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Stop the hassle of hiring an individual cleaner and hire Arizona Cleaning today!

Arizona Cleaning will send out a four (4) person team to your home. We find that having a four person team approach allows us to focus more effectively on all the areas of a client's home. Our teams are not rushed, so they are able to clean in a more organized manner while paying close attention to the smallest of details.

 

In addition to our cleaning systems, our company has taken a leadership role in the use of green (environmentally friendly) cleaning products. We believe that green cleaning products provide protection for the health of our clients and employees in addition to reducing the overall impact on your home environment and the world's eco-systems. Our products and home care practices are not merely for appearances, as we deeply care about how our work affects your home and the environment in which we live.

 

When you hire Arizona Cleaning to provide services in your home you can be confident knowing that:

  • We are Bonded & Insured
  • We are an independent company. We are not a franchise.
  • Employees are trained on safety, OSHA regulations and damage control.
  • We deliver quality of service within an estimated budget of time in your home
  • Our teams consist of professionally trained and uniformed employees; no talking, eating or smoking in your home
  • We handle all state and federal employment taxes including workers compensation
  • We can handle any big cleaning projects
  • Satisfaction is guaranteed or we will return to complete the job within 24 hours!!

There are many things to consider when hiring a cleaning service to care for your home. There are many companies that can provide you with services, each with their own way of completing the work and number of people that will do the work. Should you hire a singular person to clean your home or a team of people? There are pros and cons to each approach, so let’s take a look at these different approaches, so you can see what is more suitable for you.

 

ONE PERSON TEAM OR AN INDIVIDUAL:


Pros:

  • Usually is an owner operator
  • Sometimes the cost is low
  • Sometimes they are insured
  • You can get referrals from friends  who swear by the efficiency, work ethic and honesty of their housekeepers
  • Can guarantee only one person will be in your home, rather than a team
  • Can often pay less per hour than what a service commands.

On the downside, you:

  • Have the hassles of verifying legal status, doing background checks and paying taxes -- or risk the consequences if you don't.
  • May have to boost your homeowners or renters coverage if your cleaner doesn't have his or her own bonding and insurance.
  • How thorough are their cleaning systems?
  • How long does it take that person to clean?
  • Are their cleaning products Bio-degradable?
  • Do they carry their own equipment and supplies?
  • It is hard for them to handle big projects: if your are looking for a one time clean, move in, move out or one time clean for bringing home a newborn,  it will  be hard for this individual to deliver the quality of a deep cleaning you need at that moment.

 

TWO PERSON TEAM:

Pros:

  • They are usually  established companies and  they do background checks
  • Most of them are licensed, bonded & insured, pay all federal, state taxes including workers compensation

 

Cons:

  • They surface clean and don’t deep clean
  • It is hard for them  to handle big projects: remember you might want 2 cleaners for 2 hours but they might need 4 hours to do everything you would like to be done
  • Mostly charges by the hour all the time and don’t give flat rates
  • Most of them are franchises and you might have to pay a little more than a regular local owner company.

 

FOUR PERSON TEAM:

 

Pros:

  • Background check
  • Thorough cleaning systems
  • Carry their own equipment
  • Have state of the art equipment
  • Biodegradable products
  • Vacuums with HEPA filtration
  • Supervisor on each team
  • Uniformed and trained team members
  • Efficient cleaning times
  • Cost: usually by the hour for the first time, regular customers receive a flat rate after the first time with an established budget time
  • Many of them are franchises with a higher price
  • Bonded & Insured
  • Handles all the taxes and employment paperwork including paying federal, state and workers compensation
  • Ready to take on any big projects

 

Cons:

  • How do I know the that the price you are charging is fair? The prices are based on the cost of materials and labor to do the work and do it right and provide a guarantee. The team members are trained to do their best job for the customer. There will always be unlicensed, uninsured people in any business that will do a cheaper job, and in this industry, you get what you pay for.

Make a plan

 

Whether you decide on an individual or a service, you should:

  • Ask for proof of bonding and insurance.
  • Ask for references and call them.

 You want to know how long your cleaner or service has been in the business and how problems have been handled in the past.

  • Straight talk: Is hiring a house cleaner worth your time and money?

If you're checking out an individual, you can use an online background search firm for a basic check for $35 to $50. If the cleaner has moved recently from another state, you may need to pay more to do a check on records in that area as well. Also it means you will have to handle all employment taxes because is the right thing to do even though some people might think they can treat their household help as an independent contractor or some say the position of a house cleaner may not hold up in an audit.


Another thing you can do is to  hand off all these employment taxes chores to somebody else, such as a bookkeeper, accountant or payroll tax firm, but these solutions aren't cheap. The charges are $425 -$1,000 a year just to do the tax preparation for you. You can pay more to get other services, including direct deposit. So figure the cost of delegation.

  • Discuss about your expectations and how long that will take for the cleaner to meet your expectations. You may be trying to keep costs down by hiring someone for two hours a week, but she may need four or more to accomplish everything you want done.
  • Provide supervision and feedback. Interfering with your cleaner's routine is counterproductive. But a walk-through inspection at the end of the first few sessions, and periodically thereafter, can help you spot problems and make adjustments.

If you hire an individual, it might mean you are now an employer and your next question is: Do I pay all federal, state and workers compensation taxes?

The following is a checklist you need to do if you hire your own:

  • Get an employer identification number from the IRS using Form SS-4
  • Ask for the worker's Social Security or taxpayer identification number.
  • Fill out the immigration service's Form I-9  and keep it in your files.
  • Find out what state and federal taxes you or your worker may owe and find out the withholding rate of Social Security and Medicare taxes
  • Withhold federal and state income taxes if the worker requests it; have her fill out a Form W-4
  • Make periodic state tax deposits if required by law.
  • Provide your worker with a W-2 form (.PDF) by Jan. 31 of the next year and File a copy of the W-2 with the Social Security Administration by Feb. 28.
  • File a Schedule H with your personal tax return by April 15 and pay any household employment taxes owed.

 

You can find all these forms by visiting www.irs.gov or as we discussed before you can delegate all these chores to an accountant, bookkeeper or payroll tax firm such as www.ADP.com

 

Do the right thing

  • Always remember and practice ethics, this especially refers to paying applicable taxes for services.
  • Don’t be tempted to join the majority. Don’t ignore the whole thing and pay your cleaner under the table.
  • Paying taxes isn't just the right thing to do -- it's the fair thing. Paying the applicable taxes to your cleaning company enables them to contribute to their employees' Social Security account helping to insure they will have coverage later in life.