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Home cleaning company: a high-end or necessity?

Let’s face it, for the vast majority of people, cleaning a home is a necessary evil at best, and an outright aggravation at first. This applies doubly if you have outside circumstances that may render a home more difficult to clean, like having pets or children; or living in a certain area. Perhaps one of the biggest issues with this is not only the annoyance of cleaning, but the time investment involved, especially if you are a working parent.

At the same time, no one wants to have a dirty or unappealing home, so most families suck it up. But there is an alternative that you may want to consider: housecleaning services. The field gets a bit of a bad rap. On the financial level, many see this as only something that the richest people can afford. On a mental level, some people have a bit of unconscious guilt with regard to using house cleaning services, as if they are a failure as a homemaker if they use one. By cutting through the myths about house cleaning services, you may be able to reap the benefits for your household.

Your Options

In general, you’re going to have two main options when it comes to getting a cleaner: either hiring an individual cleaner or going to a formal service/agency. The main deciding factor in this choice is whether you value cost or an added sense of security. For example, if something is damaged or comes up missing while the cleaner does their work, you may have to go through legal channels on your own if the cleaner is working for themselves. However, many cleaning services have policies that will give you more freedom and security and this area. When you start asking around, be sure to keep this in mind. However, if you enlist someone in your circle to clean or work with someone who is recommended, you may be able to save money.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when working with a house cleaner, you want to set them up to do their job as easily as possible. This isn’t just good for them, but good for you, as inefficient cleaning leads to more hours billed—which you may not want to bother with. This means making sure that your home is stocked with the cleaning products they need, and even putting potential guidelines if you have a certain surface that needs an approach or if there are any tasks that you don’t want them to forget. There are a lot of little things you can do that will work to both your benefits.

The Benefits

Whether you want a deep clean or just plan on having a few supplemental tasks done to help your own cleaning, there are several potential benefits that you get with a home cleaner. Here’s a quick runthrough of some of the top ones.

Higher Quality: This may sound a bit silly, but at the end of the day, a professional cleaner is still a professional. When it comes to cleaning and attention to detail, they likely have you beat, especially if you are the type of person who hates to clean….like me!

Time Saving: This is probably the biggest thing that any homeowner – and particular any mum –  can appreciate, rich or not. Take a moment and compile the amount of time that you spend on errands and chores during the week. It’s probably more than you thought, especially if you have to shoulder the bulk of it alone. This is especially bad for those with conventional work hours, who have to dedicate time they should be relaxing to more work. A home cleaning service gives you more wiggle room to work with, whether you want to pursue a hobby, go out with your spouse or spend more time with your family.

Yes, you are entitled to a little gift to yourself every now and then. This applies doubly so if you if you are already contributing to the family via a career or other earnings.  By making use of options that make sense for your home, needs, and budget, you can free up a bit more time to have fun with your family or pursue a new endeavor on your own. Hiring house cleaners has nothing to do with being lazy.

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