How to Choose the Right Home Cleaning Service

How to Choose the Right Home Cleaning ServiceHome cleaning services can be great in order to keep and maintain a tidy home. For those who are busy, it is a way to maintain a livable home while not reneging on other responsibilities. One issue that those who hire home cleaners run into, however, is the classic economic problem of asymmetric information. Since most cleaning companies are small and privately owned, it is hard to tell which ones actually do a good job and which ones are just in it to take your money. When hiring a cleaning company, there are some steps you can follow to try to increase your chances of making it a good hire. Whether you are in New York or St. Petersburg, these tips on choosing a vendor should make the decision much easier and your home and families will thank you for it.

The first tip to consider is to have very specific and a small number of places for the cleaners to clean- particularly during the first visit. This allows you to feel them out and see what their capabilities from a quality perspective are. It is important in coming up with a list for them to work on to consider the time it will take. Experts estimate that a one-bedroom, one-bath house will typically take two and a half hours to clean. This should be used as a benchmark for how much to assign your home cleaner – the bigger the home, the more time and likely more visits that will be required.

Another tip to getting the most out of your cleaning service may seem somewhat paradoxical: it is important to have some level of cleanliness already there even before the actual cleaning starts. This is because by taking care of the easy stuff, you can save more time for the experts to focus on the details- to really get in a good deep clean. If you have the resources to spare to hire the cleaners for a longer time per space then this may not be an issue. It really comes down to the time per space allotment- many times client expect too much from a relatively small amount of time.

When it comes to actually picking a vendor, Google local search can help you make an informed choice. Beyond that, starting with a small sample can give you an idea of what a vendor will be like as well as asking them what their strategies and priorities in any given job are.

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6 Replies to “How to Choose the Right Home Cleaning Service”

  1. I need to find someone to help me clean my house. Thanks for the advice about trying out a cleaning service to see if you like them. Another thing is to make sure the cleaning service is licensed.

  2. I agree that you would want to have some level of cleanliness before you hire a cleaning company. I would imagine that if you keep your home fairly clean it would be easier for them to keep it in top shape. This would probably also reduce cost because they would be cleaning for less time.

  3. I’m glad you mention the importance of having some level of cleanliness before the cleaning service comes in! It’s so true that having the space already basically picked up and clean can allow them to spend more time doing deeper cleaning. It may seem counter-productive, but it will make the time the maid spends in the house much more effective!

  4. My wife has noticed that we don’t have as much time to clean up our house as we used to, and she was thinking about looking into a maid service. One thing that I really liked is that you say to make sure that you already have some cleanliness before hiring them. It would be nice to just have them come polish up the cleaning that we did, and make sure that it’s completely clean.

  5. I’m a very busy person and maintaining a clean home has become rather difficult. You wrote that when choosing a cleaning service you want to choose a cleaning service that takes a lot of focus and care in making sure that your home gets a very deep clean. Deep clean is the exact thing I don’t have time for, but would love to have. I’ll have to find a good cleaning service that can provide those exact kind of services for my home.

  6. I liked when you talked about bei9ng specific when having cleaning services. It makes sense that doing this can help you make sure you get the services you can and know how well they perform. I can see how anyone looking into this would want to make sure they consult with several companies and compare them before choosing the one they want to work with.

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