Admit it – you need help. Work has been busy, the kids were sick, and the vacuum cleaner hasn’t been run in too long. It’s okay. Hiring a housecleaner only costs between $80 and $180 (national average). So get your weekend back while getting your home into shape. (Want to know what a house cleaner costs in your area? Check out our house cleaning cost calculator for an instant price estimate).
If you want help hiring the pro who can get the job done, here’s what three Thumbtack Top Pros told us about hiring a house cleaner that will make your home sparkle.
Check the Product List
“Even if you aren’t hiring someone to do a totally ‘green clean,’ you should ask what products your cleaner will be using. We always provide customers a full list upfront, so they can check and see that they feel comfortable with the cleaning products we use,” says David Tello, owner of Freedom Cleaning in Grand Prairie, Texas.
If you do have any product allergies, make sure to let your cleaner know ahead of time. Cleanings are supposed to clear out household irritations, not pile more on.
The Key to Spotlessness: Consistent Cleaning
For many, deep cleaning is a once-a-year occasion. A chance to hit reset on how you treat your space. For others, cleanings are part of a regular routine. If you fall into the second camp, you might consider working with the same individual every time to ensure a consistent clean (and to save yourself time).
“For recurring cleans, making sure you have the option of working with the same cleaners every time. That person will know what’s been cleaned most recently, your product preferences, and other details that can make a real difference in your home,” says Paige Rounds of MaidPro Wichita.
See What Other Customers Have Said
“Look for someone who has a decent amount of feedback in reviews,” says Anna Pfenninger, owner of Noonday Home Services in Marietta, Georgia. You’re inviting someone into your home, she explains. So finding someone you know you can trust is incredibly important.
“Seeing that a company has been in business for a while and that their reviews are good and other people have used their services successfully, really shows you that’s a company you can trust.”
Ask for a Checklist—and Check it Twice
What in your house gets cleaned depends entirely on who you hire. According to Paige, “A lot of our competitors will rotate high dusting and low dusting but we do it all every time. What you get from different services varies a lot.”
So make sure to ask for a list. That way if anything is missing (ovens, refrigerators, mirrors) you can flag it ahead of time for your pro. It’s also a good way of keeping track of the job cost — what’s included in the base price and what’s an add on.
Life Happens, Plan Ahead
In a perfect world, there would be no such thing as a stray elbow. Dishes would never fly off countertops and crystal would never shatter.
In the real world, accidents happen. And according to Paige Rounds, if you’re worried about anything delicate or fragile in your home, hire a house cleaner who’s insured and therefore prepared to deal with property damage if and when accidents strike.
“I have had clients who had irreplaceable items in their home damaged or destroyed, only to discover that their cleaners don’t have the resources to pay for them. When you get on the phone with a pro, ask them if they have insurance and bonding. Especially if you’re doing a deep clean and they’ll be moving things around quite a bit. If they don’t, it might be worth considering someone else,” says Paige.
One Last Super Pro Tip
According to David, the proof of a good clean is all in the appliances. “When we clean a refrigerator, we leave it sparkling. It looks brand new every time. Not everyone does this, but they should. If you open your oven and there’s still grease in it, or the microwave still smells like old food, that’s a sign your cleaner isn’t doing a thorough job.”
Small spaces give you a very clear opportunity to consider before and after. So before you sign up for recurring cleans with the same company, make sure your refrigerator looks like new and then decide.
For more on how to keep things fresh between professional cleans, check out these super genius cleaning hacks from bestselling cleaning expert Jolie Kerr.