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For the Week of April 22, 2018...

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How To Hire Home Cleaning Help

While spring is still a few months off, now may be a great time to splurge on a professional spring cleaning for your home. A number of companies specialize in getting to the hard-to-reach places, and can spend the day, or at least several hours, cleaning those corners. Your home (and you, too) would probably appreciate a visit by the cleaning professionals, especially if you're considering putting your home on the market.

First, you should decide what cleaning tasks you want to have completed. Some services do general cleaning, while others clean windows, carpets or air conditioning or heating ductwork. Other companies will give the exterior of your home a power wash that leaves it sparkling.

Because you may be away from your home when the cleaning crew arrives, you should make sure the people you hire are trustworthy. Do your homework before you hand over the keys.

Make sure the cleaning company you hire pays its workers' social security and income taxes. The company should also carry liability insurance, which will protect you from loss. Ask to see the company's certificate of insurance and double-check its expiration date. The company should also be able to provide proof of bonding.

Meet with a company representative to review the services being offered. If you need special tasks performed, such as oven cleaning or window washing, be sure to ask if these services are standard, or if they will cost extra. Ask for references, and be sure to call them. You may be more comfortable with a company that has a proven track record for satisfying customers.

The cleaning company should give you an estimate for the services they will provide. Cost typically varies depending on the size of the home and the frequency of the service. The first, deep-down cleaning may cost twice as much as the regular maintenance cleanings.

Make sure the company can clean on the schedule you prefer, whether it's weekly, bi-weekly or just on occasion. Find out if the crew will use your cleaning supplies and equipment or bring their own.

If you're planning to move, a professional cleaning service can give your home a final cleaning before the new owner arrives. And, having a cleaning crew arrive at your new home ahead of the moving van will give you a fresh start in your new space.
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