Having someone come in to clean your home can be a liberating and life-changing experience. If your schedule is constantly hectic with work commitments, family or both then hiring a cleaner can lift a huge burden, leaving you free to concentrate on the things that matter most. But how do you hire someone who will be coming in to your home and seeing your most private of spaces? Here are some handy tips on how to hire a cleaner:
#1 Interview More Than One Candidate
Yes, you might be in a hurry but save yourself potential hassle in the future by not opting for the first advert you see. Ensure you interview several individuals so you can be confident that you feel comfortable with the person/company you’ll be dealing with. Find out if you’ll be sent the same cleaner each time, if you’re using a large cleaning firm. Some people don’t mind a change in the rota but this does involve continually showing people round your home and explaining what you want done.
#2 Be Clear
Before you hire someone, think about exactly what type of services you require and how often. If you need dusting done up high, is the cleaner prepared to use a stepladder? Will some services attract additional charges, like cleaning out the refrigerator? Try making a list of all the jobs you want doing, how often and see if your requirements are met with positivity or will you need to compromise.
#3 What Products Will Be Used?
Do you have any special requests when it comes to what chemicals can and cannot be used in your home? You might have strong feelings about using only eco-friendly cleaning products so ask whether you need to supply the materials or the cleaner brings their own. Some cleaners like to bring their own equipment to a job whereas others will travel light and insist on using your own vacuum and mop etc. It helps to have a written agreement in place before work commences to avoid confusion.
#4 How Much?
Probably the most important issue to settle straight away is how much will the service cost. If you’re using an agency, you’ll want to know that there are no hidden fees to come as a nasty surprise. Hiring a self-employed individual means you’ll want to know if they will be paying their taxes and social security. If in doubt, check with your accountant as you want to be confident that the person you hire is not classed as an employee but as an independent contractor. The difference can have a big impact on your taxes so make sure this is something both you and the cleaner understand.
#5 Will You Need To Be Present?
This all depends on individual preference. You might want to be there for the first clean so you can show them the ropes but unless you work from home or have young children, most cleaners are happy to have a key and let themselves in if you’re going to be out at work. When hiring, be sure to ask for references so you can feel confident that the person is trustworthy. If you would prefer a weekend or evening clean, ask if your cleaner is prepared to work these hours so they don’t have to be a keyholder.
#6 Licensed And Insured?
You’re going to want to absolutely certain that the company or individual is both licensed and insured. If one of your precious ornaments gets broken then who will responsible for replacing it or having it repaired? In the unlikely but unfortunate event that the cleaner is injured in your home then who has the responsibility to cover the medical bills? Covering all your bases before you hire a cleaner will leave you feeling much more relaxed about the process so in the event of a hiccup, everyone knows where they stand.
Don’t forget to inform your cleaner about pets they will encounter, in case there are any phobia or allergy issues they need to inform you about. Not everyone is ok with pet snakes, tarantulas or rats so if you have any unusual creatures in your home, you need to provide some warning. Check to see if certain tasks will or won’t be covered during a scheduled clean. For example, some cleaners won’t touch cat litter or will for an additional charge. They may also request extra time for dealing with dog fur but don’t expect them to deal with animal mess!