Hiring a Cleaning Service
It's a cherished dream of nearly every American, whether you work outside the home or is a stay-at-home parent: hiring a cleaning service to take care of the house. But is it an indulgence that is reserved only for the rich and famous? Not necessarily. If you hire a cleaning service, does that make you lazy? Definitely not. If you don't clean your own house, will you scar your children? Not if you spend the time you save with them!
If you believe that a cleaning service is completely out of your price range, you're probably wrong. For one thing, you don't have to use it every week, or even every month. And if it's important enough to you, you won't mind cutting back on other things, like lattes or manicures. Below are tips on how to hire the right service for you:
1. Ask friends, coworkers and neighbors for recommendations.
2. Make a list of the things you'd like a service to do: laundry? Cooking? Full-house cleaning? Running errands? That way you can determine what kind of service you need to contact.
3. Be sure to interview services on the phone as you would any employee: Check the service with the Better Business Bureau to make sure no complaints are lodged against them. Here are questions to ask:
a. How long have you been in business? b. Are you insured and bonded? c. Are your employees working in the U.S. legally? Are they contractors or are they actual employees? d. What services do you provide? e. Can I get an estimate? f. If I need to cancel, how far in advance do I need to call? g. Do you take checks and/or credit cards? h. Do you guarantee your work? h. Will the same people be cleaning my home each week? i. Do I need to be home when you clean? j. Can I get a list of references? k. Do you supply cleaning products and appliances?
4. The first few cleanings will be more expensive than subsequent cleanings. This is because most do a deep cleaning or two to start and then after that, cleanings will be more maintenance cleanings.
5. Having a cleaning service doesn't give you license to live like a pig. Chances are good that having someone else do the heavy cleaning will be incentive enough to keep the place looking neat and uncluttered between times.
6. If you're going to hire a service, don't clean before they come. You're defeating the purpose.
7. Don't expect them to read your mind about how you want things done and where you want things put away. Make a list with pertinent details about how your want things.
8. Even though you're paying for the service, you should give tips to the individual cleaners because they don't get every cent you pay. Be sure to give praise and compliments, because people who are valued tend to work harder than those who aren't.