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Before you book a housecleaning service...

You can easily get overwhelmed looking for the best cleaning service.

The process of searching through different websites, getting estimates, and talking with each provider can take several days, if not weeks.

Even then, you may not be able to determine if you're getting the best value for your money.

5 Tips for House Cleaning: How to Choose a Service

Find out what you should look for in a house cleaning company, the best times to book them, and how you can make their cleaning services more affordable.

You should read this before you make any bookings for housecleaning services.

  1. Reduce the Scope

Decide the things you need to clean in your house

What do your needs really are?

First, take inventory of what items you want to be cleaned. Different cleaning services offer different services. Some cleaning services do laundry, wash dishes, and even make the beds. It is crucial that you know exactly what you need before you make a booking and to verify that the company you hire can do those tasks.

Don't assume that you know everything. There's nothing worse that coming home to laundry not folded because your service contract doesn't cover it.

Second, if you are on a tight budget, it is possible to personalize your cleaning so that it costs less.

You might only need help with the bathroom and kitchen, for example. There are some cleaning services that allow you to schedule cleanings for specific parts of your home, usually the bathrooms and kitchen. Dusting and wiping down any other surfaces they care for themselves.

It is important to remember that not all cleaning services will allow you to do this. A Move Out Cleaning Bend Oregon company offers a flat rate based mainly on the size of your house and the number or rooms. However, when moving out cleanings are concerned, we take into consideration the scope.

However, if you only need a little assistance and not a complete cleaning, that option is still available.

You can also reduce how many appointments you have per month. Bi-weekly appointments are an option. If you don't have children, it might be okay to schedule bi-weekly visits. But remember that some adults can be more messy than other 5-year-olds.

  1. The more appointments that are made frequently, the better

Frequency Matters

Are you looking for a bi-weekly cleaning, a monthly clean, or a weekly one? You might also need a one-time house clean for moving out. It is worth looking at the frequency of your house cleanings. Maybe bi-weekly cleanings can be more manageable than weekly.

It is important to remember that the more frequent your appointments, the cheaper they will be per visit.

The cost of bi-weekly cleanings is less than those that are done monthly but can often run a few dollars more. Also, it is possible to schedule weekly cleanings and adjust the frequency as needed.

Moving out and one-time appointments usually have the highest cleaning costs. This is due to how laborious the cleaning is, and it's not an ongoing or regular service.

  1. Get recommendations from friends and look up reviews

Asking family members, friends and colleagues who have used a housecleaning service in the past for their recommendations can save you lots of hassles. This is the key reason Bend Cleaning Company has grown the way it has.

There are some cleaning services that will give you both a referral credit and a credit to the person who recommended you. It's win-win for you both.

If you don’t know who to ask or want to search for yourself, you can read customer reviews to get an idea of what to expect.

Check out their websites on Google, Yelp or Homestars to see reviews other people have posted.

  1. Flat Rates and Walk Throughs

Flat rates are better

Did you hear that the cleaning company that charges $100 less than other companies is jaw-dropping?

It sounds great! However, you will want to double-check the flat rate to confirm.

They may be wrong and have grossly underestimated the job.

It is possible to end up with unexpected $350 bills at the end, even though you thought it was only $170.

This is because the efficiency and work of maids are not something you will be able to predict. Flat rates are more stable and allow you to know what you're spending and don't get surprised by the final bill.

Take a tour

This is something we cannot emphasize enough.

Do a walk-through of the room with the cleaner once the cleaning is done.

This gives you an opportunity to see what was missed and if there are any areas that need a little more attention.

It's nearly impossible to get the cleaners back on the same day that they leave. So, make sure everything is perfect before you leave.

If you are not available to complete the service, please make sure that you walk through the house as soon as possible. Although cleaning companies with higher reputation usually offer a guarantee on cleaning services, they will require you to notify them within 24 hours of any problems.

  1. Find Better Cleaning Experiences

There are both advantages and drawbacks to each. This can result in huge differences in how you experience life.

Our technology is used to provide a better customer experience, including online chat support and appointment reminders.

We're upfront about costs, and we won't trick you with "man-hours", or charge you extra for cleaning items that you don’t use.

What do you mean by "man-hours?"

It happens that people fall for the trap by asking for a per-hour price, but don't realize that this is per cleaner.

In other words, if you ask a company to charge $25 an hour for cleaning and then three cleaners arrive, the actual cost is $75 per hour (3x25).

Another problem with charging an hourly rate is that cleaners don’t feel compelled to work harder, faster, or longer. In fact, they want to work SLOWER!

We've found a solution. We charge a flat rate and offer a bonus to our cleaners for cleaning your home.

This guarantees that you receive the excellent quality cleaning you expect without any surprise bills at the end.

The "More Maids” fallacy

I can understand why people feel cleaners are more effective.

It makes sense to believe that having maids in your home will result in a cleaner environment and a quicker finish time than if you have one.

That line of thinking rests on two assumptions: A. All maids are excellent at cleaning, and B. There will not be any chit chat or wasted time while they are in your home.

However, while "B" isn't as problematic, "A" certainly is.

It is hard enough to find one maid that is attentive to details, knows how to clean different stains from different surfaces and shows up on time.

Even though it's possible to have whole teams of 3, or more amazing maids like this, it is very rare.

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