Here’s a “life lesson” that you can put to use as you begin to work with a house cleaning service: make no assumptions. Though we all know the famous saying about what happens when you “assume” something, it is really important to keep that idea in mind.
Why? If you just assume that the house cleaning service can come into your house and know everything that “should” be done, but without specific instructions from you, then you are headed for a crisis.
Additionally, if you happen to hire a house cleaning service that allows you to begin working with them without some sort of formally drafted work plan, it is also a very bad sign. What you need to do as you establish a working relationship with any house cleaning service is to draft a preliminary list of things they must do – and you should have this on hand long before you even begin seeking a company to hire.
The Master List
It may sound silly to make a master list of tasks that should happen in order for your house to be properly cleaned, but it is actually remarkably enlightening to create such a list. Why? Well, many people are unaware of the number of times they sweep cobwebs from the ceiling, clean the blades of the ceiling fans, wash the glass doors on the patio, clean the outsides of all windows in the house, and so much more.
As you draft a master list of cleaning chores, it becomes more and more obvious that you absolutely must give your house cleaning service staff a lot of guidance. You could end up getting very little housework done if you leave a crew to make the decisions on their own. For instance, you may find that a cursory cleaning is done on all of the surfaces and that the floors are handled properly, but that is it. If you want all of the garbage cans in the house to be emptied, the bathroom floors to be cleaned and washed, the carpets to be cleaned, etc., write it down.
Using the Master List
After a list has been created, you then need to find a house cleaning service that will tackle everything that appears on it and this is not a difficult part of the task. What you then need to do is to ask at least three providers to give you an idea of the costs associated with the work.
Ask for “bids” based on frequency. For instance, ask for a weekly price, bi-weekly price, and a once per month price. Discuss what they think they can get done in the amount of time necessary and then wait for their proposals.
With these in hand, you can then do some investigating to see if they do live up to their claims. Use the references that they have provided to get solid answers about the quality of the work. Check out the Internet to see if they are well-reviewed or if they have positive feedback from other clients. And – most importantly – ensure that they are fully bonded and insured.
In the End
If you have made a list of all of the things you know you need to have done, reviewed this list with a few different firms, and chosen the best provider based on the pricing and the quality, you should be able to then allow them to work undisturbed. You will have set the stage for the perfect working conditions because you will have made it very clear about your expectations from their work and in this way, you will be a very satisfied customer.