We’ve been in the cleaning business long enough to know that hiring a cleaning service isn’t for everyone. Some people like to do it themselves. Some people aren’t comfortable having someone else clean their bathrooms (although these folks are in the minority—most people would LOVE to give up that job). And some people think it’s an expense they should best do without.
The many people who decide to use a cleaning service, do so for the opposite reasons. They hire a maids service because they hate to clean (especially bathrooms). They use a cleaning team because they don’t have the time or energy to tackle necessary housework on top of their busy lives. They choose the bi-weekly or monthly expense because of the value it offers them; it gives them the ability to focus on their other commitments that can’t be outsourced.
For those that decide to use a cleaning service, choosing the right one is a thoughtful and personal process and one that usually includes these five tips.
Start with referrals.
Hiring a good cleaning service is easy if one comes recommended by friends, neighbors, or coworkers. While every home, family, and budget is different, starting the selection list with referrals is a great way to begin the process.
Ask the right questions.
Most reputable cleaning services will offer a free estimate of services over the phone or in person. Before you get to this point, use the initial phone call to ask them the questions that are important to you. Things like the number of people on the cleaning team, the length of time required per housecleaning, the type of products used, their license and insurance information—all of this information is important not only in making sure you are comfortable with the company, but also to outline your expectations for the services provided.
Stick with the professionals.
We don’t just say this because we’re the professionals. Using a cleaning company that is bonded, insured, dedicated to quality service, and held to those standards is beneficial for a number of reasons, including a personalized cleaning plan, an always-available team, consistent quality standards, thorough yet efficient cleaning, and a trusted reputation.
Be honest about what you need.
When doing the initial walk through, many people make the mistake of cleaning their homes before The Maids gets there. Commit to your “normal” so that the cleaning team knows exactly what to expect every time they walk in, and they can budget their time and staffs accordingly. (This also lets you get the full-service treatment you want in a cleaning service. You don’t want to have to get into the habit of always cleaning before they come because that kind of defeats the purpose).
Go with your gut.
In the end, your instincts will guide you to how comfortable you are with a cleaning service. Keep asking questions until you are satisfied. Be honest in your assessment and concerns. The purpose of hiring a maids service is to give you back your time, energy, and peace of mind. Do not hire a cleaning service if one of these aspects is out of place.