How to choose a House Cleaning Service
Today's families are busier than ever. When both parents work outside the house and the kids need to get to after school activities and sports events, housework never seems to get done. More and more families are considering using a maid service to keep their homes clean and comfortable. However, is it really safe to use a maid service? How do you hire the right house cleaning service for your family?
If you use a bit of caution, hiring a maid service is extremely safe. Before you give anyone a key to your home, always insist on meeting him or her in person. However, even if you feel like this person is nice and very trustworthy, you should also be sure that the maid service is insured. Many house cleaning services, such as Cleaning Maid Easy! also have insurance to cover accidents or re-keying services. This helps you make sure that if the maid accidentally leaves a faucet running or loses your key, you will be covered financially. After all, even the best house cleaning service can have an off day and accidents do happen.
Here are four tips that will help you choose a maid service, no matter what reasons you have. When you think about how busy you are with working, travel and family matters, it only makes good sense to have someone clean your house for you.
1. Don't leave anything to chance. Decide in advance exactly what type of house cleaning you want done and write it down. Write down which rooms you want cleaned, what items or furniture you want cleaned, whether you want the furniture moved or not, any dishes cleaned, laundry service, beds made or whatever you want done. The more specific you are the better so there will be no misunderstandings.
2. Figure out what the house cleaning service would be worth to you and how much you can budget for each month. Know in advance the maximum amount you are willing to pay.
Arrange for a minimum of three maid service companies to come to your home, survey your needs and give you a quote. Make sure each house cleaning company knows they are bidding against a competitor.
3. If you're not sure what companies to hire, then . . .
-ask for recommendations from friends and/or neighbors who use house cleaning services.
-using the phone directory or an internet directory for your local area
4. Make a list of questions you want each maid service company to answer. This will help you compare one company with another one.
Call the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints against the company you are most impressed with. When you hire the company you want, get a signed contract that spells out clearly what they will be doing and a time limit. It's also a good idea to make sure that the company carries their own liability insurance and workmen's compensation. If they do not and there is an accident, they could sue you and your homeowner's insurance policy.
Finally, when you use a maid service, be sure that you respect your cleaning person. After all, this is the person who sees your home at its worst each week and helps it regain its sparkle and polish so that you can be proud of the way it looks.