House Cleaning Without Stress

By marcosse • October 29th, 2009

 If you are one of the many working Americans that barely has time to shower and eat dinner in between obligations, much less tidy up the house, a house cleaning service can be a lifesaver. Here’s what you need to know before you choose a professional.

As American society grows busier, and demands on time from career, family, and social obligations seem to multiply, fewer and fewer people have time to clean the house and maintain their home in the thorough fashion they’d ideally choose. The days of the happy housewife and Mr. Mom have been replaced by two-income families, overachieving children, and work hours that don’t end when the day at the office is over. This hectic lifestyle often leads to household chores going neglected, a small problem that may become a large one when guests arrive to stay at your home, you need to throw a dinner party on short notice, or you begin to notice your entire wardrobe needs to be sent to the cleaners. One easy solution is to hire a house cleaning service to handle the chores you simply don’t have time for, but are instrumental in keeping your family happy, healthy, and clean.
There are a huge assortment of maid services and housekeeping providers out there on the market today, making it seem like an overwhelming task to choose the help that’s right for you. Let’s face it, if you don’t have time to take the dishes out of the dishwasher, you probably don’t have all that much free time to scour the internet and newspaper in order to find a reputable maid service. In fact, when there are too many choices available, you’re more likely to pick a name at random from the Yellow Pages, or to ask a friend for the name of a service she uses.
When choosing a maid, the most important aspect of the decision is finding someone with whom you feel safe. You need to know that the person you’re hiring to care for your home is a trusted, reputable person. Also that the company that individual works for has a reputation for honesty, using products that are not harmful to children and pets, will honor the limits you set in your contract, and make an effort to protect the environment and avoid waste or pollution through the use of green products. If a service you’re considering is able to meet all these criteria, chances are pretty good that they’re also not going to skimp on quality when it comes to cleaning your house. Always choose a service that is insured and bonded, protecting both yourself and the house cleaning staff.
In addition to honesty and being safety-conscious, reliability is one of the most important factors in choosing a maid. The best way to ensure that you get exactly what you want, on time, and only pay for the services you have actually requested is to put together a written contract signed by both yourself and the cleaning service. If you want to make certain rooms in your home off-limits, only use products you provide or specify, or like to handle certain chores yourself, this should be included in the contract.
source: Journal of Stress Management

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