Who hasn’t stood in the kitchen doing dishes and wished for someone to just appear and handle all of the cleaning chores around the house for them? Good news: it may be easier and more affordable than you think! Go ahead, request a cleaning service here on JobDeals—the price may surprise you and in a positive way!
If you’re still not sure about hiring a service, consider these tips and you’ll be sure to get the most out of your maid service!
1. Prioritize. Generally you pay for cleaning service by the hour. Before they arrive, write a list of everything you want done, and then put it in the order of most important to least important. Give the list to the cleaners and ask them to do everything in that order—that way if they can’t get everything done, the remaining tasks are the least important ones, not the most.
2. Spread out the cost. You may be tempted at first to have a cleaner come for a four-hour overhaul once a month, but it may be easier on your wallet to pay them for an hour a week instead. Your home will feel cleaner because the basics (vacuuming the floor and dusting) are done weekly, and you can still spread out the larger tasks like oven-cleaning or the bathtubs.
3. Clean for the cleaners. This always sounds silly at first, but the fact of the matter is that it never makes sense to hire someone to pick up junk—especially when you pay them by the hour! Junk-picking is time-consuming, which is why we hate doing it ourselves, but a cleaning service won’t know where to put things, so it either gets stacked up and you still have to put it away yourself, or things get thrown away that you may have meant to keep.
4. Request the same cleaner(s) every time. It may take you a few tries to find the ones you can work with well, but it helps a lot to build up trust and the service providers will come to have a better understanding of what you expect. (Make sure to compliment them when they do something particularly well and to tell them—nicely –when to do something differently!)
5. Check for licenses, bonding, and insurance. We talked about these a bit yesterday with regard to movers, but all the same applies to cleaning services: licenses show that they’re competent, bonding shows that your home and goods are protected, and insurance makes sure you don’t get sued if they’re hurt while working!