So you have decided to move and have finally sold your property. However, before turning over the property, expect your real estate inspector to advise you to have the house cleaned up professionally before the new owners can officially settle in. To obtain a clearance certificate from the said inspector, hire a reputable vacate cleaning service. Here are some tips on finding the best one for you.
- Search and scour the internet. Make a list of potentially qualified cleaning services nearest to you. Investigate and compare each one before making a final decision.
- Be choosy. Make sure to hire only authorized and licensed professionals. Otherwise, you may end up with unsatisfactory results and a delay in your timeline. Not only that, an unlicensed service always has the risk of exposing your property to damage, vandalism or even looting.
- Consider your budget. While steering clear of overly expensive services may be the sensible thing to do, diving head-on into the cheapest ones is never a good idea. Resorting to either of these extreme ends is like choosing the opposite sides of the same inconvenient coin. Either way, you’ll find that you’ll break the bank instead of saving precious money. Remember that in business, you get what you pay for. If you cannot afford the high-end services, you might as well avoid the suspiciously low-end ones. More often than not, cleaning services that are way cheaper than normally acceptable fail to deliver satisfactory results. In the long haul, you may yet end up with double the trouble by hiring another one for want of a repeat clean-up.
- Make sure that the service you choose offers open and transparent communication. There’s nothing more stressful than miscommunication, extended deadlines, hidden fees, and whatnot. From the beginning of inquiry and negotiation, make your requirements and expectations clear to the service provider. This arrangement makes it so that both you and the provider are spared from all possible headaches and squabbles.
- Before hiring, check out each of your prospect’s testimonials and client feedback. Go the extra mile by cross-checking references and communicating with previous clients to gain a clearer and more accurate depiction of the company’s qualifications or lack thereof.
- Look into the company’s training and hiring protocol of their cleaning staff. How experienced and qualified are the personnel? Are they trustworthy? Does the company conduct a thorough enough background check before hiring staff? These questions are crucial since you will be subjecting your property to total strangers for a specific length of time.
- Inquire if the company has the necessary equipment and technology for faster and more efficient cleaning. Especially in a strict timeline, it is important to ensure that the cleaning service you choose can deliver satisfactorily and on time.
If you think you can save a few dollars by doing the cleaning yourself, think again. Is saving a few dollars worth all the time, energy, and trouble of scrubbing, mopping, wiping, vacuuming, and all that jazz? If the occasional spring cleaning of your room is already a burden to you, cleaning up an entire house in preparation for another occupant, and not to mention being subject to a real estate inspector’s approval and certification, is an arduous task. Therefore the only practical option for you is to hire a reputable vacate cleaning service.
Author: Alison Lurie