Who knows how you came to this point. Maybe you found yourself putting in more hours at work. Maybe the kids are fully into hockey or soccer and you’re spending a lot of time in different cities or just at the practice facility. The reason could be a combination or both of these things, neither of them or something else entirely. The truth of the matter is; you’re here. You have arrived at that place where frustration. exhaustion and a potential health hazard collide like a freight train full of soap scum and dust all over your house.Once, in a juvenile (and futile) effort to get our kids to clean their own rooms, we wrote ‘clean me’ in the dust on their TV screens. Several weeks later, the words were gone. Not because our children had somehow, miraculously, cleaned their rooms, but because the command had been covered by another layer of dust! And this is where you find yourself today. You need help.
It’s time to admit you are not, in fact, Superwoman. It’s time to hire a professional to clean your home for you so that you can have time for the other things in your life that are important and still maintain a healthy living environment for your family. But you have no idea where to start. We’re here to help.
First you have to find a maid or cleaning service. This can be a daunting exercise, but your best bet is to start with those close to you. Ask family, friends or co-workers if they use a cleaning service and what they do or don’t like about that service. Generally these are the people you trust most in your life and they will be honest with you. A referral is the best advertising a maid service can get and they strive for it.
Nobody you know has a cleaning or maid service? Try some of the more reputable online sources such as Angie’s List, Service Magic, etc. The difference between the two is with Angie’s List, cleaning services cannot pay to advertise. What you get are reviews of the company. With Service Magic, companies pay a fee for each lead they get.
Another option you can use to find a cleaning service is Craigslist. Almost every one has heard of Craigslist. It is, for business owners and individuals alike, an inexpensive way to sell anything from pots and pans to cars to professional services. The potential downfall to Craigslist, is that anyone can place an ad and you really don’t know who is posting. Be especially wary of those postings that don’t include a reference to a website or something else that may indicate that this is a reputable business.
Only you know what your criteria is for a home cleaner. Maybe you will sacrifice professionalism for a lower price. Or, maybe you value trust worthiness and professionalism. Either way, this is just the first step. Be prepared to do your homework. We’ll talk about that in another post.