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tips for hiring a house cleaning service

We all want a clean house. We don't always have time to clean it, however. Or, maybe we just need a house cleaning service monthly to allow us to do the less time consuming surface cleaning weekly.

Enter residential cleaning services, ready to bring in a team to make your home shine.

These soap-and-bucket veterans will handle everything from washing windows and mgniblinds to deep cleaning carpets, floors, and drapery. They'll tackle your home's most formidable tasks - or those you simply abhor - and leave you with clean and well-maintained surroundings. 

two options for residential cleaning services: specialists or generalists.

You have two options: specialists - for floors, windows, upholstery, carpets, or drapery - and a general house cleaning service that tackles all these tasks and more on a weekly, monthly, or as-needed basis.

Which is better for you? If you require help throughout the house, a cleaning service is the most efficient way to go.

Most residential cleaning services complete floor-to-ceiling, room-by-room cleaning - many will even make up unmade beds.

Most residential cleaning services are flexible, so if you have a specific task you need done, ask.

If given enough notice, most services are usually quite happy to do everything from ironing and laundry to cleaning out the inside of the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets.

You'll probably have to pay for the extra time these tasks will take, but buying yourself some freedom from such small but necessary jobs will keep your home running smoothly and can be well worth the investment. 

when to choose a specialty house cleaning service.

If the only thing you don't do is windows, however, hire a professional window cleaning service.

Ditto for the floors, carpets, and upholstery.

These site-specific professionals have the latest tools, products, and industry know-how to guide them to the very best methods to clean these surfaces.

Of course general housecleaning services will handle most of these chores, but you may want to ask how extensively workers have performed each job in the past. 

what to know before you sign on the dotted line with a house cleaning service.

Before you agree to hire a cleaning service, however, be sure to read the fine print of the housecleaning contract.

Rates can vary widely, and some cleaning services charge a cancellation fee equal to the cleaning service that would have been performed if you don't provide 24 hours cancellation notice.

Plan to get estimates from at least three cleaning services before you sign on the dotted line. 

ask detailed questions about the house cleaning service the company is providing.

Be careful you don't get taken to the cleaners by a company with a spotty track record.

Ask these questions and follow these steps before signing on with the house cleaning service of your choice. 

The most important questions to ask include:

  • What is - and what isn't - included in your basic house cleaning service?
  • What training do your employees have?
  • Do you have references I may call?
Tips for hiring a house cleaning service.Be sure to ask in advance how many people will be arriving to do the house cleaning, and whether employees are bonded.
  • Are your employees bonded?
  • How many will be arriving to do the job?
  • May I see a list of your cleaning procedures and products?
  • Will you use cleaning products that are less toxic to kids, pets?
  • Will you be providing the cleaning supplies?
  • What are the names of the employees who will be coming to my home?
  • Do I need to be home when they arrive and while they are working?
  • Will the same person or team clean my apartment or home each each week or month?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • What happens if I'm not satisfied?

before the cleaning service arrives.

  • Put away any delicate, breakable objects and tuck any valuables safely out of sight.
  • Put clutter away. If you're paying hourly, why pay the cleaner to move your things?

after the cleaning service is complete.

  • Inspect the work within 24 hours.
  • If you have any complaints or questions, convey them to the company or individual immediately.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.