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Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Cleaning Service

Written by Nicky Tomboulides .

Honda is still working on perfecting ASIMO the robot. As they like to say, one day he could actually help with household chores! While we wait for ASIMO and perfection, let us make the best of what is available today. I’m going to teach you how to maximize your investment in a cleaning professional.

Where do I find a cleaning service or housecleaner for my house?

Talk to your neighbors and friends. Check your local paper, the Yellow Pages or search online. If you have a limited budget, consider posting a flyer or an ad in the school paper at your local university. As a college student, I started cleaning homes for extra pocket money. I offered reasonable rates and gained a loyal following. Don’t underestimate the power of a referral. To this day, I rely on referrals and I often tap into my network of friends.

Housecleaning Etiquette for Homeowners: How to Establish a Positive Business Relationship with Your Housecleaner

Written by Nicky Tomboulides .

If you're a homeowner who's hiring a professional to clean your home, there are a few rules you should follow in order to maintain a professional, positive business relationship:

1. Let your integrity be your best quality. Demand the same from your housecleaner.  Hire someone you can trust and like, yet maintain a professional relationship at all times.

2. You need to have open communication with your housecleaner. But do not leave pages and pages of notes. Be brief and always end with a thank you.

3. Pay by the job, not by the hour.  Over time, if your housecleaner becomes more efficient, he or she needs to be rewarded for that increased efficiency. Always pay your house cleaner on time.

4. For the protection of you and your housecleaner, install hidden cameras.
Do shut the audio, because often the topic of any conversation will be you!