5 Tips for choosing a good cleaner
To save you this long search we, at Good Cleaners Finder, have put together 5 insider tips to keep in mind during your search. You’ll learn what to look for in a reputable house cleaning service, the best times to book, and how to make your cleaning services more affordable.
1. Determine the scope
Since not all cleaning services have the same catalog of offerings, it helps to figure out what you really need help with. Once you’ve identified the specific tasks, such as laundry, cleaning floors, dusting, etc., you can much more easily filter out companies that don’t offer these things. It’s important to pay attention to these things because it can save you some frustration.
Otherwise, you might come home one day and expect the laundry to be done, even though that’s not part of the service contract.
Also, scope is a budget question. If you have EVERYTHING done in your home, you will come up with a very high final amount very quickly, which may be scary for you. So if you commit to one or two areas, you’ll have a much better idea of the price and be able to calculate with it better because you’ll also know approximately how much work is behind it.
Some cleaning services, such as Good Cleaners Finder, have a helpful spreadsheet or other calculators that you can use to work out how many hours it will take to clean rooms appropriately. This is the best way to manage your budget and still hire a cleaning service.
Another thing you can do is reduce the number of appointments in a month. So instead of weekly appointments, maybe you can get away with bi-weekly appointments. Or if you don’t have kids, even monthly visits are fine – although there are some adults who are messier than some 5-year-olds!
2. The more frequent the appointments, the cheaper.
Most cleaning services offer “frequency discounts,” so to speak. For example, weekly cleanings cost less than bi-weekly cleanings, which in turn cost less than monthly cleanings. So companies give an incentive to increase frequency.
It may be little difference per week but in the end it all adds up and that’s where you see the difference. It’s good to keep that in mind.
So, with that knowledge in mind, pick the frequency and regularity you need. You can always adjust these later.
3. Find reviews and ask for recommendations
Asking friends, family, and colleagues who have hired a cleaning company before for their recommendation can save you a lot of headaches.
A side benefit of contacting a cleaning service that has been recommended to you is that, in some cases, they will give you credit for the referral AND credit for the person who referred you. That’s a win-win for both of you.
If you don’t know anyone who has used such a service, it is helpful to check out independent websites, such as Google, Yelp, or the like, because these days you never know which reviews on those websites are genuine and which are not.
4. Flat rate price and check the result
Flat rate price is better.
If you find an unbelievable offer, which is much cheaper than all the others, you should first become alert. Most of the time it is not an all-inclusive or fixed price and you will end up with a larger sum than you had planned.
Be on the safe side and choose an offer that includes a fixed price to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Check the final result
We can’t stress this point enough.
After the cleaning, you should do a walk-through with the cleaner to make sure nothing was missed.
Once the cleaners leave, it’s virtually impossible to get them to come back the same day, so make sure everything looks good before they leave.
If you can’t be home during the cleaning, make sure to check out your home as soon as you get home. Reputable cleaning companies, like Good Cleaners Finder have a cleaning service guarantee, but you usually need to let them know of any problems within 24 hours.
5. User experience
On most providers’ websites, you’ll find a few things that affect the user experience for you. If a site is clean, modern, user-friendly, then you can assume that the operators have taken some money in hand to make the experience as pleasant as possible for you. This raises the seriousness and increases the trust in the brand.
We’re also honest about costs and don’t try to trick you with “man-hours” or charge you for extra cleanings you don’t need.
What exactly are “man-hours?”
Many people fall into the trap of being quoted a price per hour, but not knowing that this price is per hour per cleaner.
So, for example, if a company says they will charge you 25€ per labor hour and three cleaners come, you will actually be charged 75€ per hour (3 x 25€). Our booking processes are absolutely transparent and traceable. Without hidden costs. Find out more and book your cleaner today.
Bonus: Moving cleaning services
Are you moving in or out? Then you should definitely follow the tips already mentioned, but there are some specifics to consider.
1. Book early
Not only does it get more expensive as the end of the month approaches, but bookings fill up very quickly. If that’s the case you’ll have to clean the apartment yourself (which isn’t helpful if you’re already busy) or settle for whatever help you can find – not exactly ideal for a time-sensitive project like moving in or out of an apartment.
2. Flat rate is still better
When booking a move-out service, opt for one that cleans for a flat rate, rather than an hourly rate. The efficiency and effort of the cleaning staff isn’t known up front, and a flat rate ensures that you know what you’re paying for and won’t be in for a shock when you see the bill.
3. Check the result
This point is already important for normal cleanings, as described above, but especially when it comes to a move-out, this issue is even more important. Especially because it is such a final situation, you want to make sure that everything is perfect.
If you choose an independent cleaning company, they often don’t have a service guarantee and will automatically deny any issues if you call them on it. The same goes for anything stolen or damaged, so double check your insurance to see if you’re covered.