Did you know that a messy home can increase your stress levels? If you’ve been feeling on edge lately, it might be time to hire professional cleaning services so you can relax in a clean and comfortable home.
Finding the right housekeeping services isn’t as easy as it might look. We’re here to talk about a few common mistakes that people make when they’re hiring a new cleaner. Read on to learn more.
Not Reading Online Reviews
When you’re first looking for professional housekeeping services, you’re going to want to listen to what other people say about them. Remember, every cleaning company can look great on paper, but getting reviews from real people will reveal a more in-depth and accurate story.
If you’re lucky, you have friends or “real-life” acquaintances who have hired maid services in the past. If so, use those people to your advantage and see if they’d recommend the cleaners that they’ve used.
If not, online reviews are your friend.
When you browse various cleaning companies in your area online, you’ll be able to see reviews on each one’s “Google My Business” page, as well as on sites like Yelp.
Make sure you’re looking for reviews that suit your situation. For example, if you’re looking for a one-time deep-clean for a home, reviews about commercial cleaning may not be helpful for you.
Only Basing Your Decision on Cost
You are going to be asking around about prices before you make your final decision (more on that later). You’ll be tempted to pick the cheapest option, but this is a mistake.
There’s nothing wrong with having a budget. As a matter of fact, having a strict budget for your professional cleaning services is a good idea! That said, don’t let low prices lure you in if the company isn’t otherwise excellent.
Low prices could mean poor-quality work or that there are hidden fees that you won’t be made aware of until it’s too late.
This isn’t to say that affordable cleaning services are bad! It just means that you should proceed with caution if something seems too good to be true.
Not Getting an Accurate Estimate
Speaking of the cost of getting your home cleaned, make sure you get an accurate estimate (or quote) before the cleaners start their work.
When you first contact the cleaners, they can give you a loose estimate based on the work you need done. They’re estimating a price based on the amount of time they think it will take to clean your space.
You may want to ask again in person before the cleaners start working. Your home may be bigger than they expected, or you may have a larger mess.
When you’re asking for an estimate, be honest. Don’t imply that this is a simple cleaning job if you actually need a full deep-cleaning service. Otherwise, you may struggle to get an accurate estimate, and you’ll be in for a surprise later on when the cleaners actually arrive.
Not Discussing Cleaning Supplies
Not all cleaners use the same cleaning supplies. If you have a preference, make sure that you make it known so you can discuss whether or not the cleaners have what you need.
Some cleaners will use cleaning supplies that the homeowner or renter has available. If you’d like the cleaner to use your cleaning supplies, ask if this is something they’re willing or able to do before they arrive.
Most of the time, cleaners will bring their own supplies.
Do you have allergies? What about pets or small children? Make sure that the cleaning products that the cleaners bring with them are appropriate for your household and health.
Not Asking About Specific Services
Most of the time, cleaning companies have their available service listed on their websites. If not, or if you’re still unsure, it’s time to ask some questions!
Ask about what’s included in basic cleaning services. Sometimes basic services are straightforward and not too in-depth. The cleaners may not do things like wash dishes, steam carpets, or remove the trash with basic services.
If you want more in-depth services, ask if they’re available to you. They will likely cost extra, so discuss how that will affect your overall cost.
It’s helpful to go around your home and make a list of everything that needs to be cleaned before you start reaching out to professional cleaners. This way, you won’t miss anything.
Not Checking Their Work
Once you have cleaners that you trust, you may not feel the need to check their work before they leave. After your first cleaning, however, it’s a good idea to take a look around your home to see how they did.
Even the best cleaners aren’t perfect, and it’s possible that they missed something (especially if it’s something specific you forgot to mention). Before your cleaners leave, point out any problems, and they’ll be sure to fix them right away!
You Deserve Professional Cleaning Services
Whether you’re looking for a one-time clean or recurring cleaning services, you want to keep these common mistakes in mind before you commit to a new professional cleaning company!
Start looking into local professional cleaning services in your area. Make sure to read reviews, ask about cleaning supplies, look for any hidden fees, and ensure that they offer the services that you’re looking for.
Are you ready to let a professional house cleaner make your home sparkle? At Kathleen’s Cleaning Service, we want to help! Contact us for a quote today.