If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed with housework, a cleaning service is a great way to take some of the pressure off. Often times, people are hesitant to hire a cleaning service for residential purposes. They feel that this is a sign of laziness, or like others will judge them for not being able to handle their own housework. In reality, we outsource many of our household tasks. From growing our food to sewing our clothes, there are lots of activities required for daily living that we pay someone else to do. Cleaning your home is no different, and will save you time and headache in the long run.
Choosing a Service
Whether you need someone to help you keep up with daily chores, or you’re just looking for some help once a month with deep cleaning, it’s a good idea to hire someone through a cleaning service. There are several reasons why working with a cleaning service is beneficial:
The service will find qualified people and do a background check.
If your cleaning person quits unexpectedly, the service can send someone else out right away. This keeps you from having to try to find another cleaner on your own.
The service will handle all payment issues, including pulling out taxes and offering benefits to their employees.
When hiring a cleaning service, you need to decide what chores you want help with, and how much you’re willing to pay to have them done. Sit down and make a list of the rooms or areas of your house that you would like to have cleaned. Break your list down by task, and assign a time frame to each one of how long it would take you to do it yourself. This is a rough estimate of how long it will take the housekeeper to complete the task, which will give you an idea of how much the service will cost. Keep in mind that there are some tasks, such as window washing, that may be excluded from some services.
Communicating Your Needs
Having a successful relationship with your housekeeper will depend largely on maintaining open communication. To start, you need to write out a list of the tasks you expect to have done during each visit. Include details about which chemicals you would like them to use if you have a preference, and if you have any other special requests. Find out what tasks the cleaner does not include in their service, and be respectful of this boundary. Don’t ask your housekeeper to care for your children or pets, as this is not part of their job. Be clear about your expectations, and then treat your housekeeper with the same respect you would give any other professional.