If you’re planning on relocating to a new apartment or home in the near future, you may have considered hiring home or apartment cleaning services as an addition to your moving strategy. There are many factors to take into consideration when making this decision, and Optimaide is here to help give practical advice, tips, and help you to look critically at the factors before making the decision to spend the extra money for something you may be able to do yourself.
Are you relocating for a job?
If you’re relocating to take a new job of work position, then the employer may pay for this as part of the stipend for your moving service. Many people know that the cost of moving trucks and moving services are usually included, but often times, professional cleaning services are as well – sometimes you just have to ask. Moving to a new town, city, or state can be stressful enough, let alone if you are planning on starting a new job. Depending on how much you have on your plate, and whether or not your future employer is going to help foot the bill, hiring a professional cleaner may be something that makes your move smoother and you ultimately happier through the process.
Are you renting your current place?
If you are renting the current place that you live in, most assuredly the landlord will require a deep home cleaning through a well respected maid service prior to your move. After all, this is the most respectful way to leave your residence prior to moving out of it so the new tenant has a clean place to come home to. Often times, if you leave it to the landlord to find a moving service, especially if you are in a large city like Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles, then you end up paying more for the cleaning service. The landlords often mark up the cost of the service for the trouble of booking it, or they don’t shop around like you could.
Of course the option exists to clean your apartment or home yourself before moving, if time permits. This may likely be the best option, especially if you are not a very messy person. However, if you’ve been a busy professional living in the city for several years, focused on your career, you may need a deep clean that you don’t even have supplies for! If this is the case, you may find that the cost of buying the supplies rivals the cost of the cleaning service itself. But if you have the time, the cleaning supplies needed, and don’t mind doing it, then the most affordable option is to do it yourself.
Price vs time, which makes more sense?
Do you have a job where you are seemingly tied to your work constantly and make a pretty good income in this respect? If that’s the case, your time may be better off spent hiring a cleaner while you work. Often times, busy professionals living in a city like Chicago, especially in a more affluent area like the Gold Coast, will use a service like Instacart to have someone do their shopping for them! This compares greatly with cleaning services in that if your time is too valuable to go grocery shopping, it very well may be too valuable to do the cleaning needed as well.
When deciding to hire a cleaning company to take care of your moving there are a few basic considerations to take into account. First of all, does it make sense with your current schedule to do it yourself? If you’re a workaholic with no time on your hands, this may not be the case. But if you’re a pretty clean person and already have the supplies, why not? Secondly, take a look at your rental agreement, and shop around if you’re moving from an apartment to get the best pricing that you can. Thirdly, if you could be working, and have work to do, during the time that a cleaner may come, it may make the most sense to hire a cleaner at that time as well.