One of the first things I always do when I buy a house and there is too much work for me to complete on my own is to hire a professional house cleaning service. Actually, I started hiring people to clean my houses for me many years ago, and to this day I say it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Since there's always lot on my mind because I have involvement in all my various properties, I simply can't delegate all my tasks when I'm trying to sell a house. But house cleaning is one task I am able to delegate, so I usually get some help.
I've found that the best way to find good cleaning services is to just by asking around and getting referrals from satisfied customers. Checking with friends and neighbors works, too, and their referrals have proven to be valuable. Since I have quite a few houses to clean, and of course whenever I decide to sell my house it seems like I'm always in a big hurry to get it cleaned, I have to trust my cleaning services.
These days when I try to sell my house I employ my own cleaning crew, but for many years I hired independent cleaning crews whenever I needed one, so I learned how to motivate them so we could all benefit. In this article I hope to share good ideas about hiring cleaning crews whenever I need to sell my house, primarily because these ideas may save you a lot of time and possibly help you make money.
Without a doubt, my best suggestion is one that changed everything for me when I first tried it. I gave my professional cleaning crew a bonus if they completed the job to my satisfaction by a certain time, on a certain day. In a manner of speaking, I make them feel like partners in my house sale and in my business operations. For example, on Tuesday I might call up some crews because I want to hold an open house Friday and Saturday. Normally, I contact three cleaning firms and offer them a 10% bonus over their regular rates if the job is completed to my satisfaction by 6:00 pm on Thursday night.
You may be surprised to discover that this offer is very effective. Once it worked out with a particular cleaning firm I've had them calling me on a weekly basis to see if I have any houses ready for them. This arrangement works for me, and it can work for you. Be sure to call at least three professional cleaning companies to ask them for to bid the job, and after you hear their price, then offer them a bonus to have a totally clean house to show. That's what I do when I need to sell my house.