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Clean Your Airbnb Yourself or Hire a Pro? What Should You do?

Clean Your Airbnb Yourself or Hire a Pro? What Should You do?

Although renting out your home or spare room for a guest isn’t a unique idea, the way Airbnb implements it is. Airbnb allows people to search for their ideal property based on many criteria — everything from a single room to a whole house. And while having strangers rent out your home or room for a while is a great way to make some extra cash, you’ll be expected to clean up after the guests leave so the property ready for the next potential guest.

To clean up, you can do it yourself or hire a professional cleaning service to come in and do the job for you.

In this article, we’re going to look at the benefits of hiring a pro service versus doing it yourself.

 

Why Do It Yourself

Saves you Money

The significant benefit to cleaning your Airbnb yourself is that it saves you money. When you host a guest, you want to keep as much of that profit as you can, and cleaning services can be expensive. And while you can always raise the fee to your guest to include the cleaning fee a pro service charges, wouldn’t you rather pocket that money?

 

Clean it the Way you Want

Another benefit to doing the cleaning yourself is that you get the place clean according to your liking. Maybe the cleaning service doesn’t put items back in the proper location after they’ve cleaned, or perhaps something gets misplaced. When you clean your Airbnb yourself, you’re in total control of the cleaning; the job gets done just the way you want.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Do It Yourself

Costs You Too Much Time

While cleaning your Airbnb yourself does save you money over hiring a professional service, it costs you time. Your time is valuable, and most people have full plates, which leaves little time for cleaning. Spending hours cleaning your room or home means time taken away from other projects that could be bringing in income. Also, taking longer to clean your home means lost revenue not getting it rented out again quickly. The sooner you clean up, the sooner another guest can come in. Large homes can take a day or two to get back into shape after your guests leave, and that’s usually time better spent doing something else.

 

You Lose Focus on Your Other Business or Activities

As mentioned above, if you have other irons in the fire — other revenue streams that need your attention — spending a lot of time cleaning takes your focus away from those business opportunities. And, speaking of business opportunities, you could easily miss a business opportunity if you’re too wrapped up in cleaning.

Lastly, taking a lot of time cleaning can mean you’re neglecting your family and friends. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in work that you forgot to relax and enjoy those who you love and put the work in for.

 

Why Hire a Pro

You get a Better Cleaning

Pro cleaning services clean for a living, which means they’re often more thorough when cleaning up. Whether you’re hiring a single person or a company to clean, those people know that if they fail to do a proper job, they may not get paid. A pro cleaning service is less likely to cut corners or ’sweep things under the rug.’

Another thing to consider is building a symbiotic relationship with another business can benefit both of you.

Long-term guests might want regular cleanings and hiring a cleaning service to come in and handle it will save you the hassle and the time out of your schedule. This makes your guests happier and strengthens the relationship you have with your cleaning service. It’s a win for everybody.

Using a single cleaning service over and over allows them to get to know how you want things done and what you expect. Once they’re aware of what you’re looking for, they’ll likely do a better job to ensure you’re satisfied and allow the quality of the cleaning to be consistent from job to job.

As mentioned above, a pro cleaning service, while costing you money, will save you time.

 

You’re Covered if Something Goes Wrong

Most reputable cleaning services are insured (if they’re not, don’t hire them). If something gets broken or misplaced during the cleaning, your cleaning company is liable for the damage, whereas if you cleaned up and broke something, that money would be coming out of your pocket.

Another thing to consider is that most professional cleaning services can jump on a job on short notice. If you need a room or home cleaned up quickly, but don’t have the time, the pros generally can accommodate for those situations.

 

Why Not to Hire a Pro

The Cost

The glaring negative to hiring a professional cleaning service is the cost. Depending on how large the job is, you could be looking at shelling out hundreds of dollars to get a spic and span cleaning. As mentioned above, you could incorporate this fee into the rental price, but then you lose out on pocketing more money and potentially drive away a customer because of the high cost.

 

Too Much Hand Holding

Depending on how particular you are when it comes to cleaning, you may need to do a lot of hand-holding to get your cleaning service to perform according to your expectations. This means wasted time and money. If they don’t put things back just the way you like them, then you’ll be doing that yourself. Depending on how bad it is, you may have been better off to do the work yourself.

Renting out your home or room to guests is a great way to earn extra income, but people won’t put up with a dirty place, and it only takes a bad review or two to kill your business. Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire a pro, the bottom line is to get your place as clean as you’d expect it to be if you were renting it.

Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Where Did Spring Cleaning Come From?

Spring cleaning goes back… way back. We’ve been spring cleaning for generations across different cultures all over the world.

On the first day of spring, just before the Persian New Year, Iranians used to (and many still do) practice the tradition of “khooneh tekouni” or literally “shaking the house.” They would clean their homes from top to bottom so that the entire household would be ready for a fresh start heading into the Iranian Nowruz (New Year).

Jewish tradition calls for a similar practice of spring cleaning just before the springtime celebration of Passover. Since those observing Passover avoid eating or drinking anything yeast fermented or leavened, Jewish people would participate in spring cleaning to rid their homes of any trace those types of products.

Chinese tradition calls for spring cleaning to get rid of any bad luck hanging around, represented by dust that has settled in the house over the winter season. Just before the Chinese New Year, people clean every corner of their homes to get ready for a new start to the year that is sure to bring good fortune. Making the home look like new, and even buying new things is a traditional Chinese way to welcome in the new year and get it started right.

What Does Spring Cleaning Mean?

No matter the origin of the spring cleaning concept, today the practice of spring cleaning is popular all over, now mostly for its functional purposes. In climates where winters are cold and long, spring cleaning is a chance to open the windows and air out the house before the summer heat comes along. Springtime is the chance to pull every dusty rug out and let the wind carry away the dirt tracked in by dusty days of a long winter.

In the day when only coal and wood heated our homes, spring cleaning was a chance to scrub the house free of all the film and soot from a whole season of heating. Spring cleaning is a chance once a year to get to all of the most neglected areas of the home, to give those places a little extra TLC, and start the beginning of the year off on the right foot.

No matter what the occasion, whether it be preparing for a new year or welcoming in spring, spring cleaning gives us a chance to reset our lives, starting with a clean, crisp, organized home inside and out. So what should be on your spring cleaning list? Look below for a list that includes all the cleaning jobs that may get passed over during routine cleaning.  We’ll take you room by room to make sure nothing is missed.

Where and What to Clean

Kitchen

  • Wash cabinet doors and handles
  • Vacuum out food cabinets
  • Clean and wash inside of fridge, oven, microwave
  • Deep clean stove top
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub window sills
  • Wash and scrub sink and faucet handles
  • Wash walls, doors, and light switches
  • Clean baseboard and crown molding
  • Wash underside and top of hood vent
  • Wash upholstered kitchen seating
  • Deep clean floors
  • Wash inside of trash can
  • Clean off and scrub top of refrigerator
  • Dust/wash hanging lamps
  • Change out burned out light bulbs
  • Wash vents

Bathrooms

  • Scour water stains
  • Wash around base of toilet
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub bathtub tile from top to bottom
  • Scrub faucets
  • Wash walls, doors, light switches
  • Wash baseboards
  • Deep clean floor
  • Recaulk rim around tub
  • Change burned out light bulbs
  • Wash entire mirror
  • Dust tops of lights
  • Scrub window sills
  • Wash vents

Living Room

  • Wash baseboards and crown molding
  • Wash walls, doors, and light switches
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Pick up rugs and deep clean floors
  • Have rugs washed or vacuum rugs depending on condition
  • Wash or vacuum drapery
  • Wash upholstered furniture
  • Wash and condition leather sofa with leather safe cleaner
  • Wash windows
  • Clean window sills
  • Dust pictures
  • Clean out fireplace
  • Have chimney cleaned
  • Wash vents
  • Move furniture and clean floor underneath
  • Dust or wash lampshades
  • Dust or wash ceiling fan blades

Bedrooms

  • Wash pillows and comforters
  • Wash or wipe down headboard, runners, and foot board
  • Dust or wipe nightstands
  • Dust or wash lampshades
  • Vacuum or wash draperies
  • Move bed and vacuum underneath
  • Pick up rugs and clean floor underneath
  • Have rug cleaned if necessary
  • Dust pictures and furniture
  • Wash baseboards and crown molding
  • Wash walls, doors, and light switches
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub window sills
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Dust or wash ceiling fan blades
  • Wash vents

Office

  • Clean out desk of unimportant papers
  • Dust bookcase
  • Deep clean floors
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub window sills
  • Dust/wash ceiling fan blades
  • Wash baseboards and crown molding
  • Wash walls, doors, light switches
  • Check printer for ink and order more for the rest of the year
  • Dust electronics and clean with electronic approved wipes
  • Wash or vacuum upholstery
  • Wash vents

Laundry Room

  • Wash out gaskets and crevices in washer and dryer
  • Scrub laundry sink
  • Remove residual lint in corners of lint trap
  • Vacuum behind washer and dryer with vacuum extension
  • Deep clean floors
  • Clean out cabinets, remove anything you no longer use or need
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub window sills
  • Wash baseboards and crown molding
  • Wash walls, doors, and light switches
  • Wash vents

Entryway, Hallways, Stairs

  • Dust lights
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Wash baseboards and crown molding
  • Sweep for cobwebs
  • Deep clean floors
  • Lift any runner rugs and clean underneath
  • Wash walls, doors, and light switches
  • Wash vents
  • Dust/clean ceiling fan blades
  • Vacuum, wash each step
  • Wash stair rails

Garage

  • Get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year
  • Throw out old boxes, containers, broken household items that got moved to garage
  • Reorganize shelving
  • Donate any recreation equipment you no longer use
  • Dust all shelving
  • Scrub the garage floor
  • Wipe down doors, handles, and light switch
  • Find recycling options for paint, oils, and batteries

Front & Back Porches and Decks

  • Powerwash patios and decks or hose down
  • Power or hand wash railings and posts
  • Wash table tops and outdoor furniture
  • Clear crevices of cobwebs and dead insects
  • Remove leaf debris from front and back beds
  • Throw out old planters that may have been left out over the winter

Basement or Utility Area

  • Perform Preventative maintenance on your water heater
  • Check the functioning of your HVAC, clean the units of debris outside
  • Consider having your ducts cleaned
  • Dust and clean the area around your utility appliances
Easy Cleaning Tips to do Everyday That’ll Keep Your Place Clean

Easy Cleaning Tips to do Everyday That’ll Keep Your Place Clean

Sometimes it may seem your home is a living, breathing being whose sole purpose is to make a mess everytime you turn around. Or so you would think. It’s amazing, really, that we are capable of making such a mess all on our own; or with the help of our kids, pets, and significant others. Even if it’s just ourselves in our homes, most of us are pros at creating clutter.

So what can you do to stay ahead of the mess? Whether you’re home all day working and living in the chaos, or work outside of the home only to come home to a potential dinner, laundry, pet explosion, here are some tips you can practice daily to keep ahead of the mess.

Keeping the Laundry Merry-Go-Round Revolving

No matter if it’s just you in the house or you and four other people, big and small, laundry builds up quickly. This is especially true for those one bath towel per day type of households. You can avoid a Mt. Laundry forming in your bedroom by either washing or folding at least one load of laundry everyday. Try timing it for the part of the day you have the most energy, whether it be mid-morning or right after work.

On that note, when you’re done with your work day, whether its from home or at an office, resist the temptation to throw your clothes on the exercise bike or the chair in your bedroom. Take the extra minute required to hang your lightly used clothes back up on the hanger, or throw them in the laundry bin each day. That will save you a massive pile to sort through at the end of the week, or after many weeks when you’ve discovered you have absolutely nothing left to wear.

Give the Bathroom A Wipedown

Just like you give the kitchen a good wiping after the evening meal, so should give the same attention to your bathroom. Bathrooms are easily neglected, since most of us spend only minutes in it a day. The condition of the bathroom may go unnoticed all week, maybe even weeks, until all of the sudden the grime-covered sink and toilet cannot be ignored any longer. At that point, you’ll spend an hour just getting it back to a respectable state.

Instead, alternate days during the week to quickly wipe down counters and toilets depending on the number of bathrooms you have. If you have two bathrooms, wipe down each bathroom every other day. You can do it during one of your bathroom visits, so it’s easy to remember.

Pick-Up Bins

This is a great trick that works for all members of the household. Get a bin, basket, bag… whatever works, and place it in the hall or on the stairs – any place where it will get noticed before bed. As you walk through the house, pick up clutter as you go and place it in the bin corresponding to the clutter’s owner. Have other members of the house join in on the chore so you’re not the only one bearing the burden. At the end of the day take your bin with you to bed and put things away, so that you can bring your empty bin down the next morning.

Vacuuming

Investing in a decent vacuum that works well on any surface including wood, tile, and carpet will go a long way in helping you keep your home clean on a daily basis. Keep your vacuum out during the week in a convenient place so that you can just flip the switch and do a quick pass on the highest traffic rooms. Pay extra attention to the kitchen, front hall (or most used entry point to the house), and family room.

The Kitchen Hustle

One of the messiest parts of the day is dinnertime. It may feel you’re emptying half your kitchen onto the counter just to get dinner cooked and on the table. Even if you’re going easy that evening, the plates and cups seem to reproduce while you aren’t looking.

Combat this by cleaning as you go. Rinsing and reusing bowls, mixing spoons, knives, etc. while you’re preparing food, cuts down on the amount of dishes you’ll be doing after dinner. Unload the dishwasher before you start preparing, so that you can load the dishwasher as you go. Try giving each person a unique cup to use throughout the day, so that new cups aren’t chosen because someone misplaced a cup that’s identical to someone else’s.

Make Your Bed Daily

This tip is more motivational than organizational. The act of making your bed every morning serves as a reminder to keep the positive, neat and tidy trend going all day. Seeing a made bed makes most of feel good, and may serve as motivation to keep the rest of the house as made up as possible.

Remove Unnecessary Clutter

Take a good look at your surroundings and get rid of those things that just don’t matter. Ask yourself if you really need four throw pillows on your sofa, or a decorative soap basket in your bathroom. Do you really need that stack of magazines on the coffee table that seem to end up on the floor by the end of the day, everyday? Do your children really need all of those toys? Simplifying the amount of small things you need to clean or pick up every day will make a big difference you’ll notice almost immediately.

Empty Trash As You Go

If you’re sick and tired of seeing a small hill start to creep up over the small trash bins, consider giving them a quick check every time you enter a room. Line the bathroom trash cans with a bag (even a grocery bag will do), so that you can easily pull it out and throw it in the kitchen trash as soon as it gets full. Also consider whether you need a trash can in every room. At a minimum, trash bins should be in bathrooms and the kitchen. Beyond that, use discretion.