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Things To Consider Before Hiring A House Cleaner

Sep 12, 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.

People hire someone to clean their homes for many reasons. With many people putting long hours into their careers, there's tendency for their little time off being consumed with chores. To create a better work life balance, many opt to hire having their homes cleaned in order to truly have free time when they are home.

Some people hire help because of health issues, or the elderly many time do for assistance with larger tasks, and some people simply because of time restraints in their lives.

Here's a couple of suggestions while considering your best option. Do you prefer a cleaning company, or would you prefer a sole business owner who does their own cleaning? There are pros and cons 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 side, sole propriety owners that do their own cleaning can be a great option too. It's their reputation on the line so they usually work hard to keep that good reputation that is priceless, and to keep their customers are satisfied. Find out if they are bonded and insured. If they are not, you have to decide if that's a chance your willing to take or not.

It's important to interview your potential person or company. Here's some good starting questions. What are their rates? What does that include? Do they clean while you are home or away? Do they supply the cleaning supplies? Get references and check them.

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 - Modern families are pulled in several ways. Drop by her site for ways to save money, frugal advice, and learning more about work life balance issues.
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