What To Expect When You’re Hiring Maid Service
Nicole Hubbard, Owner
Having a maid service can significantly change your life for the better! You get an opportunity to enjoy the best gift the world has to offer – Time, and who doesn’t need more of that? However, choosing a maid service can be a bit daunting. You may have some concerns and reservations especially about security and safety.
We suggest you use our 7 Hiring Questions to interview a prospective housekeeper or maid service – or really just any professional cleaning company you are letting into your home. Check for clear and concise answers and look out for areas where they may be trying to cut corners, or where they may seem like they are breaking the law or the sales representative seems irritated by your questions. Any/all of these are red flags that should prompt you to move on to the next candidate.
Then there is the fear of the unknown: not knowing what to expect and what’s expected of you, or not knowing how it really works. Below, we’ve listed down everything you need to know when hiring a professional maid service.
What’s the cost?
It’s easy to assume that maid services are reserved for the affluent and rich. Personally when I was growing up, I only knew one individual who had a maid service – my grandmother (she was employed). But, that’s many years back.
Millions of people use maid services today and the number of homes that are embracing this service is increasing every year. You may be surprised to find out that the main demographic of people looking for maid services are average middle-income couples with kids and a pet.
Maid services generally charge by the hour, or by the size of the home (rooms, square footage), or depending on the project, on other factors like level of cleanliness, number of pets and many others.
Homeadvisor lists the national average cost of maid services to be $165, but the range varies greatly depending upon the level of service and the size of your home. You can get an accurate estimate for your home by contacting us today. We will offer you a free quote with no commitment or obligation. This is the best place to start when searching for a maid service for your household!
What if I have a fixed budget?
Remember, maid services are more affordable than most people think. The first top-to-bottom, thorough cleaning can be expensive. Other regular cleaning sessions cost way less. If you have a fixed budget, hire a maid service to handle a specific project. Maybe you don’t want each and every room in your house cleaned because your budget does not allow you. Ideally, only busy living areas should be cleaned on a regular basis. You should also remember that you are saving time by hiring a maid service. Time is money!
What questions will I need to answer when I’m hiring a maid service?
Typically, we’ll talk about your home. How many rooms or stories it has, how many individuals live there, and how many pets you have if any. We’ll also request you to inform us what you want done. Like do you want a regular scheduled weekly/monthly service, a move in or move out cleaning, top to bottom spring cleaning, or a one-time cleaning after an event or party. We’ll also ask you when you need the service you’ve requested. And, that’s all!
What work does a maid service do?
We clearly stipulate the tasks we do and the tasks we don’t do on our site and we review these tasks when we contact you to talk about your specific request, so that we are all on the same table. Many maid services offer refrigerator cleaning, window cleaning and carpet cleaning as extra services. Most services don’t offer outdoor cleaning or furniture moving. You should decide in advance what you want from your preferred maid service.
How do I avoid the chemical smells of the detergents and cleaning products that maid services use?
When it comes to the smell of detergents and cleaning products, we always recommend that we use the products that you normally use so that we don’t make you uncomfortable. We also prefer using your equipment so that we don’t bring other people’s germs into your home. However, we can still come with our own cleaning supplies and utilities from Speed Cleaning which we guarantee you’ll love. We can also come with our own equipment if you don’t have the right equipment for the job.
Do I need to clean up before the maid service arrives?
Most customers prefer cleaning up before the maid service arrives so you’re not alone if you if want to do this. It’s highly recommended to do a bit of tidying up so that the maid service doesn’t waste time doing trivial tasks like collecting socks or toys from the floor. Do the simple tasks and leave the tougher work to the professionals.
Should I hide my valuables?
We are confident that you have used our 7 Hiring Questions to recruit your maid service. Now, we do highly recommended that you put away and safely secure any valuable items that you may have in your house. This is a wise regardless of who may be in your home. You can also request us to keep off certain parts of your house so as to ensure your valuables remain safe.
Is it okay to be home when the maid service is cleaning?
This is totally up to you. The most important thing is that you give the maid service enough room and space to do their job. Put simply – don’t get in their way. To make smooth and seamless, we advise you to provide details on how the maid service will access your home as well as any other important details when placing your order. It’s therefore not weird if you are home when the cleaning help arrives.
Should I tip?
Again, this is totally up to you. However, tipping is good. It motivates the maid service to come again and do a good job. A 10 to 15% tip is ideal. It’s prudent to find out in advance how many maids are coming and whether there is a team leader among them. It’s advisable to tip the team leader slightly more because it’s their responsibility to assign tasks and ensure the job is done properly and on time. You can also give the team leader all the tips for him or her to distribute to the other maids. It’s not advisable to leave one tip/gift when there are 2 maids as splitting the tip/gift can prove difficult.
With the help of our 7 Maid Service Hiring Questions, we hope that you are ready and prepared to embark on your journey of making your home cleaner and healthier.