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Angie's List: Holiday Cleaning

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The holidays are a time for fun and family, but there's a lot of prep work to be done around the home before your guests arrive.

Keeping your house clean during this time of year can be a monumental task.

In this Angie's List report, KULR 8's Emily Nantz tells you how a house cleaner can help.

"During the holidays I find that it's even more important to have a house cleaner."

Homeowner Angela Duggan started using a house cleaner a year ago to clean her house on a weekly basis. For Duggan, it's been money well spent.

"Thanksgiving to me, I would prefer to be at the grocery store shopping as opposed to scrubbing down my walls," says Angela.

"During the holidays the clients tend to ask for is the more detail cleaning of the kitchens, the bathrooms. If they are having houseguests they normally ask for a more detailed cleaning of those guest rooms and the common areas for the entertaining," says Laura Knox, a house cleaner.

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, the size of the house will help determine the cost.

"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," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

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.

But for Angela, it's all worth the price.

"I really feel like you need to think about the time you invest every week in cleaning your own home and what you would prefer to do with that time. I know that I have children and I like spending time with them and it's to me the money is well worth it because I am spending that time with my children, with my family, not cleaning.">

Remember just like any holiday item, it can book up fast so you might want to start thinking about Christmas.

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