Hiring a professional to clean your home might seem like something only a wealthier person would do. However, not only can hiring a professional be more affordable than you think, there are times when paying someone to clean your home has less to do with luxury and more to do with necessity. But you might be wondering about how to choose a cleaning service. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
Whether you need a single, deep cleaning of your new place or regular help keeping up with the cleaning you can’t keep up with, hiring a professional can be well worth the investment.
After you determine which cleaning chores you need to hire out—and how often—follow these tips to find how to choose a cleaning service:
- Start your search.
There are a lot of things to consider when hiring someone to clean your house. Not only do they need to do a good job, but you also need to feel comfortable with them inside your home. With that in mind, it’s typically better to hire a cleaning service than it is to hire a random individual—unless a very trusted friend or family member can make a strong recommendation.
Ask your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers if they can recommend a cleaning service that they trust. You can also ask for recommendations on Nextdoor, in your local neighborhood Facebook group, or search for quality companies on Yelp or Angie’s List. The Association of Residential Cleaning Services (ARCSI) also allows you to search for local residential cleaning professionals on its website.
- Screen your candidates.
Once you’ve found some promising companies, it’s time to narrow down your list. The cleaning business is a competitive one. If any of the company representatives that you speak with seem shady or otherwise untrustworthy, drop them from your list immediately. You’ll also want to ask what kind of background checks the company uses when hiring. Lastly, the company you hire must be licensed, bonded, and insured. If it isn’t, you—and not the company—will be responsible for any accidents, damage, or theft that may occur while an employee is servicing your home.
- Ask for a free consultation.
It’s simple: If a company won’t give you a free estimate, don’t hire them. Ideally, they will visit your home, examine what they will be responsible for cleaning, and then give you an accurate estimate so there won’t be any surprises. They must also provide you with a guarantee of satisfaction, ensuring that they will take care of any problems that arise in order to make sure that you’re happy. If they won’t do that, again, don’t hire them.
- Opt for a flat fee.
House cleaners will typically charge between $15 and $45 per hour, and the charges can add up if you hire a cleaning service with employees who drag their feet getting the work done. When sorting through your “how to choose a cleaning service” options, go for a cleaning service that charges a flat fee instead. You’ll know exactly how much you’ll be charged, and your house cleaner will be more inclined to be more efficient with their time. (Note: An initial deep cleaning will typically run between $300 and $400, while regular visits usually average between $100 and $150.)
- Don’t let money be the only deciding factor.
While it would be great to a get a great deal on cleaning services, paying too little could leave you with a less-than-professional company that leaves your home less than clean. They might also cut corners when it comes to equipment, supplies, or screening their employees. Pay a little extra for a little extra peace of mind.
- Don’t be afraid to ask the company what kind of chemicals they’ll be using to clean your home. When figuring out how to choose a cleaning service, this is especially important if you have any children or pets, or if anyone in your home suffers from any allergies.
- Yes, you can stay in your home while it’s being cleaned. It’s your home, and you’re free to stay there whether you want to show the cleaner(s) around, keep an eye on them, or for any other reason.
- Many companies include gratuities in the overall costs of their services. If a company doesn’t—and you’d like to give your housecleaner a tip—10 percent to 15 percent is standard.
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