Time for a Spring Clean? What if you need a bit of help?
It’s that time of year again when the weather is changing for the better, the days are getting longer, we’re feeling more positive and it’s time to get your house in order. Thoughts normally turn to having a Spring Clean, but many articles about spring cleaning tips are aimed at non-disabled people, and so Jeff from Becky's Cleaning Services shares his top tips of questions to ask before arranging a company to help you with a spring clean this year.
Spring cleaning is usually carried out once a year and involves a more in depth clean or part cleaning of your home. The areas that don’t normally get touched or the priority areas are often the focus. It’s quite a major commitment but we’re all increasingly time poor. This is why trusted, house cleaning professionals are providing us with the solutions.
The benefits of a spring clean are:
- A cleaner house
- A healthier house, particularly beneficial if you have asthma or allergies
- Massive Feel Good Factor – you’re upbeat, optimistic & feel more motivated to deal with life’s challenges
If you choose to work with a cleaning company, there are a few questions you should ask before you start. Here are my top 7.
What types of spring cleaning are available?
This depends on you and what you require.
- You may want to clean the whole house
- Only the Priority Areas like the kitchen, bathroom & ensuites
- One room
Can you create a personalised spring cleaning plan?
A useful question to ask as some companies may not offer this service and it’s incredibly useful to know, especially if you fall into the following categories:
- An older person
How can I keep the costs down?
One of the reasons why most people bring in professional cleaners to do a Spring Clean is because they don’t have time to do it themselves. You can reduce costs by doing certain jobs yourself like:
- Cleaning the inside of the fridge
- Cleaning inside cupboards
- Internal windows
- Whatever else you could manage
Do you have experience of dealing with disabled clients?
A critically important question if you’re disabled as there are very few companies who genuinely cater for these needs specifically. It’s essential that your potential service provider listens carefully to your particular needs, formulates a plan, is patient & treats you with respect. Other questions you should ask, include:
- Can you give me a free consultation so I can discuss my specific needs?
- Can you arrange to carry out cleaning when it best suits my circumstances?
- Will you do the cleaning jobs that I struggle to do?
- Will you liaise with family, support workers or social services?
Are my possessions and money safe when the cleaner comes in?
It’s a very big deal for a lot of us to allow people into our homes because you hear so many unfortunate stories about the disabled, older and other vulnerable groups being taken advantage of.
- Do your own research on potential companies
- Is the cleaning company a member of a trusted 3rd party organisation?
- Is there customer feedback you can look at, other than what’s on their website?
- Are they fully insured?
- Are the cleaners DBS checked?
Should I get a written quote?
Don't rely on a verbal quote, always get it in writing, it's a promise that the company or individual will carry out the work at a fixed cost, bear in mind some companies will charge for this service
If a company, contractor or individual are reluctant to give you a written quote, the alarm bells should be ringing because without such protection you don't really know what you're getting or you can't compare like for like
What equipment is normally used during a spring clean?
- A good quality vacuum cleaner
- Microfibre cloths
- Extendable dusters
- Steam mops
- Window vacs
- Multi-purpose cleaning solutions
Tell us your thoughts, did you find this information useful, do you have any useful cleaning tips or do you have any questions? Have you had any difficulties trying to get cleaning services to match your needs?