short term use and then re-closed during times of non-use. This allows the occupants to flush toilets, take showers, wash dishes and laundry, etc., while the diagnoses and repair process is being implemented.

To perform the leak detection, the pipes are disconnected, usually at the water heater, and pressurized with nitrogen. This particular gas is excellent for making a “high-pitched” sound that is easily detected through a set of high-quality head phones using a sophisticated listening device. Once the highest decibel of sound is located, the leak is pin-pointed. Occasionally the sound will transfer through a channel of some kind, usually plastic pipe wrapping and the point of discovery may be a few inches or feet away, but we have experienced better than 95% accuracy with our electronic leak detection equipment.

 

How to find the source of a bathtub drain leaking:

  • If you have a shower door, splash water all around the door and frame. Leaks around the frame may take five minutes or longer to show up.
  • If the door has rubber gaskets or a rubber door sweep, check them for gaps.
  • Also check for any gaps in the caulk where the shower or tub meets the flooring.

How to fix a leaking tub drain:

  • Be sure to overlap sliding doors correctly when you close them. The inner door should be closest to the faucet.
  • If you have a shower curtain rather than a door, make sure you close it completely when you shower, or add a splash guard.
  • Seal a leaking frame by running a small bead of tub and caulk around the inside of the frame. Force the caulk into any gaps between the frame and the shower surround. Quickly wipe away all the excess caulk. When the caulk dries, test for leaks again.
  • Replace any worn gaskets or door sweeps. Bring the old one to a home center or plumbing supply store and look for a matching replacement (be sure to get the correct size to fit).
  • If the old caulk along the floor shows gaps, scrape it out and run a new bead.

 

HOW DO YOU FIND WATER PIPE LEAKS UNDER CONCRETE?

There are many signs of a slab leak. When the faucet is turned off and you hear the sound of water, it’s one of the most common signs of a water pipe leak under concrete.

If you find hot spots on the floor, it may indicate a hot water line leak. Another sign of a slab leak is mould or excessive moisture under your carpets.

A damp carpet with signs of mildew or mould indicates a water pipe leak under concrete. This may also produce a peculiar odour at times.

Wet baseboards is another sign of a slab leak in your home.

This  provides information on water pipe leak detection under concrete. We will take a look at the following:

  • Locate the pipes in your house
  • Check the water meter
  • Perform the initial pressure test of your home
  • Perform a complete electronic leak detection service

 

The Best Water Leak Detection Tool

After ruling out surface and fixture leaks, your plumber will need to look for underground leaks or leaks hidden in the walls. The most effective tool to detect these types of water leaks is professional sound detection equipment. Using headphones and a microphone, a highly skilled technician will be able to listen for the sound of running water underground as it travels through the pipes. Additionally, they may also use pipe locator clamps on the visible portions of a pipe to transmit a radar signal over the pipes. This process is known as “charging the pipes.” Once the location of the leak is identified, an experienced plumber will explain the best method(s) to repair it and prevent any water damage to your home.

Common Flat Roof Problems

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST MATERIAL FOR A FLAT ROOF

Covering a flat roof will be different from a traditional sloped roof for many reasons including the materials required. While a pitched roof can use overlapping shingles or tiles, this method is likely to lead to leaking for a roof without any slope. There are many different materials and methods to installing a flat roof, including rubber, thermoplastic, tar and gravel and modified bitumen, but which one is best?

Rubber membranes such as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) are often applied in giant custom sized sheets to fit your flat roof. This material is durable, and the custom size limits the areas where a leak could occur. This kind of rubber can be more expensive than other materials.

Thermoplastic materials such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or TPO (thermoplastic olefin) are durable options, due to heat-welded seams, and offer improved energy efficiency. However, roofs made of these materials can be difficult to repair.

Tar and gravel are used in the Built-Up Roof (BUR) method. While this is typically a cheaper way to cover a roof, it can be heavy and messy to install and is usually accompanied by a strong odor. If you get a leak in this kind of roof, it may be hard to detect where it started.

Using modified bitumen on a flat roof can help save on costs as compared to newer technologies. The installation process can be very time-consuming and labor-intensive due to the number of layers and roll-on method of installation. It can also be difficult to detect the origin of leaks in a modified bitumen roof

 

A Design & Materials Guide for Residential Flat Roofing Systems

Flat Roofs Are Everywhere – But What About Homes?

Flat roofs are a familiar sight throughout North America. Any typical mall, warehouse, apartment building or school usually features a flat roof. This roof type is easier to install over large surfaces and is the most common choice for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

Why Are Flat Roofs Less Common For Houses?

Also known as low slope roofs, flat roofs are less common in North American residential construction because the low slope of a flat roof has an increased tendency to collect water rather than shed, like its more steeply pitched alternative. This may make it less ideal for rainy or snowy climates.

Flat Roof Drain Types

So, even though flat roofs are ideal for drier landscapes, in climates with heavy precipitation, a properly installed flat roof can be a fine choice for a homeowner – especially thanks to ever-improving waterproof materials and installation techniques.

It looks good

Flat roofs are an attractive aesthetic choice that give homes a unique form. If you love the landscape or cityscape around your home, a flat roof can help complement that without obscuring the view

Flat Roof Space Is Usable Space

Unlike a steeply pitched roof, most of the square footage of a flat roof is available for use. This offers the option to add a unique application such as a rooftop patio, garden or green roof. Solar panels also are popular among homeowners and are much easier to install – and hide from view – on a flat roof.

 

Tips on Choosing the Right Roofing Material for Your Home

The right roofing material will do more than keeping your home dry and damage-free. It will set the ambiance, highlight your home’s style, and boost its curb appeal. When choosing the best material for your residential roofing, consider the essential factors to meet your needs.

Consider Your Roof’s Structure

Every roofing material will perform well when installed in proper roof slopes. For instance, when it comes to flat roofs, metal is better than others since it sheds water and snow easily. Meanwhile, clay or concrete tile works best in steeper sloped roofs since they need reinforced roof framing to support their weight. In summary, the heavier the materials, the more structural modifications they require. This will cost you more on labor and materials.

Check Your Home’s Architectural Style

Pick a roofing material that historically matches your home’s architectural style. This way, you can improve your home’s personality and make it stand out. For example, a concrete roof tile works well with Tuscan, Mediterranean, and European homes due to its distinctive shape and texture. Meanwhile, a metal roof looks excellent in bungalow, ranch, and modern homes because of its sleek appearance.

Scrutinize the Material’s Features

Each roofing material has its own set of qualities, so choose the one that will meet your needs. Consider factors like performance, longevity, energy efficiency, affordability, and maintenance. Being clear about your priorities will help you make the right decision for your roof replacement.

 

Tips for Choosing New Flat Roofing in Milwaukee (That Won’t Leak)

Replacing your flat roof can cost up to $11,000 according to recent data. Normal and natural weather conditions, such as winter storms and rainy spouts, can cause your roof to slowly deteriorate over the years. But, the condition of your roof, whether you have experienced leaks or not, is not a home component that you can ignore for long.

Make Sure the Company You Choose for Roofing in Milwaukee Uses Correct Materials

On a flat roof, in particular, a strong rubber membrane is placed on top of the roof shingles. These rubber membranes are barriers put in place to prevent any type of water pooling from collecting on your flat roof over time.

Choose a Roof With Longevity

When you spend thousands of dollars replacing your roof, you surely want it to last. Pick a material that is flexible and sturdy. Other options besides PVC include TPO membrane and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer). These are materials that are also single-ply membranes.

Flat Roofs Need the Right Insulation

High-quality insulation is another aspect of your new flat roof that requires special attention because you don’t want temperature fluctuations inside your building during the cold or hot months. Eliminate the issues with poor insulation by acquiring the best rigid foam material to insulate your building so you keep your roof intact for many happy years ahead.

Hire Trained Contractors

Don’t try to replace your roof on your own. Doing your own repairs can be extremely dangerous and can lead to severe consequences. What if you fall off a ladder and injure yourself? Leave roofing repair up to the expert since they know exactly how to properly evaluate the condition of your current roof. Professionals will also look for potential leaks and can provide your roof with the right sealants to ensure a long-term fix.

 

FLAT ROOF REPLACEMENT TIPS YOU SHOULD KNOW

BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR FLAT ROOF REPLACEMENT, CHECK OUT THESE TIPS

Every flat roof in the history of mankind has either eventually failed, or been replaced or removed before it failed. The harsh truth about flat roofs, as with any type of roof and most anything in the world, is that they deteriorate and eventually fail. Some roofing materials are stronger than others and will provide protection from the elements for a longer time, but all roofing systems will eventually fail. You need to prepare for your roof’s inevitable failure, and have a plan in place for your commercial flat roof replacement project.

Factors to Consider Before Choosing a New Roofing System

No roofing system is the right choice in every situation. While some roofing systems are better than others and are right in more cases, it is still extremely difficult to know in any given situation which roofing system is best. For this reason, you should never choose a roofing system only because you heard it was “the best” or because a colleague has it and recommends it. You should carefully examine some factors about your building, your current roof, and what you want out of your new roof. After examining these factors, you can make an informed decision for your flat roof replacement.

The Slope of Your Roof

Considering the slope of your current roof, which roofing systems are available to you? Materials like shingles and concrete tile depend on water running quickly off the roof to be effective, is your roof too flat for them? Or is your roof too steep to receive rolled on single-ply roofing materials? The steepness of your roof may rule out certain roofing options.

The Drainage of Your Roof

If your current roofing system has poor drainage that you would like to improve, certain roofing systems will require repairs be made to the roof deck prior to installation. Or, should you select a more versatile roofing system, such as spray foam and restoration coatings (depending on the drainage required) you can apply the material in varying depths and thereby improve the drainage without significant repairs

Expected Structural Load

After your flat roof replacement, what is the load you expect to be placed on your roof? A restoration coating will not add much, if any, strength to the roofing system. While they add waterproofing, they won’t make your roof any stronger. So if you expect a heavy load, coatings aren’t for you, and spray foam may be perfect for you (SPF can withstand a car driving on its surface). However, if you don’t expect a heavy load on your roof surface, restoration coatings may be perfect for you. Single-ply systems may also work well as they don’t add much strength, but are typically good reflectors of the sun.

Upholstery Cleaning Is Crucial To Improve Air Quality In Your Home

How to Clean a Couch

Whether you’re trying to tackle a specific stain or want to give your entire couch a seasonal refresh, give this easy how-to a try:

  1. Use a handheld garment steamer or bursts from your steam iron to kill dust mites. Go over the entire sofa, allowing just the steam to touch and penetrate the fabric. If you don’t have a steamer or iron, skip this step and go straight to vacuuming.
  2. With your vacuum’s upholstery attachment, go over the entire sofa: back, arms, skirt, and cushions. If the cushions are removable, take them off and vacuum the fabric underneath, going as far under the back and arms as your vacuum can reach. With the crevice tool, go along the seams, around any buttons, and along the trim.
  3. Take a look at your couch’s care tag to see what’s safe to use on the fabric:
    • Wis the easiest to clean and means water-based cleaners are okay to use.
    • W/Smeans that either water- or solvent-based cleaners are safe.
    • Smeans only solvent-based cleaning chemicals should be used.
    • Xmeans do nothing more than vacuum or brush the fabric.
  4. For fabrics that can safely be cleaned with water, treat food and pet stains with an enzyme-containing formula like Bissell Professional Pet Stain & Odor Remover. In a pinch, mix together mild dish soap with warm water. Always test any cleaner in a hidden area first.
  5. If your cushions have removable covers, unzip them and place a paper towel between the fabric and filling to absorb cleaner. Apply the cleaner to a cloth and blot the stain carefully, working from the outside in. Once the stain is removed, dab the area with another damp cloth to rinse thoroughly and blot dry. For “S” fabrics, remove stains with a solvent-based product according to package directions.
  6. Clean dingy arms and headrests with a portable extraction cleaner like Bissell’s Little Green ProHeat Portable Cleaner. Simply dispense the cleaner and water mixture through the hose, agitate the fabric with the brush nozzle, and vacuum up the dirt into the tank. For solvent-only fabrics, it’s best to call in a professional for a safe and thorough cleaning.
  7. Once your sofa is clean and dry, kill any lingering germs and odors on water-safe upholstery with a fabric sanitizing spray like Tide Antibacterial Fabric Spray.

 

Remove Pet Hair from Upholstered Furniture

If your furry friends like to cozy up on the couch with you, try these tips for cleaning upholstered furniture. To remove pet hair from furniture, put on a pair of rubber gloves and run them over your furniture, says Leslie Reichert of Green Cleaning Coach. “The gloves create static that pulls the hair off to the edge of the piece, where you can easily vacuum it off,” she says. You can also create a DIY static spray by mixing water and a small amount of fabric softener. Spray the solution on the furniture and wipe off hair with a cloth. Other effective tools for removing fur from upholstery include furniture brushes and hand vacuums designed for pet hair.

 

How to Clean a Fabric Sofa If It’s Stained

If your sofa tag is marked with an “X,” you should only vacuum it with an attachment. And, as you now know, sofas tagged with “S” require solvent-based cleaners that should be clearly labeled with the directions you need for those particular products. The cleaning instructions below should only be used for sofas with tags marked “W” or “WS.”
You’ll need the following items and ingredients:

  • A vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment
  • At least three light-colored microfiber cloths that won’t bleed on your sofa
  • A bucket
  • Distilled water (The minerals in tap water can leave residue behind. A quick Internet search should yield plenty of DIY instructions on distilling water, or you can find an inexpensive jug at almost any grocery store.)
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Distilled white vinegar

Note: You should always spot test homemade solutions on a small, inconspicuous area of the material before you begin cleaning.

 

How to clean loose sofa covers     

A lot of our fabric sofas have loose, removeable covers that can be taken off individually and cleaned. This means that you can access all the areas of your upholstery for more convenient maintenance, while also being able to machine wash each cover should the care label allow for it (always check beforehand to be sure). If you need to wash by hand, you can follow the steps above, and it’s a good idea to put them back on the sofa to dry naturally to avoid creasing.

Velvet upholstery needs regular brushing too

The majority of upholstery fabrics only require a regular cleaning regime, but velvet sofas require an extra step to keep them looking and feeling great. To preserve the material’s natural sheen, you will need to go over it with a clothes brush or a specialist velvet brush, which will help it develop an antiqued ‘crushed’ appearance that will only improve with age. The best time to do this is immediately after vacuuming or when dry after deep cleaning.

Choose a shady spot to avoid sun and heat damage

When your upholstery is left out in the sun, it can fade, bleach, and lose its natural qualities. In addition, heat from radiators, pipes, and fireplaces can cause the material to become dried out and warped. Take this into account when you are looking for the best spot for your sofa, as somewhere without too much sunlight and away from heat sources will cause the least damage in the long-run.

Plump your cushions to keep shape

Alongside a regular cleaning regime, it’s important to service your sofa’s cushions so they keep their natural shape and provide the optimal level of comfort and support. All you need to do is plump your seat, arm, and back cushioning after each long period of use, perhaps at the end of each day. This is an essential task if your sofa is filled with feathers, fibres, or a combination of both, as they do not have the same resilience as foam and won’t return to their original form.

While you’re plumping your cushions, don’t pass up the opportunity to do the same to your scatter cushions or wool throw so that they maintain their shape too.

 

Cleaning upholstered furniture : Leather

  • Begin with vacuuming. Don’t forget to run the vacuum cleaner over seams and in nooks and crannies, where the dust particles get accumulated the most.
  • Apply a small amount of leather cleaner on a dry cloth and gently clean the surface.
  • If a leather cleaner is not available at your nearest store, you can also opt for the good old white vinegar as a substitute. Take a dry cloth and dampen it with vinegar and wipe off your furniture to achieve the same result.
  • Since any kind of moisture will create a fertile ground for mildews, try using leather cleaner and solvents to a minimum. Instead, make do with vacuuming on a regular basis.
  • To remove stains on leather furniture, spray upholstery cleaner on the stains and keep it for some time. After ten to fifteen minutes, gently blot with a damp cloth. Use a hair dryer or let it dry on its own.

What You Need To Know About Local Moving Companies

Tips for finding a good moving company?

For those that have moved recently, or even those that have moved EVER, how did you find your moving company? Did you recruit some friends or did you hire a crew? I’ve heard lots of horror stories about terrible experiences.

Make sure you check with your local BBB. Check to see if the company is BackChecked. Check for references and never never never go with the lowest price and check to see how the transit protection works incase there are any damages.

Also always ask for them to come to your home to do a in house visit, do not accept just an over the phone estimate. A reputable company will always offer a free in home estimate even if you go with someone else

Here is a very useful website for moving scams, what to look out for and which questions to ask to make sure you aren’t getting set up by a moving “broker” or rogue movers that are out to take your stuff hostage: http://www.movingscam.com/articles/how-moving-scams-work

This site is a very comprehensive site well worth the time to review for moving and packing tips, message boards, and reviews

For cross-country moves, my sister and my daughter both used ABF with great success. You pack your own “ReLo Cube(s)” in your own time. When you’re ready, they pick it up, and deliver it. You can hire them to help load or unload, or do that part yourself. They were easy to work with, and there was a real, live, human contact on both ends (departure and destination cities) to help us. The cost was equivalent to truck rental like Ryder or Uhaul, when you factor gasoline, and the driving was done for us

 

Picking a Moving Company: How Do Your Choices Stack Up?

Selecting a moving company can be overwhelming. You probably have a few friends with recommendations, and there are plenty of movers’ ads online and offline — but which company’s the best fit?

Licensed means safe

The first and most important point to investigate is the company’s legal status. Movers may claim to be licensed and insured, but unless you can confirm that, don’t take it at face value.

In-state moves

Many states have rules and regulations to monitor household goods carriers at a local level. Usually the authorities responsible for overseeing intrastate movers are the state Department of Transportation or the Public Utilities Commission. Contact the relevant authority.

Out-of-state moves

Check with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the agency that grants permits to all moving companies engaged in the interstate transportation of household goods.

Overseas moves

Ensure that the ocean transportation intermediary involved in the moving process is certified by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the federal agency responsible for regulating U.S. international ocean transportation to protect U.S. consumers. Don’t even consider moving to another country without researching whether your chosen company has been approved by the FMC.

 

How to Choose a Moving Company You Can Rely On

Seek Out Recommendations

In order to find a reputable moving company, it is important to ask family, friends and co-workers for recommendations. Chances are they have had experience with a particular company they can either recommend or steer you away from

Check the Physical Address

To ensure a company is legitimate, check to see if it has a physical address. Consider visiting the facility and checking out the equipment. If you hire a local mover, you’ll avoid being duped into doing business with internet scammers.

Verify Credentials

Whatever company you’re thinking of hiring, make sure to verify its credentials. If you’re moving from one state to another, the moving company must have a number issued by the United States Department of Transportation. For in-state moves, requirements vary by jurisdiction. Check your state’s rules and regulations for moving companies.

Read Reviews

Visit the company’s website and read what its customers are saying. Also, you can check the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Furthermore, sites such as Angie’s List, Google and Yelp provide information about local businesses. There’s even a national association of movers with a searchable database that identifies quality and professional movers.

Check Their Experience

Choosing a reputable moving company is all about research, and part of that research includes finding out how long a company has been in business. Experience counts, and a long successful track record goes a long way in deciding who you want to entrust with your stuff.

 

How to Find a Reputable Moving Company

Hiring a moving company is a very stressful and expensive experience, and if you don’t take precautions it can quickly turn into a nightmare. So how do you find a moving company that you can trust with everything that you own, and still feel safe in your decision? While we generallyrecommend moving yourself if possible

The first thing that you should do is put down your keyboard and step away from your computer. While there are some reputable moving companies that have web sites, nearly all of the victims that contact us found their moving company on the Internet. The Internet will come in handy later, but for now let’s start local.

Start by asking friends who have moved recently, and call a few local real estate agents and find at least three moving companies that have offices in your area. Try to find moving companies that have been in business at least ten years, and do not hire a moving broker. Current consumer protection laws related to household goods brokers are insufficiently written, and enforced.

Set up appointments for at least two moving companies to come to your house and do an in-home estimate in the order of your least favorite to your most favorite company. Many companies are using new technology that makes it easier to provide estimates without an in-home survey, but we recommend at least two in-home surveys to help make sure the estimates are accurate.

Find out up front if the company will be doing the move themselves, or if they will be sub-contracting the job to another company. If they won’t be moving you then you should move on to another company. You should also visit their office and make sure that the company is who they say they are. Check out their trucks and storage facility. Make sure that their trucks are permanently marked with the company’s name. Many rogue movers will show up on the day of the move with a magnetic sign attached to the door of a rental truck, so it’s good to know as much about them as you can ahead of time.

 

Tips on Hiring Movers

Whether it’s your first time moving or you’re a veteran at changing addresses, moving can be a stressful affair. Don’t let your moving company add to it. To achieve peace of mind and have your belongings packed, moved, and delivered safely, you need to do your research.

Finding the right moving company requires more than just glancing at the estimated price. You need to know the company’s reputation, whether they are insured, and if they are reliable and capable of handling your move.

How to Hire Movers the Right Way

Before you start googling and looking for movers, make sure you do some prep work. First, identify the type of move you will be doing.

Next, you’ll want to find a few companies capable of providing the type of moving service you need. Make sure that you research several, as you’ll likely have to cross some off the list. Validate that the companies you are considering are licensed and insured, then see what past customers have to say about them. Testimonials will reveal the general trend of their service quality, as well as how they handle any bad reviews. If the company is unresponsive to complaints, be wary! While you shouldn’t expect something going wrong, you want to make sure whoever you hire is willing to take care of you if something happens.

Always Implement Proper Moving Etiquette

Proper moving etiquette is important. It can save you money, avoid mistakes, and ensure a better moving experience for everyone.

Domestic Cleaning Or Commercial Cleaning

Tips to Help You Choose the Right Commercial Office Cleaning Company

When it comes to keeping the office clean, a lot of businesses have an important decision to make: should they add a cleaning crew to the company payroll, or hire a commercial cleaning company to handle those duties? While there are pros and cons to both approaches, there are greater reasons that indicate outsourcing this work is the best option.

Do a thorough background check

When it comes time to find a commercial cleaning company for your office, it’s important to ask the right questions. Because you can ensure you get the best service available – and at the right price. Find out how many days they work and the hours they’re available. Especially if you want the work done after your office closes for the day and your employees have gone home.

Ask for references from companies they’ve worked for

When selecting a commercial cleaning company, you should do a little research on their reputation. Check out their customer satisfaction reviews and the company’s overall standing within the local business community. Find out who they’ve worked for in the past and how they’ve been rated by others. Were other companies satisfied with their performance? Would they recommend them? These are great questions to ask.

Ask if they have liability insurance

All prospective commercial cleaning companies should be able to provide proof of insurance and demonstrate that they’re fully licensed. You should ask to see their general and workers compensation certificates. Also, look for a company that hires regular employees rather than cash workers; they’re the ones that carry insurance against liability and injury if an accident should happen in your office while they’re on the job – this protects both you and the cleaner. And absolutely do NOT forget to verify their business license.

Make sure they only hire professionals

It’s important to ask how they hire their employees, and to inquire about the company’s hiring procedures and vetting process. You want to be sure that the crew they’re sending over to clean your office behaves professionally and knows how to do the job properly. You may also want to inquire about their dress code to ensure they show up presentable and professional – many will have a uniform and ID badge, which is good info to know up front.

 

Tips To Find Good Commercial Cleaning

Tips for Choosing a Commercial Cleaning Company

Maintaining your office space should be a priority for a few different reasons. While the upkeep of your office may be a no-brainer, choosing the right commercial cleaning company can be a daunting task. With so many companies to choose from in Boise, it can be difficult to narrow them down.

Services Offered

The first thing you’ll want to know before hiring a commercial cleaning company is if they provide the services you need. Some companies specialize in janitorial services while others focus on window cleaning. You might also be in the market for a commercial cleaning company that can provide multiple services. This will streamline your process and eliminate any companies you don’t need to contact.

Past Reviews and Experience

Commercial cleaning companies enter your property after hours for the most part. Handing over this responsibility requires confirming that they are a reputable company. Inquire about current clients and experience to gain a sense of well established the cleaning company is. Having an idea of who they work for and how long will help you decide if you can trust them.

Quality of Employees

Protecting your property starts with trusting a company to provide service after hours, but ensuring they do a quality job requires asking about their workforce. A professional commercial cleaning company should be able to walk you through the steps of their hiring process. The process should include screening with background checks followed by employee training for a uniformed end product. You can also ask if a staff member will visit your facility regularly or if turn-over requires irregular scheduling

Dependable

A professional cleaning company will be dependable and reliable. You should never have to guess when your cleaners will arrive at your office. A professional, experienced cleaning company will work closely with their clients to create a cleaning schedule that works well for everyone.

 

Tips on Choosing Commercial Cleaning Services

Skills and experience

This is the first quality to check when hiring a commercial cleaner. Make sure that the cleaner has the necessary skills that are needed to handle commercial cleaning. Commercial cleaning is quite different from home cleaning and requires some level of skill.

Most the commercial cleaning undergo training to gain familiarity in cleaning skills, and this is important. Experience is also another important aspect because you don’t want to choose a company that is so new to the business. You might want to select someone who already knows how things are done.

Method of cleaning

When choosing a commercial cleaner, take time and ask about the method cleaning that they use. This will help you determine whether the method of cleaning used is right for you. The method of cleaning will sometimes be determined by your type of business. For instance, there are businesses that prefer an environmentally friendly type of cleaning.

Specialty of the cleaner

The specialty of the cleaner is always important when choosing a commercial cleaner. It is important to choose a cleaner that is specialized in a given area especially if you are involved in a business that requires special cleaning.

Contract

The contract is an important aspect of hiring a cleaning company. Take a look at their contract and look at some of the aspects of insurance, costs and the general terms of the contract. This will tell you if you can work with the company

 

Hints and tips on choosing an office or commercial cleaning company

To make the right choice of cleaning company you need to ask the right questions. You have probably had experience of cleaning companies in the past good and bad, so to choose the right cleaning company next time, and to save you time and money, you need to make an informed decision. Do some research on the company and ask questions at your first meeting:- Are they experienced in running cleaning contracts?

Can you easily get references or testimonials from other companies that use them? Will there be a regular point of contact who is easy to get in touch with? Or will you have to wait days before anyone gets back to you? Do they support their cleaning staff and regularly carry out audits? Or do they gain the contract then leave the cleaning staff to it? What arrangements are made for holiday / sickness cover? Do the cleaning staff have to cover for each other? Do they train their staff in correct methods of cleaning?

Do the cleaning staff have enough materials to work with? Or is it a monthly delivery and if they run out do the cleaning staff have to make do? Is their Health & Safety up to date and ongoing?

Or do they just tick the right boxes? Are they local to the area? Or do they cover a wide area and rely on one manager to cope with numerous contracts and staff?

Do they have a good track record and look after their customers? Or do they gain contracts then lose them after a short time? I hope the above helps in what to look out for when sourcing a cleaning company. We are not perfect but we are a genuine company who wants to supply a good quality cleaning service at a reasonable price. Your staff will work better and be more productive if they are in a clean and healthy environment. We are local to Banbury and believe businesses should ‘keep business local’.

 

Tips for Choosing the Right Commercial Cleaning Company For Your Business

Do you have a business that needs to be cleaned? Have you considered outsourcing the jobs of vacuuming, taking out the trash and cleaning restrooms? If so, you’re probably interested in choosing the best commercial cleaning company for your business. What are some tips to choose the best one?

Reputation is Key

First, consider a cleaning company’s reputation in town. Since cleaners often work with minimal supervision, you’ll want to pick a company with a sterling reputation… one that people know they can trust no matter what. Therefore, look for a company that has been established for a while, that has several accounts, and offers references. Rather than go with a brand new company that doesn’t have a history, look for one that has built-up an outstanding reputation such that others recommend them to you because they’ve had a great overall experience.

Employment Standards

Next, a cleaning company that claims to be the best must take hiring seriously. Instead of just picking any person “off the street” and throwing them into the job, a great company is very specific with their hiring practices, making sure that the people they employ go through background checks. Also, they don’t hire people with criminal records. Meanwhile, they conduct extensive training, such that their workers exhibit professionalism at all times, paying extra attention to safety on the job and more. When you’re looking to hire a commercial cleaning company you should ask, “Will the same people be cleaning our place on a regular basis?” Ideally, you should find a company with low turnover.

The Right Expertise for the Job

Other things to consider when looking for the best commercial cleaning company to clean your business include what services they offer coupled with what kind of facilities they can truly handle cleaning… for instance, if they only have a couple employees, they’re probably not the right company for a job that involves cleaning a sprawling manufacturing plant that takes up a couple acres. Meanwhile, make sure the company offers what you need done, which can include trash removal, sweeping/mopping, dusting, stocking consumables, and/or restroom cleaning.

The Process Of Hiring A Wedding Photographer

EXPERT TIPS ON HOW TO FIND & CHOOSE YOUR PERFECT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

When your special day arrives, you may be so overwhelmed that you have very little memory of the details. The flowers you chose, your wedding dress, the location and table settings, all your friends having a great time, even your hair do are things you may want to remember. However, this day goes by quickly

FINDING A TOP WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

That’s why your wedding photographer is such an important part of your event. They’ll follow you throughout the day and capture these special moments and details. Here are 8 tips that will help you in the search to find a wedding photographer who is perfect for you.

DECIDE ON YOUR STYLE

Wedding photography genres can be broken down into three types: traditional, photo-journalistic or classic. Traditional photographers are extremely involved all throughout the day, producing posed shots and spend a lot of time arranging the couple so that the details look the way they’d like

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

Uncle Bob may have a nice new camera and it may save some money however you only get one go at capturing your wedding day and do you want to take the risk. When it comes to wedding photography it is more than a camera and more than just taking the photos, check out our Infographic on what a wedding photographer really does here

REVIEWS & RECOMMENDATIONS

There is nothing like benefiting form the experience of others. If you have friends that have already been through this process, then ask them if they recommend their photographer. If not, do a thorough search online and pay attention to the reviews of others, we allow couples to share reviews on photographers pages on our site here.

 

How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

The photographs from your wedding day will be a timeless memento of a truly special day. Wedding photographers can be very expensive, specialise in a number of different styles, and offer a variety of levels of service. Choosing a wedding photographer takes careful thought and consideration about what sort of pictures you want to document your wedding day. Do plenty of research and interview a number of candidate before making your choice

Decide what style of wedding photography you prefer. There are a number of different styles of wedding photography, and different photographers will specialise in different styles. Take some time to read up on and learn about the different styles and think about which one suits you best.

Start looking early. Booking your wedding photographer should be one of the first things you do after you have booked your venue. Wedding photographers are in high demand, especially in the busiest times of year for weddings, and many of the best ones will be booked up a year in advance

Ask for personal recommendations. The best wedding photographers will tend to develop a reputation, and may be known locally to your friends are family. Start your search by asking people you know and trust if they have any recommendations, either through personal experience, or word of mouth. Talk to people you know who have got married in the last few years and ask about their experience

Avoid hiring family or friends. It may be tempting to hire somebody you know to be your wedding photographer. You may be drawn towards hiring someone you trust, who knows you and your partner well, and you think will understand what kind of pictures you want. While this might turn out perfectly well, it is highly likely that this person will not have the technical skills and experience to give you the best photos.

 

Tips For Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

Bright & Light VS Moody & Atmospheric

As technology has advanced, so too have cameras and editing facilities. Where once wedding photography was quite generic, now each and every wedding photographer has a type of camera they prefer and a signature editing style. You lot are seriously spoilt for choice. At one end we have images full of light and at the other end, photographers who use the light to create contrast, often resulting in a darker edit of images. There is no rule as to which is better – it’s purely personal preference. Within the team we all favour completely different styles. And of course, there is a middle ground, it’s about finding which area of the spectrum you love. Once you decide on an editing style you love, you can start to whittle down your choices

Fine Art Photography

If you’re searching for a wedding photographer, then this is a term you’ll come across time and time again. It’s very tricky to put your finger on the precise definition – there really isn’t one. There was a time when this term was restricted to shooting on film, but now it’s more widely used. Lovely Lorna favours Fine Art photography, so here’s what she has to say on the matter

Film Photography

Film Photography is more expensive than digital photography – purely because there are more materials and more time involved. (The film itself, waiting for images to be developed). Again, this is a personal preference, for lots of people film is the very essence of photography, whereas for others, digital is better because there’s more margin for error and the results are instant. And just to confuse you, there’s also a movement of photographers who shoot on digital, but with a film-like style, see the hashtag #lookslikefilm. Some people will argue that once the images are on a computer, in a digital copy – you can’t tell the difference anyway. But again it’s personal preference

The Knockout Couple Shot

Ok, so you’re starting to narrow your list down. It’s time to start looking in more detail at their work. A knockout couple shot is essential. In fact, it’s the most important image of the day. You need a photographer who will whisk you away somewhere with an incredible backdrop, at the perfect time of day to create some magic with the light. Do you want a photographer who will capture you both with intimacy? Do you want to create some drama in your couples shots? Do you want to bring some fun to proceedings? Or do you just want things to unfold naturally? Ask to see examples of portraits shot by your photographer and decide what would make you both feel comfortable in front of the camera. Remember you’ll be drunk on love and looking a million dollars, so never EVER feel like you’re not cool enough for a photographer. It’s their job to make you look that cool

The Group Shots

The group shots are where many photographers set themselves apart. There is absolutely no need to have awkward, forced group shots any more. Your photographer will understand that it’s important to have certain groups of people together in one image, but there’s no need to get everyone standing on parade. Equally, if you don’t want any group shots, then don’t feel like you have to have them. It’s completely your decision

 

How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

Wedding photography is one of the biggest (and in our book, best!) investments you’ll make in your wedding day. So it’s important to choose a wedding photographer whose work you love now, will still adore in years to come, and who you feel is the right fit for you, your partner, and your wedding.

Along with a wedding video – and all the memories of course! – your wedding photos are among the few things you’ll have as a keepsake of your day, long after the confetti’s been swept away and the last of the wedding cake has been eaten. So having your day documented by the right person is so, so important.

Unless you’re a photography buff yourself, it can be hard to compare photographers, work out what makes a photographer great, or know if they’re the right person to photograph you and your other half on the big day. To help, we’ve rounded up some essential tips for how to choose a wedding photographer

Do Your Research

The first job on your to-do list is to seek out wedding photographers who work in your area and view their photographs. We’ve compiled a handy list of recommended photographers to use as your starting point – these guys come with the One Fab Day seal of approval, so you can trust them to give your day the love and attention it deserves!

Create a Shortlist

The next step is to contact a couple of wedding photographers whose work you really love – we recommend starting with two or three. Initially, you need to know two things; are they available on your wedding date, and can you afford them

 

Five Secrets for Finding the Right Wedding Photographer

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer, chances are you’ve already read an article from The Knot, started a Pinterest board, followed a dozen photographers on Instagram, and asked all your married friends for recommendations. (You may also have half a dozen tabs open on your computer, an excel sheet with a running list of pricing and packages, and a headache from hearing that photos are the only thing that lasts.)

I planned my own wedding before I was a photographer, and I stressed so much about choosing the right person to capture it. I checked out dozens photographers, looked at friend’s weddings, asked for recommendations, compared prices–I did my best to find the perfect person. After doing all that work and hiring an incredible photographer, I was still a little disappointed with my photos. They were beautiful, but they didn’t really capture me and my husband.

Always ask to see an entire wedding gallery before hiring your photographer

This is definitely the most important advice I can give anyone, but it takes a bit of explaining to show you why it’s so important.

Wedding photographers think of weddings differently than their couples. We see the day as a series of different scenes: the couple getting ready, the first look, the family portraits, the detail shots, the ceremony, the couple’s portraits, the reception, the send-off, and more. These scenes take place in different locations with widely varying lighting. A wedding photographer has to quickly select the right equipment, camera settings, framing techniques, and posing strategies for each of these scenes

Some photographers are very gifted at capturing one of these scenes or one type of lighting. For example, they may be really great at posing couples for portraits or getting a stunning shot of the rings. They may specialize in natural light, bounce flash, or off-camera light. That kind of specialization in one area can make for truly exceptional photos of that one thing. However, you want to make sure the photographer is also capable and confident shooting all the other scenes and conditions that will be part of your wedding day

Tips To Choose Good Dog Bite Lawyer For Your Pet

Tips and Tricks for Dog Bite Lawyers

Attorney Kenneth M. Phillips’ highly confidential tips-and-tricks seminar, only for plaintiffs’ lawyers. The tactics, strategies, tricks, moves and counter-moves for winning your dog bite cases. A legal best seller, good in all states. View it on your computer in the privacy of your office, with the complete script in front of you. Law and tactics good in all 50 states. $119.95 or $50 when you buy it with Dog Bite Lawsuit Forms for Plaintiffs’ Lawyers.

Dog bite cases require specialized knowledge. You already know that you cannot expect to win a medical malpractice case without knowing details about medical procedures, anatomy, hospitals, etc. You cannot expect to win an auto accident case without knowledge about cars, roads, the meaning of skid marks, and on and on. The same is true of dog bite cases. This field not only has a unique set of legal concepts, but unique ways of establishing the facts. Phillips will tell you what the dog owner, the insurance adjuster, and their attorney are going to say — and how to make their own words bite them hard. For example, when the defense asserts that your client provoked the dog, you will learn how to use the defense allegations to put liability squarely on the shoulders of the dog owner.

You can prove the true cause of an attack by using facts about the dog’s health, confinement and training. To do this, you must have accurate information about canine aggression, and know where to get the witnesses, documents and experts for your particular case. The insurance adjuster and defense attorney will know about these things. Unless you learn them, you will start out behind and fall further behind as time goes on. The information you will learn from this fast-moving seminar will enable you to recognize the winning claims, devastate the defense, avoid insurance scams that are the plague of structured settlements,

Introduction to the Dog Bite Epidemic

The number of dog bite victims

The cost to society and the insurance industry

The typical victim – a child who is bitten in the face

Attitudes of government, the public and the insurance industry

Settlements and verdicts

The Prima Facia Case

Causes of action available to human victims

Causes of action for bystanders

Causes of action when a dog is injured or killed

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT DOG BITE INJURY LAWYER

Dog bites can happen at literally any time or any place. When they do, you need the services of an experienced dog bite lawyer who knows your rights. Whether you are bitten by a dog that belongs to someone you know or by a stray, you need to understand the potential outcomes and the process for getting compensation to cover your financial consequences. The choice in legal representation is one of the most important decisions you will make. It shouldn’t be taken lightly or an attorney chosen randomly. Instead, learn what it takes to make one attorney preferable over the rest.

When people are sick, they don’t go looking for the youngest, most inexperienced doctor to take care of them. Unfortunately, the same isn’t always true when they are choosing legal representation after they have been bitten. In many ways, navigating the legal system is a lot like performing intricate surgery. It requires an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and a lot of practice to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved

CHOOSE AN ATTORNEY WITH A SPECIALTY IN THE RIGHT AREA

There is a lot to learn when you choose law as your profession. It takes a lot of time and dedication to gain a legal education and pass the bar. All this effort is what it takes just to earn the title of attorney. It would be virtually impossible for every attorney who reached this milestone to learn everything there is to know about every possible area of the law. That’s why attorneys specialize in certain areas of law. By focusing on a single area of law, they can become experts capable of helping clients whose legal issues fall within their area of specialty.

A PROVEN RECORD OF SUCCESS

There is no other way to guarantee the effectiveness of any attorney than by their record of success. Review their opens in a new windowpast case settlements in terms of settlements reached and compensation recovered. An attorney who has accomplished an impressive portfolio of wins is more likely to give your case the attention to detail that it deserves. Cases aren’t won by ignoring what needs to be done. They are won by knowing the right action to take and taking it.

A GOOD COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIP

One area of interest that many potential clients overlook is the connection an attorney has with their community. The most qualified attorney will have strong ties to the community and will work with its residents to make a difference in the quality of their lives.

 

Dog bite victim guide

Identify the dog and its owner

Immediately identify the owner of the dog or the person who had custody of the dog when it attacked you. Obtain the names and addresses and request proof of rabies vaccination. If this information cannot be obtained, you may be forced to undergo a series of rabies shots, which are expensive (exceeds $3,000).

Seek medical care

Depending upon the severity of the dog bite, contact first responders (9-1-1) for immediate medical attention or have someone drive you to emergency care. Always seek professional medical treatment after being bitten or attacked by a dog. The risk of infection from a dog bite is far too great to ignore.

File a dog bite report

After you’ve been medically treated — even if the injury was minor — file a dog bite report with the proper city or county authorities. This legally documents your case and provides help to the next victim who may be bitten or attacked by the same dog. Without a paper trail, authorities cannot enforce effectively

Gather more information

After identifying the dog and its owner, find out more about the dog. Obtain the dog license information and any records pertaining to its previous history. Has the dog bitten or attacked a person or animal prior to biting you? Has the dog been legally designated “potentially dangerous” or “dangerous” by authorities?

Photograph your injuries

Take photos of your injuries, even if you need to unwrap gauze. Confer with a doctor or nurse as needed. They will tell you a safe manner in which to do so. It is also recommended that you photograph all of your wounds, including bruises, as well as all torn, bloody clothing and the location of the dog attack

 

HIRING THE BEST LAWYERS FOR DOG BITES

Dog bites are not “minor” injuries. In addition to causing cuts and bruising, dog bites can fracture bones and cause permanent nerve damage

Fortunately, Wyoming law allows injured victims to sue the dog owner for compensation—but victims will need help bringing the best case

Check a Lawyer’s Experience with Dog Bite Cases

If you find a lawyer nearby, call him or her up and ask what experience they have with dog bite cases. This is a complex area of law, and not all attorneys understand it.

Ask What Evidence You Need to Strengthen Your Case

It is not enough to simply allege that you were bitten.

Discuss the Likeliest Outcome

The best Wyoming lawyers for dog bites do not make promises. If a lawyer tells you that you are “guaranteed” to make $100,000 for your injuries, you should run and find a new lawyer.

 

Do I Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?

If you’ve suffered a dog attack, we know it can be terrifying. Most of the time dogs are friendly and playful, but if they attack, it can result in serious injury and life-long scarring. More often than not, a dog’s aggressive behavior is the result of a negligent owner. Under Pennsylvania law, if a dog has injured you, it’s the owner’s responsibility to pay your medical expenses

After your dog bite injury, hiring an attorney might not be your top priority. It can be a frustrating, confusing time. However, we urge you to call our legal professionals for a free consultation. We can help determine if you have a case for compensation.

Since 1982, we’ve helped injured people recover the money they deserved. We’ve won over $1 billion dollars for our clients, and we’re ready to fight for you. For more information visit our verdicts and settlements page, or take a look at what others are saying about Edgar Snyder & Associates.

There’s no fee and no obligation to use our services. When you hire our attorneys, we’ll cover your upfront fees and handle the insurance company hassles. Remember, you won’t pay us anything until we win your case. If you don’t get money for your injuries, then we won’t charge you a single cent. That’s our guarantee. There’s never a fee unless we get money for you