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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great House Cleaning Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Housecleaner, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Housecleaner commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Housecleaner? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the House Cleaning Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Housecleaner - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good House Cleaning Service at a fair price? Find a Housecleaner that (i) has recently provided good work to someone you trust and (ii) passes a background services screening test. Compile a COMPLETE, detailed list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have the Housecleaner prepare a "not to exceed" estimate. Agree on the final price, sign a complete written agreement (see below) before any work begins.
What should I expect to pay for House Cleaning Service? Most House Cleaning Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Housecleaner ranges from $12 to $18. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Housecleaner.
Do I need to use a licensed Housecleaner for my job? If so - how do I verify license status? House Cleaning Service is commonly performed without a professional license.
Should I use an insured Housecleaner for my project? Your Housecleaner should carry appropriate insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Housecleaner need to be bonded? A bond is generally not required for House Cleaning Service.

Housecleaner - Services

A Housecleaner can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common House Cleaning Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Housecleaner - Finding and Hiring

Not every Housecleaner has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Housecleaner matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Housecleaner to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Housecleaner - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Housecleaner. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Housecleaner. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Housecleaner's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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