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Homeowner Angela Duggan started using a house cleaner a year ago to clean her house on a weekly basis. For Duggan, it’s been money well spent.
Angela Duggan, Homeowner: “During the holidays I find that it’s even more important to have a house cleaner. We have a large family. I love to cook, as I’ve said before, so I would prefer to be at the grocery store shopping as opposed to scrubbing down my walls.”
Laura Knox, The Best Cleaning Lady: “Yes, business definitely increases due to people planning parties and events for the holidays and family guests coming in to stay. During the holidays the clients tend to ask for is the more detail cleaning of the kitchens, the bathrooms. If they are having houseguests they normally ask for a more detailed cleaning of those guest rooms and the common areas for the entertaining.”
Angie’s List says it’s important to communicate your needs and expectations clearly because everyone’s opinion of clean can be different. Before you hire, ask for an in-home estimate.
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “Depending on the size on the size of your home you might pay anywhere from a couple hundred dollars, which is what we see on average on Angie’s List, but we have seen it as much $700, but keep in mind that depends on the actual size of the home. If you’re considering buying a deal on housecleaning, be sure you ask questions and understand exactly what you are getting so that you can be confident that you’re not going to get an upcharge for things after the fact and that the person you are buying the deal from knows exactly the condition of your home.”
Don’t forget to check on insurance and bonding when hiring. Insurance covers damage by the company, such as bleach stains, and a bond covers an employee’s dishonest criminal conduct, like theft.
Angie’s List tips:
Book cleanings early during holiday season
Good deal? Find out exactly what is included.
Check Angie’s List for reviews on cleaning companies