Read This Before You Hire a Maid Service
The only time I actually like cleaning my house is when I’m really mad. And since I’m generally a pretty happy person, my house could be in better shape. With spring cleaning in full swing, I’ve realized I’d rather hire a cleaning service to handle scrubbing my bathrooms for me. There are a few important things to consider when choosing the right housecleaning service for your home.
What do you need done?
Many maid services don’t do it all. In fact, most of the ones you might find a discount for on Groupon on other places only do deep cleaning. The first time I had a service come, I was surprised to find out that they had expected me to pick up and were just planning to scrub surfaces. If you are looking for help with regular tasks like dishes and laundry, you’ll more likely have to seek help from a small local company (check your Valpak envelope or valpak.com) or an individual. Companies like hireright.com can help you do background checks so you’ll feel safe and confident in your decision.
How long will it take?
Estimating how long it will take to clean areas of your home is tough. Need your bathrooms and kitchen scoured? Do you think 3 hours for 2 people is enough time? It’s really hard to say. But hiring a cleaning service on an hourly basis is a risky bet. Many sites warn against hiring on an hourly basis because the cleaning crew may clean slowly to milk the situation. However, most accredited, bonded services rely on customer reviews to decide whether they’ll continue to use an employee. When you are hiring, only accept an hourly rate over a flat fee if there is a customer review system in place.
How often do you want them to come?
Think very carefully about how often you actually want them to help. It’s tempting to sign contracts for long periods of time because of the discount. But realistically, most people just need help with deep cleaning once every couple of months because dust and grime don’t build up very fast. If you’re interested in assistance with stuff like dishes and picking up, talk to a small local cleaning service about package deals for regular visits.
How much do you want to spend?
Most people are surprised at how affordable a cleaning service can be. When you use Groupon, Amazon Local or maid service coupons, you can get your first cleaning for dirt cheap. Talk to friends and family about who they use – as it could get you both discounts on your next service. Or get a discount Angie’s List subscription. Don’t be shocked when the price goes up after the first visit: cleaning services are VERY good at sweeping through your junked up house and leaving it an immaculate palace. That feeling is addictive, and they know it. So they have the power to make you pay more. Do your research and find out just how much that price will go up after the first cleaning.
Hiring a cleaning service isn’t something only rich or lazy people do. Families are busier now than ever shuttling from one activity to another with both parents working. When they get home, they don’t want to spend their time cleaning. They want to relax with each other. To me, investing in a cleaning service gives me invaluable time with my kids. How much is a cleaning service worth to you?