What Does Mom Really Want This Mother's Day? Kitchen Remodel or Maid Service, National Survey Finds

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from ServiceMagic, Inc.

    GOLDEN, Colo., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- What would make mom smile this
 Mother's Day?  Maybe some help with the daily chores or improving the place in
 the house where she spends most of her time?
     According to a national online survey conducted by ServiceMagic.com, the
 results were tied for first place with 36% saying mom would like a maid
 service and 35% indicating mom would like her kitchen remodeled.  Mom's wish
 list also included new landscaping (18%) and getting the carpets cleaned
 (11%).
     ServiceMagic.com, a free service that connects homeowners and property
 owners to prescreened and customer-rated contractors, handymen and maids,
 receives many requests for maid service.  In fact, it was the most requested
 online service for the company last year.
     As Mother's Day quickly approaches, so is the time to start planning for a
 gift.  This year, make her gift a unique one and give her the gift of time.
 Although flowers are beautiful and candy tastes sweet, let mom know you
 realize and appreciate all she does to make the house a home.  And, to make
 the shopping hassle free for the kids, they can log onto www.ServiceMagic.com
 (or call toll free, 1.866.888.MAGIC) and get connected to the right local maid
 service for mom this Mother's Day.
     If mom's week or weekend seems to revolve around mopping floors,
 vacuuming, dusting and changing bed linens, hiring a cleaning service is the
 solution.  By eliminating the hassle of cleaning the house, mom will be able
 to spend some well-deserved time on herself without having to worry about the
 day-to-day cleaning projects that consume so much of her time and energy.
     While hiring a maid service seems as easy as a phone call or click away,
 there is more to it than scheduling a time and place.  Maid services have
 various packages and services to choose from.  By using an online service, you
 can fill out a simple questionnaire detailing exactly what work you want to
 have done as well as an estimated budget.  This way you will know exactly what
 you're paying for and let mom know what services she will receive.
     Maid services, staffed by trained professional cleaners, are available in
 a wide variety of options including, regularly scheduled weekly cleanings,
 regularly scheduled biweekly cleanings, one-time assistance for special
 occasions or for more challenging tasks such as cleaning the garage or
 basement.  Below is some helpful information to consider when hiring a maid
 service.
 
     Cleaning Service Options:
     Typically, standard house cleaning packages include:
 
     -- Cleaning and sanitizing kitchen areas
     -- Cleaning and sanitizing bathrooms
     -- Vacuuming
     -- Dusting
     -- Changing bed linens
     -- Loading dishwashers
 
     Services also may be customized to include:
     -- Laundry
     -- Moving furniture
     -- Polishing woodwork
     -- Cleaning light fixtures
     -- Window cleaning
     -- Drapery cleaning
     -- Carpet cleaning
     -- Upholstery cleaning
     -- Floor waxing
 
    Lastly, make sure that your professional is fully insured and bonded and
 will provide estimates as well.  All this research can be done for you through
 companies like ServiceMagic.
     If you decide to take your gift one step further and make it one that will
 last even longer, help to remodel and/or improve your mom's kitchen.
     Kitchen remodeling ranks among the most popular remodeling projects each
 year, as kitchens have become the functional and social hubs for many
 families.  Although a kitchen remodel can seem like a financially unattainable
 gift, there are more options to updating a kitchen than gutting it and tearing
 down walls.  To get a handle on all the possibilities, take time to evaluate
 mom's kitchen.  Subtly ask her how it could be improved or make note of her
 comments and complaints.  Sometimes it's as simple as adding sliding drawers
 or counter top lights to make the kitchen a more pleasurable and functional
 place to work.
 
 
     Some simple, quick and affordable upgrades for the kitchen could include:
 
     -- Installing roll-out shelves.  It is relatively affordable and is among
        the more popular small improvements that leaves a lasting effect
        (approximately $45-$65 a piece).
 
     -- Setting up slide-out drawers, otherwise known as drawer glides, inside
        existing cabinets.  You'll be surprised how much more space this will
        create as well as make it more organized.
 
     -- Putting a wire basket on the inside of the cabinet to hold the trash
        bags.  Several devised and pre-made products are affordable and easy to
        install.  It's as simple as screwing it on the back of the cabinet door
        or under the sink.
 
     -- Mounting an instant hot water heater on the sink.  This is something
        small that makes a big difference.  Installing such a device will
        usually replace the sprayer or soap.  This could be really useful if
        mom indulges in a cup of tea or instant coffee each day.
 
     -- Installing a tile back splash on all the walls above the counters,
        stove and sink.  Doing this can quickly change the look of the kitchen
        and make it easier to clean.
 
     -- Changing the cabinet and drawer knobs.  Out with the old and in with
        the new.  This is a very simple and affordable option that will give
        the kitchen an extra special touch.  There are a lot of unique designs
        out there, so be prepared to use your creative side.
 
     -- Creating a more functional kitchen by installing under cabinet lights.
        Used as a supplement, the light is directed right at the working space
        so there is no shadow or glare when one is trying to cook.  It is
        fairly inexpensive to install a lighting unit underneath the cabinets
        (approximately $40 per unit).
 
     -- Installing a new sink and/or new countertops.  Formica is relatively
        inexpensive and will give your mom's kitchen a new look while saving
        for an entire remodel.
 
     -- Buying a pre-made kit designed for the front of the sink cabinet to
        make a small storage area out of this typically unusable space.  It
        will allow the cabinet to hinge down and hold those unattractive sink
        accessories such as sponges and soap.
 
     To expedite your process to get something unique for mom this Mother's
 Day, you can use a free service like ServiceMagic.  Consumers log on to
 www.ServiceMagic.com and complete a service request form, answering a series
 of job-specific questions.  With its proprietary technology, ServiceMagic then
 matches consumers' requests for services with its extensive network of local
 home professionals and quickly provides the consumer with up to three
 prescreened, interested service professionals.  Consumers can view past
 performance ratings and reviews from neighbors and often calculate an estimate
 online for the proposed job or link to a professional's Web site.
 Additionally, consumers have access to an extensive and reliable online
 resource center that includes tips, guides and expert advice on hundreds of
 home-related topics.
     Formed in December 1998, ServiceMagic.com, the leading online marketplace
 connecting consumers with local service professionals, currently operates in
 more than 40 markets across the nation.
 
 

SOURCE ServiceMagic, Inc.
    GOLDEN, Colo., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- What would make mom smile this
 Mother's Day?  Maybe some help with the daily chores or improving the place in
 the house where she spends most of her time?
     According to a national online survey conducted by ServiceMagic.com, the
 results were tied for first place with 36% saying mom would like a maid
 service and 35% indicating mom would like her kitchen remodeled.  Mom's wish
 list also included new landscaping (18%) and getting the carpets cleaned
 (11%).
     ServiceMagic.com, a free service that connects homeowners and property
 owners to prescreened and customer-rated contractors, handymen and maids,
 receives many requests for maid service.  In fact, it was the most requested
 online service for the company last year.
     As Mother's Day quickly approaches, so is the time to start planning for a
 gift.  This year, make her gift a unique one and give her the gift of time.
 Although flowers are beautiful and candy tastes sweet, let mom know you
 realize and appreciate all she does to make the house a home.  And, to make
 the shopping hassle free for the kids, they can log onto www.ServiceMagic.com
 (or call toll free, 1.866.888.MAGIC) and get connected to the right local maid
 service for mom this Mother's Day.
     If mom's week or weekend seems to revolve around mopping floors,
 vacuuming, dusting and changing bed linens, hiring a cleaning service is the
 solution.  By eliminating the hassle of cleaning the house, mom will be able
 to spend some well-deserved time on herself without having to worry about the
 day-to-day cleaning projects that consume so much of her time and energy.
     While hiring a maid service seems as easy as a phone call or click away,
 there is more to it than scheduling a time and place.  Maid services have
 various packages and services to choose from.  By using an online service, you
 can fill out a simple questionnaire detailing exactly what work you want to
 have done as well as an estimated budget.  This way you will know exactly what
 you're paying for and let mom know what services she will receive.
     Maid services, staffed by trained professional cleaners, are available in
 a wide variety of options including, regularly scheduled weekly cleanings,
 regularly scheduled biweekly cleanings, one-time assistance for special
 occasions or for more challenging tasks such as cleaning the garage or
 basement.  Below is some helpful information to consider when hiring a maid
 service.
 
     Cleaning Service Options:
     Typically, standard house cleaning packages include:
 
     -- Cleaning and sanitizing kitchen areas
     -- Cleaning and sanitizing bathrooms
     -- Vacuuming
     -- Dusting
     -- Changing bed linens
     -- Loading dishwashers
 
     Services also may be customized to include:
     -- Laundry
     -- Moving furniture
     -- Polishing woodwork
     -- Cleaning light fixtures
     -- Window cleaning
     -- Drapery cleaning
     -- Carpet cleaning
     -- Upholstery cleaning
     -- Floor waxing
 
    Lastly, make sure that your professional is fully insured and bonded and
 will provide estimates as well.  All this research can be done for you through
 companies like ServiceMagic.
     If you decide to take your gift one step further and make it one that will
 last even longer, help to remodel and/or improve your mom's kitchen.
     Kitchen remodeling ranks among the most popular remodeling projects each
 year, as kitchens have become the functional and social hubs for many
 families.  Although a kitchen remodel can seem like a financially unattainable
 gift, there are more options to updating a kitchen than gutting it and tearing
 down walls.  To get a handle on all the possibilities, take time to evaluate
 mom's kitchen.  Subtly ask her how it could be improved or make note of her
 comments and complaints.  Sometimes it's as simple as adding sliding drawers
 or counter top lights to make the kitchen a more pleasurable and functional
 place to work.
 
 
     Some simple, quick and affordable upgrades for the kitchen could include:
 
     -- Installing roll-out shelves.  It is relatively affordable and is among
        the more popular small improvements that leaves a lasting effect
        (approximately $45-$65 a piece).
 
     -- Setting up slide-out drawers, otherwise known as drawer glides, inside
        existing cabinets.  You'll be surprised how much more space this will
        create as well as make it more organized.
 
     -- Putting a wire basket on the inside of the cabinet to hold the trash
        bags.  Several devised and pre-made products are affordable and easy to
        install.  It's as simple as screwing it on the back of the cabinet door
        or under the sink.
 
     -- Mounting an instant hot water heater on the sink.  This is something
        small that makes a big difference.  Installing such a device will
        usually replace the sprayer or soap.  This could be really useful if
        mom indulges in a cup of tea or instant coffee each day.
 
     -- Installing a tile back splash on all the walls above the counters,
        stove and sink.  Doing this can quickly change the look of the kitchen
        and make it easier to clean.
 
     -- Changing the cabinet and drawer knobs.  Out with the old and in with
        the new.  This is a very simple and affordable option that will give
        the kitchen an extra special touch.  There are a lot of unique designs
        out there, so be prepared to use your creative side.
 
     -- Creating a more functional kitchen by installing under cabinet lights.
        Used as a supplement, the light is directed right at the working space
        so there is no shadow or glare when one is trying to cook.  It is
        fairly inexpensive to install a lighting unit underneath the cabinets
        (approximately $40 per unit).
 
     -- Installing a new sink and/or new countertops.  Formica is relatively
        inexpensive and will give your mom's kitchen a new look while saving
        for an entire remodel.
 
     -- Buying a pre-made kit designed for the front of the sink cabinet to
        make a small storage area out of this typically unusable space.  It
        will allow the cabinet to hinge down and hold those unattractive sink
        accessories such as sponges and soap.
 
     To expedite your process to get something unique for mom this Mother's
 Day, you can use a free service like ServiceMagic.  Consumers log on to
 www.ServiceMagic.com and complete a service request form, answering a series
 of job-specific questions.  With its proprietary technology, ServiceMagic then
 matches consumers' requests for services with its extensive network of local
 home professionals and quickly provides the consumer with up to three
 prescreened, interested service professionals.  Consumers can view past
 performance ratings and reviews from neighbors and often calculate an estimate
 online for the proposed job or link to a professional's Web site.
 Additionally, consumers have access to an extensive and reliable online
 resource center that includes tips, guides and expert advice on hundreds of
 home-related topics.
     Formed in December 1998, ServiceMagic.com, the leading online marketplace
 connecting consumers with local service professionals, currently operates in
 more than 40 markets across the nation.
 
 SOURCE  ServiceMagic, Inc.