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House Cleaning for the Holidays

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Posted at 9:52 PM, Nov 11, 2013
and last updated 2014-09-12 10:55:23-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL/AngiesList.com) - House cleaner Laura Knox says business increases during the holidays due to people planning parties and events and family guests coming in town to stay.

"During the holidays the clients tend to ask for is the more detail cleaning of the kitchens, the bathrooms," says Knox. "If they are having houseguests they normally ask for a more detailed cleaning of those guest rooms and the common areas for the entertaining."

Angie's List says it's important for homeowners to communicate their needs and expectations clearly because everyone's opinion of clean can be different. Before hiring, ask for an in-home estimate.

According to Hicks, "Depending on the size of your home you might pay anywhere from a couple hundred dollars, which is what we see on average on Angie's List, but we have seen it as much $700, but keep in mind that depends on the actual size of the home."

"If you're considering buying a deal on housecleaning, be sure you ask questions and understand exactly what you are getting so that you can be confident that you're not going to get an upcharge for things after the fact and that the person you are buying the deal from knows exactly the condition of your home."

Don't forget to check on insurance and bonding when hiring.

Insurance covers damage by the company, such as bleach stains, and a bond covers an employee's dishonest criminal conduct, like theft.

Angie's List says book as early as possible if you need a housecleaning service for the holidays.

Companies will fill up fast during this time of year.

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