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You have finally decided that you need help keeping up with the cleaning. Who are you going to trust with your home and family? Do you hire a professional residential cleaning company or an individual cleaner?
We, at Clean Residential Services, Inc., have put together some facts and information to assist you as you make this important decision.
When you hire an individual cleaner, you are at the mercy of their schedule.
What happens when your house cleaner has personal
appointments, becomes ill on your cleaning day, or has children that
need attention? A cleaning company works hard to avoid these
issues. Professional house cleaning services have work schedules
and back up plans in the case of employee absences.
Individual house cleaners apply the cleaning concepts and standards they
use cleaning their own homes. After all, cleaning is cleaning no matter
where you do it, right? Well, it isn’t that simple, cleaning houses in a
professional way is a different story. Responsible cleaning companies
have developed training protocols with many hands-on experiences. This
is complemented continually with ongoing education which is a key
differentiator of a professional cleaning company. Proper cleaning
techniques, time efficiency, appropriate use of tools and supplies
ensure that your house is cleaned and maintained to the highest
Professional house cleaning not only means getting things clean,
it means providing security for both homeowners and employees.
What would happen if your personal property is damaged,
stolen, or a house cleaner is injured in your home?
A professional cleaning company carries insurance to deal with
those unexpected, but possible situations. Will your individual
cleaner provide this security? It is rarely cost effective for individual
cleaners to carry insurance policies.
Background checks and drug screens
Reputable cleaning companies background check their employees and
implement a drug screening policy. Your home and your family are
worth knowing who is coming into your home. Cleaning
companies control who is allowed into your home. Individual cleaners
sometimes bring family members and friends to assist them.
One of the first objectives of any company must be giving back.
Trusted professional house cleaning companies are not the
exception. Investing in the success of the community should be an
important part of a thriving and growing business.
Contributions toward charitable programs and volunteering are
positive indicators of a responsible residential cleaning company.
Professional residential cleaning services are responsibly committed to
delivering quality work. In the case of mistakes, they are prepared to
consistently guarantee their services and redo the area a customer
may not be satisfied with. Individual cleaners may not have the time or
resources to deliver this warranty. The 100% satisfaction guarantee is
an important element to consider when choosing between a
professional service and an individual cleaner.
Who is the individual cleaner’s employer?
This is an important legal aspect that few people consider… Hiring a
professional cleaning company will guarantee that you will ONLY be
responsible for paying the company for their services and that they will
take care of the legality of their employees. Now, if you decide to hire
an individual here is an overview of the requirements:
Let’s pretend you pay this individual $2100 or more over the course of
the year, that is 26 bi-weekly cleanings at $81 per cleaning. You are
obligated, by law, to withhold and pay federal income, Social Security,
and unemployment taxes. You may want to take a look at IRS
publication 926 that clearly outlines your responsibilities as an
employer, yes, you read that correctly, you are the employer.
Who provides the supplies? Most individual cleaners require the
homeowner to provide supplies, many times listing products they
want you to buy. Professional companies provide premium products
that efficiently and safely get your home clean and when they leave,
all that mess goes with them, and is not left drying in your laundry
Last, but certainly not least, price. It is understandable that price is a
determining factor in making this decision, however, it can’t be the
only factor. In terms of just price, individual cleaners will always
There is a huge difference in price and value and in the long run, cheaper is
not always better. When you consider the protection a professional cleaning
service offers your family, the freedom from IRS taxes and forms, and
the provision of premium cleaners and equipment, the professional
cleaning company becomes an obviously wise and economical decision.
Clean Residential Services, Inc. personifies the professional cleaning company outlined in the above nine points. We provide all of these things to our clients and so much more.