6 Things to Know Before Hiring a Maid Service
By Jesse M. | Professional Cleaner
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1. Cleaning Isn’t Everything
Any reputable maid service should be able to handle both residential and commercial cleaning. That said, there are some things that are just easier for residential services—like changing your sheets!
Residential cleaners also tend to be cheaper than their commercial counterparts, and if you live in an apartment building or condo community, chances are it won’t cost you anything at all. Just remember that when you need deep cleaning help or touch-ups between cleans, a pro can come through for you.
Don’t choose based on price: It seems counterintuitive, but sometimes a higher price tag means better quality. When choosing a maid service, don’t skimp on price; instead, look for reviews from past clients. You want to know how they treat their customers so you can feel confident they will take care of your home as well. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
2. Maid Services Are Flexible
You can hire maid services weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly service. If you are away on vacation or out of town at least one day a week, consider hiring a maid service that will work with your schedule. By only cleaning once or twice a month, you can save money and prevent having your rugs and carpets become overly worn from constant traffic and heavy cleaning products.
3. Maid Services Go Beyond The Basics
Sure, you need your place cleaned when you’re gone. But if you have pets or other issues that require daily care while you’re away, then it’s time to think beyond basic cleaning. Most maid services can provide everything from dog walking and cat litter scooping to pet grooming and home pest control. Because hey—if they do everything else in your life, why not help them with some chores?
4. What Will it Cost?
One of the most important questions for you to ask when shopping around for a maid service is, How much does it cost?
The most important factor that goes into pricing is how many rooms your home or office needs cleaning; most companies charge per room and have multiple cleaning packages depending on what level of cleanliness you desire. You can also often add additional services to these packages, like refrigerator cleaning and window washing. Always call check with the cleaning service or check their service page for details.
5. How do I know it’s going to be done right?
Just because you’re hiring someone doesn’t mean they won’t let you down. If you want assurance that your home is going to be cleaned right, ask for references or an invitation to watch your cleaner in action before making a commitment. It may seem inconvenient, but having peace of mind about who will be cleaning your house is worth it. One simple question: What happens if I don’t like my first cleaning?
6. Can they work around my schedule?
If you’re going to hire outside help, make sure they can accommodate your schedule. When hiring, ask about pricing and availability of weekend hours, flexible scheduling, and evening services. Many times home cleaning companies have special rates if you use their services more than once per week. Make sure you can comfortably afford these prices before committing for any set amount of time.
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