So. You’ve decided to hire someone to help with the house cleaning because obviously, your time is valuable and wow, wouldn’t it be nice to strike cleaning from the to-do list without ever getting your hands dirty?
There are many things to consider before committing to someone but luckily, we have 8 of the most important questions already answered…check ’em out!
First: Hire a service, not an individual. Services have multiple cleaners on staff and can accommodate schedule changes for your convenience, not their, convenience.
Second: Do they price over the phone? If not, look elsewhere. You don’t want a salesperson in your home taking an hour of your time with a sales pitch. Saving time is one reason you want house cleaning, right?!
Third: Do they use a crew of 1, 2, 3, or 4 people? One person in the home has proven to be much more time-efficient so you get much more cleaning for your price.
Fourth: Do they have a money-back guarantee or just a ‘satisfaction guarantee’?
Fifth: Do they clean the kitchen, bath and foyer floors (the ones that need it most) on their hands and knees or just dilute and spread the dirt around with a mop? The best system is when no dirt is introduced into the clean wash water–one of the downfalls with mops.
Sixth: Do they do national background checks or just local state? We are a mobile society–national background checks are imperative.
Seventh: How much experience do they have? 1yr, 5yrs, 10yrs, 20yrs, 30yrs? The more experience, the better.
Eighth: Do they answer their phone? Up-front sales is often different than the long-term communication with office staff. The best services have quality cleaning and great customer relations, too. Typically you find one or the other, seldom both, unfortunately.