Four Dirty Cleaning Habits, and How to Ditch Them

If you haven’t signed up for recurring  cleaning services Salt Lake City, you are probably looking for ways to make cleaning your home a little easier.  It might not be that you despise cleaning.  You may just be making things a little harder on yourself by falling into some bad habits. Here are 4 nasty cleaning habits that you should ditch before your next cleaning day!

Adding dirt to the floor.

shoes-ath-001Of course all floors are going to have dirt on them, but you can reduce your floor-cleaning burden by leaving the shoes at the door.

To ditch the habit: Add cute storage cubbies or a small shelf devoted strictly to shoes.  Make it the first thing that you see when you walk in the door, and you will be surprised how quickly people catch on to the house rule and instinctively take of their shoes.

Not cleaning your cleaning tools.

As a maid service Utah, we know the importance of keeping cleaning tools in working order.  All of those awesome cleaning helpers you have hanging around deserve some cleaning TLC. Keep your cleaning caddy and all of your supplies in ship-shape so they will last longer and keep their effectiveness. cleaning caddy

To ditch the habit:  As soon as you are done cleaning, zap your cleaning sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes, rinse and dry your mop head, grab any stray dust strings that are clinging to your broom bristles, and wipe the inside of your cleaning caddy.   Better yet, keep your cleaning tools pristine by hiring a Salt Lake City maid service to take care of the cleaning for you!

Keeping clutter.

This one isn’t something that you can do overnight, but it’s well worth it once you get there.  Getting rid of clutter makes your house look put-together, but it also makes cleaning MUCH easier.  You can only dust the areas of your home that you can get to, so clutter can actually leave you with tons of allergy-inducing dust and pet dander.

To ditch the habit:  Leave a small trash can next to the area where you read your mail so that you can toss any junk immediately, and add organization bins, baskets, and shelving units so that everything has a place.  Regularly evaluate every room in your home to look for things that can be donated.  If you aren’t using something, there is someone out there who would!

Delaying your laundry day.

Nothing makes a clean home seem unkempt quite like a pile of laundry.  Whether you are harboring a basket of clean clothes that need to be put away, or a hamper of dirty towels that should be washed, laundry should be done early and often. luandry

To ditch the habit:  Create a laundry schedule, or just make a self-rule that your hamper will never reach capacity before hauling it to the washing machine.  Always remember that folding and putting away one load of laundry takes 5 minutes, but folding and putting away five loads takes much longer.  A few short laundry duties throughout the week definitely trumps an entire Saturday wasted washing, drying, fluffing, folding, and hanging.

If you still feel like you don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done, don’t worry.  A house cleaning Salt Lake City, service is your answer!  Give Green Envy Maids a call today!  (801) 783-3307.

A busy Housewife Needs The Help Of Household Maid

The homeowner or commonly said “the mom” is the one responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness at home. However, if you are away for work, who will take care of washing the dishes, vacuuming the carpet, cleaning the bathroom, sweeping the floor, clean the dirty and frozen refrigerator and take care of your children? Then, you would probably think that you need the Home Cleaning Salt Lake City.

Maid may be employed from agencies while others come freelance. Either way, they are specialized in providing cleaning services daily, weekly, or monthly. Whether you need a full house cleaning or in sanitizing specific areas of the house only, hiring a maid is highly recommended for a busy housewife like you. The maid service salt lake city includes cleaning of blinds, furniture, inside closets, inside drawers, cupboards, interior windows, ovens, refrigerators and other appliances stored in the house. For a responsible, trustworthy and courteous maid hire the maid service salt lake city.

7 Tips To Help Your College Student Find Their College Housing

student-housing_2402882bAh, for some of you, this is the moment that you have been waiting for 18 years. Some waiting with great anticipation and others with great dread. As your college student gets ready to leave the nest, it’s important that the thought of the actual housing residence doesn’t get left by the wayside. Will they be living on campus or off? Let’s look at 7 tips which will help them and you find the perfect college housing.

  1. Start looking early.

You’re not the only student starting college this semester, which means there are plenty of people looking for housing too! It’s best to start looking as early as you can, that way you get more choice and best pick too. You can find the best places by picking up community newspapers or local advertising magazines, as well as looking out for “for rent” signs around close neighborhoods.

  1. Don’t pick the first apartment you see!

Every apartment is different, so it’s best to weigh in your pros and cons with each one you see. Find a few that fit your price range and have a close inspection of each one, taking notes as you go. One may be closer to college, but in a loud neighborhood, or you may see one that’s in a great neighborhood but a little too pricey. Don’t rush things just to be ahead of the game.

  1. Be ready to leave a deposit.

The competition is strong for student housing, so even though you should be scouting more than just one place, make sure you have enough for a deposit just in case you stumble upon a miracle place you need to snatch up before anyone else! It’s also a good idea to bring along a co-signer with you, as most landlords will require someone with a good credit history before letting you place a deposit.

  1. Read the lease carefully before committing!

This is an absolute must! Always read the lease carefully and thoroughly before signing anything. It should include important information such as when the rent is due, penalties for late rent and who you should contact for help with maintenance issues. It may also include if pets are allowed and subletting, which may be a big problem if you were hoping for roommates to help with the rent!Student housing

  1. House sharing.

It’s always great to plan ahead, making sure you know your monthly budget for everything you may need. This will include food, travel expenses, books and supplies for school and of course rent. If you’re worried about a steady income, whether it is a student loan, parents, or a job, maybe it would be a good idea to house share with friends or find a roommate. This could split your rent in half, or possibly more! Helping you save, or have more money for those little treats and luxuries.

  1. Inspect closely!

Make sure to inspect every apartment you see closely, making a list for each one. Include things like whether or not it includes any utilities, such as a stove or refrigerator, or if pets are allowed. There’s no harm in asking plenty of questions about plumbing, electrics, noise levels, anything you can think that may affect you living there. You can then compare each place, weighing in your pros and cons.

If you can, try and find the most convenient apartment possible. If you drive, it makes it a lot easier for you to get around, although if you don’t drive then an apartment closest to the college and a store would be great! If that fails, having a place close to a bus route would be super handy. Even if you do drive, if you’re lucky enough to find an apartment within walking or cycling distance to the everyday places you visit, then why not leave the car at home and save on insurance, maintenance, parking and gas!

There you have them, 7 tips that can make the whole college housing experience go much smoother. We had friends that had a daughter looking for college housing and found some great weber state university housing at Harrison Heights Apartments. They found it to be much more advantageous for their daughter to live off-campus than on. Need a little more information or housing listings? Check out www.studenthousing.org to see a great index of college/student housing that currently available in your area. It’s up to you to determine which kind of housing will work best with the tips above in mind!

Tips On What to Expect From a Collision Repair

collision-damageMany of us have taken part in one end of the other of a collision, and if not yet, statistically the likelihood is high that one will occur in which we’re involved. With that being said, most people never really think about what to expect after an accident in regards to the auto body repair that will more than likely be involved. It’s one of those out of sight, out of mind events that no one really thinks about until it happens. With that said, and thanks in part to some insights from Laura T. Coffey over at today.com, we have put together a list of tips to keep in mind before having the auto body repair work done.

  1. Be prepared to actually see what you signed up for in your insurance policy. Unless your an avid accident causer, most of us don’t fully realize what our insurance covers until it’s time to use it. With that being said, you may be in for a surprise, starting with the deductible. While many of us end up grabbing a higher deductible to lessen our insurance, this is where is may come into play. The average deductible is $500, which means you have to pay that amount first before the insurance can/will begin to cover repair costs. For some, the deductible is much higher due to wanting a smaller premium. Take a look at your policy and see where it stands. Also to note, that if you have caused the accident, you will need to confirm whether you even have collision coverage to pay for the repairs. If you went for a lower premium, there’s a good chance you may have removed collision from the coverage.
  2. If you’re using insurance and want them to coverage the collision repairs, it’s important to know, understand, and follow the system. Realize that the insurance company will often want to direct you as to whom to go to in order to get quotes and may even have recommended or approved repair shops. Be aware that when working within their network, you are still best off doing your own research. See what kind of reviews the shop has, how long they’ve been in business and even a gallery of their work if possible.
  3. Always get more than one estimate. This will benefit you in several ways. It will allow you to see a healthy cross-section of what the repair costs truly can be. If you go with just one estimate, you won’t know if it’s the highest, lowest, or somewhere in between. It will also be beneficial to see different opinions on the repair work that will be needed to be done. Some shops may recommend going further while others may recommend only touching what is absolutely necessary.
  4. 2-collision-repair-advertisementChoosing the repair shop. You should always have at least a little bit of choice as to whom you use to do the repairs. Even if you must stay within the insurance companies list of approved repair shops, they’ll usually have several to choose from and some insurance companies will allow you to choose your own. With this in mind, keep the following criteria on a checklist:
    1. Replacement parts. Are the OEM (original-equipment manufacturer) parts? Are they salvaged or generic parts. What do you prefer and what do they use?
    2. How does the repair shop rate in the area. Do they have strong reviews with a history of great work or are they a brand new company that looks a little shady?   Check into their reputation and complaint history and with the internet, this can easily be done from home.
    3. Do they specialize in your type of vehicle – especially if you have a European auto. They will often need specialized tools and procedures to work on foreign automobiles and it’s important to note whether they are certified to do so or whether they are just piecing the tools together to “make” something work.
    4. Do they offer a rental car or is that something you need to try and obtain through your insurance company? Some auto body repair shops with offer you a rental car at their expense (often written into the quote) and others have no such option, but be sure you know how you will get around while your car is in the shop.
    5. Ask them how accurate their estimation of the timeframe of the repair is and how often they meet that estimation. This can help save you a lot of headache if they consistently over promise on the timeframe, you don’t need to be so locked into what they say. Rather you can plan additional time if they tend to consistently miss their mark.
    6. What kind of warranty do they offer? Salt Lake City collision repair shop Go-Collision offers a lifetime warranty on all collision work for as long as you own the vehicle. Some shops over limited warranties, while others offer no warranty. Obviously, we would recommend finding a shop that offers a long and strong warranty and that has been in business long enough to have serviced that type of warranty.

If you’ve done the research right and followed the above tips, your auto body repair should come out looking like new. When done right, you should even be able to tell that there was ever any damage and your vehicle should run like new. When done wrong….. well just follow the tips and focus on getting it done right by knowing what to expect.

Wiring the Whole House Stereo Speaker Systems

wiring-whole-house-audio-system-blueprintWhen you’re getting ready to install a whole house stereo system, it can be a daunting task. While it is always easiest to do this during the new construction of the house, we can understand that you also may be looking to do this in an existing house. No matter if you want is simple light speaker system or you want to create a recording audio space to rival the best recording studios in DC, this can be done and with today’s technology it can be done much cheaper than ever before.   The video below does a great job of showing the preparation that should go into setting up the whole house system.

As you can see, deciding that you want to have a whole house sound system is only the beginning. You must determine if you want a sound system which is all controlled from one central location is an entirely different setup than one that can be controlled from several places or can play different music in different rooms. It would include even more components if you want to include the ability for recording and playing through the house – whether you want your own recording studio or just love to throw karaoke parties. Here are some of the key points to take note of when planning the actual wiring of the sound system:

  • Decide where you want to control the system from.
  • Determine where you need to put the control center of the system – and it can be separate from the user control. Take it a step further with a remote control system.
  • Taking the time to decide on where you want to place the speakers must not only take into consideration the sound and how it will fill the room, but should also include recognition and alignment with other fixtures which are already in the ceiling or wall.
  • The right kind of wiring is critical. Don’t think there will be a difference if you use cat5 instead of cat5e? I wouldn’t take the chance as you don’t want to have to change the wire down the road.
  • Be sure to properly plan. Don’t be afraid to take the time to plan it out properly as it will make the whole project flow more smoothly.  Here’s some great home audio layout/blueprints from Crutchfield Corporation.

There you have the basic foundation blocks to prepare that whole house audio system you’ve been wishing for. Take the time, plan it out properly and create that dream sound system in your house.