Hire a Cleaning Company VS an Individual
Learn about potential requirements with hiring an individual cleaner or choosing among local house cleaning services. Kalispell Montana
There are several good reasons to choose a cleaning service over an individual house cleaner. Are you ready to be an employer? Does the cleaning company you’ve hired have employees or contractors? Is your property insured against theft or damage? If someone is out sick, will your house cleaning still get done?
Here is a handy guide for choosing the right house cleaner to fit your needs.
What if the cleaner is sick on your house cleaning day? Will your home still get cleaned?
Will you be the house cleaner’s employer?
If they determine that you are the cleaner’s employer, you may be required to withhold and pay their Federal Income, Social Security and Medicare taxes. (See IRS for more information).
It sounds great — you hire an individual who will charge less than a cleaning company and all you have to do is provide the cleaning products and supplies for the cleaner to use, right? Well, maybe. The IRS may require you to supply Publication 926 for Household Employees and Employment Verification Form I-9.
Liability, or who pays for house cleaning mishaps?
It’s a good idea to hire a professional cleaning service. Residential cleaning services have the tools necessary to do a great job, and they know what they’re doing.
Beyond the potential tax headaches, consider what happens if something is broken or stolen? Are you covered? What if the cleaner is sick on your cleaning day or goes on vacation? Will your house still get cleaned?
Questions to ask about cleaning services
Before you hire a house cleaning service, ask if their cleaners are employees or contractors. If they are contractors, the cleaning service you hire doesn’t need to provide liability insurance (in case something is broken or stolen at your house), and in most cases, they can’t even ensure how the job is done — only the end result.
If the cleaner is a contractor (1099 worker), they must provide their own business license, cleaning supplies and products, and hopefully, they are also licensed and bonded. Do you have the time to verify their credentials? What if something happens?.
Clean choices — advantages of a professional cleaner
When hiring professional house cleaning services with W-2 employees, you’re more likely to have a set cleaning schedule (even if a cleaner is out sick). Also, the company can provide all the necessary cleaning supplies, instead of you or the person cleaning your home.
Protection for the house cleaner and for you
The house cleaning company should be licensed and have liability insurance and a bond to cover any theft or damage.
The cleaners are W-2 employees, which gives them benefits (protection if they are hurt on the job, safe working standards, unemployment benefits, Federal Income, Social Security & Medicare taxes withheld, etc.), and the company has done all the leg work of background checks, eligibility to work, training and so on.
This option provides the most protection for you and your home as well as the cleaners who are servicing your home.
Hiring a cleaning service should make your life easier. By knowing what to look for when choosing a cleaning company, you’re already on the right path.
Call on the Pros that can take care of it for you.
Executive Cleaning by Design LLC
Licensed – Insured – Background Checks – W2 Employees to serve your cleaning needs.
Serving the Flathead Valley areas like Kalispell, Kila, Somers, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, Woods Bay.
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