5 Tips to Get Cheap End of Tenancy Cleaning Prices

If you are a landlord looking for end of tenancy cleaning prices, you will want affordable services if you are working to prepare several units for occupancy. Having a perfect job done on the units is crucial in attracting potential tenants. You will also fetch better rents if there are several tenants competing for these units. Engaging an end of tenancy cleaning service is the best way to ensuring that you have a proper job done the first time.

How can you get cheap end of tenancy cleaning service prices?

Work on referrals

If you have seen tenants moving into a unit nearby, contact your fellow landlord and ask to see how the job was done. If you like it, ask for contacts of the cleaning service that was on the job. The other alternative is to ask a real estate agent. These are people who regularly prepare housing units for occupancy so a realtor is likely to have several cleaning services to recommend.

There is also social media. There are numerous groups on Facebook and Pinterest talking about cleaning and other household stuff.  You can get tens of recommendations on these sites. Lastly, you can rely on classifieds where there are tens of ads for cleaning services.

Compare price quotes

Asking from several cleaning services can get you a lower price quote than you expected. After getting your referrals ask for price quotes from them.  You can work with 3-5 cleaning services for comparison. When doing the comparisons, look at the whole package including discounts and bonus services rather than the price alone. Some cleaning services might charge a bit high but offer extra services.

Ask for a visual assessment

Many cleaning services doing a price quote over the phone or online will typically give a higher price so that they should err on the right side of the price.  You could invite a sales agent to do a visual assessment before doing a price quote.

Clean out the heavy debris

You will get a high quote if the sales agent coming to the site gets the house looking like a disaster scene. You can get out some of the debris or rearrange it to make the cleaning job look less daunting.

Negotiate hard

Cleaning services are in stiff competition with each other. Negotiate hard and you will get one that is willing to do the job for a fair price.

Doing proper end of tenancy cleaning has more benefits than it will cost you to engage a good cleaning service. Your units will have higher occupancy rates fetching you better rental income than before.

How to Clean and Add Sparkle to Seashells

Picking up a few seashells as souvenirs is a must-do when on a beach vacation. It would be tempting to think that you will put them on display right away. This would hit you with a big stink. You will have to clean them up. If it is a live seashell, which is one with the mollusk still inside, you will have to get the animal tissue out. Remember that collecting live seashells is damaging to sea life.  However, if the kids mistakenly pick one up, here is how to clean it up.

Boiling

Place the shells in a pan and cover with water. Let the water boil for a few minutes.  You can wait for the water to cool down or handle the hot shells using a towel. Pull out the animal tissue using a pair of tongs.

Burying

You can allow nature to take course by burying the shells to allow for the animal tissue inside rotting out. The shell will be cleaned by bacteria and larvae. Remember to bury the seashells such that they cannot be easily uncovered by cats and dogs.

Freezing

Place the live shells in a polybag or zip lock and put them in a freezer.  Take out the shells after a day or two and allow thawing just like you would fish. Pull the animal tissue out gently.

After cleaning out the animal tissue, you can use a bleach solution to clean away the leathery stuff that will be left on the shell. It is called periostracum. Use a 50/50 solution of water and bleach, and let the shells rest in this solution until the periostracum is gone.

Cleaning the dead shells

If you pick up dead shells half of your work has already been done by nature. You only need to clean up barnacles and any other matter in the shell using slightly coarse or sharp objects. Some tools to use include a toothbrush, wire brush, and a dental pick.

If you collect sand dollars, first dry them. After drying up, place them in a bleach solution but do not let them sit in it for a long time as they could become brittle.  An alternative is setting them outside so that they dry and whiten naturally.

Adding a sparkle

You can put a bit of a sparkle on your seashells by applying a slight coat of baby or mineral oil. If you would like to restore color to a shell, use a solution of muriatic acid mixed 1 part water and seven parts muriatic acid.

7 Interesting Facts About Seashells You Should Know

Seashells are some of the most fascinating objects on earth. They come in a dazzling array of colors, sizes and shapes. A trip tour to the beach is not complete without a few seashell souvenirs. They are made by soft bodied animals called mollusks. The seashell acts as protective shield for the mollusk. The old folk tale is that you can hear the sound of the waves of the sea by listening to a seashell. What other secrets do these beautiful objects hide?

Opening to the right

Look up a seashell and look at the side to which it opens. Nine out of ten seashells will open to the right. These are made by mollusks known as dextral sided. The left opening shells are made by sinistral mollusks. Left opening seashells are so rare and fetch good prices that some crooks make fakes!

A mollusk can only have one

A seashell continuously grows on a mollusk from birth to death. The shell expands as the mollusk grows so the pointy tip represents the original shell of the mollusk. As such it can only develop one. The seashell is made when the mollusk secretes calcium bicarbonate minerals that mix with proteins to make a ceramic like substance. Scientists are able to date the age of a seashell using a method known as carbon dating. The oldest hermit crab seashell was found in England and is estimated to be over 130 million years ago which is called the Lower Cretaceous age.

The patterns are deliberate

To your eye, the patterns on a seashell look random. However, this is not the case. The colors and patterns are careful markers that help mollusks determine the way the shell grows.  These colors and patterns have been perfected by natural selection over millions of years to enable a mollusk know how to best place its mantles to grow a strong healthy shell.

The shape is thoughtfully crafted

The shape of a seashell is carefully constructed according to the level of threats that the mollusk faces. Those mollusks that are in less dangerous environments will have smoother shells. Those that live in dangerous environments will have spiky and ridged shells to make it unattractive for a predator to try swallowing them.  Mollusks will make a rougher seashell instead of a heavier one to offer better protection while remaining light to carry around.

Argonaut shells are unique

Argonauts are the only octopuses that have legs. They are born without a shell and start to make one when very tiny. They use their arms to make and repair their shells. This makes their shells unique. No two are alike.