Angie's List Report: Hiring a House Cleaner for the Holidays

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 11/20/2013 10:47 pm
(WDEF) Homeowner Angela Duggan started using a house cleaner a year ago to clean her house on a weekly basis.  For Duggan, it's been money well spent.
     She explained, "During the holidays I find that it's even more important to have a house cleaner. 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."
     Angie's List says book as early as possible if you need a housecleaning service for the holidays.  Companies will fill up fast during this time of year.
     Laura Knox works as a house cleaner.  She said, "During the holidays the clients tend to ask for is the more detail cleaning of the kitchens, the bathrooms. If they are having house guests they normally ask for a more detailed cleaning of those guest rooms and the common areas for the entertaining."
     Before you hire, ask for an in-home estimate.
     Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "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."
     Don't forget 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.
     Hicks added, "If you're considering buying a deal on housecleaning, be sure you ask questions and understand exactly what you are getting so that you can be confident that you're not going to get an up-charge for things after the fact and that the person you are buying the deal from knows exactly the condition of your home."

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