A Little Help
This year we've been lucky enough to have a little extra cleaning help around the house thanks to Fantastic Services after they got in touch to see if we'd like to put them to the test. Potentially the absolute dream collaboration tbh.
I've always been hesitant to get a cleaner in the past even though we're out of the house for 12 hours a day and are trying to have some kind of life around the house renovations and preparing for a baby to arrive... I've always felt like if we had help around the house I've failed at being able to adult if I can't even look after our house. It feels incredibly unnecessary (and bouji af) to have a cleaner but considering everything going on in our lives at the moment, it was the perfect time to try it out.
But in the interest of research (the things I do for you guys!) and the promise of actually having a tidy house on the regular, I've been working with Fantastic Services and it's time to give you an honest review!
How it works
We had an initial phone call to chat about what we'd ideally have done in the house, we didn't want anything fancy just the kitchen, bathroom and floors cleaned so we settled on an hour and a half every week. You can arrange whatever timings suit you, whether that's a quick weekly clean or monthly deep clean and you find a day and time slot that suits you too.
How much it costs
Prices start at £12 per hour, the price changes depending on what you need doing, you can have just the basics done or have the whole shebang including ironing if you want to. You can get a price estimate by checking on their site or giving them a call.
Things that you might worry about (but you don't need to)
Having strangers in your house. This is always going to be a concern but we made sure we were in the house for the first couple of cleaning sessions so we could meet them (you have the same cleaners every week so you can get to know them).
Security. Handing over a set of keys to someone can be scary but it's absolutel fine, Fantastic Services cleaners are incredibly professional. Also once you've met them and have built up trust, it's not so scary at all. You can also be in the house every time you have a session too to make it easy! All of the cleaners are also insured and trained so there's nothing to worry about.
Communication. If you choose not to be in the house you can email, call or leave a note with any special instructions or if you need to rearrange/cancel a session. Everyone is so helpful, friendly and available 24/7 to help.
We've been lucky enough to have weekly cleaning services for the past few months so we have plenty of experience to be able to give an honest review. The first thing I wanted to mention is how bloody lovely it is to come home to a clean house after a long day at work, it is an absolute TREAT to know everything is sorted as soon as you walk through the door.
We had our cleaning session every Wednesday for a midweek spruce up so it meant we didn't have to worry about anything during the week or weekend, such a treat.
The Fantastic Services cleaners were absolutely lovely and do the best job with a bit of direction, we weren't 100% happy for the first couple of sessions but once we'd had a quick chat about priorities, it was spot on every week.
We've had quite a bit of work done on the house recently and they were more than happy to move around sessions to fit in with building work, it was really easy to rearrange, you just give them a call and arrange another day or time that suits you.
I would really recommend Fantastic Services but to make sure you're getting the most out of your cleaning sessions, don't be afraid to give a bit of direction and keep communicating, it will make it better for both sides!
I feel so lucky to have this opportunity and really appreciate the timing, it was just when I needed it most as I've got steadily more pregnant!
Want to find out more?
Fantastic Services are available all across the UK so if you want to try them out, whether it's a one off deep clean or weekly cleaning service, you can get £10 off your first clean with the code TWEET10 that they have very kindly set up for you! Click here to take a look or here if you're based in Manchester.
You can also book easily and quickly through the new GoFantastic app available on Google Play and Apple Store.
*We received cleaning services free of charge in return for an honest review.