How to Save Money on Home Cleaning Services
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How to Save Money on Home Cleaning Services

If you are in search of a cleaning service, you have your choice of two types: companies that are individually owned businesses or licensed franchises, and individuals working independently.

If you are in search of a cleaning service, you have your choice of two types: companies that are individually owned businesses or licensed franchises, and individuals working independently. Companies offer the advantages of insured and bonded workers, a few guarantees on their work, and their own cleaning supplies and equipment. House-keepers often advertise in local newspapers or online and can be quite specific regarding their qualifications and what they will and will not do (speaks French, will fix after-school snacks for your children, won't wash windows). Friends and neighbors however, remain the best source for names of good housekeepers, though in a tight market these potential sources might not be eager to pass on such info. Cleaning companies are not difficult to find. They are listed in the Yellow Pages and on websites.

The individual cleaning person, on the other hand, can give more personalized service, better scheduling flexibility, and, sometimes, lower fees since he or she doesn't have the expense of maintaining an office, advertising, and furnishing his or her own supplies.

Get the Most from a Cleaning Service

To get the most for your money from a cleaning service, search for a company that offers seasonal cleaning if you do not need steady weekly or biweekly cleaning. Perhaps you need occasional help having big jobs, like washing windows or cleaning carpets. There are companies that offer these services, and you can pay for them seasonally.

Likewise, look for a company that allows some flexibility in what work is done in every cleaning session. You may be getting more for your money if you can prescribe what jobs you need done whenever the cleaning service comes to your home. Be wary of the company that has a set routine and then charges extra fees for additional jobs. It can run into quite a bit of money if the basic package does not involve the chores you need.

Free Housecleaning

Before you go to the expense of hiring outside help to clean your house, search the possibility of trading household chores with a friend or relative. Maybe a relative would dust and vacuum your house in exchange for your doing their grocery shopping. Or perhaps you have a friend who honestly likes cleaning windows, but would not be caught dead ironing a shirt. By making a few trade-offs, you might be able to make your house cleaner without spending any amount of money.

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Good suggestions.

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