Should I hire a cleaning service?

Here are some questions to ask yourself when considering whether a cleaning service is right for you.

When you juggle a full-time job while keeping up with family and friends, it can be tough to find the time to maintain a tidy home.

For many families, a cleaning service is a convenient and relatively inexpensive solution that dramatically improves the quality of their all-too-brief time at home.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when considering whether a cleaning service is right for you. If it seems like a maid is right for you, find a list of house cleaning services on

  • Can I afford it?

    The cost of a professional maid service will vary based on the size of your home. Other factors may play into the costs as well, including the presence of pets or any additional services you'd like, such as refrigerator cleaning.
  • Do I have the time to prepare for a cleaning service?

    It's an irony that a service designed to free up time actually could end up being an inconvenience, but it's true. In order for a maid service to truly have a positive impact on your home, your house needs to be reasonably tidy to start. That means no clothes on the floor, toys lying around or books and papers stacked on tables that would keep the maids from doing what they do best — cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, dusting furniture and fixtures, and vacuuming and mopping floors.

A maid service must be trustworthy. They'll need access to your home during working hours and they'll be in every room in your house. To ensure peace of mind, qualify your maid service with this checklist:

  • Insurance

    Make sure any maid service you choose is licensed, bonded and insured. That will protect both you and your maid service if anything is broken in your house during a cleaning.
  • Pre-cleaning walkthrough

    Insist on a face-to-face meeting with a representative from the maid service at your home. You'll build a working relationship on a foundation of trust and communication. You'll also set your mind at ease by showing the maid any quirks about your house, the location of cleaning products, where trash can be disposed of, etc.

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