Monday, March 14, 2011

Day Labor

Day labor is a largely untapped resource for most homeowners. Most homeowners hire contractors who in turn hire day laborers to do the work. Basically the contractor is the middleman who provides the laborer or laborers, the insurance (hopefully), and some light supervision. This is fine for tasks that are more complex. But for the simple labor intensive jobs like raking leaves, clearing brush, cleaning, and even moving, most homeowners feel comfortable supervising these jobs themselves and saving money by cutting out the middleman. So to save between 15% and 50% on these simple jobs this year, hire your own day laborers. How? contact a local temporary labor office or visit You need to be aware that there are labor laws concerning these types of hiring situations? Worker's Comp, Social Security, etc? Don't hire someone off the street for cash! There are agencies everywhere that can protect you from breaking the law by providing the workers' comp and paying the necessary taxes.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Moving Help

Moving is a big deal and the help you need depends on several factors. Everyone would love to call the big moving company and let them handle it all, but these days that can cost a fortune. To get the right moving help for you, you need to evaluate your budget and also figure out how much you are willing to do yourself. If you are will to pack yourself, you will save. If you are willing to rent the truck and drive, you will save. All in all you can save literally hundreds and maybe thousands by getting moving help rather than a moving service. The one you select will likely depend on your comfort level and budget. Remember, the summer months are busy and it may take more work to find moving help. If you're moving in the slow winter months, don't be afraid to bargain on published rates. A staffing agency can be a great option to find moving help. They are usually much less than other moving helper services and provide the same caliber of worker. In fact, many of the moving helper sites use staffing agencies to fill their moving labor orders. Why not cut out the middle man and call the agency directly. As long as you are willing to pack, supervise the move and drive the truck (or let a mobile storage company drive), you will save a bundle the next time you move.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Spring Cleaning Help

It is that time of the year again. Time to get your home whipped into shape with a good spring cleaning. But there is so much to do. How can you ever get all that done? You need help!

Enter At this site, you can schedule one worker to help rake leaves or several day laborers to help with tasks such as mopping, dusting, cleaning, or whatever else you can think of. Here are a few more to dos to add to your list...

  • Wipe down walls
  • Reseal Grout Lines
  • Vacuum Carpets
  • Clean and dust Upholstery
  • Polish Metal and door hardware
  • Wax wooden floor and furniture
  • Wash window screens

Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable -- and even enjoyable.