Hiring a holiday house cleaner

Keeping a clean home for the holidays can be a monumental task—but a house cleaner can lighten the load.

Homeowner Angela Duggan started using a house cleaner a year ago to clean her house on a weekly basis. For Duggan, it has been a sound investment.

"During the holidays, I find that it's even more important to have a house cleaner,” said Duggan. “We have a large family. I love to cook, as I've said before, so thanksgiving to me, I would prefer to be at the grocery store shopping as opposed to scrubbing down my walls.”

House cleaner Laura Knox says business spikes especially during the holidays.

"During the holidays the clients tend to ask for is the more detail cleaning of the kitchens, the bathrooms,” said Knox. “If they are having houseguests they normally ask for a more detailed cleaning of those guest rooms and the common areas for the entertaining."

It is important to communicate your needs and expectations clearly because everyone's opinion of clean can be different. Angie Hicks, found of Angie’s List, recommends asking a cleaner for an in-home estimate before hiring.

"Depending on the size on the size of your home, you might pay anywhere from a couple hundred dollars, which is what we see on average on Angie's list, but we have seen it as much $700, but keep in mind that depends on the actual size of the home,” said Hicks.

Remember to check on insurance and bonding when hiring. Insurance covers damage by the company, such as bleach stains, and a bond covers an employee's dishonest criminal conduct, like theft.

While it might be hard to find a house cleaner to prep your home for Christmas, some companies offer same or next day service, but it could cost you more.

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