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Best app-driven house cleaning services

Dahna Chandler
The Mortgage Reports contributor

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If you want house cleaning services only intermittently, or don’t know anyone with a referral, or want different service every time, a home cleaning app may be perfect for you. Typically, you can:

  • Choose your cleaning needs and get quotes from cleaners
  • Set up date and time (you can also order recurring services)
  • Pay online for cleaning

You can also rate the quality of service with most apps.

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House cleaning services on demand

Best of all, apps are readily accessible for your use only when you need them, which is convenient if your lifestyle is “busy all the time.” Here’s how to choose the right apps to get your house cleaning done quickly and move on with your life.

But, you’ll want to do a few things to make house cleaning easier, in the long run, to save money on the services. These allow you to get it all done on your mobile device, buying you back time to spend doing other things.

Get organized first

If you’re like most people, you’ll clean your house before the housekeeper you hire comes to work there. That’s not simply a humorous comedy show trope, though. It’s necessary because it costs you more if your hired hands have to clean around clutter and you won’t spend hours trying to find items they re-arranged.

Moreover, knowing what’s left that needs cleaning and how you want it done is the first step to choosing who you’ll get to do the work. This process also helps you maintain a sparkling abode so you’ll have to clean less.

But, for many people, organization ability doesn’t come naturally, and it’s hard to motivate your family to help. Chose one of these skill-building apps that improve yours and encourage your family to develop theirs.

BrightNest

Get this free app for both Android and iOS to learn organization strategies that help you get your home organized. This Angie’s List-backed app’s blog also provides tips on maintenance and decor so you can do both like a boss. For the time-crunched, many posts help you organize your cleaning calendar by giving an idea of how long suggested tasks will take.

Snupps

This free social organizing app lets you organize your stuff into shelves and share your and share them with the Snupps community. Connect via iOS and Android with over two million others who share your love of the same items. Get organizing and sourcing tips, share on social media or buy and sell on eBay.

Sortly

If you’re super organized or aspire to be, this app will satisfy that obsession. This free iOS app (with in-app purchases) lets you not just organize both your home and business belongings but also inventory them. It enables you to take pictures or use QR-codes to upload your items then categorize them by location. Scan warranty information, too and know where your stuff is when you’re ready to sell it or move.

ChoreMonster

While few rewards motivate your kids to eat their veggies, this house cleaning app gives you fun ways to reward them for doing chores. Available for Android, iOS, Windows and even Kindle devices, it’s easy for you and your preschool age and up kids to use. Turn chores into games and set up rewards like extra play time, camping trips, and ice cream cones. You’ll kids will help you master organization in no time.

Sell or trade stuff you no longer want

Once you get organized, you’ll notice you have some items you want to purge from your home. Numerous apps help you earn some cash for things you now see as clutter. In many cases, you get your belongings sold quickly and without drama. The apps below facilitate physical safety because you’re selling online, not meeting strangers to make the exchange.

Decluttr

Available for both iOS and Android, this app lets you sell old books, DVDs, CDs, games, tech and, most important, Leggo products. Use your phone as a barcode scanner, get a price for the items, accept the offer, ship with a free label and get paid as soon as the next day. There are no auction fees, and your articles are insured during shipment. No wonder this app receives such high TrustPilot ratings.

Mercari

This app allows users to sell “almost anything” to buyers nationwide. Use your iOS or Android device to snap a photo of your new, pre-owned objects or handmade, add a description and hit sell. When your listing becomes a sale, Mercari sends you a shipping label, takes 10% of the sales price and ships the item.

Gone

Another online-only sales app, Gone works with iOS and is for electronics sales. The best feature of this app is the service completes the process for you. It uses an algorithm to price the electronics, identifies buyers, packs, and ships the stuff and pays you by debit, PayPal or Amazon Gift Card.

All three apps allow you to make money right from the safety and comfort of your now decluttered home.

Tidy up with the right house cleaning apps

Your house now is organized and purged of things house cleaners might trip over, and you’ve made a few bucks in the process. Use the right apps help you find highly-rated, reliable, on-call house cleaners who meet unique needs to finish the process. Here are a few to consider.

TaskRabbit

Often, especially after you’ve decluttered and re-organized, you need more than cleanup. You need things moved, assembled or reassembled or to have minor repairs done before cleaning gest started. On this iOS and Android app, you hire a “Tasker” to do those household chores and clean up afterward. (That could be a different Tasker but TaskRabbit vets and insures them all.)

You decide what your budget is, choose Taskers by rating, price, and timeframe, and prepay the fee. If the Tasker is unavailable, you’ll get a text message letting you know. But, if they are, they’ll get your house tidied up fast on your schedule, for what you want to pay and worry-free.

Handy

Similar to TaskRabbit, this iOS and Android app let you book house cleaners or other home service providers to get your place in shape. Handy carefully screens their professionals, provides 24/7 customer service and allows you to book no matter what size your place is.

Use Handy’s service either on-demand or set up a schedule to get your home cleaned when you want for what you want to pay. An added feature of this service is Handy sells home products and includes installation in their prices.

Takl

Another one-stop-shop for home services and tasks, the provider, which has an Android and iOS app, pre-prices its services. You’ll choose among hundreds of carefully screened professionals and see prices up front before you select the one that fits your needs.

If you need extra services, the app lets you agree on a price for them with the professional and add them to your job. To preserve our privacy, Takl makes it possible to contact your provider by phone through the app. The service offers a guarantee and customer support seven days a week.

Using this strategy to keep your home neat and decluttered will save you money and reduce stress. You’ll choose the apps that provide the best combination of services, prices, and convenience while keeping keep your home secure.

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