Set up clear expectations with your house cleaner at your first meeting. It is helpful to provide a list of the things you expect to be done during each visit. Discuss what cleaning products will be used in your home, and whether you need to provide them. Ask your house cleaner for input on the list. Also ask your house cleaner about her expectations.
Take 20 to 30 minutes before the house cleaners arrive to pick up general clutter and clear the surfaces in your home. With extraneous items out of the way, your house cleaner will be able to spend more time cleaning rather than picking up.
Secure all valuables and put away any personal papers or items. You don't want something important to be mislaid or mistakenly thrown away.