Top ten things to consider when hiring a domestic cleaner
Let’s be realistic. With work and other obligations, how much time do you actually have to do the housework? And do you have the time to clean your house thoroughly on a regular basis? It may seem like a luxury but a domestic cleaner or cleaning service may actually be necessary to keep your home from descending into chaos. But before you hire a domestic cleaner, there are some things you need to consider.
Do you go through a domestic cleaning service or hire someone privately?
This is probably the first question you are going to ask yourself. There are advantages to both options but at the end of the day you really need to decide what you are comfortable with. Going through a domestic cleaning service may cost you a bit extra but you will have the security of knowing that there will always be someone available to clean regularly. Hiring a domestic cleaner privately may save you some money and you may be happier with one regular person coming in to clean that you can establish a relationship with.
No matter whether you have decided on a domestic cleaning company or a private cleaner, you are going to want to see some contactable references. You will want to be able to gauge from the references whether the service or cleaner is reliable, has an eye for detail, honest and trustworthy and that the quality of the cleaning work done is good, of course.
This is something you should be able to judge from the amount of references you get. Check to see how long they have been in the domestic cleaning business, knowing the company has been around a long time is a reassurance that they not only know what they are doing but are good enough at their job to stay in business. You will also want to enquire about the experience of the cleaner the company will be sending to you. In the case of a private domestic cleaner, you want to see if they have worked for long periods of time with the same employers rather than someone who may have moved from employer to employer a bit too often.
For some people this may be at the top of the list. It is important to get a quote before hiring for a job and to compare this to other quotes. Does the cost include supply of cleaning products and equipment or do you need to buy these yourself? If you are hiring someone independently expect to be buying all this stuff yourself. Once you have an idea of cost you can judge how often you can afford to have the service come in.
Background and security checks
Does the domestic cleaning company do security checks on all its staff? These are people who will be coming in to your home, sometimes on a regular basis so you want to know if they are completely trustworthy. Any domestic cleaning service should be able to verify that they have screened their employees for criminal records and other security risks.
Once you have an idea of how often you will need someone to come in to clean your home, you should be able to check that your domestic cleaner or cleaning service is available. A cleaning service may be more reliable in terms of being able to provide someone for the job no matter which days you request whereas with a private domestic cleaner you may need to negotiate which days they are available to work for you.
If you are hiring someone long term, be it private or a cleaning company, you will want to have a legal contract drawn up and signed. This protects both you and the company or cleaner you are hiring and clears any ambiguities that may arise.
Before you get someone in to clean your home you should draw up a clear list of what you want done. Without this list there is no way to expect your cleaner to know that this is what you want. Make sure your list is detailed and includes even the smallest job.
Judging by the size of your house, the number of people in your household and the extent of the duties you would like to be covered by your domestic cleaning service, you should be able to decide how often you will need that service to come in. This will also be weighed against cost.
Is the domestic cleaning service you are hiring insured? You want to be sure that if something happens while they are working on your property they are covered and you won’t be left responsible for any accidents.
It may seem like a lot to take into account when considering a new domestic cleaner but once you have checked off each consideration you are one step closer to hiring the most suitable candidate. Because a domestic cleaner is someone who will be coming in to your home, you do want to be sure that you have found the person or service you feel the most comfortable with.
If you’re based in Warminster, Westbury or the surrounding areas, why not consider the services of the Three Cs. We are professional cleaners and offer a top-notch cleaning service across the area.