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Deep Cleaning – Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional?

Choosing to do the deep cleaning yourself or hire a professional is a privilege that many people have but don’t use. They are scared it’s going to cost too much. Consequently, due to how busy most people are these days, some of the deep cleaning that needs to happen never gets done.

This causes lots of stress on the occupants of the home, because home is supposed to be a comfortable and safe place. If it’s not tidy and clean, it doesn’t always feel that way.

To choose whether to do the deep cleaning yourself or hire someone, ask these questions.

Fresh & clean bedroom.
Fresh & clean bedroom.

Ask Yourself:

* Do I Have Time? – Try to imagine yourself doing the job. How long do you think it’ll take you? That’s a good indication of whether you’ll have the time to do it. Be realistic, especially if you’ve never done it before.

* How Much Is My Time Worth? – Once you have a good idea of how long it will take you, think about how much your time is worth. Do you think this is a good use of your time, or can you think of better things to do with it?

* Can I Physically Accomplish the Chore? – Think about the conditions of the job. For example, if the job is cleaning all your carpets, do you have the physical stamina to do it in the time limit you gave yourself?

* Do I Have the Supplies and Tools? – Will you need to purchase any special tools, such as a professional carpet cleaner? The use of high quality cleaning supplies can greatly improve the overall appearance of your home.

* What’s My Budget? – What am I willing to pay someone else to do it if I really don’t want to do it, can’t do it, or don’t have time to do it?

Sleek living room and kitchen.
Sleek living room and kitchen.

Ask a Cleaning Service:

* What Is Your Experience? – It’s a good idea to find out how long a company or person has been in business. The longer they’ve been doing this business, the better choice they may be, since people tend to enter and leave this field quickly.

* Do You Have Insurance? – For a business that is going to come into your home and clean anything, it’s important to have insurance to cover damage, as well as workman’s comp insurance for their employees in case of injury on the job. Otherwise, your home insurance may have to pay for the damage to property and life.

* What Is Your Employee Screening Process? – Ensure that employees have had background checks. It’s better if they’re bonded. You want to ensure that no one comes into your home that has a criminal background.

* How Do You Train Your Employees? – If someone is experienced, then their employees need to be trained properly on how to clean everything that you want to have cleaned.

* Do You Have a Written Checklist of What Tasks Your Team Will Perform? – This is important so that you can use that checklist to ensure that everything is completed to your satisfaction before the team leaves your home.

* What Type of Control Do I Have Over How They Clean? – Some cleaning companies are very particular about how their teams do the work. For example, one popular cleaning service only allows their workers to fill their bucket with water once, which means spreading around lots of germs in some cases.

* What Is Your Quality Assurance Guarantee? – Some cleaning companies offer a no-questions-asked refund if you’re not satisfied; others will need you to call them immediately so they can send a manager over to check. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you’re not happy.

* Who Provides Supplies and Equipment? – Pick a company that brings their own supplies because that signifies knowledge and experience about which solutions work best for different cleaning problems. It will also be less money for you to lay out.

Sparkling and shiny bathroom.
Sparkling and shiny bathroom.

* How Long Do You Think My Cleaning Project Will Take? – Having an idea of how long it will take will give you a good indication of whether the price is right for you or not. Not only that – if you’ve already assessed how long it may take and you think they’re going to do it too slow or fast, you can discuss the issue.

If you’re willing to give up some measure of control over exactly how things are done, and you can afford it in your budget, then hiring a cleaning service for your deep cleaning projects can free you up to do something else.