Hire a Maid Service for My Home?
The Benefits of Maid Service
I don't mind cleaning my own house but there is nothing like coming home to a sparkling kitchen and fresh bathroom! Depending on how much you love to clean your home each week or how well you maintain some sense of order each day you may find hiring a maid service to be a smart investment. Most people do not look forward to spending their precious Saturday and Sunday scrubbing toilets, washing floors and dusting knick knacks. Having a maid service come in on a Friday afternoon can be a wonderful prize at the end of a hectic work week. Today people from all walks of life are choosing to eliminate the stress of housecleaning and free up time to do other things like spend time with family, catch up on work or just relax. There are services to suit all budgets and needs. Even if you live in a small house or apartment having someone else clean for you is quite a treat.
What Kind of Maid Service should I Hire?
There are many national chains and small local companies offering cleaning services to fit all budgets. There are also many so called "Green Cleaning" companies that limit the use of toxic cleaning agents to get your house to sparkle. You may also look into hiring a one or two woman cleaning crew from postings at your local grocery store. This may be risky so it is always a good idea to check references or get referrals from friends. Word of mouth is often the best way to find a hardworking honest cleaning person. All large chains and smaller local companies should have insurance. Whether you hire a larger crew or the local housekeeper each cleaning should cover some basic areas.
- Kitchen Cleaning to include wiping cabinet fronts, stovetop and oven door, Microwave, Sink and Counter tops plus sweeping and or Mopping floors
- Bathroom- Scrub toilet, sink, shower, tub, shine mirror, hand wash or mop floors.
- Living Room- Dust, Vacuum, Dry or damp mop wood floors, interior window sills and frames wiped, dust baseboards and ceiling fans and remove cobwebs.
- Bedroom- Change Sheets, Vacuum, Dust
- Sweep Front porch, Entryway, Hallways and Stairs.
A basic cleaning does not often include organization, de-cluttering or picking up clothes and toys. These jobs should be identified as needs before the estimate is given. It is also wise to mention to the Maid service if you have excessive dog hair or pet odors so they can plan accordingly.
How Much Does it Cost?
An average size home 1500-2000sq ft will usually cost between $50-$100 depending on how much detail you are expecting and how dirty your house is. Companies should give you a free estimate and range of services they provide. Many companies charge extra for windows, wet mopping of all floors, inside refrigerators, move in, move out or spring cleanings because they often take more time. Please let your cleaning service know if you have dogs, cats or other pets. The service will need to figure this into their time as well. Also be sure to have your pets safely away from the housekeeping service unless you will be there to introduce your pet to the newcomer.
Do I Need to Provide Cleaning Products and Equipment?
Most cleaning services will bring all supplies and equipment needed to clean your house. Some smaller companies or single operating maids may use your vacuum cleaner, or you may prefer they use your vacuum. Today many housekeeping services are offering to use non-toxic cleaning products. If you have your own specific brand of cleaning product you want the service to use most will be happy to do so, just ask.
What Kind of Maid will I get?
People who clean house for a living are as varied as grocery clerks or doctors. Remember they are professionals so treat them with respect and dignity. Many of them enjoy making a persons home fresh and clean. Some work for a national chain as a second or part-time job, some are mom's and enjoy the flexibility of cleaning, some are students working their way through medical school. The services they provide are similar to that of your hair stylist or car mechanic. They should be friendly, efficient and through.
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