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How to Hire a House Cleaning Service (With Step-by-Step Checklist)

washing dishes as part of a winter deep cleanIf you’re ready to throw in the towel on your house cleaning, these tips for hiring the best house cleaner are for you. The good news is you can hire a home cleaner to help with as much or as little cleaning as need done.

There are two options for home cleaners: an individual home cleaner or a home cleaning service. There are advantages or disadvantages to both. Some homeowners like the comfort of having one cleaner come every time (which can be done with an individual cleaner or home cleaning service). Others choose to hire a home cleaning service because of the availability, training, and assurances (i.e. for complaints, insurance, etc.)

The main difference between the two is availability. Home cleaning services always have employees available to clean, both for random cleanings (“I really need my home cleaned up before my party!”) or for regular weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly cleanings. Individual home cleaners typically require a more flexible schedule with an occasional break. Some cleaners require a set number of hours from homeowners.

Unfortunately, hiring either type of home cleaner comes with a process (a short process!) that ensures that both parties are satisfied.

Hiring a House Cleaning Service Checklist

____ Make a list of home cleaning services.

  • Ask friends and family for recommendations.
  • Do an internet search for local house cleaning services (i.e. “cleaning services near me,” “house cleaning near me.”
  • Research reviews on local cleaning services (i.e. Yelp, Facebook, etc.)

____ Decide what cleaning tasks you need done.

  • Make a list of all the cleaning tasks you need done.
  • Contact cleaning services for a free quote.

____ Interview each service.

  • “How long have you been in business? Can you provide references from past clients?”
  • “Is your service insured? What process should I follow if anything in my home is damaged?”
  • “Do you perform background checks on all your home cleaners?”
  • “Does your service supply the cleaning supplies and equipment?”
  • “Who should I contact to schedule a home cleaning?”
  • “Do I need to be here when the home cleaner comes?”
  • “Should I secure my pet when the cleaner comes over?”
  • “Who should I contact if I have any complaints?”
  • “Do I need to sign a contract?”

____ Hire the house cleaning service.

  • Review all contracts and proof of insurance.
  • Reiterate your list of cleaning tasks and expectations.
  • Sign all necessary paperwork before the first cleaning.

____ Schedule a home cleaning and enjoy the perks of a shorter to-do list.

5 Steps to Hiring Your Next Home Cleaner

happy family in clean house cleaned by home cleanerOur friend’s story is like so many: she’s a full-time working mom with no time to keep up with her home.  She has no time at night or on the weekends to tackle her huge cleaning list.  It’s time to hire a home cleaner.  If you’re like her, or you travel a lot, or you need a cleaner because you are injured or sick, the next question is, “how do I hire a cleaner for my home?”  We’ve given you a step-by-step guide that’ll make your decision to hire a home cleaner an easy one.

Make a list

Everyone has a different list of cleaning tasks they need help with.  We had a friend who hired a home cleaner to only clean her bathrooms because she didn’t have time (and hated cleaning bathrooms). Another busy colleague hired a cleaning service to help with her endless supply of laundry. Before you hire a home cleaner, know what you need help with and how often you need the cleaning tasks done so you can get an accurate quote.

Set a schedule

One of the cons of an individual home cleaner is that they usually set their own schedule, whereas a home cleaning service can clean your home on the schedule you specify. Determine how often you need the tasks on your list done (i.e. once/week, once/month, several times/week), and when is the best time for cleaning (i.e. early mornings, evenings, lunch, etc.)

Interview your cleaning services

Ask your friends for referrals or look online for local cleaning services.  Before you hire the cheapest or first home cleaning service you call, ask the cleaning service for information about their proof of insurance just in case any items in your home are damaged. Look for online reviews and ask the service for references.  A cleaning service can provide references from present clients who use their services.

Request a quote

Be prepared to discuss the cleaning jobs you need completed, your preferred schedule, their policy for any pets in your home, and any other special request you may have.   Ask for a full quote to ensure that you get the cost including any additional fees.

Enjoy a cleaner, more organized home

One of the main perks of hiring a cleaning service is being able to spend your off-time off.  Once you have a set cleaning schedule, enjoy a clean and more organized home.