hiring a house cleaning company

I Hate House Cleaning! Five Questions to Ask Before Hiring a House Cleaning Company

Ensuring that you hire a house cleaning company that is reliable and efficient can be a formidable task. Especially considering how fussy I am when it comes to having my condo cleaned. I struggled to find a company to clean my place as it was becoming increasingly more difficult to keep it clean with my busy schedule. I could have tried cleaning myself, but the benefits of it being done by a company outweigh the services of an individual – me. Here are five questions that will facilitate hiring of a competent company if you are in the market to find a house cleaning company.

How long have you been doing house cleaning?

This question simply asks for the experience of the company. It takes time and well-informed intentions for one to start a cleaning business and sustain for years. More than 50% of starters fail within the first year due to poor management and poor services. This implies that you should not hire a new company because its services may not live to your expectations. Go for a company that has been in the business for years and you will be assured of excellent services.

Are You Insured?

It is imperative to hire a company that has invested about two million dollars in its insurance coverage. Such a company can compensate for items damaged by its employees or damage caused by their cleaning materials. In addition, the insurance can cater for its workers when they get injured while working in your house. An uninsured company can offer cheap services, but what will you do when damages occur?

What are your charges?

Usually this is the first question, isn’t it? Most house cleaning companies charge for the services they offer on an hourly rate during the first service. The companies estimate the number of hours they will take to complete the cleaning. To avoid being overcharged, you can put a limit on the estimated time. For subsequent cleanings, they usually give a flat rates based on the conditions of your house. It is important to always request for a written quote to prevent them from altering the price after delivering their services.

What happens if I am unsatisfied with the cleaning?

A reputable house cleaning company should offer to come back immediately and fix the areas you feel are wanting. If not so, it should be willing to give you back a good proportion of your money. Some companies outline the proportion of money you should expect back if you are unsatisfied with their services.

How many people will gain access to my house, and will you screen them?

Different companies have varying number of employees and it is up to them to determine the number or workers they will send to your house. It is, however, advisable to have the least number of people enter your house for trust issues and to avoid creating chaotic scenarios in your home. The company should also ensure their employees behave well and will not take anything away from your house.

After trying a number of companies that I wasn’t satisfied with, I chose this company http://www.coronationcleaning.ca and they have been back many times – even after our rowdy tea parties.

emergency plumbing

Tips for Finding an Emergency Plumber in Vancouver

No property owner has the heart or desire to deal with emergency related plumbing because there is never good news there (believe me on this!). This is because such emergencies tend to get messy, what with clogged drains that reek of decaying matter or an overflowing toilet that needs no further explanation? Having a plumber on speed dial is essential for such instances (which I have), more so since you never know the day or the hour that your plumbing system might give up on you (like 2:00am for me).

In such scenarios, it is ill advised to try and sort out the issue yourself unless you are handy with tools or have some plumbing experience (which I don’t so I called these guys http://www.burkemountainplumbing.com/). If not, calling for help is your best bet, meanwhile, be sure to turn off the water in the case of a broken drain or avoid flashing a backed up toilet. It is always a good idea for a home owner to have an emergency plumber at hand. However, if you do not have one, don’t panic, it shouldn’t take you too long to find one. But, finding a good one is another mater.

Finding an emergency plumber

The fastest and safest route to take is asking your friends, family and neighbours for recommendations before you have an emergency. If that fails, it is time to scour the internet for help. Start by localizing your search to your area to simplify the search criteria whether it’s Vancouver, North Van, Burnaby, etc. Focus on directories like yellow pages or any plumbing network in your area e.g. a licensing body which will have plenty of certified plumbers to call.

Pick at least three or four plumbers to engage and start making the calls. It is wise to have all the information about the emergency at your fingertips. This helps you get a close estimate after the plumber takes in the relevant details of the pressing issue. If they aren’t forthcoming with this information, ask them for their quote on a general plumbing issue that’s closely related to your problem. For instance, if you have a clogged drain, ask how much they charge to fix that.

This should give you an idea of what to expect because you will be charged if they come out to access the damage. Repeat the process for all the numbers you pick until you find a satisfactory emergency plumbing company. However, since it’s an emergency, dalliance might make the situation worse so hurry! Plus, emergency plumbers charge more because it is an emergency. Make sure to save the number if you like their services for next time.



Emergency plumbing might be costlier than calling a regular plumber due to the high responsiveness of the situation. This is because their operation costs might be higher as they have emergency vehicles that are equipped for plumbing and standby tools or it might be at an awful hour of the night which means you will pay an extra bit of money for it.

To avoid this, you can try to troubleshoot small plumbing issues before they escalate. But, if you are like me, you are a complete idiot when it comes to plumbing. An even better idea is to have regular repair and maintenance done which should save you such hassle and keep your plumbing system up and running.