How to find and hire a good HOUSE CLEANER

David Sullivan By David Sullivan, 1st Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Good information on finding and employing the right cleaning person or a cleaning service for your home.

How to find a good HOUSE CLEANER

Hiring a cleaning person to come into your home is a big decision. First of all, this person is a stranger. Is she/he honest? Can I leave them at home alone? I’ve never hired anyone before. I’ve never fired anyone before. What should I do?

Should you hire a Cleaning Service or a Single Individual

The Cleaning Service
Cleaning Industry published research indicates that consumers who hire a Cleaning Service for residential cleaning do so because:
1. They want a company that’s insured and bonded in case of an accident or theft.
2. They don’t want the hassle of hiring and firing employees.
3. They feel more comfortable giving instructions to, or complaining to, a supervisor rather than to the worker.
4. These services provide all their own cleaning supplies and tools, like vacuums and mops.
For this convenience consumers are willing to pay 25% to 35% more per cleaning.

Finding a service is easy enough. The yellow pages will have several local services to choose from. Have at least three services come to your home to give you a firm price. Make a note of all the items they regularly clean. Things like window cleaning, trophy polishing or the handling of rare or expensive items are usually extra.

Have them provide you proof that they are bonded and insured. Ask if you will have the same workers at each service. If you will not be home during the cleaning, you will have to provide the service with a way of gaining entry to your home. A key under the mat is definitely not a good idea. Usually, the supervisor will be responsible for a key. An electronic combination for a garage door is also a good idea. If you can, try to be home for the first cleaning. The workers may have questions.

The Individual Cleaner
Many homeowners prefer to have the peace of mind knowing that someone they know and trust will be cleaning their home. But how do you find the right person? And what happens if they don’t do a good job?

There are ads galore in the local papers and on billboards everywhere for housecleaners. This is not the way to find the right person for you. After all, this person will most likely be left alone in your private home. He/she must be trustworthy and reliable. You don’t need a person “in-between” jobs trying to make ends meet.

The best way to find the right person is word-of-mouth. Ask your neighbors or friends at work. These are the best references you’ll ever get. When you get a recommendation ask:
1. Do they do good work… are they reliable, are they honest?
2. What do they charge?
3. Do they bring their own cleaning equipment and cleaning products?
4. Are they friendly?

If you decide to hire an individual, do so with the understanding that you and this person will be “trying each other out.” If the first cleaning goes well, then give the go-ahead for a month of service. If that goes well, you both should be pleased. Hiring the person on this probationary basis makes it easy to back out if you are not satisfied.

Remember, nobody can clean your own house as well as you do… but it’s sure easier on the knees.

© 2010 Consumer Guide by David Sullivan


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David Sullivan, has spent years writing about and consulting on consumer issues. He is also an avid sailor, often writing while at anchor under the stars.

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author avatar Val Mills
16th Jun 2010 (#)

Goo advice. A reliable cleaning person is a real treasure when you are working full-time.

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author avatar Retired
9th Jul 2010 (#)

Excellent article

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