Where To Find Your Mary Poppins

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Where?
If you're struggling with finding a good, trustworthy house cleaner, maybe you're not looking in the right place!

Word of mouth
One of the most popular ways to find a cleaner is by word of mouth. This means speaking to a friend, or a member of the family that has had first-hand experience with a cleaner. It's common because most people feel a sense of security if their friend or family recommends someone. It's almost like speaking to the cleaners reference on their CV. They will either praise them or tell you to keep looking. At least you know you will be getting an honest opinion.


Shop window
Adverts get put up in shop windows, (mostly supermarkets) and many of these are either a cleaning company or an individual cleaner. The advert normally has the cleaners contact information written down and also a brief paragraph about themselves and where they are based.


Local paper
Similar to the shop window, adverts can be put in the local paper. They are usually placed on the last couple of pages of the newspaper and also have a very brief description along with their contact details.


Work
Are there any cleaners at your workplace you're friendly with? You could ask them if they work for an agency or themselves, (though most cleaners that clean in the workplace e.g. offices and schools, tend to come from a big agency.) So if that's the case, what is the name? Where are they advertised?


Online
The web is huge, so you're not going to get short of finding a cleaner here. Whether you are looking for a freelance cleaner, a company or even someone just trying to make extra bucks, you have an endless list of options.


Virtual
There are even virtual ways to find a top notch cleaning company like this cashless home cleaning using Whizz app, you don't even need to get your money out because you pay securely through the apps booking process beforehand. You mark what you have to clean in your house, such as the number of rooms and bathrooms. And they will find you someone suitable for what you need. This is a quick, easy and reliable new way of living.


How much?
The cost of a home cleaner depends on what you're willing to pay.
The average price is around $10 - $15 per hour. But you can find cheaper, and a lot more expensive!
If you are going through a company service, then they will usually have set prices per hour.
If you choose a freelance cleaner, they will either have a price in mind already, or you may be able to discuss it together.


Having a ‘successful’ cleaner really depends on what you're looking for. Is speed what's important to you? Or manners? Or trust? Or just someone that does the job well to the highest standard?
Think about this so when you do find someone, you know what questions to ask them, (if any).

Quick and Easy Ways To Raise Enough Funky Funds For Christmas

So is that time of year again! Christmas! That time of year that leaves you will empty pockets but a bigger tummy! Most people get pretty excited about the festivities, but is the fact that the big day is less than a month way is making you break out in a cold sweat? Then maybe you are struggling to find the finances that you need for all the parties, celebrations, presents, and feasts? But don't stress, there are some ways that you can raise some cash quickly, to help out with the cost of Christmas. Read on to find out what they are.

Loan

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The first thing that you can do if you are finding yourself a shot short on cash this Christmas is to consider getting a loan. There are a lot of different type of loans out there, so it helps to know who to approach with your request.

First, there are the payday loans. These are designed to be a short injection of cash to tide you over until your next payday. The interest on them is often high, and they aren't practical if you want to be borrowing in the longer term.

It could be better to look for companies that run as personal loans direct lender instead. This means that you can borrow for a longer amount of time and that they will fund your loan. Or there is always the possibility of a bank loan, be but aware that they can be quite strict on asking what the loan is for.

Craft Fairs

If you don't want to borrow any money, how about you try and make some instead? A great way to do this around Christmas time is to sell some homemade items at a craft fair. You can sell anything really that you enjoy making, although Christmas themed goods do better at this time of year.

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Remember too that some States have specific laws about selling food from your kitchen as well as on toys. So it might be better to stick to items like Christmas cards and decorations which don't have these constraints.

Sell Your Items

Another way of raising some money for Christmas is to sell some items that you no longer have a use for. It can often be surprising what other people will buy. Well, they say that one's man's trash is another's treasure!

You can put your items on auction sites. But try the ‘buy it now’ facility if you are in a hurry. Or you can take any old antiques to an auction where the live bidding is likely to help increase the price.pexels-photo-168927.jpeg


You can even sell old gift cards that you don't use now, online. Or you can take valuable items like electronics and jewelry such as ring and watches to a pawn shop. They will give you a cash advance there and then. But you also have the opportunity of buying the item back later on,  if you can't bare to part with it.

Don't Be Hit With Huge Medical Costs: Save While Keeping Your Family Healthy

High medical costs can be financially devastating, and when you or one of your family get ill or injured and need treatment, it can be a difficult and worrying time. Planning ahead and not just leaving things to chance is a sensible approach, with that being said here are some of the ways you can save while still keeping your family healthy.

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Live a Healthy Lifestyle
As they say, prevention is better than cure. Of course, it won’t help in some cases as people can get ill or suffer from conditions that aren’t related to diet and exercise. But living a generally healthy lifestyle gives you the best chances of staying well. Plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein will give your body everything it needs. Combined with regular exercise your immune system will be stronger, your body will be hardier and you’re less likely to be struck down by preventable or opportunistic conditions. You don’t have to spend much to stay healthy, buy your fresh produce from markets or grow your own. Forfeit your expensive gym membership and go jogging in the park, on bike rides with the kids instead.

Choose a Good Health Plan
If you end up needing treatment and don’t have health insurance you could end up hugely out of pocket. If you have any family history of media conditions, you’ll want to make sure tests for this are covered on the plan. If you’re planning on starting a family, you’ll want maternity coverage. And protection against general accident and illness.

Have Your Costs Covered
If you suffer an injury where someone else was to blame, you could look into personal injury claims. That way the costs are recovered from the other party, which is only fair if you have been hurt as a result of them. It could be due to negligence or a criminal case- for example being attacked. Either way, a good company will fight for your compensation, and you will only pay if you win the case.

Learn First Aid and Use Home Remedies
There are some situations where you’re always going to need an ambulance and medical professionals, use your common sense. If it’s life or death, you’re not going to want to worry about costs. But for more minor injuries, you can often treat them at home with the right know how. Learning first aid and knowing how to treat a range of ailments yourself can save on expensive hospital visits if they’re not needed. Minor cuts and burns, sprains and strains, for example, can all be treated at home. Illnesses like colds and flu should only warrant a doctor’s visit if the symptoms are unusual or particularly dangerous. Do your research online to find out where you should see a professional and when is safe to stay home.

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How do you ensure that you won’t be hit with huge medical bills in the event of an accident or illness?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals


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Home Security Mistakes You Could Be Making

Keeping your home and your family safe is likely one of your top priorities. But did you know that there are a whole host of simple mistakes that people make which potentially endanger the security of their home? Here are some common mistakes and how to avoid them.


Hiding a key outside
Although anyone will know to check under the doormat, experienced burglars will know to check under rocks and other prominent features around your garden. The safest options are to keep a key with a trusted neighbor, or buy a lock-box for the side of your house. If you absolutely have to, you could put a key in a carrier bag and bury it underground, but make sure it’s somewhere you’ll remember.

Using cheap locks
Many burglars know how to get through standard cheap door and window locks. Consider investing a little more money in heavy duty locks for your home. They will act a deterrent, as well as being more difficult to break.

Using social media to announce you’re out
You may have heard horror stories about people’s homes being broken into after they announced their vacation on Facebook. Unfortunately this is becoming an increasing reality. Make sure you never post when you’ll be away on any social media. It’s also a good idea to spend some time speaking to your children about this.

Visible valuables
Just like with your car, keep anything of serious value out of sight of doors and windows. Don’t make your home an attractive prospect. It is also a good idea to ensure that boxes which contained expensive electrical goods are not kept outside your home. They can make a house more attractive to thieves.

Using an outdated alarm
If an alarm system is old and not properly maintained, it isn’t a whole lot of use. Find an alarm system that is suitable for your property and ensure it is frequently serviced.

Leaving a garage door unlocked
It’s easy to forget if you’re going in and out, but leaving a garage or outhouse door unlocked is an easy way for a burglar to gain access to your belongings. Get into the habit of checking each door before you leave the house and before you go to bed.

Not leaving a light on
When you’re out in the evening or away on holiday, make sure your home looks lived in. Ask a trusted neighbor to come in and close the blinds each evening, take in your mail, and leave a light on.

Having a dark, overgrown yard
A well lit yard area acts as a deterrent to potential burglars. A dark yard with overgrown shrubbery offers them a lot of places to hide in case they’re disturbed, making it an attractive house to stake out. Keep your yard open plan and use motion sensor lighting to put them off.

Making your home an unattractive target to burglars doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Keep your doors locked, your alarm functioning, and attractive items away from the windows. You’ll seriously decrease your chances of a home robbery.

Why Move? Evolution Ideas For Your Home

Variety is the spice of life, or so they say. We all know the risks of letting life get stale. It has implications for everything, including work productivity and our mental health. That's why it is important to focus on the aspect of variety. It's why we go away on holiday, try out a new restaurant or get a new hobby.

But when you're bored in your current home, that can be a little trickier to deal with. It's easy to feel that you would be happier somewhere else, but not necessarily right. Remember how stressful it was when you bought your first home? Possibly not, as the mind has a way of recalling only the positive parts of the past. Rest assured; it's not the easiest thing to do. Moving is one of those things that can be worth doing at the right time, but shouldn't be done lightly.

If you've found things are getting stale where you are, then it may instead be worth shaking them up a little. The changes don't need to be huge, but they can freshen up your home and your life.

Replace One Set Of Furniture


Before you go looking for a mortgage to buy a new house, or hire a realtor to sell this one, think about what bores you in this home. If you're just sick of looking around at the same scene every day, a much cheaper change can be made. You could replace your living room suite, or your dining room furniture, without having to overspend. The change that can bring in a home, and in your mind, can be substantial.

Add A Few Decorative Touches To Spruce It Up

You can give your home a sense of renewal without even needing to move out old couches and replace them with new. The key is adding the correct, often very basic, decorative accents. Go through each room and think about small additions which could add up to a significant change.

In the living room, maybe a few rugs would do? Perhaps replace the mirror in the bathroom. In the kitchen/dining room, new linen table runners can work. All of this costs a lot less than moving to a new place.

Overhaul Your Garden


The first thing you see when you come home in the evening, and when you look out of your window, is your garden. Not all of us are keen gardeners, but if you want to feel like you're living somewhere new then why not change your landscape?

If you've always wanted to live somewhere that felt a bit more exotic, plant up brighter flowers and fruits. Think about somewhere you've been and loved recently. See what you can bring to your garden that evokes some of that spirit.

None of this is to say you're stuck in your current place permanently. In the fullness of time, a move may do you good. But if you can see yourself living in your current house with the right changes try that first. You'll be glad you didn't spend the Earth on something so simply achieved.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals


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The Best Personalized Book In The Galaxy - Giveaway!!


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