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Angie's List: Deep Spring Clean

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(WKOW) -- If you can't remember when you last pulled out the furniture or broke out the scouring pads to clean you home, it may be time for a deep spring clean. 

In our Angie's List report, we explore what it's like to hire a professional to do the job.  Tabbetha Sells has been cleaning houses for six years.  Dusting, vacuuming and disinfecting are all part of a standard job for her.  "We'll open the cabinet doors and clean the inside of the cabinet doors and that ledge where stuff collects over time. We clean the inside of all the appliances -- refrigerator, oven, microwave. We clean the baseboards thoroughly and we polish them afterward," says Sells.  

"Spring is a great time to consider having your house deeply cleaned," says Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks.  "Usually you should be doing that every two to three months, especially if you're getting ready to sell your house -- that's a time you want to make sure you have it done."

Cleaning deep also means cleaning up high where things can be hard or even dangerous to reach.  "We do anything up high and it doesn't matter how high it is, we will clean it -- exhaust fans, ceiling fans, vents in the walls," says Sells. 

Most companies charge by the job instead of by the hour, so make sure to get a list of everything you want done at the agreed price.  "You should always require a detailed estimate so that you know what to expect," says Sells. 

"On average, our members have reported spending about $230 for a deep clean, and that's about a hundred dollars more than a standard clean," says Hicks.  "If you're looking to hire a house cleaner for the first time, you shouldn't be surprised if they recommend a deep cleaning as your first visit."  She adds, before hiring anyone to clean your home, look for a company that's bonded and insured.  Make sure to ask how they handle replacing anything that may break during a cleaning.  She says the service should provide all the supplies needed, unless you want environmentally friendly products.  If you want a specific person on the job, be sure to ask. 

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