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HOW TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU HIRE A CLEANING COMPANY

Why you shouldn’t just hire any cleaning company – investigate!

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Yes, we’ve all been in a hurry before, needing a cleaning service and not caring who you went with. We understand how you feel!

However, if you’re going to let someone into your home, there are several things you should probably ask beforehand. Let’s get into them now!

According to a recent blog by care.com there are 7 things that you should look out for before hiring a cleaning service.

  1. What your individual needs are
  2. The qualifications of the cleaner or company you’re thinking of hiring
  3. Their experience
  4. Your schedule vs theirs – are they able to fit you in?
  5. Cleaning supplies – who provides them, what are they like?
  6. How can you pay? What methods do they accept?
  7. References and Background Checks – super important for the sensitive job of going into your home!

Let’s check these out together and figure out more about them!

1) Your individual needs

You should always consider what your actual needs are – if the individual or service you’re thinking of hiring doesn’t accomodate for your individual needs, run!

Here is a sample cleaning checklist that you can reference – it includes all the basics of a regular cleaning, plus some extras and add-ons that you may want to mention to your cleaning professional or company.

Make sure you are clear about what it is you need – are there areas of your home that need special attention? Are you expecting a deep cleaning for the price of a regular cleaning? These discrepancies should be able to be answered by your cleaning individual accurately and clearly. It’s important for your home to be in good hands, and this is a great way to make sure you’re getting a person or service that can fulfill your cleaning needs!

 

2) The qualifications of the cleaner or company

It’s super important to check if the company or cleaner you are thinking of hiring actually has the correct qualifications. Cleaning is a job that does require a high level of organization and expertise. This is partially due to it being a job that requires you to match the correct cleaning products and cleaning techniques to the correct surfaces that you are cleaning. For example: If you use Bleach on a glass stovetop, it does cause damage!

Clean Maids near Cypress, TX has this to say: “Granite, marble and stainless steel appliances (like fridges and sinks) all need to be handled with the correct products and cleaning supplies, otherwise they can be seriously damaged and need to be replaced. This can be quite costly so you want to make sure you have well trained cleaners!”

 

3) The cleaner’s experience (and feedback)

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It’s very imporant to regard the cleaner’s experience and what kind of feedback they’ve received.

Check online review sites like Yelp and Google for online reviews, but keep in mind that you should take these with a grain of salt! It’s common knowledge that 1 in 50 happy customers leaves a review, but 1 in 4 unhappy customers will scream your company’s name from the rooftops!

This is why it’s very important to ensure that your cleaning company or individual has enough experience to have some sort of feedback listed online for them, or at least references that they can send you.

4) Their schedule

 

Is the cleaner or company able to fit you into their schedule? This is important, as schedules fill up fast, and it’s very important to ensure that you can find a spot that works for you. This is even more important if you’re booking a recurring cleaning vs a one-off, because you want to make sure your cleaner can access the property at the time of cleaning. Otherwise they might get locked out and have to charge a cancellation fee in some cases!

5) Cleaning supplies

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It’s important to be clear about who provides the cleaning supplies. Are they high quality? Check with your cleaner or company and ensure that whoever provides the cleaning supplies, they are there at the time of cleaning, otherwise there will be a miscommunication that could result in a bad experience.

6) Methods of payment

It’s important to see if you can pay via credit card – make sure that the cleaner or company has a booking form that you can use. This makes it so much easier to book your cleaning, and ensure payment is sent on time on their end as well!

7) References and Background checks

This is pretty self-evident, but it’s worth repeating anyway. Make sure you get your cleaners background checked and get some references, or at the very least, ensure your company that you’re hiring has done so.

We hope this list helps, and make sure you check our our cleaning services if you’re in the Seattle area!

 

 

WHY IT MAKES FINANCIAL SENSE TO HIRE A CLEANING SERVICE

RESEARCH SHOWS HIRING A HOUSECLEANING COMPANY MAKES FINANCIAL SENSE

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You wouldn’t think that spending money on something intangible would actually reap benefits to your financial stability. However, new research is showing that this is in fact that case.

A recent article from US News depicts several key factors that actually make your house cleaning service more beneficial to your financial well being than previously thought. The reasons cited in this article are as follows:

  • Reducing family stress
  • Reducing your personal stress levels
  • You don’t like cleaning
  • You would lose money by cleaning yourself
  • You’re not that dirty

Why don’t we go through these one at a time!

 

Reducing family stress

 

It’s very apparent that having a dirty home can lead to a cluttered, unorganized family situation. The truth is, the cleaner your environment is, the happier the residence of said environment are going to be!

According to the US Bureau of Labor, an average cleaning takes about 10 hours. That’s 10 hours you can spend with your family!

This is important because, as they say, a happy wife is a happy life! Make sure that you are keeping the home clean for your loved ones, as they will repay you with boundless appreciation! (and possibly cookies)

 

Reducing your personal stress levels

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You might think that having a dirty house is no problem, if it’s just you! But that’s not necessarily the case. The truth is, you might be experiencing effects from your clutter and dirt without even being cognizant of it.

As Joe Rogan once said, if you take a cross section of my room and see how cluttered it is, that’s exactly what my brain is going to look like. I’m paraphrasing, but the essential lesson is evident. You must keep your place clean if you want to be able to make a mess creatively, or metaphorically! This tip is especially important to those working in the creative arts.

You don’t like cleaning

Let’s face it – you would rather do almost anything other than begin cleaning that big mess of yours! It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

We recommend focusing your energy and time on doing the things you like to do. This may seem self-evident, and almost redundant and banal. Still, it’s worth mentioning.

TCA from The Cleaning Advantage noticed that customers were saying the same things were valuable to them as well. “The greatest thing about being able to take care of our customers is that we’re giving them free time to pursue the activities that bring them the most fulfillment. And that’s what it’s all about!”

 

You would lose money by cleaning yourself

I know, I know. That makes no sense! Or does it? Think again, as this does actually prove to be a valid point when you stop and think about it.

Think about how much time you spend cleaning. Then think about how much money you make per hour, and see how much money you’re losing by spending time cleaning as apposed to working on your craft.

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In a lot of cases, you might actually be losing money by cleaning!

 

You’re not that dirty

Not everyone needs a professional house cleaning service. A lot of times, if you don’t spend a lot of time at home, it can actually not be necessary to hire a cleaner. Although you may still benefit, it may not be required if your home is not used as often as a regular home (due to you traveling extensively, for example).

Have you ever felt like your time could be spent better? Well, it can. Let your local house cleaning service handle the issue. You can book online in a minute using our handy booking form also.

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