It can be difficult knowing where to start when hiring a house cleaner. With so many options ranging from small businesses to franchises and individual cleaners, how do you know how to pick the right residential cleaning service?
If you’re interested in hiring house cleaning services for your home, consider these five important questions to ask when contacting different companies.
1. How much does it cost?
If you ask 10 different cleaners, you may receive 10 different hourly rates or flat rates based on the size of your home. Most charge a flat rate and rates may vary based on the services requested. First time cleanings may require more time for deep cleans while additional visits for maintenance cleaning shouldn’t take as long. If you’re concerned about cost, you can ask a company to cap estimated hours to avoid higher fees.
2. Are the house cleaners screened and background checked?
When researching cleaning companies, it’s important to ask about the training and if their house cleaners are properly screened. Most reputable companies screen and train their employees, but hiring independent contractors requires diligence on your part to screen potential applicants and perform background checks. Proper background checks ensure the safety of your home and your belongings.
3. Is the company properly insured?
Professional companies should carry full coverage liability insurance to cover you and your home in the event an accident happens or possessions go missing. Take the safe route by making sure the company carries liability insurance so you know you and your possessions are covered. If you hire someone that does not carry insurance and they fall in your home or damage your floors, countertops, etc. then you will be held responsible to cover the cost of the damages or hospital fees.
4. Do they provide their own equipment and supplies?
One of the benefits of hiring a cleaning service is not needing to worry about any details related to cleaning. Great cleaning companies bring their own eco-friendly cleaning supplies which are safe for you and safe for the environment. Some companies require you to provide a vacuum cleaner but then you'll be responsible for all maintenance cost and replacement parts. House cleaning can be started with very little start-up cost and anyone can go to Wal-Mart and buy a $25 Dirt Devil vacuum and bottle of Pine-Sol and call themselves a house cleaner, so make sure they are only providing top-of-the-line commercial quality equipment and products.
5. Do you offer a guarantee on quality results?
What if you’re not completely satisfied with a cleaning job? Ask if a guarantee is available if services aren’t provided to cleaning standards. Many reputable companies offer a guarantee to have a cleaner come back within 24 hours to clean areas which may have been missed. You likely won’t need this with thorough, professional companies, but it’s a nice guarantee to have just in case you do.
With research and by asking the right questions, hiring a house cleaner doesn’t have to be a chore. Communicate your cleaning needs with a company and double check they’re taking proper precautions to protect you and your property. For Tulsa residential cleaning, contact the professionals at Katie's Peachy Clean for your house cleaning needs.
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