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Posted by Caryn Colgan | Jan 11, 2010

A Guide to Hiring a House Cleaner

Don't trust just anyone in your home. Here are some tips on choosing the right cleaners.

Professional cleaning services can help you lighten your load by doing everything from cleaning your windows to scrubbing your home from top to bottom. But how do you find qualified and honest helpers and how much should you pay?

Check Their Track Record

Before hiring any professional to enter your home, especially those to whom you give a key, do some research. Here are a few things you can do easily:

  • Examine their records with the Better Business Bureau. This site makes it easy to check a company's standing and to view any complaints. You can also see if the company took action to resolve any problems.
  • Ask for references. Ask the company for references and call the people on the list. Ask them about the quality of the work and if they still use the company's services.
  • Perform a keyword search. Using Google or Yahoo, input the company's name. Look for any complaints. Then do a search with the company's name plus words like "complaint," "fraud" or other related complaint terms. You can even search sites such as Complaints.com for additional assurance.
  • Ask your circle of friends and associates. People you know are the best resources to recommend a cleaning service. They know the quality of the service firsthand and can save you the time of researching on your own.
  • Check their credentials. Make sure they are bonded, insured and have the appropriate operating licenses.

How Much Should You Pay?

To make certain that what you are paying for cleaning services is fair, below are some typical costs and factors. Of course, costs may vary drastically from region to region, but these costs will give you a good starting point. If possible, get quotes from at least three cleaning service providers.

  • Whole House Cleaning: Any maid service will examine a number of factors to determine cleaning costs: location, size of home, number of occupants, number of in-home pets, number of floors, number of bathrooms, frequency of cleaning, clutter in the home, amount of surfaces to be cleaned, move-in, move-out and first-time, etc. Expect to pay between $20 and $40 per hour per cleaning professional for an average home.
  • Carpet Cleaning: Generally, professional carpet cleaners will include pre-treatment and spot removal. As with any cleaning service, pricing varies drastically depending on the condition of the carpet, size of the rooms, amount of furniture/clutter, location, etc. Given the many factors affecting pricing, expect a bill of somewhere between $75 and $110 per hour.
  • Window Cleaning: Window washers will consider size and number of windows and height of windows. Screens and residue removal will cost extra. Generally, expect to pay between $3 and $10 per pane of glass.

By doing a little research you will find qualified professionals to clean your home. Request multiple quotes to ensure the price you pay is fair.

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