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Clean My House: Tips for Hiring a Cleaning Service/Person

cleaning houseThe year was 2013. The house was a disaster. Our work schedules were insanely busy. And… I was pregnant and tired. I felt like I didn’t have the time or the energy to clean the house. So, after much pleading and reasoning with my husband, we hired a housecleaner!

Hey – no judging! I’m not lazy. I’m not above cleaning. And, I’m not rich. But, this was something that we felt would improve our quality of life. Well, it has! Bringing Kristy in to clean every two weeks has proven to be such a blessing.

You may be wondering if having a cleaning service or person is for you. Well, I can’t answer that question, but I can offer a few pieces of insight on the subject.

1) Hire the right person or business.

This was my first time hiring someone, so I started where else? Google. I had a couple of large cleaning companies quote our house. They take into consideration the size of your home, the number of rooms, how many kids you have, what pets are in the house, etc. I looked on Craigslist as well. What ended up working was good old word-of-mouth. A co-worker recommended her cleaning person, and that’s who we chose. Do your research and decide the right fit for your family.

2) Make sure it fits your budget.

I think there’s a misconception that only wealthy people can afford this. But, there are options for most budgets. If this is a priority, look at your monthly budget and see if there’s room to budge. Some of the bigger companies can be pricey, but independent cleaners tend to be more affordable. Also, if you’re just looking for occasional cleaning, check out discount sites like Groupon, Amazon Local, and others.

3) Plan around your schedule.

If you work outside of the home, it works great to have someone clean during the day while you’re gone. If you’re a stay-at-home mama or worker, consider scheduling so as not to interfere with nap time, conference calls, etc.

4) Communicate with them.

Once you’ve got your person(s) on board, be sure to communicate with them about various items like what cleaning products they’ll use (cleaning chemicals or green products, etc.) or how you like certain things done.

5) Don’t feel like you need to clean “for” cleaning day.

I used to clean before Kristy would get to my house. I didn’t want to burden her with too much mess. But, it turns out “she’s seen much worse.” So, don’t worry about pre-cleaning too much. Although, it doesn’t hurt to declutter enough to clear a path. Ha!

6) Appreciate them!

We’ve gotten to know Kristy quite well, and while that’s not necessarily going to happen with everyone, do let them know you appreciate their work. Tips are good, especially around holidays. And, you can never go wrong with a simple “thank you.”

Kristy the "household miracle worker" holding Miss Charlotte when I was home on maternity leave.

Kristy the “household miracle worker” holding Miss Charlotte when I was home on maternity leave.

I’m a huge advocate for a cleaning service or person, if you can afford it and if you’re comfortable with someone else cleaning! I still clean and declutter, of course, but Kristy takes the burden off of us for more time-consuming things like cleaning the bathtub, vacuuming the stairs, and mopping the floors.

As a mom herself (of school-aged kiddos), she always tells me that she’s here so I can spend less time cleaning and more time snuggling my little Charlotte girl! I’ll take snuggling over scrubbing any day. 🙂

Have you hired help for housecleaning? What considerations went into your decision?

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25 Responses to Clean My House: Tips for Hiring a Cleaning Service/Person

  1. bev kasper March 16, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    Hey I know her, summer evans. Recognized Charlotte right away

    • Summer Evans March 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

      Hi Bev! Thanks for reading Des Moines Moms Blog!

  2. Edmond Vandergraff April 7, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    I agree that you should definitely give your cleaning company the appreciation that they deserve. They will do a much better job if you do. Good communication is really the key. You have to make sure that they understand what you want them to clean and how you like them to clean it.

    • Summer Evans April 21, 2015 at 2:15 am #

      Hi Edmond! Thanks so much for your comment. That’s a great message to drive home:)

  3. Erika October 12, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Came across your post! Kristy sounds incredible. Any chance you’d be willing to share her contact information?

    • Summer Evans October 26, 2015 at 2:02 am #

      Hi Erika! Kristy is incredible, but unfortunately I do know she’s not taking on new houses anymore:( She’s cutting back a bit to spend more time with her kiddos. But, I bet if you ask around, you’ll get some great word-of-mouth recommendations from other mamas!

  4. Gregory Willard August 8, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

    Cleaning our house has always been something we do on Saturdays, and we are just getting to the point where it’s not enough. I completely agree that you should make sure that it fits your budget to hire a cleaning service. I’m sure that if we tried, we could afford to get one for our house.

  5. Georgia B November 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    I love your tip on not cleaning for cleaning day! It’s so easy to feel embarrassed about the state of your house before the cleaning service comes, and feel like you need to get it looking presentable for them. However, the thing to keep in mind is that this is what they’re there for! They’re not coming to judge the state of your house–they’re there to help you get it clean so that you don’t have to stress about it when company comes over.

  6. Craig Kalucki November 18, 2016 at 1:41 am #

    This are pretty useful tips. I have to agree with the last one. Saying a little appreciation like “Thank you” to your cleaning company will always motivate them to work harder. Cleaning your own house is fun but if you have important errands to run or you are working outside and don’t have time, hiring a cleaning company will always save your day.

  7. Charlotte Rees November 19, 2016 at 6:08 am #

    Thanks for sharing article. Hiring someone to clean your home is complicated. On one end of the spectrum lies a history of domestic work fraught with racism. On the other end rests the fear of being judged for having a sink full of dishes at the end of a particularly busy week.

  8. Scott December 8, 2016 at 12:11 am #

    I like that you point out to make sure that hiring a cleaning person fits your budget. I can see why it would be a good idea to budget out the costs it would take to hire a professional cleaning service. My sister is a single mom with three children and works full time. I’ll have to talk with her about perhaps hiring an expert cleaner to help alleviate some stress from her life.

  9. Baxter Abel December 19, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

    I appreciate your tip to make sure that a janitorial service fits your budget when you are looking for one. I also like what you said about ensuring that the janitorial service will plan and work around your schedule. I’ve also heard that janitorial services can use different types of cleaning materials and practices that are more effective than the normal cleaning practices you can use. Thanks for the tips!

  10. BCI janitorial January 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    Working with a cleaning company that meet your needs as well as your budget is critical. Never be afraid to share your thoughts and any complaints that you may have with your janitorial company’s owner.

  11. Adrienne February 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

    I have been in your exact same situation myself – including the pregnant and tired part! It is definitely well worth it to invest in a home cleaning company, but necessary to go through the process of vetting them and reading reviews first!

  12. Annika Larson February 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

    I am currently pregnant and busy, and I too feel that house cleaning services could relieve some stress. These tips are great to make sure we have the best experience possible. I agree with you that it’s important to have open communication and that you don’t feel obligated to do a pre-clean. Thanks for sharing these great tips for hiring someone to help with the house cleaning!

  13. John Mahoney March 28, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

    I liked when you talked bout the importance of communicating well with cleaning services. It makes sense that doing this can help you know what they are doing and when. I would want to make sure I take my time to find someone that is not afraid to provide their advice on what to use when cleaning by myself.

  14. Scott Adams June 12, 2017 at 6:58 pm #

    I’m glad that you mentioned talking to the cleaning service about what cleaning products they use. My daughter has some unique allergies, so I should keep that in mind as I look for a service. I’ll try and keep searching for someone that will fit my schedule as well. Thanks for the advice!

  15. Maids In America June 25, 2017 at 6:58 am #

    Well description. Anyone in need of planning to do such type of job must go through this article once. Balanced tips are given one after another.

  16. Maids In America June 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    If you are planning for hiring any professional for cleaning service you must consider the above points. Thanks for sharing the article.

  17. Marcus Coons July 18, 2017 at 12:47 am #

    I agree with you in that it is important to make sure you do your research when choosing a good cleaning company. It makes sense that doing this can help you know how good they are and what their reputation is in the community. Personally, I would want to make sure I take the time to read online reviews and find a cleaning company that has experience dealing with homes and families like mine.

  18. Vivian Black November 16, 2017 at 12:25 am #

    I do like that you mentioned some ways on how to locate cleaning services, such as Google, Craiglist, and word-of-mouth. I have no idea on how I should start with mine but I would maybe try the idea of getting a recommendation from my friends and see how it’ll turn out. Additionally, maybe BBB could have them there too since it holds almost every service from plumbing to Realtors. I’ll give it a look later. Thanks for the helpful tips on how to hire a cleaning service!

  19. Roger Middleton November 22, 2017 at 3:21 am #

    I liked that you had mentioned that when it comes to hiring a maid that it can be important to make sure you can find someone who will fit your budget to make sure you can afford them monthly. My wife and I are both very busy with our jobs and when we are home we like to spend that time we have with our children and this makes it hard because our home gets very messy fairly often. We’ll have to start looking around for a maid service that will be able to fit within our budget and keep our home clean so that we can spend a lot of time with our children.

  20. Sam Solo December 20, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    I think the scheduling would be the most important aspect of the cleaning service. If you work at an office, you would have to work around the busy hours and times that there would be meetings. Thanks for the awesome cleaning tips!

  21. Roger Middleton January 26, 2018 at 2:44 am #

    My office at work has been very messy and I’ve been wanting to get it to a position where I don’t have to worry about clean it is any longer. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to make sure that it falls within budget to avoid any possible problems. I’ll have to start pitching the idea of hiring a cleaner to see if it’s something that we can possibly have done, and to see if it fits in the budget.

  22. Jordan January 27, 2018 at 11:10 pm #

    I’ve been looking for a good house cleaning service, and I think that getting some information would be good. I’m glad you talked about being able to communicate with some house cleaning services. I’m going to have to do a little research and try to find the best house cleaning options!

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