Move Out Cleaning: Hire someone or Do-It-Yourself?


move out clean  Moving day!  Whether you’ve just sold your home and movin on up or your lease is up and its time to have a fresh start somewhere new, everyone hates the dreaded Move Out Clean.   In all the planning and excitement of moving to the “NEW” most of us completely forget the meticulous details of the mess we are leaving behind.

After the boxes are packed comes the awful, seemingly endless cleaning phase.  Filling nail holes, wiping down the insides of drawers, bleaching the refrigerator, and all the other  miscellaneous B.S.  that you innocently looked over out of pure excitement to get into your new home!  Who can blame you!  You already know where everything is going and probably cant wait to start decorating!

Now comes that nasty collection letter invoicing you for ridiculous fees beyond your initial cleaning deposit, which they are now keeping.  For example, if you left a bag of trash behind for the garbage man, it isn’t unheard of to be charged a $25 fee for the removal of each bag.  Some landlords charge up to $8 per nail hole needing to be filled.  Many leasing agencies bank on this so be sure you have what is expected for your move out clean in writing.

So…  Should you hire someone or do it yourself?Move out cleaning

That’s a great question and will depend on:

  • How much time will it take you to do it yourself?  (Be realistic, and then add 2 hours)
  • Will the returned deposit outweigh the cost for a cleaning service
  • How much will I spend on cleaning supplies if I do it myself?

Most cleaning companies will gladly accept a job for a one-time move out clean.

Move out cleans tend to be fairly easy for a cleaning service because…

  • The location is empty and clear of obstacles.
  • They don’t have to work around other people

 

These jobs typically shouldn’t cost you more than a regular one time clean. Keep in mind, if your carpet is soiled you will need to consider shopping for carpet cleaning bids.

Whether you decide to use a cleaning service or do it yourself, always request a move out check-list from your leasing agent, land lord or Realtor.  Walking into a home that’s being inspected for a move out clean is not something anyone looks forward to, but having this list ahead of time should relieve some of the stress.

Regardless if you choose to Hire a Move Out Cleaning service or to Do-It-Yourself, we’ve put together a checklist to help you out.

Every Room:

  • Remove all nails, pins and screws. Plaster and sand holes. (Most places will not require painting, but double-check just to make sure)
  • Clean all the ceiling fixtures. Including removing light fixtures and cleaning out any deceased bugs that may have found their way in.
  • Wipe down all surfaces, rails and baseboards.
  • Clean the windows. This includes the Window sill and window tracks.
  • Clean the door knobs and doors.
  • Clean all light switches and outlets. Replace any broken.
  • Vacuum (get any stains out of the carpet, or get the carpet professionally cleaned).
  • Get rid of all cobwebs.

Bathroom:

  • Get soap scum off the bathroom tiles and tub/shower and bleach the grout.
  • Clean out the bathroom drawers and vanity, making sure you get all the hair out (and remove any liners).
  • Clean the toilet, on top, behind, under and replace the toilet seat if needed.
  • Clean Sinks
  • Clean the mirror.
  • Clean all light fixtures and replace dead bulbs.

Kitchen:

  • Clean out all cabinets and liners.
  • Wash the front of the cabinets.
  • Clean and disinfect all counter-tops.
  • Clean and shine up the sink and faucet.
  • Scrub the refrigerator inside and out. Remove all shelves and clean separately if necessary.
  • Scrub the oven inside and out. Remove shelving, drip pans and burners. Use steel wool, it is your friend.
  • Clean out the dishwasher if you have one.
  • Clean exhaust fan if needed.
  • Remove all appliances and sweep behind them.

Bedrooms/Living Room:

  • Dust, sweep, vacuum and mop these empty rooms.

Garage:

  • Should be completely empty and swept.

Often times these checklists become a matter not only getting your deposit back, but preventing the opportunity to be stuck with additional “fees” that can turn into collections and judgments to your credit in the future.  Again, make sure you know what’s expected before you agree and set your final walk through.  Following through with these steps whether you’re the Hire someone or Do-It-Yourself type can save you headaches and money as you enjoy your New place.

By the way, Congrats on the “New” place!

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Valentine’s Day in Nashville – 2013


Nashville Valentines DayHere we are again guys/gals, Valentines Day 2013 in Nashville.  There are no doubt several of you that were wishing the apocalypse would have happened so you wouldn’t need to think about Valentine’s Day.  With Valentine’s Day 2013 approaching soon let’s begin to get some ideas so that you’re not frantically planning on Feb. 13th.

Let’s start from the beginning, Valentine’s Day is on February 14th which falls on a Thursday this year (2013).  In our previous post we listed 5 great Nashville restaurants to consider taking your loved one to dinner.  Of course the earlier you make reservation, the better.  In this article we will look at some other Valentine’s Day in Nashville ideas.

1.  Flowers 

Flowers are to Valentine’s Day as parsley is to a  fine meal.  (They make the meal look better but you can’t just give someone a plate of parsley.)  So consider your flowers are simply a garnish of the day.  They are expected and are not to be treated as the main gift themselves.  Some of the most affordable flowers can be found at your neighborhood grocery stores such as: Aldi, Kroger, Publix, and Wild Oats.  In some cases you may need to piece together your own arrangement but this can easily save you up to $50.

2. Dinner Reservations

Being that Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this may buy you some time into the weekend (either Friday or Saturday) to make plans.  We suggest making reservations sooner than later so you’re not stuck with mid afternoon or late night reservations.  Nashville has quite a selection of great restaurants and again here are 5 great ones that we suggest.

3. In Home Chef

Forget about the reservations, hire an in-home chef to come prepare you and your significant other a romantic meal at home.  This can run you between $80-$250 per person depending on the number of courses but always an unforgettable experience.

4. Limo/Car service

Want to make an impression this year?  Hiring a limo or car service to take you both to dinner will certainly be memorable.  Most Nashville Limo companies will sell out 2-3 days prior to Valentine’s Day so if this is something you would like to do, book early.

5.  Chocolate

Who doesn’t love chocolate?  But if you don’t know what type of chocolate your significant other is keen on, start asking now and take notes. (Tip: Candy Bars in the checkout line are not suggested)  Look for something a little more exciting than your generic heart shaped box of assorted chocolates.  Check out some great Nashville local stores here:  Colts Chocolates,  The Cocoa Tree, or  Olive & Sinclair

6. A Gift

Gifts are great but remember this whole day is about being thoughtful so give your gift some thought over anything.  Don’t just buy jewelry because it’s jewelry.  A thoughtful gift will go a whole lot further.  Ask yourself these questions…

  • What does my significant other love?
  • What have they been talking about lately?
  • Did this gift require more than 5 minutes of thinking before I bought it?

After all, a gift doesn’t automatically say I love you just because You bought it.  This is where “it’s the thought that counts” comes into play.

The Pre-Cleaning game for a Mt. Juliet maid service


Mt. Juliet Cleaning ServiceYour maid service is coming today!  Hooray, you look forward to this all week!  Coming home to a clean house is my favorite!  The only thing that could make it better would be having a chef who has prepared dinner and who cleans up after!  On these mornings you rush around tossing shoes and toys in the closets.  Believe me for this, we maids thank you 🙂

I have a maid service coming to my Mt. Juliet home today, should a do a little pre-clean?

Not to speak for all maids and butlers across the board, because I know this in great majority may not be the case.  But as for myself and my craft and profession, Serving people is a passion, cleaning is my craft.  A chef prepares plates of passion and great presentation. Toilets aren’t a passion, the presentation and delivery is my passion.  The “WOW” factor.  When a maid walks into your home she can start with a messy home and straighten the clutter or she can walk into a dirty home that needs to be cleaned.  Doing a bit a pre-cleaning to your home will allow your Mt. Juliet maid service to focus on making things clean rather than just in order.

What’s your idea of Clean?

Everyone has their own idea of clean.  For some people its vacuum lines in the carpets and the dishes put away.  For me, its removing dirty finger prints from the doors, light switches and cabinets.  Being clear with your maid on what you would like is so easy to do.  We are simply maids and unfortunately not mind readers.  (Mind reading maids tend to be extremely expensive.)  Everyone’s expectation and focus may differ.

Let’s compare checklists

An experienced Mt. Juliet maid service will arrive with a checklist to review during the initial interview/consultation.  A prepared home owner has a checklist of their own.  How easy is that?  Bringing both of these checklists to the table can prevent quite a bit of disappointment later. After a few cleans you may notice something that you would like to add to the weekly list, awesome let your maid know!  She wont know unless you tell her.  At the same time, if your maid is doing something you love, let her know!  We love compliments!

Let us help you!  When the original cleaning “to-dos” were negotiated; bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, stairs and baseboards, the pile of clean clothes left on the sofa and last nights dinner party was not factored into the equation for weekly cleans.  The less you leave laying around allows your maid more time to focus on the presentation and “wow” we strive to deliver.  That being said, folding laundry and cleaning up after parties can be arranged.  Lets talk dollars so it makes sense.

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How to find a trustworthy cleaning service in Nashville


Whether you currently use a maid service or you are looking to start, there are a few key points of importance that everyone, from the president to the bachelor in the one bedroom apartment, must look for.  Trust!  First, before anything else, “Do i feel like I can trust this person in my home?”  This is YOUR HOME This is where you and the things most important to you reside.  In this article we will look at how “Trust” is one of the most important factors in choosing a cleaning service.

Can I trust the people coming to clean my house?

trust     If you’re like me, you don’t answer the door every time someone knocks.  You creep completely around your home through every window angle to get a better glimpse of this unknown visitor who has come calling unannounced.  No one anticipates unexpected guests anymore.  Every encounter has some preemptive notion such as a text, a phone call or an email.  You wouldn’t invite them into your home unless you knew them.  The same goes for a cleaning company.  Just because they have a business card and a cleaning kit, doesn’t mean they are people who you want scouring through your home.

How to develop trust with your cleaning company?

  • Trust is earned, not given: In most cases it simply takes time

The majority of cleaning service takes place while the people who live there are not home.  Would I trust this person in my home when I am not there?  Do I know this person?  They have great reviews, and a business card, should I automatically trust these people into my home.

  • Get a referral from a trusted friend

Asking friends or family for a referral of the cleaning company or maid service they use is a great way to find a reliable service.

  • Ask the company for references: And call them

Any reliable and legitimate cleaning service should have a list of references they can send to you.  Do your due diligence and call some references ahead of time.

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9Seven Cleaning Service Does your cleaning service communicate with you?

Many times you never really know who your cleaning company is sending from week to week.  And in the lucky chance you get the same cleaning person each time, how comfortable are you to talk with this person?  Can you talk with this person?  If something isn’t done to your satisfaction, how comfortable are you to discuss it with them?  Trust isn’t just a judgment of encounter, trust is having communication with your maid service.

  • Does the cleaning company communicate who they are sending to clean your home?
  • Do they honor requests if there is a particular maid your prefer?
  • Do they follow up with you to ensure satisfaction?
  • Are they asking what’s important to you?

There is a thin line between professionalism and personable-ism. You are hiring a person to come into your home to do a job for you.  This is a hiring process, an interview.  Your cleaning service shouldn’t just come in, walk through your home and tell you how much you have to pay them.  This is an interview process and you’re the one hiring.  Be prepared to ask them questions…

1.  Do you have a list of references I can call?

2.  Do you have a copy of insurance and bonding certificates?

3.  Do you background check your employees?

4.  Will you send the same person to clean every week?

5.  What is your cancellation policy if I need to cancel for a week?

You have a vision of how your home should look before the cleaning service notion ever began.  Clearly define what is “clean”.  My husbands idea of clean differs quite a bit from my idea of clean.  Know that all of these meticulous details take time, with time comes a price.

9Seven Maid ServiceNarrow down your:  Basics – Musts – Wishes

If your home office is in order of personal organization, than that entire room should not be figured into your quote.  If your basement is out of commission, that square-footage shouldn’t be figured into your quote.  Lastly, be realistic, this is a maid service you are hiring, not your house keeper.  Pick up your undies, your this and that clutter as this will leave more time for your maid service to give the attention to detail in your cleaning needs you discussed from the git-go.

Nashville Valentines Day Ideas – 2013


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5 Great Nashville Valentine’s Day Restaurants

Surprise, Valentines Day is on Feb. 14th again this year, who knew?  This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday which may help some of the “wait til the last-minute” restaurant goers.   Being so close to the weekend, you may find that several people will wait to celebrate Valentines Day on Friday or Saturday evening.  Either way it will be a busy weekend for Nashville restaurants.

Every year, Nashville Valentine’s Day gives you an opportunity to impress your significant other by taking them to dinner at an exclusive restaurant.  Whether this is a restaurant that you frequent regularly or one that you’ve never experienced, making reservations sooner than later can make all the difference.   We suggest making reservations at least 2-4 weeks in advance to give you the upper hand with a prime time reservation slot.  (6:30-8:30 pm)  Tip: Book your reservations as soon as possible to avoid eating dinner at 4:30 pm or midnight.  Most significant others don’t care to eat dinner in the afternoon or early morning.

Nashville has a vast array of amazing restaurants and we wish we could name them all.  In this article we will simply look at 5 great Nashville Valentine’s Day Restaurants that will help you show off your love.

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1.  Table 3 – (615) 739-6900

  • French cuisine 
  • Menu

3821 Green Hills Village Dr
Nashville, TN 37215

Table 3 Restaurant and Market offers customers an authentic brassiere/bistro dining experience, in a setting that combines contemporary design elements with an Old World atmosphere. Table 3 offers a distinctive, affordable wine list and menu and uses only the freshest of high-quality ingredients.

2.  Miel – (615) 298-3663

  • French/American/Bistro
  • Menu

343 53rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

Miel Restaurant is committed to using as many locally sourced products as possible.  This romantic setting features a traditional French menu with a Southern twist.  From start to finish the menu is exciting and vibrant with a wine list that brings attention to several fabulous French wines.

3.  Capitol Grille – 615-345-7116

231 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

Capitol Grille’s Executive Chef Tyler Brown has emerged as one of the leaders of the industry through cultural sustainability – a movement that embraces new techniques but honors the region’s culinary roots.  Brown and his team are as well versed in the techniques of BBQ, Dry Aging beef, smoking meat, as they are in sous vide cooking.

4.  Valentino’s – (615) 327-0148

1907 W End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Described as Rustic Italian, Valentino’s Nashville TN Italian Restaurant maintains it excellent reputation for high-quality service and food.  This is a Nashville staple that continues to impress.

5.  Flyte World Dining and Wine – (615) 255-6200

  • American/Wine Bar
  • Menu

718 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203

Thrilling both locals and visitors to Nashville since 2006, Flyte World Dining and Wine aspires to engage our diners with local, sustainable cuisine, exceptional wines and finely crafted beers.

Chef Matthew Lackey strives to offer responsibly sourced meat and fish and locally grown produce whenever possible. Middle Tennessee and the surrounding areas provide a vast selection of delicious artisan foods. We collaborate with and promote nearly a dozen nearby farms and producers.

5 simple ways to get noticed for a promotion


Unless you own the business, almost everyone is looking for a way to be noticed for a promotion.  A promotion gives you, not only the satisfaction of knowing you are doing a great job, but in some cases, it can also mean a raise.  Some people do a great job but get looked over when it comes to promotion time.  How is this??  Let’s get you noticed.

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Well, here are 5 simple ways to get noticed for that well deserved promotion.

1.  Always be on-time

And by on-time, we mean 5 minutes early.  Arriving 5 minutes early allows you time to walk in, get situated and ready for work at the actual starting time.  You may think your boss doesn’t notice that you are five minutes late everyday.  More often than not they do or they at least have someone that isn’t afraid to let them know.

2.  Always call if you’re going to be late

Calling your boss ahead of time when you are going to be late may seem uncomfortable at first, but it shows great communication.  (Unless you do it everyday)  It also shows your boss that, despite the fact that you may get in trouble, you called because you care.  It allows them to put more trust in you because you are willing to even tell on yourself

3.  Ask for feedback

Ask your boss for feedback when it comes to doing a job better.  Be proactive and ask about areas they see need improving.  (Certainly don’t ask everyday)  Don’t wait until a yearly review to find out you’re missing a promotion because of something you could have improved.  Ask your boss about how they would have handled a certain situation?

4.  Give them feedback

By this we don’t mean to tell them how they could do their job better.  Simply, when you get feedback about improving your job, give them feedback on the steps you’ve taken to improve.  It is okay to occasionally let your boss know about something good you did for the company.  Sometimes You need to be your biggest fan by letting them know you did something great.  Just remember that over-doing it will get annoying quickly.

5.  Ask for more…

Once you’ve mastered the 4 steps above, ask your boss for more responsibility or  an opportunity to learn additional job duties.  Seeking this out on your own makes you well on your way to becoming irreplaceable.  The more knowledge you have about your business or industry as a whole, the easier it is for you to be promoted.

A trusted employee who is always on time, asking how they can improve, and are searching for ways to become more knowledgeable about the business, will be at the top of the list when it comes time for promotions.

Why its a big deal that Rolls Royce and Bentley came to Nashville


Maserati-Rolls Royce-Bentley of Nashville As Maserati-Rolls Royce-Bentley of Nashville celebrated their one year anniversary last week, there are many people who have yet to discover that Nashville has its very own, ultra luxury dealership.  Well Nashville, they are here and it’s impressive.

Bentley has only 41 authorized dealerships in the US with Rolls Royce having only 33. This puts Nashville/Franklin on the map of the uber-elite.  To put that in perspective, California and Florida have 12 of the 33 Rolls Royce dealerships.

Bentley of Nashville Maserati-Rolls Royce-Bentley of Nashville is tucked away on the border of Brentwood/ Franklin in the Cool Springs area right off of Bakers Bridge road at 225 Comtide Blvd.  It’s located behind Wild Ginger Restaurant and right next to Infiniti of Franklin.

The dealership is beautiful and has more high dollar cars than you would find at a Kardashian wedding.  With well over 30 cars on their lot ranging from $140,000 to $450,000+, there’s a vehicle for everyone.  Rolls Royce Nashville

The staff, led by General Manager, Tom Buckley, is extremely friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.  If anywhere in your mind you thought people selling Rolls Royce and Bentley’s would be snooty, then visit Tom and his staff and you will find that is far from the truth.

So, why did Maserati-Rolls Royce-Bentley decide to come to the Nashville/Brentwood/Franklin area?  Well, besides Nashville being a fast up and coming city, just outside of Nashville is Williamson County. (where Brentwood and Franklin reside) Williamson County has been in the top 20 wealthiest counties in the US for the past 10+ years.

It just makes sense to finally have an exotic/luxury car dealership in the heart of where the money is located.  Before Maserati-Rolls Royce-Bentley of Nashville arrived, there were a few unauthorized dealerships around Nashville that had the occasional Maserati or older  Bentley.  But at last, there is no need to drive to Atlanta, Florida or California to find your next exotic/luxury vehicle.  Simply go see Tom Buckley at Maserati-Rolls Royce-Bentley of Nashville.

Maserati of Nashville

They are open Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm with Sunday reserved for private showings only.  Their website is www.mrrbnashville.com  to see their full inventory or you can call them at 888-545-1585.

Once you drive one of these luxury vehicles, you will never be the same until the day you own one.