Thinking of Hiring a House Cleaner?
You work hard all week. And when the weekend starts, the last thing you want to do is spend your time cleaning your home. After all, wouldn’t you rather be out enjoying your time off?
Have you thought about hiring a house cleaner? While it is an additional expense, it can save you precious time and allow you to do other things besides cleaning.
If this is your first time hiring a house cleaner, there are some things you should think about to make the process smooth. Use these tips to help you find the perfect person to keep your house clean and tidy.
- Decide On Your Needs: The first thing you need to decide is how often you would like someone to come and clean. Are you a fairly neat person who really could do with a good cleaning just once a month? Or, would every two weeks be more appropriate? If your home is rather messy, once per week might be ideal. Then you need to decide what things you specifically need to be done. Do you want your bedding changed? Do you want windows washed? Are there rooms that can be skipped? Make a list of your expectations.
- Ask Friends or Family for Referrals: The best way to find a hire a house cleaner is to ask friends and family if they have someone they can recommend. They may have a house cleaner who is amazing and has room in his/her schedule for additional work.
- Company vs. Individual: There are many house cleaning companies out there – and this is one possible route to follow in order to find a house cleaner. These companies often send in a crew of several people to clean a home so that the work gets done faster. Additionally, they are usually bonded and insured – meaning if something is stolen from your home or a worker is injured at your home, the company has the ability to cover the costs. Because of the insurance, you may find hiring a company is more expensive than hiring a private individual. If you hire an individual, keep in mind they may or may not be bonded and insured. Ask if this is important to you. You will want to be sure to get references and, perhaps, do a background check.
- Get Some Estimates: Don’t be afraid to ask for an estimate on what cleaning your home will cost. Most reputable cleaners will be happy to come to your home, take a look around, and provide you with a price.
- Cleaning Supplies: Be sure to ask if the house cleaner will be bringing supplies or if you need to provide them. If you need to provide them, ask if he/she will work with what you currently have or if they have preferences as to what they use to clean. Be sure also to establish a way to notify you if they are in need of replacement products.
- Be Patient: When you hire a new house cleaner, you may find that it takes a few cleanings to get things just the way you like them. Be sure to communicate with your cleaner about things that may have been missed that you would like to be sure are included in the future. Keeping communication open is important.
The time you save by hiring a house cleaner may well be worth the additional expense. Use these tips to help you find that ideal person who will clean your home and make it a place you love returning to each day.