Getting help with your cleaning has become extremely popular over the last couple of years. To some families, hiring help with cleaning is not a luxury, but an essential. If you’ve never had a cleaning service come to your house before, it can be pretty daunting to let what is essentially a stranger into your home.
So, once you’ve decided that you do want to employ a cleaner, it’s key that you choose the right one for you and your home. Here are some things you should definitely consider before choosing to hire a cleaning service.
Complete research beforehand
To prevent any misunderstandings or complications with your cleaning service, doing your research is key. The best cleaning services are often recommended via word of mouth, but when this fails, Google is there to help you. Try searching the top-rated cleaning companies in your area, this should bring up a list of them and then you can look further into each service.
Keep your expectations realistic
You’re hiring a cleaner, not a magician. A cleaner can’t remove any of your clutter, and if they’re only in for one hour, they cannot be expected to clean your entire house. There tend to be two types of house cleaning, a more general type of house cleaning, and a deeper clean.
Make sure you communicate what you want from your cleaner, as each of these types of cleaning will prioritise different chores. Bear in mind what you’re asking your cleaner to do, and be aware that they may charge more for different types of tasks.
Look for reviews on any websites, or testimonials which may appear on their own website
Reviews are a good telltale sign that a cleaning company is reputable and will complete a good job in your own home. By looking at what other people say about an individual can tell you a lot about them. You can also ask for any references from their other current cleaning jobs, the best cleaners will be transparent with you about their current roles.
A lot of modern cleaners have Instagram pages where they will post photos of their work. Again, this will give you a greater insight into their style of cleaning.
Ask them to come in for a trial shift
The easiest way to know how good a fit a cleaner is for your home is to invite them for a trial run at cleaning. Usually cleaning services won’t offer this for free, but if you’re unsure as to whether this company is a good fit for you, then ask them to come in for a short trial shift. This way you can see their cleaning style and whether they clean your home in a way you’d want it to be cleaned.
Remember to speak to them about their rates
It depends on the cleaner as to whether they charge by the hour, or by the type of property they are cleaning. In the UK, the average price of a self-employed or employed cleaner is around £12-17 per hour. If they are charging more than that, don’t be afraid to ask why, and they will be able to explain their individual pricing.
Keep your animals away when your cleaner is in
To prevent any distractions or problematic pets, it’s best to keep your animals in a room or cage whilst your cleaner is at your home. Pets can very easily get in the way of cleaning, especially if they tend to follow new people around the house. It’s good cleaner etiquette to get into the routine of keeping your pets away when your cleaner is round.
Communicate with your cleaner to get the most out of the service
Getting on with your cleaner is all about communicating your needs and expectations with them. Once you’ve spoken about what you want from the service, your cleaner should be able to get on with this with little worry that they’re doing the tasks that you want them to do.
With good communication comes a good cleaning service – the two come hand in hand. To keep your house sparkling clean, hiring a cleaner could be a smart investment to ensure that you’re prioritising time with your family over household chores.