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Hiring a Moving Help Service

If you’re like most people, planning a move isn’t exactly your idea of a good time. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, there are a lot of logistics to worry about before the big day. The good news is that you always have the option of hiring a team to help you with your move—and doing so can take some stress off your plate.

If you’re thinking about hiring moving help, this is something you’ll want to look into sooner rather than later. Moving companies can book up quickly, especially during busy seasons of the year (including summer). The sooner you decide on whether to hire moving help, the sooner you can get the ball rolling.

Not sure where to begin? Take a look at our guide to hiring moving help, which covers everything from determining whether you need moving help to what to look for when hiring a professional.

Hire Moving Help or Handle it Yourself?

Is hiring movers right for you? There are some potential pros and cons to think about for your next relocation.

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Moving Professional

Hiring a moving professional can cut down on the stress involved in moving, especially when it comes to transporting your belongings from point A to point B. The right movers will have the experience, equipment, and know-how necessary to tackle your move efficiently. You can even have them pick up storage right from your doorstep so you do not have to do any of the heavy lifting yourself.

Of course, hiring movers isn’t cheap. You can expect to shell out a pretty penny for professional moving services—and these costs can be difficult to justify if you’re already on a limited budget. Availability for professional movers may also be limited, so you may have a hard time finding help if you’re moving during a busy time of year (like a weekend in the middle of the summer).

Pros and Cons of DIYing Your Move

The main benefit to handling your own move without the help of a professional is that of saving money. By loading up all your own belongings and transporting them yourself, you’ll potentially save hundreds or even thousands of dollars. And if you don’t have that much to move in the first place, this could be a wise choice.

However, you also need to consider the value of your time and labor. When you move yourself, you generally won’t have access to the same tools and equipment that a professional moving company would. You also won’t have the experience and expertise as somebody who moves furniture and boxes for clients on a daily basis. As a result, it could end up taking you several hours to do what a moving team could do in less than an hour.

When you begin to think of things this way, it can be easier to see why spending the money on a team of moving professionals may be worth it.

Tips for Hiring Moving Help

If you decide to move forward with hiring a mover, the first thing you’ll need to do is to decide when you would need moving services. Because moving companies can book out far in advance (especially in heavily populated areas), having some flexibility here will be helpful.

From there, be sure to keep a few key considerations in mind as you being exploring your options for professional movers.

Find Out What They Can (And Can’t) Move

Most moving companies will have policies on specific items they cannot handle or transport for liability reasons. Firearms, for example, are a common item that many moving companies will not deal with. The same may also apply for especially large or heavy furniture, such as pianos. If the company you’re looking at does handle these types of items, keep in mind that you may be expected to pay extra.

What Other Services Are Offered?

In addition to moving services, you may also be interested in other services to help you prepare for relocating. Some companies, for example, may offer assistance with packing in preparation for your move. If you’re looking to take a hands-off approach with your move and cut down on your stress, you may want to find a company that offers packing and/or unpacking services as well.

If you’ll need a storage unit after your move, you may also want to find a moving company that offers this as well. In this case, your movers may be able to drop your belongings off at your new place and then take any excess boxes or furniture over to your storage unit on the same day, saving you time and hassle.

Inquire About Their Pricing Structure

Cost is almost always a concern when hiring a professional mover, so be sure to find out how your moving company calculates their costs and how you’ll be expected to pay. For the most accurate estimate, you may want to find a company that can provide an in-home quote on your services; some other companies may provide a quote based on an itemized list of boxes and furniture that you provide.

Regardless of cost, be sure to also find out what type of deposit (if any) will be required of you and what types of additional expenses you can expect. For example, if your moving company doesn’t include gratuity with your quoted price, you may need to set aside some extra cash to tip your moving team. If you’re moving a long distance, keep in mind that there may be fuel surcharges added to your estimate as well.

Moving companies can also vary greatly in how they charge for their services. One company may charge a flat-fee for your move based on the amount of furniture and boxes you have. Another moving company, on the other hand, may charge an hourly fee based on the estimated number of hours your move will take.

Is Your Estimate Binding?

Speaking of pricing, it’s important to find out whether the quote/estimate you’ve received from your moving company is binding. If it is, then this means you should not end up with any added expenses or surprise charges. A non-binding quote, however, is meant to give you a general idea of the price but can fluctuate based on how long it takes your moving team to complete the job.

Ideally, you’ll want to find a company that will provide you with a binding estimate. This will help you avoid surprises down the road, which can help you avoid additional stress as you prepare for your move.

Ask What Equipment They’ll Use

A professional mover needs to have access to the right equipment to get the job done quickly, efficiently, and with no damage to your personal items. Don’t hesitate to ask a moving company for an inventory of their equipment. Furniture dollies can really cut down on moving time, so there should be at least one dolly available for each mover on your hired team. You may also want to ask what supplies will be used to protect your flooring or wrap your furniture items during transport, as well as what extra costs use of these materials may incur.

Make Sure They’re Fully Insured

Never hire a moving company without obtaining proof of liability insurance; this type of insurance is a must whether you’re moving locally or long distance. Specifically, liability coverage is designed to protect both you and your moving company in the event that any of your belongings are lost or damaged during the move.

With many moving companies, your quote includes basic insurance coverage for a specific dollar amount per pound of furniture/boxes. Make sure you’re comfortable with this amount, and don’t hesitate to ask for additional coverage if your moving company is handling anything especially valuable.

Find Out Exactly What’s Included

Always be sure to find out exactly what’s included with your moving estimate versus what may not be included before you book any services. After all, inclusions and exclusions can sometimes vary greatly from one company to the next.

For example, if you’re moving into a high-rise apartment building in New York City, you may need access to a freight elevator to move your furniture and other heavy items to your new place. Obtaining a reservation for an elevator is something your moving company should handle—though some moving companies may charge extra for this and some may not.

If any of your furniture needs to be dis-assembled and re-assembled, you’ll also want to find out whether this will cost you extra. With a moving company that charges by the hour, assembly should simply fall into the hourly rate. However, if you’ve received a flat-fee quote for your move, furniture assembly may end up costing extra.

Ask for References and Referrals

Ideally, you’ll want to find a moving company that has at least a few years of experience. However, a newer moving company can still be a great choice if they have great reviews and referrals. Don’t hesitate to ask a potential moving company for a list of references that you can follow up on, especially if they’re a newer company without a lot of experience.

A list of references can put you into contact with past clients who have used the moving company’s services in the past. This can help you get a better idea of what to expect from the company based on past clients’ experiences. Online reviews can also be useful for this, but it’s important to make sure the reviews you’re reading are legitimate.

What About Background Checks?

When you hire movers, you’re inherently inviting them into your home and trusting them to handle your personal belongings. With that in mind, it’s important to be able to fully trust your movers. Many moving companies will perform thorough background checks on the movers they hire for your peace of mind and protection. If you’re thinking about hiring a moving company, be sure to ask if they run criminal background screenings on their movers. If not, then you may want to find a company that does.

Other Services to Consider

Finding the right moving team for your upcoming relocation will take some time, research, and careful planning. At the end of the day, however, hiring a capable and experienced moving team can provide you with peace of mind and much-needed stress relief during this chaotic time.

To make settling into your new place go even more smoothly, you may also want to consider hiring a professional maid service. A move-in/move-out cleaning from Maid Sailors, for example, can save you the hassle of scrubbing your new place from top to bottom before you move in. Instead, let our team of professional cleaners take care of this for you so you can simply move in and begin getting unpacked!

How To Get Your Security Deposit Back In New York City

When you’re renting a residential dwelling in New York City, there’s a good chance you’ll need to place a security deposit at the time you sign your lease. The purpose of a security deposit is to cover damages to the unit that you cause during your stay. This may include anything from accidentally breaking a set of blinds or scuffing the floors. When you move out, your landlord assesses the property for damage and deducts any necessary funds from your security deposit to cover repairs. The remainder of the money should be returned to you.

Ideally, you’ll be able to get your full security deposit back when you move out—but that can be easier said than done! Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to maximize your chances of getting your full security deposit back and to do so without a headache.

Check The Terms Of Your Lease

Start by reviewing your lease so you know exactly what you agreed to when you signed it—especially if it’s been a while since you signed your original lease agreement. If you can’t locate a copy of your lease, contact your landlord or head down to the leasing office. They should have it readily available in their files and will be able to provide you with a copy.

As you review the terms of your lease, look specifically for any clauses related to your security deposit. Make note of exactly how much of a deposit you paid (a total of one month’s rent is pretty typical) along with what could cause you to forfeit some or all of your deposit upon moving out if you do not get a moving out cleaning.

In some cases, for example, breaking your lease for any reason could be grounds for the landlord to retain your full security deposit. Most often, however, deductions from a tenant’s security deposit will occur when damage has been done to the unit itself. Some common items that could result in lost security deposit funds include:

  • failing to patch holes in walls
  • failing to repaint to a neutral color before moving out
  • damaged window treatments
  • damaged or stained floors/carpeting
  • lingering smells or odors (from pets or cigarette smoke)

If any of these apply to you, you’ll want to go out of your way to make any necessary repairs before you move out. For holes in walls left by art/decor that you hung up, a small amount of spackle and patching paint can go a long way. You may even be able to inexpensively replace broken window treatments, such as blinds, before you move out.

Schedule A Professional Cleaning

One of the best ways to maximize your ability to collect your full security deposit upon moving out is to schedule a professional cleaning of your apartment. This cleaning should include such services as:

  • sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming
  • dusting of all hard surfaces and baseboards
  • window cleaning and disinfecting
  • deep cleaning of kitchen appliances
  • thorough bathroom cleaning and bleaching

A lot of times, lingering smells and odors may be eliminated with a deep cleaning of your apartment. In some cases, however, additional services (such as a professional carpet cleaning) may be required. Still, scheduling a professional cleaning is a great way to make sure your apartment is as clean (or cleaner!) when you move out as it was when you moved in. As a result, you may have an easier time getting your security deposit back.

When you opt for a professional cleaning service before moving out of your rental unit, you can also save yourself a lot of time and stress. More than likely, you already have enough on your plate when it comes to planning your move. You may be spending a lot of your time packing and trying to get the details of your move arranged (hiring movers, finding a new place to live, etc.). With all that in mind, the last thing you want to have to worry about is cleaning your apartment before you turn in the keys. In fact, you might even want to consider hiring the same company to deep clean your new place before you move in so you have one less thing to worry about!

Hiring a maid to perform a deep clean of your place before you move out can take a lot of the stress out of moving and save you valuable time so you can focus on other aspects of your move. Meanwhile, when you hire a professional, you can enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that only the best of cleaning supplies and equipment will be used to deep clean your rental unit from top to bottom.

Insist On A Walk-Through

When you moved into your rental unit, you should have been provided a checklist that allowed you to make note of any imperfections or damage to the unit prior to you moving in. The purpose of this checklist is to ensure that you’re not held responsible for any damage that was pre-existing. Before you move out, make sure to obtain a copy of this checklist from your leasing records and compare it to the current state of the rental unit. This will give you a better idea of any damage that may have occurred during your stay that you will be held responsible for.

When you hand in your keys, insist on a walk-through with your landlord or with a leasing agent from the property management company. This way, you can be present as they inspect your apartment and make any notes on your checklist. If you are living in a doorman building you may also ask your doorman. You can also avoid surprises when it comes to your security deposit by being present at the time of the walk-through.

In addition to doing a walk-through with your landlord, it’s also a good idea to carefully document the condition of the unit when you move out. This should include taking detailed pictures on your phone (and backing them up somewhere safe) so your landlord cannot claim that any damage done after you moved out was your fault.

Reach Out To Your Landlord

Keep in mind that while your landlord is required by state law to refund your security deposit (as applicable with your lease agreement terms) in a timely manner, you’ll actually need to be the one to reach out to your landlord or property management company with your new contact information. Otherwise, they won’t know where to send your check!

Specifically, be sure to provide your new mailing address or a PO Box where your security deposit check can be delivered, along with additional contact information (such as your cell phone number and e-mail address). In most cases, you should expect to get your security deposit back within 30-60 days.

If You Don’t Get The Full Deposit Back…

There are many reasons as to why you may not receive your full security deposit back. One common mistake tenants make is assuming that they can skip out on their last month’s rent because they paid a full month’s security deposit when they moved in. This is typically not the case, as the deposit is meant specifically to cover damages to the unit and not designed to cover rent. Check your lease agreement if this is something you’re wondering about, but if you didn’t receive your deposit back at all and didn’t pay your last month’s rent, this is likely why.

If your landlord needed to use any of your security deposit to pay for damages to the unit before renting it back out, these costs should be outlined in detail and submitted to you. For example, if your landlord needed to have the carpets deep cleaned to remove stains you caused while living in the unit, he or she should send you an itemized list of all expenses related to having the carpets cleaned. The same applies to any other repairs or services that may have been required.

You don’t have to (nor should you) take your landlord’s word for what these repairs and services cost! Don’t hesitate to ask for documentation or receipts if they aren’t automatically provided to you. After all, this is your hard-earned money at stake.

When To Seek Legal Intervention

In most cases, disputes surrounding security deposits can be worked out between you and your landlord with a little bit of communication. If you believe any of your security deposit is being unfairly held from you, however, you may need to speak with a lawyer and take the matter to small claims court. The same applies if it’s been more than two months since you moved out of your rental unit and still haven’t received any correspondence regarding your security deposit. If this is the case, start by contacting the leasing office to ensure they have your forwarding information.

If your deposit is being held for any reason you don’t agree with, it may be worth scheduling a consultation with an experienced attorney. He or she will be able to determine whether or not you have a case to go to small claims court in an effort to recover your deposit. The same applies if your landlord tries to return your deposit without any accrued interest; in New York, landlords are legally required to pay interest (usually a small amount below 1%) to a tenant if they own a rental building with six or more units.

The Bottom Line

It’s very common practice for landlords to collect security deposits from tenants before they move in. And as long as you take good care of the rental unit and follow the terms of your lease, you should have no trouble collecting your security deposit (plus a little interest) when you move out.

Leaving your rental unit in tip-top shape can make it easier to collect your deposit when the time comes, so consider hiring a professional cleaning company to handle this for you. Maid Sailors specializes in move-in/move-out cleanings for this exact purpose, and services include deep cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and so much more! Schedule your move-out cleaning today or contact us to find out more about our cleaning service options in New York City and the surrounding areas. We sincerely look forward to serving you!

Consider Cleaning Services to Give Yourself a Break

You probably pay quite a bit of money for your posh New York City pad. And who has time for all that cleaning when you are busy pursuing your career and paying the bills? Deposits are steep in NYC, and whether you are looking at cleaning to get your deposit back or routine apartment cleaning on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, there is an easier way to get the job done. NYC apartment cleaning services can handle requests from private renters or owners. They can also handle commercial cleaning requests for large-scale projects.

We know that allowing someone into your apartment or a cleaning crew into several apartments requires a certain level of trust. When you hire a cleaning service, who knows what people are going to be coming out to do the cleaning. This is something you need to be thinking about when interviewing apartment cleaning services to decide which one to use.

Screening Process

What is the screening process they use? Do they perform background checks on all employees? Are you going to be able to meet with the cleaner prior? If this is a job that will be done on a regular basis, you are also going to want to know if it will be the same people doing the cleaning every time. These are all things to take into consideration when looking for a cleaning service.

With larger companies, you might not be guaranteed that the same people would be sent out for the job every time you need the cleaning done. Developing a schedule for the cleaning company would help make this possible. But it’s ultimately going to be up to how the NYC apartment cleaning services company operates as to whether or not you’ll get the same cleaning professionals every time. Make a request.

Choosing A Cleaning

After doing your research and finding the right company to hire then you can pick a cleaning that is suitable for you. Typically there are several options to choose from. Depending on the company you choose to work with, they should be able to customize a cleaning package to fit your needs.

Move-Out Cleaning

Move out cleaning requires a particular type of checklist that all professional apartment cleaners should be familiar with. Call it spring cleaning if you will because everything must be spotless in order to get the deposit back.  Each company will have their own approach. So it is up to you to communicate exactly what needs to be done.

Regular Cleaning

Every apartment is set up differently. And each individual has their own personal wants and needs. What do you use to clean the floors? Do you need all of your individual nicknacks dusted? Not only do you want to state your demands, but you also want to know which of the services you prefer are going to cost you extra. Some companies will charge extra for certain cleaning services while others will have them included in their price quotes.

Are you going to be responsible for keeping cleaning supplies on hand? While this may seem like a hassle and an extra expense you do not want, people often want things cleaned a particular way. The cleaning company is going to have all the cleaning supplies, but they can use cleaning supplies you provide.

Maybe you do not like the idea of any of your furniture being cleaned using any polish. Maybe you want your floors cleaned with a certain floor care solution. Consider the scope of the cleaning job they are going to provide. And consider what parts of your apartment you demand to be cleaned a certain way. If the cleaning company is not willing to comply, there is another out there that will.

As an apartment or condominium owner, you are going to want to keep certain cleaning products on you. For example a magic eraser around for walls, doors, and baseboards. Knowing what your house cleaner is using to clean with helps give you peace of mind when allowing them into your home. You know they’re there to do a job and with the right products you know they’ll do it right.

Pet Cleaning

Are there any pets in your apartment? Not only do you need to disclose this information for safety and security reasons, but also for your cleaners sake. Some people do not like pets, are scared of them, or they could even be allergic. Whether or not you have any types of pets needs to be fully disclosed when talking about an NYC apartment cleaning service about a contract. 

Things To Consider

Some people like to be home when a cleaning service is there and some people do not. When hiring a cleaning company or nude maid service it’s important to note that you will not always have a concrete time of arrival. There will be a window of time’ provided on most occasions. This can, of course, keep you in your apartment waiting. And that’s why it’s important to establish trust with the cleaning service you hire. If you have to step out for a little bit, you can do so with ease knowing that you’re coming home to a clean apartment. And that all of your belongings are still there.

When unfamiliar with the cleaning companies available in New York City start by asking around and googling reviews. People in your apartment complex might have used a cleaning service before, or perhaps your landlord has a good referral waiting for you. And yelp is always a good place to look for reviews for any company.

Handy Storage Solutions for Planning a Move into a Tiny Apartment

Shall we leave it to the experts? Definitely yes! Because we can all agree that moving is a tedious task. From packing, loading to unloading, there is a lot that goes behind an effective move. But downsizing into smaller spaces is even more challenging. In this situation, you have to be both a mover and a good planner. Since it’s possible to be both, I am moved to believe that the actual problem is not if you decide to pack and move yourself. But, rather, the thought process that goes behind the whole thing.

So, how should you go about it? Especially now that you have decided to move into a tiny apartment. Have you figured out where all the extra clothes will go?

‘Need’ and ‘Want’ are Two Different Things

Pack the things that you will need and be ruthless about selling or giving away things you desire. I know it will be hard to get rid of the things that hold sentimental value. But on the other hand, they will need extra space. So, be ruthless while making the list. You don’t need that extra piece of table or a set of chairs. This all looked good in your old house. Your tiny apartment will not permit you to keep anything extra. So, make sure you move and pack the items you need. Sell the things in your ‘want list’ or give them to someone who may need them more than you do.

Multifunctional Furniture Will Make Your Life Easier

The best thing about multifunctional furniture is that they help you store a lot of things. I saw a multifunctional bed in my friend’s apartment. So, this inspiration basically arrives from her. Plus I think it is one of the best ways to store belongings. You can easily store clothes, keep your hairdryer, curlers straightener, place your books, stuff pillows, bed covers, and bedsheets. As you can see there is a lot you can store in a multifunctional bed. So, begin by adding a multifunctional bed to your room.

Take Help of Bins and Baskets

Storing in bins and baskets is pocket-friendly and will help you downsize easily. The most vital part about baskets is that they can be stored anywhere in the house. You can keep them in the kitchen, in one corner of the room, on the shelves, and even on the entryway. Instead, the most interesting part is that bins and baskets come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. So, if a basket is lying in one corner of the house it will probably look like it is a part of the decoration. But experts are of the view that you should practice labeling each bin. It will help you find what you need when the moment arises.

Place Hooks Strategically

If you are looking forward to create maximum space in the house. Hooks is the word for you. They are easy to install. They will not burden your pocket and they are extremely handy. Not only this, but hooks will also help you create extra space in your tiny apartment. Now, you can install them in the kitchen, the entrance, bathroom, closets, pantries, and behind the room doors. So, go ahead and hang the towel, your clothes, hats, umbrellas, belts, wiper, broom, etc.

Wall-Mounted Utility Holders are Your Best Friend

This is one of the best techniques to store kitchen equipment and the items you keep in the pantry. You no longer need to throw your pantry items on the floor or stack a pile of cleaning items behind the door. Instead, you can invest in a wall-mounted utility holder. Place it on the wall and place all the cleaning items. From mop, wiper to broom, everything can be easily mounted onto the wall. These handy storage racks get easily attached to your wall and come at an affordable price.

Replace Normal Tables with Ottoman

Your living room is nothing without a good table. So, how about placing a good looking Ottoman in the center of your living room. It is a convenient option for people looking to store maximum things without compromising the quality of decoration. So, if you are planning on investing in the decoration of your house. Think practically and find things that will serve two purposes at the same time. Just like an Ottoman serves two purposes. One purpose is that of decoration because the market is filled with stylish ottomans. The second purpose is that of storage. An ottoman will definitely serve your storing needs. You can store pillows, magazines, and anything you deem fit for the ottoman to store.

Wall Racks Will Work Wonders for You

For those of you who don’t know what wall racks are, pay attention to this point. Because wall racks placed behind the door might be your savior in disguise. So, how about investing in a wall rack that can be placed on the wall, and behind the doors. Though some of the experts are of the view that a wall rack is the best fit for doors. But you can still mount them on the wall. A wall rack will help you keep all the items. From a jar of pulses to sauces, everything about a wall rack is convenient. So, make sure you place your wall rack right behind the kitchen door and use it for the purpose of storing items that require a drawer.

Use the Power of Shelves

There is nothing better than a mounted shelf. Whether in your kitchen or the living area, a shelf will definitely help you store a no of things. In fact, you can find ready-made shelves in the market and online. They come at a reasonable price and is one of the convenient storage options. So, how about placing a shelf in the bathroom instead of creating an extra space to keep toiletries and towels. You can also use them as a medium to place decorative items in the living area. At least the shelves will help you keep the floor space empty and you will find it easy to downsize into a tiny apartment.

If you are planning on moving into a tiny apartment, these are some of the vital points you need to keep in mind. Plus when it comes to living, bigger is not always better. Instead, tiny spaces have their own advantages like low maintenance and less space to clean. A tiny space will also allow you the privilege to decorate on a budget. So, congratulations on your tiny apartment and I hope you have a good time downsizing.

Living In Jersey City While Working In NYC

Have you recently accepted a job in New York City? If so, then congratulations! As you prepare to begin your new position, one of the most important steps you’ll need to take is to secure a place to live near your place of employment (if you haven’t done so already). It’s no secret that New York City is one of the most expensive places in the world to live—but believe it or not, working in NYC doesn’t mean you have to live there.

In recent years, more people have begun moving to New Jersey and commuting to their jobs in different areas of New York City, such as Manhattan. Specifically, Jersey City has become a hot-spot for those who work in NYC but want to live somewhere more affordable, all while still being close enough to the Big Apple to commute to work daily.

Before you sign a lease on an overpriced studio apartment in Manhattan, then, be sure to at least explore your options in Jersey City. You may be surprised at how much more affordable it is to live here and how easy the daily commute to your job in New York City can be. By having a better understanding of what living in Jersey City is like, as well as some of the pros and cons of living there while working in New York City, you can ultimately make an informed and confident decision.

About Jersey City

Jersey City, New Jersey is situated along the Hudson River and part of Upper New York Bay. As the second most populated city in New Jersey, its population is estimated at 247,597 as of the 2010 United States Census. Some people actually consider Jersey City to be a “hidden NYC borough” due to the fact that the commute is significantly shorter between Manhattan and Jersey City than it is between Manhattan and many other NYC neighborhoods.

While not nearly as large as New York City, Jersey City is still a relatively large city and offers plenty in the way of arts and entertainment, dining, and more. Major employers in the city’s bustling downtown area include Barclays and Goldman Sachs.

Benefits of Living in Jersey City

Whether you’ve already accepted a job offer in New York City or are seeking employment in the Big Apple, there are many reasons to consider calling Jersey City home.

Lower Overall Cost of Living

Despite the proximity, the overall cost of living in Jersey City is significantly lower than any of the neighborhoods in New York City. According to Numbeo.com data, overall consumer prices in New York City are more than 25% higher than they are in Jersey City. Groceries, dining, and general consumer goods are also much higher in NYC than they are in Jersey City. If you’re looking to make your budget stretch as far as possible, then, you’ll get a lot more out of your money when living in Jersey City as opposed to an expensive NYC neighborhood like Manhattan.

More Affordable/Available Real Estate

In addition to the overall cost of living being more affordable in Jersey City, real estate (both rentals and purchases) is much more affordable and easy to come by in Jersey City. In fact, rent prices in New York City are estimated to be around 65% higher than rent in Jersey City.

Let’s look at a specific example for comparison. According to Business Insider, the average monthly cost of living in Jersey City is about $2,000. This includes a mortgage payment of about $1,300, in addition to property taxes and similar costs. In Manhattan, the average monthly cost of living is more than $4,500 per month, including a typical mortgage payment nearly $3,700.

With lower mortgage and rental costs in Jersey City, this may mean you’ll be able to afford a nicer/larger place or that you’re able to pocket that extra money that you otherwise would have spent on your costly NYC rent. Many people also find that they don’t need to find roommates to afford a place to live in Jersey City, whereas you may find it necessary to find one or several roommates to comfortably afford a place in an NYC neighborhood like Manhattan or Queens.

There also tends to be less competition for places to live in Jersey City, which could make it less stressful for you to find and secure a place to live. All too often, the biggest challenge of moving to NYC is finding and securing a place to live before it gets taken off the market.

Lower Taxes

The sales taxes in Jersey City are also much lower than that of New York City’s. Specifically, NYC has a whopping 8.5% sales tax, whereas Jersey City’s is just 3.5%. This means you’ll save even more money on the goods you purchase while living in Jersey City. New Jersey also has no sales tax on clothing/apparel items, so you can save money if you need to stock up on a new wardrobe for work.

Potential Drawbacks to Consider

While there are plenty of advantages to living in Jersey City while working in New York City, there are some potential drawbacks to consider as well.

Commute Costs and Time

When you live in Jersey City and work in NYC, you’ll have to commute. Depending on where your place of employment is located and what time of day you need to travel in/out of work, you could end up spending a fair amount of time on your daily commute. Commuting can also add up in terms of cost. However, it is worth noting that even if you lived in New York City, you’d probably still have a commute to get to your work each day.

You may be able to alleviate some of your commute costs and time by inquiring with your employer about potentially working remotely one or two days a week. More employers are open to this option than ever before, though it may not be appropriate for all industries.

Different Vibe/Lifestyle

For those who love New York City and its unique vibe, the simple fact is that you cannot recreate the NYC lifestyle anywhere else. Jersey City, like living in Weehawken, has a lot to offer and has its own unique culture, but it is by no means similar to that of New York City. With this in mind, those who are really looking forward to becoming a “true New Yorker” may not be happy living in Jersey City.

Potential Tax/Withholding Confusion

Any time you’re living in a different state than the one in which you work, there can be some confusion when it comes to tax withholding and paying your state taxes. You may need to consult with a tax professional to make sure you’re paying the appropriate amounts to each state; otherwise, you may face underpayment penalties when it comes time to file.

The good news is that it’s extremely common for people to live in New Jersey while working in NYC, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to work this out and avoid problems.

Jersey City Real Estate

Now that you have a better understanding of the inherent pros and cons of living in Jersey City while working in New York City, you may be wondering what to expect when it comes to seeking out Jersey City real estate. Whether you’re interested in buying or renting, there are some important things to keep in mind.

Which Neighborhood is Right For You?

Start by getting a better feel for the different neighborhoods in Jersey City; this way, you can ultimately narrow down which neighborhoods will best suit your lifestyle and budget. For example, if you want the “big city” feel, then you’ll probably want to look in downtown Jersey City for your next home or you may want to check out Hoboken. There are plenty of condominium and apartment buildings in downtown Jersey City, though single-family homes here can be a little more difficult to come by. Still, downtown is a great place to live if you want to be within easy walking distance to nightlife, restaurants, and much more of what Jersey City has to offer.

Another popular neighborhood to consider is that of Paulus Hook; this particular neighborhood is the closest to Manhattan, making for the shortest commute if that’s where you’ll be working. It’s actually only one mile across the river from Paulus-Hook to Manhattan. This neighborhood also has a charming small-town feel with plenty of great local shops and restaurants.

The Bergen-Lafayete neighborhood is another one to consider, especially if you’re looking to live somewhere that is rich in culture and diversity. There are a lot of luxury rental options here, but if you’re on a budget, you’ll have options for both buying and renting as well.

Getting to NYC From Jersey City

If you’re interested in living in Jersey City while you work in NYC, you’ll want to take some time and research your transportation options so you know just how to get to work each day. Perhaps the most popular commuting option to get between New Jersey and New York City is the PATH train, which runs 24 hours a day and provides direct routes from Jersey City to Midtown Manhattan, downtown Manhattan, and most of Brooklyn.

In addition to the PATH train, there are also plenty of bus lines that run directly from Jersey City to different parts of New York City. These tend to be independently run, so prices can vary. Still, this is an option worth checking out. Just be aware that you may be prone to being stuck in traffic if you need to commute during popular times of day, such as rush hour.

Ferries across the Hudson River are another great transportation option—and depending on where in Jersey City you live, this could be the most practical and affordable commuting choice as well. And of course, you’ll enjoy beautiful skyline views (and no stand-still rush-hour traffic) when you take the ferry in to work.

Tips for a Smooth Move

Leaning towards moving to Jersey City and commuting to work in NYC? If so, there are some tips you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Hire a Team of Professionals

When it comes to loading and transporting all of your belongings, hiring a team of professional movers is one of the best choices you can make. This is especially true if you’ll be moving to or from a high-rise, where getting items in and out can be a real challenge. You will also need to hire a Jersey City maid service that is familiar with all the cleaning procedures in the city.

Consider a Broker or Real Estate Agent

While real estate is more affordable and readily available in Jersey City than it is in New York City, there is still some competition. By working with a real estate agent or broker, you may have an easier time finding a place that suits your needs and budget. These professionals will also help to ensure you’re getting a fair deal while serving as a line of communication between you and the seller or landlord/property management company.

Keep an Open Mind

If you have your heart set on living in a specific neighborhood in Jersey City, try to keep an open mind to seeing rentals or homes for sale in other parts of the city as well. Keeping an open mind can go a long way in taking the stress out of your home search and ultimately making it easier to find a place that works with your lifestyle needs and budget.

Inquire About Relocation Assistance

It never hurts to ask if your employer offers any kind of relocation assistance as part of your job offer. Some employers will kick in a certain dollar amount to go towards your move. This can help to cover the costs related to hiring movers or even furnishing your new place.

Don’t Overlook Professional Cleaners

Before you move into your new place, consider hiring professionals to perform a thorough move-in cleaning so you can save yourself the time and hassle of cleaning the place yourself. From there, you can move all your furniture in with confidence and not have to lift a finger when it comes to cleaning. Maid Sailors is proud to offer move-in/move-out services to take the stress out of your next move. If you’ll be moving out of a place in New York City, you can trust us with your move-out cleaning as well!

Overall, living in Jersey City while working in New York City can be a smart move—both from a budgetary and practical standpoint. You’ll be able to make your budget go further and have an easier time finding a great place to live.

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Hiring a Nude Maid Service

If you need a little help in keeping your home clean, you’re not alone. These days, it’s not difficult to find professional home cleaning service nyc no matter where you live. However, one unique and relatively new business model that is beginning to emerge in the home cleaning industry is that of nude maid services.

While it may sound silly at first, nude maid services have really picked up in popularity across the country. Whether this is something you’re interested in yourself or you’re thinking about booking a nude cleaning service for a partner/spouse, there are some things you should know before moving forward.

What is a Nude Maid Service?

A nude maid service is more-or-less what the term implies! Rather than having a fully dressed maid come to your home and handle your cleaning tasks, a nude maid service offers topless and even fully nude cleaners for your viewing pleasure. Often times, these maids can handle all your “routine” cleaning services (such as sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming) in addition to other light household tasks, such as preparing meals or even bringing you a beverage. You can also, check out how to hire an ethnic maid service here.



It’s important to understand what a nude maid service is not, however. These are not escort services, and any reputable nude maid business will have a strict terms of service agreement that you will be required to sign before your appointment. This agreement will outline the terms of the work to be completed and may explicitly prohibit any lewd acts, propositions, or even picture-taking of your maid during the appointment.

Ultimately, a nude maid service is designed to serve two purposes. One is to take care of your basic house cleaning tasks so you don’t have to handle them yourself. The other is to provide you with an enjoyable view while these cleaning tasks are tended to. Nothing more, nothing less! You may also be wondering, “How do I find nude house cleaning services near me?”. The answer is simple! You can reach out to a couple of professional cleaners in the area and ask if they offer it, or rely on search engines like google! Just search “nude maid services near me” and a few should pop up.

Why Hire a Nude Maid Service?

There are a few reasons some people choose to hire a nude maid service over a traditional house cleaning service.

Enjoy a Clean House…With a View

Having somebody else come in and clean your home for you is nice, but what if you could enjoy the added benefit of watching an attractive maid your home as well? A nude maid service provides you the opportunity to sit back, relax, and take in the view all while your home is cleaned thoroughly.

Be the Envy of Your Friends

Whether you end up purchasing a nude maid service as a one-time treat for yourself or on a recurring basis, having a nude maid come in and clean your home will make you the envy of all your friends. Who wouldn’t be jealous of a person who not only hires someone else to clean their house, but to do so in the nude?

Treat Your Partner or Spouse

Many nude house cleaning services offer special promotions around Valentine’s Day and other holidays, which can provide a fun opportunity for you to treat your partner or spouse to a nude cleaning service for the first time. Many couples have found that these services can help renew the “spark” in their relationship. Of course, this is something you’ll want to talk over with your partner (it’s not something you should surprise him or her with!)—but many partners and spouses are appreciative of such a fun and unique gift idea.

Potential Drawbacks to Hiring a Nude Maid Service

As you can probably imagine, there are some inherent drawbacks to hiring a nude maid service as well.

May Not Be Spouse-Approved

If you have a partner or spouse, you’ll need to run the idea of hiring a nude maid service past him or her before booking your appointment. While some partners are supportive of bringing in a nude maid service (and may even enjoy the view themselves!), others may not be as open to the idea. You don’t want to create any permanent rifts in your relationship by hiring a nude cleaning service without your partner’s approval—so be sure to keep this in mind and find a way to approach the subject tactfully, keeping in mind that not all partners may be thrilled with the idea of bringing a nude worker into your shared home.

Not Appropriate for Households With Kids

If you have children, you’ll also need to make sure they’re removed from the home during your nude maid appointment. This can create scheduling conflicts with those who already lead busy lives, which could negate part of the convenience of hiring a house cleaning service in the first place.

Might Get the Neighbors Talking

Not all nude cleaning companies are discrete with their services. If your maid shows up in a vehicle that clearly advertises nude cleaning services, you can pretty much guarantee that your neighbors will notice—and they will start gossiping. People will make a lot of unfair assumptions about people who hire nude cleaning services, so be sure to consider how your reputation may be affected by something like this.

If gossiping neighbors are something you’re worried about, consider looking for a nude maid service that will show up in an unmarked or otherwise discrete vehicle. This could give you some added peace of mind and help you avoid the judgment of your neighborhood.

May Be Seen as Objectifying

When you’re paying somebody to perform a service nude in your home, it’s easy to see how this can be viewed as objectifying to the worker. Consider whether this is something you’ll be able to live with, or if your conscience will make you feel guilty about it.

More Costly Than Traditional Maid Services

Not surprisingly, nude maid services often cost significantly more than traditional house cleaning services or office cleaning services. Most companies charge by the hour for nude cleaning, and many companies also have a minimum number of hours that you need to book as well. If you’re on a tight budget for house cleaning, this may not be a practical option for you unless you can find a discount or other special promotion.

Keep in mind that some nude cleaning businesses do offer discounts for first-time customers, so this could help you get a better idea of whether the extra cost would be worth it down the road.

Things to Consider When Hiring a Nude Maid Service

If you’re leaning towards trying out a nude maid service for yourself, there are some things you’ll want to consider before you book.

Level of Nudity

First of all, find out what level of nudity is offered by the company if this is important to you. Some companies advertise themselves as offering “nude” maids, but what they actually offer are maids dressed in lingerie. If actual nudity is what you’re looking for, take time to find a fully nude maid or topless maid service in your area.

Pricing and Services Offered

Cost is another important factor for most people booking a nude house cleaning service. Find out what kind of pricing is available; most companies charge per-hour and may require a two-hour (or more) minimum for your appointment. Others may have package options available for a flat fee. Either way, be sure to find out what you’ll be paying (don’t forget to add a tip!) and what type of deposit is required, if any.

And of course, know what you’re paying for. While part of the cost of a nude cleaning service is the view, you’re still paying for your house to be cleaned. Find out exactly what cleaning services will be included with your fee. Some companies only offer light cleaning and dusting, whereas others may include deep cleaning and even cooking services.

Terms of Service and Policies

Nude cleaning businesses tend to have strict policies and terms of service to protect their employees. Be sure to read through the terms of service before booking your appointment so you understand what’s allowed versus what’s not allowed during your service. For example, many companies have very strict terms against physical contact with maids at any time. Most companies prohibit you from taking photos or videos of your maid as well.

Confidentiality Agreement

When providing your contact information to any new company, there’s always a concern about privacy and how your information will be used. Find out whether your nude cleaning company offers any type of confidentiality agreement. This will give you added peace of mind in knowing that your information won’t be shared with any third parties. Some companies will even have a generic company name appear on your credit card statement for added privacy.

Are Photos Available?

Many nude cleaning companies have a handful of maids from which to choose. Check the company’s website to see if they have photos available of their individual maids, and if you can request a specific maid for your appointment. Otherwise, you’ll likely be assigned the first available maid who is free during your requested appointment time.

Keep in mind that even if you are able to request a specific maid based on photos, there is no guarantee that the maid will be available during your appointment slot. If this is the case, the company may contact you to provide you with the maid’s schedule so you can change your appointment time as desired. Otherwise, you will be offered the opportunity to choose a different maid.

Cancelation and Rescheduling Policies

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment for any reason, make sure you’re aware of the company’s policies for this. Many Airbnb cleaning services and nude cleaning businesses understand that schedules can change and things can come up at the last minute. In most cases, you should be able to receive your deposit back or avoid further cancellation fees as long as you cancel within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment.

All companies can vary in this regard, however, so it’s best to read the terms of service carefully so you’ll know what to expect if you need to cancel or schedule for any reason.

The Bottom Line on Nude Maid Services

With plenty of pros, cons, and things to consider when it comes to nude maid services, you may still be wondering whether this is truly right for you. Ultimately, only you (and perhaps your spouse) can reach that decision. Should you decide to move forward with hiring a nude cleaning service, be sure to keep these key considerations in mind to find the service that’s right for your needs.

And of course, if you decide to stick with a traditional cleaning service in NYC, our professional team at Maid Sailors is always here for you.

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Your Comprehensive Guide to Hiring a Cleaning Lady

These days, more New Yorkers are turning to professional cleaning services to keep their homes neat and tidy. Have you been thinking about hiring a cleaning lady? If so, then you may be wondering where to begin. With so many cleaning services scattered throughout your neighborhood, you want to figure out which is best for your specific cleaning needs, budget, and schedule.

Benefits of Hiring a Cleaning Lady

If you’re still not 100% sold on the idea of spending your hard-earned money on a cleaning lady, now is a good time to revisit some of the key benefits.

Free Up Valuable Time

Often times, people are hesitant to hire a cleaning service because of the cost. However, it’s also important to consider the value of your time! How many hours do you spend cleaning your living space each week? If you could free up that time, what would you do with it? When you really start to consider the true value of your free time, it becomes easier to justify the costs associated with hiring a cleaning lady.

Entertain With Confidence

If you’ve ever hesitated to invite a friend or loved one to your home because you were embarrassed by its cleanliness (or lack thereof), then it’s probably time to hire a cleaning service. This is especially true around the holiday season and other times of year where you may be planning to host parties or gatherings. By having your place professionally cleaned before guests arrive, you can entertain with confidence.

Cut Down on Sick Time

A cleaner home is a healthier home. With regular dusting and sanitation of surfaces, you can get rid of unwanted germs and bacteria throughout your living space. As a result, you may find that you get sick less often or that you can even breathe easier without dust and allergens floating around your indoor air.

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Cleaning Lady

Now that you better understand why so many people use professional cleaning services these days, it’s time to begin your search for your ideal cleaning lady. As you begin narrowing down cleaners in your area, consider setting up an interview (whether in-person or over-the-phone) to ask some important questions that will help you reach your decision.

What Services Do You Offer?

Not all cleaning professionals offer the exact same services, so if you have something specific in mind, make sure that this is offered. For example, if you live in an apartment building but want the outsides of your windows cleaned, this is a service you may have a hard time finding a maid for. Instead, you may be better off hiring an additional worker to clean your windows separately. Or, if you are looking for someone who can do an office cleaning, you may want to find a maid service who can handle that.

Some of the more common cleaning services offered by maids include general house cleaning, deep-cleaning, and move-in/move-out cleanings. Some not so common offerings, such as nude maids are offered by a select few companies.

What Days/Hours Are You Available?

Your schedule is probably busy enough as it is. The last thing you need is to have to re-arrange your schedule to work around that of your house cleaners. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to find out what your cleaning lady’s availability is like. Many maids work Monday-Friday, though some may also work weekends.

If scheduling is a concern, you may also be able to find a cleaning lady who will come to your home while you’re at work or handling other obligations. However, not all cleaning ladies are comfortable with working while you’re not there—so this can vary,

Will You Bring All Your Own Supplies?

Cleaning supplies can be costly, so finding a cleaning professional who brings her own products and other supplies can save you a lot of hassle and money. Most cleaning ladies will probably offer to use their own supplies at no additional charge. Some may even offer green-cleaning services, though you may end up paying extra.

If you want your cleaner to use a specific product in your home, make sure she will accommodate that request as well. In most cases, all you have to do is leave out the cleaner you wish to use and most maids will oblige.

In addition to cleaning products (such as window cleaner and disinfectant spray), you’ll also want to make sure that your maid will provide her own vacuums, mops, and other equipment if you don’t have your own. In some cases, you may need to give a heads-up to your cleaning lady ahead of time so she can bring the necessary equipment to your job.

What is Your Pricing Structure?

Price is a common concern when it comes to hiring a cleaning lady. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should automatically choose the cleaner who can offer you the cheapest rates. In general, you get what you pay for—so your goal should be to find the best value for a quality cleaning job.

Some cleaning ladies will charge by-the-hour, whereas others may charge a flat fee for your job. In addition to finding out how much your cleaning job will cost ahead of time, you’ll also want to inquire as to whether a deposit is required and what forms of payment are accepted. Don’t hesitate to ask about tipping policies as well. In general, if you’re hiring an independent contractor as your cleaning lady, you aren’t expected to tip. If you’re booking through a cleaning company, however, you may want to find out whether a gratuity is included with your price.

Do You Carry Liability Insurance?

Choosing a cleaning lady who carries liability insurance is an absolute must. While unlikely, there are many things that could potentially go wrong during a cleaning job. Your cleaning lady could accidentally damage something in your home, or she could be injured in a fall down the stairs. Either way, a liability insurance policy provides both you and your cleaning professional with extra protection so that you’re not held financially or legally liable in these kinds of scenarios.

Any reputable cleaning professional should be able to provide you with proof of liability insurance, so don’t hire until you’re sure.

Will You Submit to a Background Check?

Whether you’ll be present while your house cleaner is working or not, having a cleaning lady who has been extensively background checked is also a must. Any reputable cleaning company will require that all their cleaners pass a background check before being hired. If you’re hiring through a cleaning company, make sure that this is the case. If you’re hiring an independent cleaner, don’t be afraid to ask her to submit to a background check. There is nothing wrong with wanting to know that you can trust the person you are inviting into your home.

Do You Have a List of References?

Some cleaners may have a list of references to provide for people whose homes they have cleaned in the past. This can be a great way to reach out to past (or current) clients get a better feel for the type of work they received from your prospective cleaner. Even if your cleaner doesn’t advertise a list of references, it never hurts to ask.

If you’re hiring through a larger cleaning company, you may also be able to find some reviews online. Third-party reviews are a great way to find out more about what others have had to say about your cleaner’s quality of work, demeanor, and more.

Looking for the Best Cleaning Service?

If you’re still having trouble finding the best cleaning lady for your needs in your neighborhood, have you checked out Maid Sailors? We take pride in offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee with every cleaning service booked. We’re also competitively priced and offer a wide range of cleaning services to meet your needs, including recurring cleaning services at a discounted rate.

All of our cleaners are bonded, insured, and fully vetted for your peace of mind. Contact us today at (212) 299-5170 to schedule your first cleaning appointment or book online. We look forward to helping you end your search for the best cleaning lady!

Are You A Hoarder? Recognize The Signs of Hoarding Today

Chances are you’ve stumbled across this article for a reason. Whether that reason is that you, yourself are a hoarder. Or someone you know may be struggling with a hoarding illness. It’s important to know what hoarding is, why people do it, and what it can do to you before getting help.

What is hoarding?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term hoarding, it means amass of valued objects that are hidden or stored away. However, this term is not to be used lightly as hoarding can be a serious illness that people suffer from. We as humans have a tendency to fall in love with our valuables. We love our objects, sometimes more than we love our own flesh and blood. It’s not our fault, it’s just in our nature. It’s the world we have evolved into today as a species.

Nonetheless, hoarding can be a huge problem. It can cause an array of mental disorders, health complications, and relationship problems. The disorder occurs in an estimated two to six percent of the population and often leads to problems functioning, and emotional distress. It can even lead to being buried alive. Yes, being buried alive can really happen if someone is truly a hoarder.

Why do people hoard?

According to the American Psychiatric Association people with a hoarding disorder feel the need to excessively save items that others may view as worthless.” So what exactly does this mean? It means that these people have difficulty letting go of objects that they don’t need, use, or that may even be garbage which leads to the disruption of their daily activities by filling their home with clutter.

 

People who hoard often portray the image of being a collector. But here’s the difference, collectors look for specific items to organize and display them, possibly in hopes that one day they can sell them for more money than they spent on the collection in the first place. Hoarders save random objects and store them haphazardly. After a person has gotten really bad into hoarding they will save items that should be removed from the home such as garbage or even animal feces to which they are often in denial about.

This illness often begins with a traumatic loss or grieving. As humans, we have no control over other people or death for that matter. So sometimes the only control a person feels he or she has is over the objects and valuables that they obtain. People with this disorder often believe their valuables will be useful to them in sometime in the future regardless of whether these valuables should actually be discarded or not.

What are the consequences of hoarding disorder?

As previously mentioned about this disorder has a variety of consequences. Including but not limited to problems with social and work activities, loss of important relationships, safety concerns, mental disorders, and health complications. And any children in the home can be removed.

How to know when to see a doctor?

Individuals with this disorder have a hard time discarding their possessions. They tend to have a strong perception that they need to keep the items. There is often a feeling of anxiety or depression that comes with letting go of these objects. If feelings like this arise in the home, it’s time to consult with a professional.

As hard as this might be, if you or someone you know may be struggling with a hoarding disorder you should contact your primary care physician or mental health professional as soon as possible. Many communities have professionals and agencies that are here to help. 

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How to Clean Wicker Baskets

Wicker baskets can serve a lot of practical purposes in any home. Not only can wicker baskets add a warm touch to your existing decor, but they can also be used to store just about anything in a decorative way. From living rooms and bathrooms to kitchens and bedrooms, you’d be hard-pressed to find a space where wicker baskets can’t come in handy. And because they’re made of relatively inexpensive yet durable materials, you can stock up on wicker baskets of various sizes at your local home goods store without breaking the bank.

Still, wicker baskets (just like any other storage container in your home) will need to be cleaned from time to time. By knowing how (and how often) to clean your wicker baskets, you can keep them looking great for years to come.

Reasons to Clean Your Wicker Baskets

Unlike a “traditional” plastic storage bin, a wicker basket naturally has a lot of grooves, nooks, and crannies. As beautiful as the woven design of a wicker basket can be, these small nooks can easily harbor dust, allergens, and other debris that you don’t want lying around your home. And because there are so many small crevices in the average wicker basket, a feather duster or other usual means of dusting may be ineffective.

Not only can this build-up on your wicker baskets be unsightly, but it can detract from the look and feel of your space as well. Over time, wicker baskets that aren’t cleaned will become dingy looking, which may mean you feel obligated to spend your hard-earned money on new storage solutions for your home.

Time to Clean Your Wicker Baskets?

The good news is that with proper care and cleaning, your wicker baskets can last for many more years before needing to be replaced. The key is knowing how to care for your wicker baskets with routine cleaning and when to spend the time on a deep clean.

Routine Care and Cleaning

The best way to keep your wicker baskets looking great in between deep cleanings is to simply dust and/or vacuum them often. While it won’t get rid of all debris, a quick dusting can help to remove dust from the surface. You can also use a vacuum with a hose attachment to draw out some more stubborn dust and debris. This should be done as part of your regular cleaning routine once every week or two for the best results.

Deep Cleaning Your Wicker Baskets

How often you need to deep clean your wicker baskets will depend on how dusty and grimy they get, as well as what you store in them and where they’re located within the home. Baskets used for storage of toilet paper rolls in a bathroom, for example, will likely accumulate dust/debris from the bath tissue rolls that will need to be cleaned more frequently than other baskets in your home. As a general rule, it’s good to aim for an annual deep cleaning of the wicker baskets throughout your home.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Wicker Baskets

Depending on how many wicker baskets you have to clean and how dirty they are, you can expect to spend about 30 minutes to an hour on this project.

Empty Them Out and Dust Them

Begin by completely emptying out the wicker baskets you plan on cleaning. This will make it easier to get rid of all dust and other debris. If you’re cleaning multiple baskets at once, make sure you have a way of organizing the contents of each basket so you remember where they go.

Once they’re emptied out, dust and/or vacuum them as you normally would. For smaller baskets, you may also wish to turn them upside down over a trash can to shake additional dust and debris loose from small crevices.

Create a Cleaning Mixture

Next, create a cleaning mixture for your wicker baskets by adding a couple of drops of your favorite dish-washing liquid to a bucket of warm water. From there, use a clean rag lightly dipped into the cleaning mixture to begun wiping down each basket inside and out. For the smallest crevices, you can use a toothbrush or even a bottle cleaning brush to achieve the best results.

The key here is to remember not to saturate the wicker with water, as this could cause permanent warping and other damage. Use just enough of the cleaning product to achieve the results you want.

Dry With a Microfiber Cloth

When you’re happy with the cleanliness of the basket, take some time to wipe it dry inside and out with a clean microfiber cloth. Thoroughly cleaning the basket will help protect it from moisture damage and potential mildew or mold growth. You may even want to set the baskets outside to air dry, or place them in front of a box fan to expedite the drying process before you put the contents of each basket back in place.

Keeping Your Wicker Baskets Clean

As you can see, cleaning your wicker baskets is a pretty simple job—and it doesn’t have to take much of your time. To keep the bottoms of your wicker baskets cleaner, you may also consider lining them with shelf liner that can be replaced as needed. Some people may also lay a hand towel down on the bottom of the basket that they can swap out with a fresh one every so often.

You can also cut down on the amount of dust and debris that ends up on your wicker baskets by making sure your home’s air filter is swapped out or cleaned at least once every 90 days. This can also help to improve indoor air quality and reduce the number of airborne particles in the air you breathe. As a result, you may find that you need to dust and clean your wicker baskets less often.

For More Help With Your Cleaning Tasks…

While cleaning out your wicker baskets isn’t a very difficult or time-consuming task, your household cleaning chores can quickly add up. More than likely, you have enough going on in your life to keep you busy, so now may be a good time to schedule a maid service so you can spend less time cleaning and more time doing the things you love.

Maid Sailors offers cleaning services to hard-working people. We take pride in our competitive pricing and 100% satisfaction guarantee. Give us a call today at (212) 299-5170 to schedule your cleaning appointment or find out more about our team. You can also book your appointment right now using our online booking form.

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How to Clean White Shoes

Buying a pair of crisp, white shoes always seems like a good idea—until you accidentally step in a mud puddle the first time you wear them. The good news is that it’s possible to remove most stains from a white pair of shoes so you can keep them looking as fresh as the day you bought them. And of course, everybody deserves to have a nice pair of white shoes in their wardrobe. Not only are white shoes eye-catching, but they’re also versatile enough to be worn with many different outfits.

If you’ve been putting off buying that pair of white shoes for fear of not being able to keep them clean, relax! We’ve got some tried-and-true methods for cleaning your white shoes and keeping them clean.

Methods for Cleaning White Shoes

The specific methods you should use to clean your white shoes will ultimately come down to the material out of which they’re made and the materials/supplies you have on-hand. As a general rule, it’s always best to defer to the specific cleaning methods for the exact material your shoes are made of. This is especially important when it comes to fabric materials that may be easily damaged by harsh chemicals or cleaning methods.

Try a Magic Eraser

For non-fabric materials, a magic eraser can work wonders when it comes to removing scuff marks and other stains from the surface of your white shoes. Even if you do have fabric shoes (such as a canvas or mesh material), a magic eraser sponge can help to remove scuffs and other unsightly marks from the soles of the shoes.

Another tip about magic erasers; if you want to save some money, skip out on the “name brand” and purchase a supply of melamine foam online. This is the exact same material that brand-name eraser sponges are made out of—but you’ll get much more bang for your buck.

To use a magic eraser sponge, all you have to do is get the sponge slightly damp. From there, rub the sponge in circular motions around stains and scuff marks to watch them “magically” disappear! You can then rinse and wring out the magic eraser to use it many more times before replacing it.

Scrub With Soap and Water

If you have canvas, mesh, or other fabric materials that need to be cleaned on your shoes, you may have better luck washing them with good old-fashioned soap and water. For the best results, we recommend adding a few drops of your favorite gentle dish soap to a bowl of warm water.

From there, dip a clean washcloth (preferably microfiber washcloth) into the soap and water mixture and then scrub away in small, circular motions at any stains or discoloration on your shoes. You can then blot away excess water using a clean towel and leave your shoes out in the sun to expedite the drying process. It’s generally best to avoid putting your shoes in the dryer, as this could cause your shoes to lose their shape and become damaged.

Clean With Bleach

If your shoes are really looking worse for wear, the most effective method will likely be to clean them using a diluted bleach solution. Before working with bleach, it’s always a good idea to don some protective gloves. From there, while working in a well-ventilated area, mix one-part bleach to five parts water in a bowl or small bucket.

From there, dip a scrub brush or a toothbrush into the bleach solution until it is saturated. Scrub in small circular motions of your shoes, paying special attention to soiled and stained areas. As you work, you should be able to see your shoes become brighter and whiter. When you’re happy with the cleanliness of your shoes, use a damp cloth to wipe away any remaining bleach mixture and let your shoes dry in a well-ventilated area. For best results, place your shoes in front of a fan or even outside to dry completely.

How to Keep Your Shoes Clean and White

Now that you’ve got your shoes looking bright and white once again, you may be wondering how you can keep them looking clean for as long as possible. We’ve got some practical and effective tips for making that happen so you can get as much wear out of your white shoes as possible before needing to buy a new pair.

Deep Clean as Needed

When you notice your shoes starting to look discolored or dingy, it’s time to give them a spot cleaning with one of the methods listed above. The frequency with which you’ll need to clean your shoes will depend on how often you wear them and in what conditions. However, spot cleaning your shoes in between deep cleanings will help keep them looking great.

Use a Spray Protector

If you haven’t already, now may be a good time to invest in a spray-on shoe protector. These sprays are designed to repel liquids and stains from setting into the material on your shoes. You simply spray one or two coats on your shoes and allow them to dry; from there, you can begin enjoying extra protection against stains. For the best results, apply a new coat or two every couple of weeks.

You can find spray-on protectors for your shoes at most shoe stores, but you can also purchase them pretty inexpensively online.

Keep Them Properly Stored

Make sure your shoes are being stored properly when they’re not being worn. Leaving them out in the open is a sure way to cause discoloration and staining over time. Ideally, you should keep your white shoes stored in their original box or in another covered storage container. Keeping them separated from other shoes will also help reduce the likelihood of staining.

Treat Yourself to a Professional Maid Service

Depending on how many pairs of white shoes you own and how dirty they are, you could easily spend a few hours cleaning your shoes and restoring them to their original look. This, on top of all the other cleaning and chores you have to do around your home, can easily begin eating up your already-limited free time.

By hiring a professional maid service to tackle things like vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, and more, you can free up more time to do the things you love. Maid Sailors offers dedicated cleaning services with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Whether you need a deep-cleaning a regular cleaning or something in between, our certified professionals have you covered. Contact us today at (212) 299-5170 to get started or book online now!