Are you time-pressured and would prefer to hire a home cleaning company rather than clean your house yourself? Problem is, you don’t want to trust just anyone to clean your home. You want someone reliable, honest, and who doesn’t charge outrageous prices.
There are multiple ways to find reliable house cleaning companies in your local area. For instance, you could start with word of mouth by asking friends and relatives about cleaning services they’ve used and have had satisfying results with. Janitorial supply companies may also be able to refer you to reputable cleaning service companies they’re familiar with.
Of course there’s also the local phone directory, although more and more people are turning to the Internet to find local service businesses.
An online search for “house cleaning companies” along with the name of your area or city will likely reveal websites of several local cleaning services. Some may offer convenient online price quotes and scheduling.
Following are some issues for you to consider in your search for a reliable house cleaning service company:
Do you want to hire a national cleaning franchise or a locally-owned cleaning company? There are pros and cons of both options. Franchises may charge higher prices but tend to be more professionally operated. Local “mom and pop” cleaning companies may give more personalized service and have less employee turnover.
How often do you want house cleaning done? The less often a home is cleaned the more work is involved, so expect to pay more for one-time or less frequent house cleaning. Franchises are more likely to offer you an ongoing contract. Small local mom & pop operations may be more flexible.
Will the cleaning company provide all the supplies and equipment, or will you? More professional businesses will provide and use their own supplies and equipment, but smaller ones may not. If you want them to use your specific cleaning products because of allergies, chemical sensitivities, or other reasons, some may be able to accomodate you.
Professional cleaning companies follow house cleaning checklists. If you want cleaning tasks done other than those on their checklists, specifically ask about them in advance of hiring and expect to pay more. That is, if they agree to do non-standard cleaning tasks at all. Training, safety, and insurance issues may inhibit them from doing certain non-standard cleaning tasks, so be reasonable in your expectations.
If a cleaning company makes house cleaning checklists available you can compare them to the specific things you want cleaned in your home, to find a service better matched to your specific situation.
It’s a good idea to compare at least 3 different services, and to make a list of relevant questions to ask each cleaning service, to help you compare them. As you do so, observe their personality and level of professionalism.
This is not an exhaustive list of suggestions for choosing a cleaning service provider but it can guide you in the right direction to help you find a reputable cleaning service which fits your needs and budget.