Hire a Spring Cleaning Service for That Much Needed Deep House Clean
No one is entirely sure where the term "spring cleaning" originated. The practice of deep cleaning when the warmer weather hits has origins in Iranian, Scottish, Jewish and Greek cultures.
And in colder climates, before the advent of vacuums, spring was the most practical time to clean because it was the first time in many months people could open the windows to air out the dust.
Today, most people use the term loosely to describe any sort of deep cleaning, no matter when it takes place.
Hiring a Spring Cleaning Service
If you don't have the time, energy or desire to tackle a deep cleaning, consider hiring a cleaning service.
A professional spring cleaning incorporates heavier, more time-consuming chores with routine tasks such as dusting, cleaning the kitchen, scrubbing the bathroom and washing/vacuuming the floors. In addition to routine cleaning, for example, the service will wash your windows and move the furniture to clean in all the nooks and crannies.
Keep in mind, however, that the term spring cleaning doesn't mean the same thing to every cleaning service. Don't ask for a spring cleaning assuming the company will know what you mean. Make a list of specific tasks that need to be done.
Spring Cleaning Service Prices
For routine house cleaning, most services charge about $15 to $30 per hour. Rates vary based upon region of the country, the size of your home and how dirty it is. Often, cleaning services will set a $50 or $75 minimum to make it worth their while to take the job.
If you have an average-sized home - say around 2,000 square feet - budget anywhere from $80 to $125 for a routine cleaning.
Deep cleaning or spring cleaning is more expensive. In some cases, you can end up paying double. Most services also charge higher rates for the first visit, assuming that the home will require a deep cleaning.
Spring Cleaning Service Tips
Smart consumers are always looking for ways to get the most bang for their buck. Consider these tips and tricks to maximize the value of a professional cleaning service:
- Pre-clean: Pick up and de-clutter your home prior to the arrival of your cleaning service. Put away clothes and children's toys. This will free up more time for the cleaning service to focus on deep cleaning.
- Get an estimate: Ask for an estimate of the cleaning costs in advance. If the price sounds too high, negotiate or look for another service. If possible, arrange an in-house estimate. It's hard to give an accurate estimate over the phone.
- Ask to see a checklist: Just because your house smells clean after the cleaning service leaves doesn't mean it is clean. Air freshener goes a long way. Before hiring any company, ask to see a checklist of all the areas of the home that will cleaned. Any reputable company should have one.
- Shop around: You don't need to hire the first cleaning service you come across. Request quotes from multiple companies to compare prices. But make sure you also factor the company's experience and reputation into the final decision.
Author: Ashley Smith