The average American spends almost 24 hours a month cleaning. That’s a full day gone!
With that, many people are turning to residential cleaning companies. These people can come to your home once for a deep clean or visit on a regular basis to keep your home looking and feeling great.
It saves time and, often, money, and the job they do is invaluable.
If you’re thinking of getting some professional cleaning, how do you choose the right company? By considering all of these factors.
Listen to Referrals
The first thing you should do is simply ask around to get the ball rolling.
If you’re not sure where to start, ask friends and family if they’ve had professional cleaning done and what they thought of it. They might have a local cleaning company to recommend — or one they recommend you stay away from!
You can also post on social media and ask for people’s suggestions. That way, you can curate a list of companies to look into and talk to. This is often the best way to get started.
When you have some house cleaning services to check out, consider their reviews.
If they’re a very new company, they may not have many to think about. If they’ve been around for a while in the cleaning industry, however, there should be some reviews to check out on places like Google and Yelp.
If they have very low ratings, think twice. Look at the one-star ratings and consider why they were left.
Sometimes customers are unreasonable, and sometimes they’re not! It’s usually easy to tell from the reviews and responses.
Reviews aren’t everything, but they tell you a whole lot about the company.
Ask About Experience
Most of the best home cleaners will have a lot of experience behind them. This isn’t true of everyone, of course — there could be some new companies who are great at what they do — but if you don’t want to take any chances, they should have a lot of experience behind them.
Ask how many years they’ve been in business and what kind of places they’re used to working with. You can also ask to talk to past clients to make sure they do a good job, as sometimes a lot of experience doesn’t mean good experience!
Consider Your Schedule
You should make sure that the cleaning company can work on your schedule. If there are only certain days when you’re happy with someone cleaning the house, that’s one of the first things you should ask about.
They might be booked up on those days, or not work them all!
This could be dependent on whether you’re home or not, or simply the days you need the house to be extra clean. Your reasoning is your own, but the residential cleaning company you choose needs to be able to work with that.
Consider Their Communication
Their communication style needs to be good for you too. Do they have an online booking system? Do they text, e-mail, or call?
Whatever your preferred communication style is, matters. Some companies may be old-school and not have anything except calling, and others may be more text-based.
There’s nothing wrong with either method of communication, but it needs to work with what you’re comfortable with.
Weigh the Costs
People are often surprised that residential cleaning companies can end up cheaper than doing it yourself. This is because if you’re doing it yourself, you have to buy equipment, supplies, etc. If a deep clean or anything specialist is needed in your house, it can add up!
A cleaning company has all their own supplies, which helps.
This, of course, is only true if the company is reasonably priced.
You should ask them for a quote and weigh up every consideration when it comes to cost. Never go with the cheapest company automatically without considering everything else, or you might end up with a bad job being done.
However, if you weigh up the cost in consideration with everything else, you should end up with a solid choice.
Consider What Matters to You
There’s also something else to consider: what matters to you personally, about processes?
For example, you might have pets and need pet-friendly supplies to be used so that they don’t end up accidentally poisoned. You might need someone who’s understanding that your cat is shy, and will work around them. Or you might feel passionate about the environment and want a particularly green company.
Whatever matters most to you and your house, you should take it into account. There’s a cleaning company out there for you, so no need to compromise!
Go With Your Gut
In the end, you also have to weigh up everything and consider how you instinctively feel about the company you’re considering.
If you don’t feel good about them, consider why. Do they not work with your schedule? Do they seem unprofessional? Can’t get those bad reviews out of your head?
Whatever the reason, you should ultimately feel good about whoever you choose.
Now Get Some Good Professional Cleaning
If you take all of these things into account when choosing a company to do professional cleaning for you, you’ll end up with a good one. Remember to read reviews, ask about their communication and scheduling, and ultimately choose the one that feels good for you.
Remember, if you have one who isn’t working out, there’s no shame in switching either.
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