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Helpful Tips When Hiring a House Cleaner

Updated on December 8, 2016

You’re busy with your life both at home and the office. You realize that it’s starting to get harder to find the time to do all things on your own. So what’s the sensible thing to do? Get some help and there’s one area in your life that you can easily find help… that’s with the household clean ups.

It’s really not a bad thing to admit that you need help, if that’s what you’re thinking. There are many people who hire housekeepers even if just on a part time basis. You can also do a trial, say hire someone for a day or two and see if you would be amenable to that set up. But there’s no question that your life would be a whole lot easier (and your home cleaner) if you do find a good housekeeper.

So to help you get started, here are a few things you need to think about when hiring a cleaner for the first time.

1. Learn about the common expectations when hiring a cleaner.

Do cleaners bring their own equipment and cleaning tools? Do you need to tidy up first before the housekeeper arrives? Do you even need to be at home during the cleaning? These are legitimate questions that needed answering. Check out this infographic for the quick answers. You may also watch these video FAQs on house cleaning services.

2. Ask for recommendations.

Perhaps you have a friend or a relative who has already tried the services of a cleaning company or a housekeeper? It never hurts to first ask someone you know if they have anybody they could recommend. The good thing about this is you already have someone who you trust who can tell you if it’s worth your time to hire someone in particular.

One place that you can start asking is through social media. Whether you use Facebook or Twitter, a simple post asking for any recommendation will probably bring up a few suggestions.

3. Search online for any reviews.

There are probably a lot of house cleaning companies in your area so it would probably be worth your time to do some online research first. Narrow down your list of cleaning agencies that you’d prefer and try to search if there are any reviews about them. Usually you can find people who are willing to share their experiences on message boards or internet forums. If you can, try to contact them personally so you can better understand why they liked or did not like the housekeeping service.

4. Do you need to interview the cleaner?

If you’re hiring a house cleaner directly then definitely you should do even a short interview first so you can better gauge his or her personality. But if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, then your best bet is to go to a housekeeping agency who can assign one of their cleaners to you. The good thing about it is you can give your preferences to them and they would find the most suitable person for you. It really removes a lot of the hard work of finding a good cleaner away from your end.

5. Make everything clear in the beginning.

Before the actually cleaning, talk first with your cleaner so the two of you would be on the same level when it comes to understanding any do’s and don’ts. Talk about what type of cleaning products you prefer and which part of the house would you want the cleaner to focus on. You should also talk about who will be providing the cleaning equipment. Would it be okay with you if the cleaner bring her small child along? These are just some of the things you need to first clarify with the cleaner so you will have a good working relationship from the beginning.

Are you ready to hire a cleaner?

After reading through these tips and recommendations, you are surely ready to contact and hire a house cleaner. Don’t worry if you still feel a bit of uncertainty because it’s just a normal thing. All you need to do is to make that first step and before you know it, you’d realize what a great help a cleaner is to your very busy life.

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