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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 and they have been back many times – even after our rowdy tea parties.

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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 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.


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Tips to Use Business Cards to Your Benefit Here in Vancouver

In our last afternoon tea, me and the “tea-ites” were discussing whether business cards are even relevant in the online world. The consensus was that “yes” they are. So I thought I’d give you my tips on why they are still relevant and why you shouldn’t go without creating business cards for your business. I know they work for me!

For many years, business cards have been considered the most effective and important tool for networking. A well designed business card can help you generate more leads and increase referrals for your Vancouver business. When customers and clients carry your card, it’s very likely they will pass them to several potential customers.

business card printingAccording to some studies, a business card is one of the most powerful tool for generating more leads. Moreover, it’s also an affordable way to increase your sales. It’s worth mentioning that using a business card is also low tech, energy efficient, compact and even offers other benefits.

A business card not only tells potential customers about the business name and contact information, but also gives them an idea about your style, work and personality. Your business card can be attractive, charming, unique or funny. In addition to this, it can be reused by every person who receives it from another customer or client.

The key functions of a business card are to gain business from every person who comes in contact with it, and to promote the business with chain marketing. Unfortunately, there are many Vancouver business owners who don’t know how to use business cards effectively. Here are some tips you should keep in mind.

Simple is Better

According to studies, it’s always better to keep your business card simple. You shouldn’t go overboard with the designing process. The card should be basic, and include your details. Moreover, it should also have your business logo.

Be Creative

When you need to give away a business card for networking, it needs to be creative. For instance, you can hand-write something on the back of the card. A simple message or your company’s motto can leave a good impression. Some subtle actions can add more personal value to your business card. It makes sure the holder retains the card for a longer period of time. This increases your chance to get positive results.

Use the Standard Size

It’s always better to use a standard size business card. It makes sure people don’t experience any problems while trying to carry your card. When it’s more convenient, it’s likely that people will use your card more.

Use Personal Information

Last but not the least, you should use your personal information on the card. It is important to include all the details, such as your contact information, designation, address and more. This makes sure a potential customer can easily contact your business when required.

If you are looking for a great place to get business cards printed in Vancouver, I recommend LinxPrint. I’ve had the business cards for my current and previous business ventures.