How Handy Can Help You Keep Your House Clean During Back To School Season

The school season is fast approaching. Once the kids go back to school, I always do a deep clean of the house. I mean, I do the everyday basics like mopping and vacuuming throughout the summer, but with the kids home all day, it's straight back to being a mess.

By the end of summer, things always pile up, and there are somehow handprints on all the windows and dust bunnies in every corner of the house.

School may be up in the air at the moment, but one thing is for certain - my home is in dire need of a deep clean. Even more so this year since we've been stuck at home for longer. This time, I'm not sure I would get the job done alone. I think I'll need some help with it.

I was chatting with a fellow mom, Amy, and she told me about how she uses a site called Handy to book cleaning services. She said she booked through them last year to help clean up after Sophie's 7th Birthday party - one that entailed lots of confetti, muddy footprints, and sticky floors. She said the cleaning professional booked through Handy took care of everything and left her home spotless.

I was pretty skeptical about using a cleaning service. I mean, I don't know how I feel about letting a stranger into my home at the moment. But I decided to check out their site anyway.

I read that before a cleaning professional can claim jobs through Handy, the company uses ID verification technology and a background screening that looks back several years. They also have the Handy Safety Standard, which includes a number of steps to help foster a safe environment for the customers and cleaning professionals who use Handy.

As part of this effort, all professionals have been provided face coverings that they may wear to bookings. Handy also requires professionals to complete daily in-app check-ups confirming that they are not experiencing any symptoms before they may claim bookings. In addition, Handy is providing the CDC's health and safety guidelines to professionals as well as guidance on using EPA-approved cleaning products.

Reading all of this, I felt a lot better about trying Handy. So after some consideration, I'm going to book a deep clean and add extras to get my refrigerator, oven, and windows cleaned. The professional booked through Handy can handle any type of cleaning you can think of - you can request to have your garbage and recycling disposed of, sinks and toilets sanitized, dishwasher loaded, and everything in between. Just let your professional know what you need to be cleaned before your booking - and for an additional fee, you can book upgraded services such as pet hair removal.

When booking a cleaning, you can view ratings and read reviews from previous Handy customers, and then request the cleaner who's best for you. Or, if you don't want to choose, Handy can match you with an available Pro who is ready to take on your job. And you can give your cleaning Pro instructions beforehand.

For any issues that arise during a booking, Handy has a 24/7 customer service team that will answer your questions or concerns at any hour of the day. Not to mention, they have the Handy Happiness Guarantee which means if you aren't happy with the service you received, they will work to make it right.

I was apprehensive, but now I realize that using Handy is pretty much risk-free. I'm looking forward to getting help from the Pros and living in a much cleaner home. I'm going to sign up for their cleaning plan, which allows you to have someone come on whatever schedule works for you. I love that you can schedule an appointment that works for you, sometimes for as soon as the next day.

Back to school might be a mess right now, but at least my home isn't going to be!

Update: The folks at Handy are extending a Limited Time Offer to our readers. For a limited time, follow this link to get a special offer on a cleaning plan!

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