Money Talks News: How to Hire a House Cleaner

"It is a sense of pride. You're like wow. You can tell the difference. And it's great when you can see the difference, because you know you did something."

Cleaning houses is in Paula Carter's blood. Her mother had a house-cleaning service, and she's followed in her footsteps. But finding responsible services like Paula's isn't easy.

Whenever you're hiring help for your home, question one is often do I hire and individual or do I hire some big company? Each one has plusses and minuses.

Big companies take care of details like taxes and making sure their employees are legal, trained and insured.

Hiring an individual is often less expensive, since they may have less overhead.

But before hiring an individual, you've got to be aware of employment laws.

Depending on whether they qualify as an independent contractor or employee, you might have taxes to deal with, like Social Security and workman's comp.

So be sure you know what you're getting into.

So how do you go about finding the right person or company?

The best way is referrals from friends. If that's not possible, there are online referral services, like Angie's List or Thumbtack, which can help.

Always talk to several people before making a decision. And ask them for details about how they clean.

"If they don't mention the baseboards, if they don't mention that they want to do the fans or certain things that you have to do that you, when you clean your house, don't do on an average day-to-day basis."

Now you need more tidy tips. Just go to and do a search for "Housekeeper."

For Money Talks News, I'm SJ.