Upper Valley Cleaning Services: DYI Cleaning vs Hiring a Professional

December 15, 2019

When business people, as well as residential dwellers, think of hiring out their cleaning tasks, usually they have two main choices: Do it all yourself, or hire a professional.
I should mention that there’s somewhat of a third avenue: Hiring a non-professional who’s a subcontractor. It’s not hard to enter the cleaning business. Many think all they need are some supplies from the local hardware store, a few clients, and you’re good to go. But the process of choosing whom to hire or what to do can present some variables you may not have thought about yet. Let’s explore them:

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The DYI Option

You know the drill here, you buy the supplies, and you do the work. Many will take this route to try to save money. If you have very few tasks, like wiping down a desk or one small half bath, you might think to go the DYI route.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of doing DYI cleaning.


Low potential cost.
You set your own schedule. No waiting for a cleaning company to arrive.
You’re in control of the products you use.
You can do the cleaning only when it’s needed; no need to pay a company on a recurring basis.


You will miss many areas that need cleaning. I can prove that.
You will have to research the correct products that will do the job while not ruining your surfaces or fixtures. Many over-the-counter cleaners have abrasives or corrosive chemicals in them.
Unless you own a carpet cleaning machine, window cleaning equipment, or other professional equipment, you’ll have to rent them.
Rental equipment can be dirty or perform poorly in contrast to professional equipment.
You cannot buy cleaning products at the quantity pricing a professional can. Thus, you are spending more money on supplies.
If you weigh your time and your cost of supplies, you may not be saving money.

Hiring a Professional Company

These are not hard to find. Just do an online search for Upper Valley Cleaning Services (or companies) and you’ll see there are quite a few of them. Again, this is an easy vertical to start. Cleaners can operate out of their homes with no overhead and even can use their personal car.


A good professional will not miss areas or surfaces.
A professional will know the correct products to use, especially for sanitation.
A professional will have access to the latest “green” products.
A professional won’t ruin your surfaces or fixtures.
A professional will be insured.
An excellent professional will offer a warranty.


You have to be comfortable getting billed for services.
You have to research and interview whom to hire.
You have to trust whom you’re hiring, that they’ll do what they say, show up on schedule, and not overbill you.

If you’re thinking of hiring an Upper Valley Cleaning Services professional, I wrote another article, giving tips on how to hire the right company. Click here for that article. You can use these tips for all your research. It’s really simple: After you’ve worked through the vetting out process, just hire the company that you feel best about. Lastly, grab one of our e-books on this page to learn even more!

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