5 essential tips for hiring a domestic cleaner

5 essential tips for hiring a domestic cleaner

Hiring a domestic cleaner can be a daunting task, with contradictory advice often coming from different sources.

As market leaders in London’s booming domestic cleaning industry, we like to think we know a thing or two about the process. We’ve got together to draw up a list of our 5 top tips for securing home cleaning services, and we hope that this will help you navigate the domestic service minefield!
 

  1. Pay a competitive price, but not a cheap one.
    It’s always important to think economically and to shop around for a good price when securing any service. This being said, quality usually comes at a minimum cost, and it’s important to establish the line between inexpensive and ‘cheap’ service. Here at Housekeep, we’ve drawn up a flat, competitive rate of £13.50/hour that ensures Housekeepers are well paid and customers are offered value for money. We’re able to keep prices low, while offering first class service, due to our lean operation and dedication to tech investment. Click here to learn what your property should cost to clean.
     
  2. Look at consumer feedback and industry recognition
    A good service is always evidenced with glowing consumer reviews and strong recognition within the industry. Businesses should be loud-and-proud about their customer feedback so expect to see this front and centre of any decent business’s online presence. For example, the Housekeep home page shows a visual, live-display of our ever-increasing 5-star ratings as well as showing our current average clean rating. We currently have 120,000 + 5-star customer ratings, with an average rating of 4.7 stars. We’ve also been widely recognised through various industry awards, with our most recent triumph coming in the form of Britain’s Small Business of the Year.
     
  3. Look for a tailored, not generic, service 
    Home cleaning is a personal service - you’re letting someone in to your most-sacred home, after all, so you need to be sure that you’re receiving a personal, not generic service. If you won't be meeting your Housekeeper in person, look to be able to leave detailed instructions for your cleaner to ensure that they’re well aware of how you like things to be done in your house. Always familiar yourself with the services page of the business you’re considering to ensure that your needs can be met and that you’re a good fit for each other.
     
  4. Failure to prep is prepping to fail
    The old adage rings true with domestic cleaning as much as anything else. That’s not to say you need to do a full, preliminary clean ahead of your Housekeeper’s clean; nevertheless, you should look to enable your Housekeeper to perform the best job that they can when they arrive to clean. An under-resourced Housekeeper will be limited in the work they can do, so make sure to read up on prepping for your cleaner ahead of your first clean. More info on this can be found here.
     
  5. Enjoy the process! 
    A bit of a corny one here, but it’s really important that you enjoy and appreciate getting your house cleaned. That may mean just relaxing in the time that you’re saving, or you may want to focus closely on a hobby or interest that you’ve until-now been unable to pursue. This will contribute to your wider happiness and mental well-being, and may improve your quality of life in more ways than you expect. Aim to build a professional, but friendly, relationship with your Housekeeper while they clean too - having this transparency will ensure that you both get the most out of your arrangement and those who make a conscious effort to do this enjoy fruitful and mutually beneficial relationships with their cleaners.

If you're looking for reliable, 5-star domestic cleaning services then look no further; click here to view the live availability for your postcode and secure your preference in seconds.