Angie's List: Hiring a professional to prepare for holiday parties

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Keeping your house clean during this time of year can be a monumental task.

"During the holidays the clients tend to ask for is the more detail cleaning of the kitchens, the bathrooms," house cleaner Laura Knox. "If they are having house guests 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 to communicate your needs and expectations clearly because everyone's opinion of clean can be different. Before you hire, ask for an in-home estimate.

"Depending on the size 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," says Angie Hicks at Angie's List.

"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 up-charge 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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