Making sure that your home is clean at all times can seem like an impossible endeavor. Especially so if you have kids. Your life can sometimes be just cleaning and tidying things up. And we all know that living in a clean home can reduce stress, as you can see here.
So, most people go for hiring a professional cleaning service that can handle these things for them. Have you hired a cleaning service yet?
Well, maybe you should.
But how do you find a service that you trust with your home?
It’s all about asking the right questions.
What Services Cleaning Companies Offer
Cleaning services are not all the same. There are different types of packages and specializations out there. So, you have to know what you need. For instance, most companies will start out offering just one service package that’s very basic but then they’ll move towards a more specialized service.
Some services only work on organization, some clean garages, some clean after construction or after you move.
You can get scheduled weekly or biweekly visits or get their help just once when you need it. You can hire them to clean before and after events and so on.
Cleaning services can also vary based on the size of your home and what you need. Big companies have a basic package where you can add or remove some optional elements. Deep clean is one of the basics, and most packages start with that.
Occasional scheduled visits are less expensive than if you called a cleaning service just when you need it. It all depends on how much money are you willing to spend and how much time you want to save.
You will often be charged a flat rate per area or per hour. Of course, the bigger your home is, the higher the price gets.
When it comes to cleaning services, you have a choice between large cleaning companies and private housekeepers.
A private, independent housekeeper or a team of housekeepers will usually work through referrals and they will be less expensive. You will likely get a recommendation from a friend or an acquaintance and you’ll know if the housekeeper did a good job or not. Of course, it still might be a good idea to do a background check. You can learn more about that here: https://www.theselfemployed.com/article/importance-background-checks-companies/
Big companies check their employees before hiring them.
With independent workers, you’ll get someone you know coming into your home every time, knowing exactly what you need.
It’s a more personalized service and it costs less. Over time, you can build a relationship with that person.
With a large company, you will get employees who have already been screened, already insured and that you don’t have to do any paperwork for. A large company is reliable but more expensive.
How To Hire A Housekeeper
Now that you are aware of your options, you can make your decision on who to hire. Still, the search doesn’t end there, as you’ll need a few tips to make sure that you are hiring someone experienced and skilled in housecleaning.
Interview More Than One Service
Before you opt for any one service, you should interview several home cleaning services. See what’s out there. Check out your option. You don’t go to the store and just look at one dress and then buy it. You look at several dresses, try them out and buy based on that.
So, do the same with cleaning services. Interview several to see what you can get. Then make your decision.
Collect the information, call them, talk to them and so on. These people will spend a lot of time and you need to be certain what you want to do.
Check their availability and how punctual they have been in the past. See what their cleaning skills are like and what they need from equipment. Check their work ethic and their attitude towards common problems.
Of course, see if they are professional and trustworthy.
Check the Equipment
A team of housekeepers or a single housekeeper will usually have all of the equipment they need when they come to your home. This involves the necessary cleaning supplies as well as brooms, vacuums, rugs and so on.
Sometimes though, they will ask to use yours.
You need to check what types of equipment they are using, especially if you want your home to be cleaned with organic supplies if someone’s allergic to something and so on. Discussing each product can also be beneficial.
Before you hire someone, you need to tell them just how much work is involved. Make sure that you involve any additional services you need. At the same time, it might be useful to have a list of responsibilities for your cleaners. Be specific in what you want from them, as long as it’s reasonable.
Designate What Needs To Be Cleaned
You should talk to your cleaners and spend a few moments going over specific areas you want to be cleaned and how often you want them cleaned. For instance, they should clean your kitchen and bathroom every week, but garage only occasionally, when you require it. If you need more attention in certain areas every time, then say so in advance. Let them know if you have any concerns and which spaces should be cleaned the most.