Whether you’ve grown up with cleaners in your home, or are considering hiring one for the first time, choosing the right cleaning service is important, not least because they will have access to your home and personal items.
To help you make the right choice when it comes to hiring a maid service for your home, here are a few handy hints and tips:
- Think about whether you want an individual cleaner or a housecleaning service
It may well be true that an individual cleaner costs less, but it’s important to keep in mind that they come with additional legal requirements and responsibilities that you must take on. For instance, hiring an individual makes you federally liable for collecting, reporting, and paying taxes on your new “employee.” Also, the majority of individual cleaners don’t carry proper general liability and worker’s compensation insurance, and if they’re injured at your home, or cause damage or breakage, you are 100% liable through your homeowner’s insurance. With a cleaning service, on the other hand, they will be fully bonded and insured.
Then there is the issue of reliability. If your cleaner is sick, your home probably won’t be cleaned that day. With a housecleaning service, however, there will be plenty of team members to make sure your home never skips a clean.
- Consider what areas of your home you want to be cleaned
Does your entire home need cleaning from top to bottom, every week, or every month? Or would you prefer to have certain rooms cleaned on certain days, for example? When you choose an experienced and reliable housecleaning service, you’ll be able to discuss your requirements and preferred schedule with them to ensure your home is cleaned just as you want it to be.
- Inquire about background checks
Be sure to ask housecleaning services about the type of background checks they carry out, as local ones typically only cover the county where the employee currently lives, and anything outside of that will not show up. If the housecleaning service you’re considering hiring are a reputable one, they will run both regional and national background check, along with a driving history check.
It’s also worth asking the housecleaning service what is acceptable on the background check for hiring. For example, will they still hire an individual if the audit shows DUI’s, drug offenses, or misdemeanor shoplifting? Since you will be entrusting your home and possessions to these people, this is an important factor to consider.
- Ask how long they have been in business for, where they serve etc.
From the length of time they’ve been operating for, to the products they use, ask plenty of questions of a housecleaning service before hiring them to give you as much peace of mind as possible. If they use natural cleaning products, for example, so much the better. If they don’t, you can request that they do so.
Once you’ve found a housecleaning service that offers the type of cleaning you need, who seem to be reliable and trustworthy, and are easy to communicate with, you can get ready to experience the joy of a home that is always clean.