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When you hire a house cleaner or maid service, you expect that your house will be neater and cleaner. There are certain rules that you should follow to keep your house maid happy. Your maid is not there to clean up after you for absolutely everything you do in your home. You need to give your cleaning person the tools to do his or her job well. 


Here’s What You Should Do Before Your Cleaning Service Arrives


Pre-cleaning before you are paying someone to clean your house may seem counter intuitive. They are there to clean for you, right? The problem is that the more your cleaning service has to clean, the longer that it will take. This means that the messier your house is, the more expensive that it will be for you to have your home cleaned. Here’s what you should do before the maid service gets to the home:          


Clean Up Your Dirty Dishes


You should take the time to load your dishwasher and clean up your sink a bit. It can take a lot of time for your house keeper to take care of these small things that should be a part of your daily tasks. 


Do Your Own Laundry


It is advisable for you to take care of your own laundry if you have the time to do it yourself. Doing laundry could take your house keeper hours of time. They could use that time to do other things like dust, scrub, and deep clean your home. 


Put Away Your Own Things


Do you have leftovers in the kitchen that need to be put away? Are there clothes on the floor of your bedroom? Do the kids‘ toys need to be put away? Some of these tasks can be done simply by you in a matter of minutes instead of by your house keeper.


The bottom line is that you don’t want your house keeper to see you as a slob. While they are more than happy to clean your home, they aren’t your personal servant. Also, your house cleaner probably isn’t showing up to your home daily. You want to keep up your clean home in between professional cleanings. 


What You Should Let The Housecleaner Do


Your house cleaner is there to help you complete certain tasks around your home. In fact they really want to do certain things in your home to help you get a deep clean that you wouldn’t otherwise have. Your housekeeper wants to help you with:

 

  • Vacuuming
  • Scrubbing
  • Deep cleaning your bathroom sink
  • Cleaning your toilet
  • Deep cleaning your kitchen
  • Mopping the floors  

How To Assist Your House Keeper


There are a few things that you should do to help your housekeeper do their job well. These tasks include:


  • Keep pets out of the way
  • Tell your housekeeper exactly what you need
  • Make the maid aware of any special tasks you need to be completed 


If you cooperate with the housekeeper, hiring a cleaning service can be one of the best time-saving decisions for you for a cleaner home.  



107 Village St, Millis, MA 02054

Single-Family

$515,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
OH Sunday 10/28 1-3 Move right in to this one of a kind and updated Dutch Gambrel. Sited on almost 2 acres at end of tree-lined driveway. Custom Kitchen cabinetry in a warm white finish, large peninsula, granite countertops and stainless appliances with gas range make this a cook's dream - open to an oversized breakfast nook. Family Room with french doors, cathedral ceiling, sky lites and cozy window seat. Formal Living and Dining room with beautiful fireplace for cool nights to come. The second floor boasts a sun splashed front to back Master with double closets, sitting area, gleaming hardwoods and Hollywood bath. 2 additional bedrooms with hardwoods, walk-in closet - tastefully decorated. Lovely yard with mature plantings, blue stone patio with heated steps, stonework and wrought iron, 2 car garage. Dumb waiter helps with groceries! Feels like your own private get away on 1.98 acre lot. Conveniently located to major routes, park, shopping, and restaurants. Award winning schools!
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If you work from home either full or part-time, you may want to give the home office deduction a go on your taxes. The problem with this deduction is that it can be tricky. 


Are You Eligible?


Your workspace needs to meet the criteria for business use. You need to use your work space regularly and as your principal place of business. If you don’t work from home as a self-employed individual, your employer must require you to work from home due to a lack of office space or other circumstances. The keywords in this part of the clause are “exclusively, regularly, and must.”


First, you’ll need to calculate the percentage of your home that’s used for business. This means that if your office is 100 square feet and your home is 1,000 square feet, you use 10% of your home for business. If you own the space you’re living in, you can deduct 10% of the mortgage interest that you pay each month. Keep in mind that you can’t double dip either. This means the amount of mortgage interest that you deduct on other parts of your taxes is reduced. If you rent your home, you’d deduct the percentage off of your monthly rental payments. 


Home Office Maintenance


If you own your home, you are able to deduct a portion of your property taxes, insurance, utilities, maintenance, and other expenses that are associated with your home office space. These expenses vary because some are direct such as the expense of you painting your office. Others are indirect. Home insurance applies to your entire home, so you would only apply a portion of that to a deduction. For the direct expenses, you are able to deduct the entire cost. 


For the indirect expenses, you’ll go back to applying the percentage of your home that is used for work. This means if we’re working with a 10% figure, you are able to deduct 10% of your utilities, 10% of your home insurance premiums, and so on.


If you rent, you can still deduct many of the same things that homeowners can from your taxes for a home office expenditure. The only thing that you’ll lack as a renter is the ability to write off things like mortgage interest, property taxes, and homeowner’s insurance. Know that you’ll be able to write off a portion of your renter’s insurance. 


The Complicated Stuff: Depreciation


You are able to depreciate the value of a home office as your home ages. It’s not always necessary to do this, so you should consult your tax professional before you decide to make this type of deduction. Equipment in your office, such as your computer, can be claimed as a depreciation over time as well. 


The important thing when it comes to your home office tax deduction is to do your homework. You don’t want to miss out on important savings!


This Condo in Millis, MA recently sold for $240,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Robin Spangenberg - Northeast Signature Properties, LLC.


4 Bayberry Circle, Millis, MA 02054

Condo

$254,900
Price
$240,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Spectacular townhouse with open floor plan in an attractive location at Quail Hill Condominiums with recent landscaping improvements throughout community! Townhouse style layout, the first floor features a Dining Room w/new lighting fixture open to sunny Living Room with slider to balcony for morning coffee. Updated Kitchen features granite counter tops, maple cabinetry and new gas range. Convenient 1/2 bath and large closet off Foyer. Upstairs are the Master bedroom and spacious Guest bedroom, plus full bath with tub/shower, hall linen closet. All appliances and washer/dryer convey! Well maintained complex, offering association playground and in-ground swimming pool! Close proximity to all major routes, shopping, conservation land, and parks. Unfinished, walkout basement for potential expansion. Millis exceptional school system with language immersion!

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OH Sunday 10/28 1-3 Move right in to this one of a kind and updated Dutch Gambrel. Sited on almost 2 acres at end of tree-lined driveway. Custom Kitchen cabinetry in a warm white finish, large peninsula, granite countertops and stainless appliances with gas range make this a cook's dream - open to an oversized breakfast nook. Family Room with french doors, cathedral ceiling, sky lites and cozy window seat. Formal Living and Dining room with beautiful fireplace for cool nights to come. The second floor boasts a sun splashed front to back Master with double closets, sitting area, gleaming hardwoods and Hollywood bath. 2 additional bedrooms with hardwoods, walk-in closet - tastefully decorated. Lovely yard with mature plantings, blue stone patio with heated steps, stonework and wrought iron, 2 car garage. Dumb waiter helps with groceries! Feels like your own private get away on 1.98 acre lot. Conveniently located to major routes, park, shopping, and restaurants. Award winning schools!

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