Be comfortable with your organizer. This is particularly important as organizers will be diving head first into your personal life. Find an organizer who is willing to listen, be creative, encouraging, patient and nonjudgmental.
Ask questions. Inquire about how long they have been working in the industry, what services they offer and specialize in and if they have any certifications. Understand if you'll be working directly with them or if they'll assign an employee or subcontractor.
Shop around and compare. Get several bids detailing the work to be done. Consider reputation and years of service. Be sure the organizer is properly insured.
Ask for references. A reputable company will be happy to provide you with a list of previous customers. Don't be afraid to contact them or even ask to look at the work completed. Check with friends and family too. If they're pleased with who they've used, most likely you'll be too.
Understand the payment plan and get everything in writing. Fees will vary based on experience, your location and the type of services being provided. Some may charge by the hour, offer a package deal or offer project pricing. Establish a budget and go over any payment plans thoroughly. Get a written contract from your professional.
Getting organized can be tough, but the right professional can help you achieve your goals.
For more information, visit the NAPO website (www.napo.net) for a list of over 3,500 professional organizers who are dedicated to helping you. You can also contact your BBB for a list of BBB Accredited osrganizers and Business Profiles on ones you're considering. Visit www. bbb.org or call (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.
John North is president of the Dayton Better Business Bureau.