There’s a lot to consider when you choose a cleaning service, especially after a tiresome construction project.
Would you want to go for an experienced cleaning company or an independent service professional?
Can you find one within your price range?
What kind of services can you get?
Is the offer worth the money?
To help you arrive at a decision, here are some helpful pointers you can follow.
Research & Compare
Research is the first step to choosing between anything, be it a mobile phone or a cleaning service.
There are many ways to go about it. You could either search for a cleaning service online and go through the website, visit a cleaning company in your area and get information face-to-face, or ask your contractor or trusted friends and family members for references.
After narrowing your choices, compare them all.
List the services offered, their pricing, the working hours, and other factors that affect their likeability.
Weigh your options and make a decision.
Ask For Referrals
Once you get in touch with a company representative, ask for references from previously cleaned sites. Experience matters.
Contact past clients and enquire about their experience with the service. Ask them about their concerns and whether or not they’d use the company’s service again.
You could ask for ‘before and after’ pictures. Some companies will also show a video recording of the entire cleaning procedure.
This is so you get some insight into how a company functions and know what to expect.
Read Client Testimonials & Reviews
In case you can’t personally contact past clients about their experience, you can always trust reviews.
Several reliable and trustworthy companies like Crown Cleaners have verified reviews and testimonies on their website for you to see.
You can also check the reviews on third-party websites where people upload their honest and unbiased opinion of their experiences.
Verify Licensing, Insurance Policies & Safety Protocol
Depending on your location, there are many ways to cross-check a company’s registration and licensing.
Most of the time, you’ll find your answer online. All you require is the company’s name, registration number, and address. You could even call your state’s licensing bureau to confirm the details.
Next, ask about the cleaning company’s insurance policies. In the occasion of a mistake or an accident, would the clients be liable? Does the insurance cover the costs?
Make sure you have verified proof of the policies.
Additionally, all experienced cleaning services have a safety protocol in place in case of a mishap like an on-site injury or a fire.
Check all the credentials. Protect yourself from scams.
Request A Site Visit & An Estimate Cost
A post-construction cleaning job is a big one. It’s time-consuming and strenuous.
After a site visit and evaluation, the cleaning company can give you an idea of how much it’ll cost. There are many elements to be taken into consideration like the location of the site, the size of the area to be cleaned, and more.
Ask for a brief walk-through of the entire cleaning process so you can prepare for it.
Discuss all the details; even though it may be awkward to bring up additional charges, don’t shy away from it.
Inquire About Cleaning Supplies & Equipment
Ask about the kind of equipment and cleaning solutions the company uses. Discuss possible allergens that could exist in the materials.
How often do they conduct a maintenance check?
Do they have good quality control?
Is the team well-trained?
Do they have the right kind of equipment? For example, a pressure cleaning machine for huge, stubborn stains, or a floor polisher big or small enough to fit the space.
Are the cleaning products environmentally friendly and non-toxic?
Is the disposal of waste materials (plastic and metal parts, concrete and wood) safely done and sustainable?
Set A Date
Check the availability of your service provider to see if they can work around your schedule.
Remember that the cleaning of a big project location takes a good amount of time. Issues like the unavailability of resources and poor climate can hinder and delay the process.
The best you can do is decide on a tentative timeframe.
Create A Contract
Getting a contract, or a written agreement, is a very important step.
Before officially hiring a cleaning service, make sure you set the parameters of the job. Look into the scope of work to be done, itemize the costs, and consider the duration of completion.
Then create a contract including everything listed above. Contracts will act as a record to avoid confusion about the terms and conditions that were agreed upon.
While contracts don’t require notarization, it could be helpful in case a dispute arises. It serves as protection for both the client and the workers.
Take time out to carefully navigate through the entire process of hiring a cleaning service. The end result is a space that is clean and safe for occupancy.
The best time to start scouting is when the construction is nearing completion.
Make sure your space gets the best treatment even after the professional cleaning!