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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