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Should I Hire a Professional Cleaning Service or an Individual Cleaner to Care For My Home???


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So you've decided to hire a cleaning service... Great! Now that you have made that decision, we've put together a few things for you to consider when deciding if a professional cleaning service or an individual cleaner would be best for you. When hiring a cleaning service, there are a lot of things to consider. All of this starts with deciding whether you should hire an individual or a professional cleaning service.  These two paths differ in training, insurance, as well as legality.

Training: Professional cleaning services hire individuals who are then required to complete a company-wide training process to become professional cleaners.  Using a company ensures that you can be confident the professional coming to your home has been trained, to clean thoroughly and efficiently, as well as, care for your home in a professional manner.  They have also been trained on what products or chemicals can and cannot be used on different surfaces in your home. This is extremely important in minimizing any chance of expensive and/or irreparable damage to your home.

Insurance and Bonding: If something were to be broken or damaged in your home when being cleaned by an individual, it is much less likely that this person may have bonding or insurance to cover this.  Additionally, hiring a service which is bonded and insured comes with the added security that the company most likely does background checks on their employees. If you do choose to hire an individual cleaner, we highly recommend that you review your homeowner’s insurance policy to make sure that you have enough liability coverage for your belongings should any damage be accidentally incurred.

Legality: This is perhaps the MOST important and most overlooked item to consider when choosing whether to hire an individual or a professional cleaning service. Be aware that if you pay more than an estimated $1700 per year to an independent cleaner, you are their employer.  If this is the case:

  • You may be required to contact the IRS and apply for an Employer ID Number

  • You may be required to pay Social Security, Medicare, and Federal Unemployment Tax on your employee’s earnings.

  • You may be required to verify that the person that you are hiring is legally allowed to work in the United States.  You do this by having them fill out an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form.  (This form can be acquired through the IRS website.)


Price: We have not discussed it yet, but price is also something to consider when choosing. When comparing pricing between an individual cleaner and a cleaning services, there is usually a clear winner.  Individuals can be cheaper than a professional cleaning service. One could expect to save anywhere from a few dollars or perhaps more. Whether you choose to invite a cleaning service or an individual cleaner to care for your home, we simply want you to be able to make the best well informed decision possible!



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