Frequently Asked Questions

A selection of questions we are often asked

Do you use different cloths for the bathroom?
Yes – we use a colour coded cloth system so your toilet, bathroom, kitchen and general dusting will all be done with different cloths which go into our dirty bag and are taken away.
Do you offer a guarantee?
We are proud of the level of service we offer here at Helpful Home and we’re confident that there will be no issue with any aspect of the service we deliver. We’re so convinced that you’ll be happy, that we offer you a complete money back guarantee if you’re not.
Do you have insurance?
Helpful Home is fully insured. Many companies and individual cleaners, unfortunately do not carry liability insurance. Hiring a company that is fully insured adds slightly to the cost, but the insurance coverage protects you and your belongings.
Will you hold my keys?
This is completely up to you. If we do hold your keys they are kept in a secure location and signed in and out when removed. The cleaners will only have access to your keys on the day of the clean and they are kept separate to your address and personal details.
How do I pay for my cleaner?
You have the option of cash, or bank transfer (most customers set up a standing order or do online transfers). All payments are due on the day of your clean, we will send an invoice out once a week. Unfortunately we cannot accept cheques
Can I trust the cleaners that come to my house?
This is critical. We fully vet and supervise our cleaners but for your peace of mind it is the company that would take responsibility should anything ever occur.
My last cleaner never stayed for the right amount of time, will you?
This is a common issue for customers paying for any time-based service. All of our staff carry phones with trackers on so we can always check where they are for safety reasons but they also post a card after every clean which will include arrival and leaving times so you will always know.
Do I get the same cleaner?
Your cleaners will always work in pairs so even if one of your cleaner is on holiday you will always get someone that know your house. In rare situations, the only way we can guarantee to deliver your clean at the agreed time is to swap to other members of the team.
Do you have references?
Any company that is proud of the work that it does should have no trouble offering a complete list of references to any potential customer. Helpful Home is no different, just take a look at our testimonials page, yell.com or our facebook page.
Am I signed into a contract?
We always work within a contract so both parties are protected but we are so confident that you will love our services that we make it a one week rolling contract that you can cancel at any point.
I have pets is that a problem?
We are happy to work around most pets although if they are less than keen on us we may suggest a visit to a friend on cleaning day. If you have a pet we will discuss adaptions such as doors left open or shut or favourite sleeping places at the quote stage. Please note that we will not clean litter trays, cages, tanks or food bowls.
What if I need to cancel the clean?
If you need to rearrange we will always do our best to offer an alternative date or can cancel temporarily while building work is going on or you are on holiday. We do have a £15 cancellation fee if you cancel with less than 24 hours notice. Unfortunately, last minute cancellations impact our planning and take spaces that could otherwise have been filled.
What happens if a cleaner is injured in my home?
All our cleaners are fully insured against any injury sustained at work. If you have hired an unlicensed cleaner and he/she is injured in your home, you are potentially liable for any medical expenses or damages.
Other companies are cheaper, why choose you?

The home cleaning industry is entirely unregulated, we choose to get external trainers in and follow best practise.  We choose to give our staff fair contracts, rights, holidays and decent pay.  We invest in the best equipment.  Unfortunately, not every company does and you may not find out until it goes wrong.

Where does the money go when you pay £12 per hour?

Travel 2 miles 45p per mile each way £1.80 (or one bus ticket)

Products inc vacuum contribution and cost of cleaning cloths etc £1.45

Holiday 12% £1.44

Accountant/insurance/admin costs £250 per year £0.32 (16 hrs per week 48 weeks)

Losses from customers not paying bills, free quotes or over running work by 10 mins £2 (an overlooked but massive cost)

Take home £4.99

This is less than minimum wage with no job security, no pension contributions and a physically very hard job.  Would you work for this?

Our price of £16.50 +VAT allows a fair wage to be paid, training to be provided and all the guarantees of a larger company.