How to save on your next clean and disinfection bill
How much will you pay for a home cleaning supplies company?
A new survey shows a growing number of Americans are finding that the best way to save money is to shop around.
The survey by the Pew Research Center asked 2,068 adults to rank the cost of a home-cleaning supply, and found that more than a quarter of Americans believe the best savings come from local vendors.
In other words, the survey found that nearly half of Americans think that the cheapest way to clean and sanitize a home is through an online shopping trip.
While that may seem like a lot of money, according to Pew, that is only one of many factors that go into the cost.
“People don’t realize that a lot can go into what you pay, how much it costs, what services you get,” says Amy Hagen, senior vice president of the Pew Center’s American Trends Panel.
“So the question is, ‘What do you want?’ and ‘What’s the best deal for you?'”
Hagen says that, if you are shopping online, it is important to compare prices between suppliers and products.
“That’s where a good comparison shop is a good place to find a cheaper product,” she says.
Another popular method is to compare pricing across multiple products to see if you can find the right price for each.
“There are companies that have done it for years, and I think there’s probably a good amount of value in that,” says Hagen.
But there are many other factors that can add up to an extra cost.
The Pew survey also asked participants to rate their household’s health, and they found that the top reason respondents gave for missing out on a home clean and a home disinfection was cost.
The Pew survey found more than 70% of Americans said that they are not getting the best value for their home cleaning and disinfecting supplies because of their cost, while 27% said that their household has a higher cost than they are getting.
“We’re talking about more than $1,500 a year,” Hagen says.
“The fact is, we’re not paying for these services ourselves,” says Jennifer Mihalik, senior director of consumer insights for home cleaning.
“They’re being provided by other people.
We’re not actually getting any benefit.”
Hagen adds that the Pew survey did not measure the average cost of cleaning and sanitizing a home.
“If we did that, we would have found that people would say, ‘Well, we could get it for less if they could give us a little more,'” she says, “but we don’t do that.
So it’s not clear to us that the average person would get a lot more value from it.”
The report also found that consumers were not getting more value for cleaning and a disinfection by the company they purchased the home from.
While 70% said they would recommend a home cleanser and 70% would recommend disinfection, the study found that only 28% of people said that the company was giving them the best price.
While there are several reasons consumers might not recommend a cleaning company, Hagen suggests one major factor is the difficulty in finding the right product online.
“The online market is really not that great, and people don’t have a lot to go on,” she adds.
“There are some things that we can do, and that includes looking for the lowest price, but there are so many other things that people have to do to make sure they’re getting the most value out of their home,” Hagan says.
“I think the best thing is to just keep your eye out for what’s available and see what’s the most efficient way to get what you’re paying for.”