Essential Questions To Help You Know What To Expect When Hiring Maid Service
Nicole Hubbard, Owner
Maid service is a profession that can change lives for some people. It can reward you with a valuable thing that is difficult to regain or recover once lost – time. Hiring a maid service does require adequate thought given to certain things, especially safety and security.
Moreover, the uncertainties of how it works and what to expect can complicate things for some people, making them rethink such a decision. But if you are considering hiring a maid service, this article will help put your mind at ease.
We have complied 9 Hiring Questions that you can use when interviewing prospective cleaning agents or housekeepers to take care of your home. It would be best if you fished for clear and direct answers. Also, be attentive enough to note when there are red flags, such as indications of the law not being followed. You should not hire a maid service that has no answers to these questions.
1. What Does Maid Service Cost?
Some people have the notion that maid service is a reserve for the rich. While it might have seemed like such a decade or so ago, things are different today. More and more people have a maid service. Furthermore, the customer demographics keep growing by the day, and it mostly does not comprise the rich and famous.
In most circumstances, it is the family with two kids and a pet that consider maid service. And the rates for the services are by the hour and the size of the client’s home. The determining the cost will also include the number and type of pets and the level of cleanliness and extent of the job.
According to Home Advisor, hiring a maid service should cost roughly $164. We recommend sourcing quotes to compare prices and pick the best service provider. Avoid being hard sold an idea or assuming that maid service is not something you can afford.
Many maid service companies can send one, two, or three cleaners to your home, especially if you are away for extended hours or days. You can divide the hours you paid for by how many maids were sent over. It is an effective way of knowing if you are getting your money’s worth of maid service.
2. What If I Have A Specific Budget?
While setting a budget is wise, it should not be assumed that maid service is expensive. Ideally, deep cleaning, from top to bottom, is a costly task. Much of the regular or recurring chores cost considerably less.
Therefore, setting a budget is worth considering if you are to hire a maid service for a specific set of priorities. For instance, you might not want every room in your house cleaned. You can set your budget to have you pay for the most used rooms.
Overall, take the time to consider the benefits of maid service even as you assess the cost. For instance, what is your time worth, and how much of it are you willing to lose when cleaning?
3. What Are You Going To Ask When I Call To Inquire About The Maid Service?
When it comes to professional cleaning services, cleaners often consider several factors to determine what to charge for their services. Some will consider the number of rooms to be cleaned, the number of people living in the house, pets, and how many stories the building has. What you, as the client, want to be done cannot be overlooked.
The jobs can differ, ranging from cleaning a fallout, moving in-out cleaning, deep spring cleaning, or cleaning for an event and after it ends. The cleaners will ask a few questions to clarify a few things regarding what you as the client expects and how quickly you need the maid service.
4. What Will The Maid Service Offer?
Ideally, the maid service providers should list down what they do and the tasks they cannot handle. Furthermore, it is prudent to allow the customer to review these services and discuss them further to avoid nasty surprises. We offer services such as carpet and upholstery cleaning, kitchen appliance cleaning, door and window cleaning. Such things are listed to allow you to determine the maid services that meet your needs.
5. Are The Chemical Smells From The Cleaning Products Many Maid Services Use Avoidable?
It is one of the vital questions to ask when interviewing prospective maid service providers. Nobody likes foul or unfamiliar odors. That is why we always clean all our equipment to avoid tracking dirt and germs into your home after our previous job. We are proud of the cleaning products we use; they are our creation and are highly effective. We always report to work armed with the necessary products and equipment, ready to tackle the job. Be confident about asking the cleaners you are hiring what they provide, and they should clarify what they expect from you.
6. Am I Supposed To Do Some Cleaning Before The Maid Service Comes?
We have encountered customers that say they clean up a bit before the maid services arrive. It should not come as a surprise or make you feel awkward. If you feel the need to clean, then tidy up a bit. For instance, you can pick up the kids’ toys and socks, which are some of the chores you should not pay a maid service to handle. Moreover, cleaning the place a bit lessens the workload and can help you slush the maid service costs.
7. Is There A Need For Me To Hide My Valuables?
While we are professionals that seek to maintain our reputation as reliable maid service providers, it is wise for you to put away any expensive items. It would be best to keep them in a safe and secure place where they are unlikely to be damaged. We highly recommend discussing with our cleaning specialists about where they are not to clean and what not to touch.
8. Is There A Problem If I Am Home When The Maid Service Comes To Clean?
A maid service should not interrupt your daily way of life at home. Therefore, you can decide to stay indoors as the cleaners sort your home. But it is wise to give them room to work. You should also discuss your house with the service provider, sharing details like how to safely enter if you are not around or regarding things you expect the maid service to address. Nevertheless, things will feel less weird for us if you are home when we come to clean.
9. Can I Tip Or Is It Against Company Policy?
Tipping the cleaners is not a prerogative. It is mostly a gesture of appreciation and can be different from money (say a gift). Ideally, it should be 10% to 15% of the service costs, and it will up to you to give a tip or withhold. If the company sends several cleaners, you could tip the lead professional since he or she oversees the rest and assigns tasks while ensuring quality and promptness are observed. However, we advise against offering a gift if there are several maids since sharing it among them might generate some hard feelings.
We hope that our 9 Hiring Questions and their respective answers have given you ideas on what you should consider when hiring a maid service. Hubbard’s Maid Service would be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation quote. We look forward to becoming your first and only choice for cleaning services today and in the future!