Home 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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24 Replies to “How to Choose the Right Home Cleaning Service”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I have been so busy lately, and I need some help with the house cleaning. We want to make sure that the cleaning services we hire a reliable and will do a good job. Thanks for the suggestion to allow the cleaners to clean a smaller, specific space to see what their capabilities and quality is like.
These are some great tips for finding the best home cleaning service. I like how you mentioned to clean the easy stuff yourself, so the experts can focus on the hard stuff. Vacuuming and things is easy, so when we hire someone, I’ll do those sorts of things.
My wife and I have noticed that we just don’t have enough time in the week to clean our house, so we wanted to find a service to help us pick up the slack. I love that you say to go online and search locally. It would be nice to know that they are familiar with the different houses in the area and the best way to clean them.
It was interesting how you mentioned that it’s actually important to make sure the space that you’d like cleaned is already somewhat clean. I’ve been looking at hiring an experience cleaning service to help with some house chores to take a lot of the burden off my wife, so this is good to know. I’ll be sure we keep the places we want cleaned somewhat organized to make it easier for the cleaning service we hire to perform an exceptional job.
I like that you mention to clean up prior to the cleaning service coming, that way they only have to worry about the detailed cleaning. My husband and I have found less time to deep clean since having our twins. Having someone come every week or two, to finish off the cleaning, would take a lot of stress off us and save time for other daily duties.
I like how you mentioned having specific places picked out for the cleaners to clean prior to their arrival. It was helpful that you included how it’s estimated that a one-bedroom, one-bathroom house typically takes two and a half hours to clean. My grandmother recently had knee surgery, so she has a hard time moving around her house. She has been considering hiring a cleaning service to assist her with cleaning her home. It could be useful to her to know specifically what she wants the cleaned before the workers arrive.
Brynne, Thank you for your comment. Hiring a cleaning service will help your grandmother tremendously.
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I like how you say that you would want to find a cleaning service that has specific areas to clean. It would make sense to outline them because it would make it easier to know how much they need to clean. My sister needs a cleaning service, so she’ll have to define where she needs to be cleaned as well.
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Thanks for mentioning how it’s a good idea to have some level of cleanliness for your home so that the professional is able to focus on the details. This could help you get better results and keep your things in better condition. I’d imagine that when you choose a professional you’d probably want to check what type of cleaning services they specialize in so you can figure out if they’ll be able to take care of the details as well as the items in your home.
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Cleaning services are a great way to get a professional clean in your home or business office. I really liked your tip on having a level of cleanliness before the professionals arrive so that you can get a more detail orientated service. It is helpful to know this if you want a well-freshened space.
It was helpful that you suggested picking out specific places that you want workers to clean prior to their first visit. I liked that you mentioned that a one-bedroom, one-bathroom house normally takes two and a half hours to properly clean. My brother’s wife recently passed away unexpectedly. It has been difficult for him to keep his home clean without her help. These tips could be helpful to him as he finds a residential cleaning service to help him out.
It seems smart to do as you say and have your house somewhat clean before a service comes to clean your home. It stands to reason that if you have a clean home already it would be easier to clean. My husband and I need a cleaning service, so we’ll have to keep our house at a baseline clean level already.
I like your suggestion to have the home cleaning company clean some very specific and a small number of places to get a good feel and idea of the quality of the service. My wife has an auto-immune disease and it is hard for her to clean the whole house. Having a company clean a couple areas is a great way to try them out. I’ll keep this in mind while I look for a company that can help my wife with cleaning our home.
Great tips! I find the part about searching on the Internet to make an informed choice of cleaning services especially useful. My brother is going to move into a new house and in order to prepare his house properly, he will definitely need a professional cleaning company. I’ll share with him this information.
I like how you say that you would want to consider how much you are going to assign your home cleaner. It would be good to consider this because it would help with pricing. My brother needs a home cleaner while he’s at work, so he’ll have to choose one that is a fair price.
Thanks for sharing! As my wife and I both work, we don’t have enough time to maintain our house enough clean. This article is what I’ve been looking for, and my favorite part is about asking cleaning services for a small sample in order to get an idea how good they are in this job. I’ll definitely consider these recommendations to find the best specialist for our home.