How to find a housekeeper who can help with cleaning

With the hectic pace of modern life, it's often hard to find time to keep your home as tidy as you'd like.

Editor’s note: This article has been newly updated.

This is the perfect time of year to get your place into shape with some serious cleaning. Like most, you may be too busy or too tired to handle the tasks on your own. Don’t worry! There are lots of great house cleaning service on Kijiji who can help you out. Here’s a quick overview of things to consider to get your search off to a good start.

What are your cleaning needs?

Before you start researching cleaning services, it’s good to assess exactly what you need. First, how big is your place? And how much TLC does it need? Make a list of the tasks you would like to have done: How much regular cleaning do you need (dusting, washing, etc.) and how much deep-cleaning do you need (balcony furniture, inside of your fridge, etc.) Once you get a sense of what you’re looking for, try to figure out how many hours you think it will take so you can estimate cost.

Find the Right House Cleaning Service

Once you’ve determined what you need from a cleaning service, and how long it should take, it’s time to research the options to see which best fits. A cleaning company is often a go-to option because hiring one is super easy. Tell them what you need and for how long and they’ll give you a quote, show up (often with their own supplies) and get the cleaning done. Be sure to ask what tasks they will not do (windows for example). Find a company that is bonded and insured. This keeps your home and belongings covered in case something is damaged during cleaning. A house cleaning service may charge higher rates than independent cleaners for these benefits, typically around $25 to $65 an hour. The company may charge for the overall job or per room, so it’s useful to comparison shop in order to get a competitive rate.

Independent housekeepers are also a terrific option. Rates for an independent cleaner are around $15 to $40 an hour, depending on location and experience. Always safely meet any potential service-provider in a public place. Interview them to make sure this person is the right fit for you. Ask for identification, contact details and recent references – and call them. Prepare a list of questions beforehand: How far do they have to travel? Tasks they don’t do? Do they bring their own cleaning supplies?

Is hiring a house cleaning service right for you?

With a bit of research, you should have a good idea of what options are out there, and you can make an informed decision about what is right for you. Hiring someone to help you with spring cleaning may feel like a luxury, but they will get the job done faster and perhaps even more thoroughly than you would on your own. So find a housekeeper on Kijiji today and free up some time for yourself!

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