House cleaning can be a dirty, time consuming endeavor. As a result, cleaning often gets neglected. That’s where cleaning services come in. However, there are so many companies to choose from it can be overwhelming trying to pick the right one for you. We’ve developed a quick checklist of criteria you should be looking for when deciding whom to choose. These few guidelines will ensure you get quality,...
House cleaning can be a dirty, time consuming endeavor. As a result, cleaning often gets neglected. That’s where cleaning services come in. However, there are so many companies to choose from it can be overwhelming trying to pick the right one for you. We’ve developed a quick checklist of criteria you should be looking for when deciding whom to choose. These few guidelines will ensure you get quality, reliable, and worry-free help.
Steps to choosing the right cleaning service
Step 1. Decide what you want – Decide which areas of your home you want cleaned, and be prepared with special requests you might have. Some clients prefer to have extra focus put on bathrooms, for instance. Other clients are more concerned about dust and cobwebs. Make sure to stress such factors that are important to you. Also, consider eliminating rooms such as guest bedrooms that rarely get used; eliminating it altogether from the cleaning job will reduce the overall cost.
Step 2. Ask for Referrals – The best way to find a solid, reputable cleaning service is to ask friends, family, or colleagues whom they use. Often they will have a preferred company they work with that they trust and know. This ensures you’re not getting an unreliable service, and frees you from worries of theft.
Step 3. Eliminate companies without insurance, background checks, or bonding – Look for a business that is insured, bonded, and screens employees properly. You might end up paying a little more, but it will be worth it to have a worry free service; when (and if) something does happen to go wrong you will be covered.
Step 4. Choose a cleaning service with a flat fee – Finding a company that charges a flat fee is a much better idea than an hourly fee. More often the not, companies or individuals charging an hourly fee will attempt to “milk the clock” to make more money. Not only will the cleaning service take longer than necessary, but you will end up regretting the hourly service when it comes time to pay
Step 5. Don’t shop based on price alone – A lot of clients think shopping price should be their most important priority. We strongly advise against this. If you choose the cheapest “cleaning company” you will often end up paying a one-person company “under the table”. These owner operator services are often uninsured and if they get hurt on the job you will be liable. Additionally, these cleaners are considered your “employee” from an IRS perspective as well, so you could be on the hook for hundreds–if not thousands–of dollars in unpaid taxes and fees. Take caution with cheap cleaning “companies”.
Step 6. Ask what the company provides – Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You need to know whether the business is bringing their own supplies and cleaning chemicals, if they operate in teams or independently, and if they have a history of satisfied clients you can contact. Do your homework and don’t take anything for granite.
Step 7. Look for a satisfaction guarantee – Any reliable, quality cleaning company should provide a 100% cleaning satisfaction guarantee. If they don’t, chances are they are providing either sub-par services, or they are operating on such thin margins they can’t afford to correct mistakes. Ask for a guarantee–if they can’t provide it, then look elsewhere.
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