Consider Handybook Cleaning for Keeping Your Home Tidy

Posted by jakeharris - August 19th, 2015

Keeping your house clean can seem like a never-ending process that takes up most of your free time and energy. To mitigate some of the time and effort required to maintain the upkeep of your home, you may consider hiring an outside service to take some of the burden off of you and your family. In fact, the digital revolution has never made it easier for those seeking to streamline their home cleaning needs.

Founded by Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua, Handybook is one of these digital applications available on the Internet that makes it a breeze for you to contract a home cleaning service, not to mention a handyman or plumber, all through your iPhone. Emulating the approach of Uber, the car ride service, Handy book operates as a virtual marketplace that facilitates scheduling and payments and connecting contractors with customers.

The application currently operates in 13 cities nationwide with four offices now opened in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston. The mobile app essentially seeks to remove much of the uncertainty often associated with hiring a contractor. Users simply have to input their zip code, the cleaning service required, the start time for the job and a price quote is generated that includes both tip and tax. If you find the price and contractor suitable, your credit or debit card on file will be charged to secure the service.

This approach streamlines much of the traditional approach taken by consumers in evaluating contractors. In the past, you would have to screen potential services by asking for references or seeking referrals from friends, family and/or work colleagues. Trust was and still is the chief currency, as the cleaning service will have access to your belongings.

Most cleaning services, whether contracted through Handybook or outside sources, will arrive at your property prepared to get to work with all of the pertinent supplies such as brooms, brushes, vacuums and cleaning products. At the same time, there may be occasions when a cleaning service may request to use your supplies, particularly if you make custom requests.

The Handybook app enables you to designate the areas you would like to be cleaned ahead of time in generating your price quote. In other cases, it is important that you consult with your provider to make sure they understand which rooms you want cleaned and in the manner you desire. Identify areas that require special attention because of recent spills or damage.

In terms of cost and payment, Handybook takes care off all of this before the job is contracted. If you elect to go with an outside provider, it is best to discuss with the contractor ahead of time if there will be any extra charges based on the type of residence you inhabit or special cleaning requests you desire. For example, at times extra charges may apply if your home is located in a gated community or if your home is part of a larger housing complex and there is a lack of parking available on the street.

Ultimately, whether you elect to use the Handybook app to find a cleaning contractor or go with a provider you find through other means, keep in mind these tips to ensure you receive the highest standard of service and care in maintaining the tidiness of your home.

Pizza Helps Lower the Number of Hungry in Philadelphia

Posted by jakeharris - January 16th, 2015

All over the world homeless go hungry everyday, but the number in Philadelphia lowers a little at a time with the help with the community and at Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. It all started one man a year ago. He was just wanting to help someone who couldn’t help them self. 

It all started with a man who was looking to give a little extra and help someone who needed it. That is when Pay it forward pizza began. Little did he know that in 9 short months since he donated that simple dollar, that he would have encouraged more people to donate a slice of pizza. Rosa’s Fresh Pizza now has over 8,400 slice donations. 

The owner Mason Wartman says that the company used to write on a post-it that a slice was purchased and stick it on the wall, Darius Fisher was seen on his making a purchase and donating his slice to the homeless; so the homeless could come pull one off and get a slice. But after 500 post-its, it got to be a unmanageable. Wartman keeps track of it all at the register now. So all they have to do is walk in and ask for a slice. 

The wall that was once decorated in the post-its is now covered with thank you letters from the homeless that have accepted a slice . Though it doesn’t sound like much, that place to get a hot lunch everyday has made a change in people’s lives for the better.

Ivan Ramen Takes Reservations

Posted by jakeharris - January 2nd, 2015

Ivan Ramen, the popular ramen eatery, has started to take reservations. This comes as great news to diners who want to know exactly when they’ll be enjoying Ivan Ramen’s rich, spicy Asian fare when they have their first dates with people they met on Skout.

The restaurant came in at #4 on Adam Platt’s best new restaurant list for delicious dishes like the Ankimo dirty rice. Ivan Ramen, owned by chef Ivan Orkin, is also known for its delicious savory soups. Ivan Ramen also sells a hot and spicy ramen that diners have reported feeling the effects of the next day. Fresh vegetables, quality spices and an array of cured and braised meats are used to create the restaurants delectable offerings.

The Chop House Overcharges Customers By Thousands

Posted by jakeharris - November 13th, 2014

The Chop House, a southern steakhouse chain, is known for their sirloin steaks and beer selection, but for 80 customers in the Knoxville, Tennessee area they are known for something more now; overcharging their customers. 80 customers who visited the chain were overcharged in excess of thousands of dollars on their tab. A 22-year-old patron, for example, was charged $27,000 for his $27.00 check. Another patron was charged $99,000 for his meal at The Chop House.

According to the chain, a computer error led to the high prices that some customers awoke to after dining in the establishment on their debit and credit cards. The computer system added three zeros to the end of each credit card payment. The error seems to have occurred over a single business day in the Knoxville, Tennessee location. Further locations appear to be unaffected by the computer error.

The chain acknowledges that the mistake occurred on their end, and there was a serious error with their payment system, but they stopped short of mentioning how such an error could have occurred, or if the computer system had been hacked. While Rod Rohrich and I aren’t sure what the issue was, we both agree the best plan for the restaurant in to re compensate the patrons. The chain has agreed to pay any overdraft fees that occurred due to the mistake. The exorbitant charges have been reversed by the issuing companies’ of the patron’s cards, according to insiders.

A Big Tipper

Posted by jakeharris - November 11th, 2014

Waitresses and waiters rely on tips to help supplement their salaries. In fact, sometimes they only make minimum wage. That is why they try to give you the best service possible, so they can earn a good tip.

Some customers are stingy when leaving a tip. The standard for tipping is to give a server 15% of the total bill, according to Wikihow. Some people only leave 10%. Unfortunately, some people leave even less than 10%.

Other customers give a tip based on how well they think their server did. If the server is deemed as an exceptional waitress or waiter, they may give more than the standard 15%. The waitress and waiter staff can’t tell who will tip well and who won’t. That is why they try to consistently provide the best service possible.

Surprisingly, a customer in a Colorado restaurant left a $1,000 tip for her server. Either the waitress did a phenomenal job, the customer was very generous or the customer made a mistake. Me and Sam Tabar are going with this one being a “pay it forward” type of response, which was a great thought.

Waitresses and waiters depend on tips to supplement their wages. Although 15% of the total bill is the standard for tipping, some customers leave more and some leave less.