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Tips For Hiring A House Cleaner

Aug 6, 2008
Thinking about hiring a house cleaner? To some it may seem like a total luxury, but to others it can be a survival strategy.

The reasons people hire help to clean their home vary widely. Some people work such long hours at their careers they find all their free time spent in doing chores. Many times it is worth every cent to hire it done in order to truly have your free time, which creates a better work life balance.

For others it may also be a major time issue, for some it is health issues that they need help, and many of the elderly also hire someone to clean for them.

There's a couple of suggestions when deciding what's best for your situation. Do you want to hire a cleaning company, or an individual who has their own business? There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

If you choose to hire a company some of the drawbacks is that is can be more expensive as they have more overhead to cover. You also may not get the same person each time, which is difficult if you found someone you really liked. On the other hand, if you are dissatisfied with the work you usually have recourse in complaining to a supervisor. Many of these companies provide training their employees.

On the other hand, sole business owners who do their own labor many times are a wonderful option. It's their reputation on the line and many times go out of the way to make sure their customers are happy. Check if they are bonded or insured. If not, you have to decide it that's a risk you're willing to take or not.

When you interview your potential person here are some sample questions to ask. What are their rates? What does this include? Do they supply the cleaning products, or do you? Ask for references and check them out. Do they clean while you are home or away?

Be clear about what you're looking for. Which tasks do you want done, how often? Think about any other expectations you would have.

Sometimes its surprising how reasonable it is to hire someone, especially in regards to the free time they'll gain out of the deal. Perhaps it might mean cutting some expenses somewhere else to make it fit into the budget. Many people who hire someone say that it is worth every cent.
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By Rachel Ray - Balancing career and family life can be a real problem. Her site explores ways to make a more comfortable life. Tips on finances are also offered, grab some coffee and visit!
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