Hiring a Cleaning Service

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Hiring a cleaning service is not just for the rich and famous anymore. Many homeowners are opting to have professionals clean their homes to save themselves the time and effort. And, don't worry, itt doesn't mean you're lazy. 

Do not believe the nay sayers that tell you cleaning services are out of your price range. You don't have to use it every week, or even every month. You can hire a cleaning service before holidays or for spring cleaning, or especially when you are planning to sell your home.  It's a really good idea to have a cleaning service to the hard work!

Questions to Ask a Cleaning Service:

• How long have you been in this business?
• Are you insured?
• Are your employees working in the U.S. legally? Are they contractors or employees?
• Exactly what services do you provide?
• Can I get an estimate before you begin?
• Do you guarantee your work?
• Will the same people be cleaning my home every time?
• Do I need to be home while you clean?
• Do you supply the cleaning products?

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How to Hire a Cleaning Service - Tips

Ask friends, family, neighbors, and your Realtor for recommendations. Check out websites like Angies List. You will soon have plenty of companies to call.

List the chores you would like them to do: Laundry? Cooking? Full-house cleaning? Season?

Interview the cleaning services on the phone just like you would interview an employee. Check the cleaning service with the Better Business Bureau to make sure no complaints are lodged against them. Ask them for referrals,  and be sure to follow up with their current customers. 

The first few cleanings may be more expensive than subsequent cleanings. This is because most services will do a deep cleaning or two to start and then after that, cleanings will be more maintenance cleanings.

Even though you're paying for the service, you should give the employees tips, because they are not keeping the entire fee.

Give praise and compliments if you like their work. 

If you do have problems with the service, remember to be constructive and give specific examples of what you are unhappy about.

Remember to use your time off productively. Be kind to yourself—if you like to golf, then golf. If you have a family—go for a picnic! Enjoy the time off.

 

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