The Crystal-Clear Guide to Hiring a Window Cleaning Service

Alison Kasch
Written by Alison Kasch
Updated December 13, 2021
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Finding the right window cleaner will help you see the light (without any problems or hassle)

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Even if you keep your home in tip-top shape, windows are easy to overlook—until you literally can’t see out of them. If the smoky layer of dust, grime, and who-knows-what makes you want to turn a blind eye, a professional window cleaning service can do the dirty work. Our window cleaner hiring guide will help you make a clear decision.

How to Find a Window Cleaning Service

The first step to finding a local window cleaner is to look for recommendations. Your neighbor with the spotless bay windows might know someone, or you can ask friends and family if they have any names to recommend. You can also check social media and search online to find great candidates.

Before Hiring a Professional Window Cleaner

Take these few steps prior to calling a window cleaning pro to save time and make the most of the conversation. 

Frame Your Window Cleaning Needs for Accurate Quotes

Once you’ve narrowed down a few choices, it’s time to get quotes and compare pricing. No two window cleaning projects will be the same, so prepare specific details to get the most accurate quote. Here are some things to note:

  • The number of windows you want cleaned

  • What types of windows you have

  • The dimensions of your windows

  • Whether you want additional services, such as cleaning the blinds or screens

  • Whether you’ll need any large pieces of furniture moved

  • Any windows that are difficult to access (e.g., high windows that would require a ladder)

To find the best value for your money, getting at least three quotes from different window cleaning services is important. Be sure to discuss pricing models, what’s included, and what costs extra (and how much).

Check Your Window Cleaner’s Qualifications and References

The right pro will be as transparent as the windows they clean. Insurance and a proper license are paramount, and any pro worth considering will happily provide proof. In addition, ensure the business has workers’ compensation to protect you from potential lawsuits if workers are injured on the job.

Talk to people who have hired the window cleaning service in the past if you can. This is where word-of-mouth recommendations come in handy, or you can ask the pro to provide a few names to ensure a spotless reputation.

Questions to Ask Your Window Cleaner

While you’re requesting quotes, there are a few important questions you should ask the window cleaning service. These include:

  1. Are you licensed and insured?

  2. How long have you been in business?

  3. What services do you offer? (e.g., exterior power washing, screen cleaning, blind cleaning, and interior/exterior window cleaning)

  4. Do you perform background checks on your employees?

  5. Do you provide safety training for your employees to prevent falls and other injuries?

  6. Will you move furniture or fragile items?

  7. Are you able to do other jobs while you’re here with your equipment? (e.g. cleaning chandeliers, ceiling fans, or gutters)

  8. Do you offer a satisfaction guarantee?

After Your Window Cleaner Has Finished

Many window cleaning companies have busy schedules, and some might rush to the next job before they’ve double-checked their work. Do your own once-over before signing off. Point out any issues you spot, and they should address these before they leave. Again, verify a service guarantee before you hire, so there won’t be a hassle if you’re not happy.

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