As the seasons shift toward Fall and Winter, it seems as though there’s a major holiday every few weeks. Getting your home ready for visitors and entertaining can be a daunting task, especially for busy professionals. With these holiday cleaning tips, your home will be refreshed and ready for entertaining in time for the holiday season.
DIY Deep House Cleaning Tips
Starting to clean when there hasn’t been a deep house cleaning in 6-12 months can be overwhelming. Start by creating a plan. Depending on how much time you have, you can tackle one room each day or plan spending the next few weekends deep cleaning each area of your house.
For each room or area, decide what the top priorities are. In the kitchen, for example, you may decide that getting the surfaces and the oven really clean is the top priority, but that you can live with cluttered cabinets.
Hire a House Cleaning Service
If you don’t have the time or inclination to deep clean your house yourself, consider hiring a cleaning service. Many house cleaning services offer one-time deep cleaning packages that do not require an ongoing commitment.
What to Expect from a House Cleaning Service
When you call a cleaning service, expect them to do an onsite estimate. They will need to see the size of your house and the level of cleaning required in order to give you an accurate estimate of time and cost. Discuss any special cleaning you would like to have done, or specific problem areas, at this time.
You will need to declutter and tidy each room before the cleaning service arrives. They will clean, dust, vacuum and mop, but they will not put things away.
You do not have to be home when the house cleaning service arrives to deep clean. Be sure that any pets are secured in an area that will not interfere with cleaning.
How Much Does Professional House Cleaning Cost?
There are several factors that contribute to the total cost of professional house cleaning. Most house cleaning services charge either by the hour or by the square foot. In general, you can expect to pay between $80 – $150 for a one-time deep house cleaning.
Choosing a Reputable House Cleaning Service
Ask your neighbors for recommendations for house cleaning services. Chances are you are not the only person in the neighborhood who has their house professionally deep cleaned once or twice per year. When you call a cleaning service, ask if they are bonded and insured, and ask for the names of some of their current clients.
If a cleaning service is reluctant to answer your questions or provide references, call the next provider on your list.