Many people have a difficult time trying to balance work (especially true for us as business owners), time with the family, and taking care of the house. A cleaning company can take a load off your shoulders. When you hire a company to clean your house and/or business, you can use this gained time for your most productive activities.
Before you hire a cleaning company, you should take into consideration the few tips that we created:
Interview With More Than One Cleaning Service
When you begin looking into cleaning companies, it is important that you interview with more than one company. We didn’t do this initially for our business, and we wasted a month with a company that hardly knew how to turn on a vacuum cleaner (yes, they were that bad). If we had interviewed multiple companies, we would have realized how unprofessional they were.
Make Sure that the Agency or Individual is Licensed and Insured
Accidents can happen anywhere. This includes both your small business and home. It is important that the cleaning service is fully covered in case they damage any items of value.
Define Your Scope
There are several things that you need to figure out before hiring a cleaning company. The more they understand what you expect of them, the better job they will do. You should let them know:
• How often you would like them to come in and clean (we recommend Saturday afternoons if you run a business)
• What you want to be cleaned regularly (if you want something specific cleaned, make sure the company has that listed on their website. A good example of this is http://www.jenadyco.com.au/window-cleaning/)
• What you want to be cleaned periodically
Make Sure that You Understand the Pricing
When you discuss the pricing with the cleaning company, you should make sure that there are no hidden fees involved. You want to make sure that you are hiring the company or the individual as an independent contractor and not as an employee.
Let the Agency Know if You Have Pets
It is important that you let the agency or individual know that you have pets. You do not want to hire an agency or individual with a pet allergy or phobia, and not letting them know the pet situation ahead of time.
Find Out Who Supplies the Cleaning Products
When you hire a cleaning company, you should find out who supplies the cleaning products. Some companies will use their own, while others expect you to supply them. If you have certain products that you want the cleaning company to use, such as chemical free, or eco-friendly products, you need to let them know what you want them to use, and where they can find it.
Do Not Clean Or Prepare for the Cleaning Company
Many people will clean before the cleaning company arrives, in order to avoid embarrassment. Cleaning companies are used to seeing a mess. You should not do something that you are paying someone to do for you. This doesn’t mean that you should purposely leave clutter around. Also, if you have anything of value, such as jewelry, you should keep it locked away and out of sight.
You should be very careful when hiring a cleaning company. Finding the right company and having all the details ironed out before they begin cleaning your home or business is very important.