What To Expect When You’re Hiring Maid Service
Nicole Hubbard, Owner
There are many benefits of hiring a maid service. You can expect to get more time to focus on other things. It can be a little scary to hire a maid service. People have concerns and reservations about safety and security when it comes to maid service.
Below are some great hiring questions that you can use when interviewing a housekeeper or a cleaning company- or any other professional company you will be giving access to our home. You should be on the lookout for any corners being cut or the law bot being followed. It is a good idea to look for clear and direct answers. It is a red flag when the company is put out when it comes to answering your questions. If you happen to notice any problems or red flags, move on to the next option.
It is common to feel discomfort when dealing with the unknown: you don’t know whether it is going to work or what you can expect. The information below will go a long way in helping you know more about hiring a maid service.
How much can I expect to pay for the maid service?
Many people see maid services as something for only the rich. This is not the case today because there are millions of people using maid services, and most of them are not rich or famous. Most of them are normal couples and their pets. Maid services usually charge by the hour, the project, the size of your home, and other things like if you have pets. The cleanliness of your home can also have an impact on pricing. The national average for maid services according to Home Adviser is $165. If you want to get an accurate quote, then contact us because we offer a free quote. The free quote has no obligation or hard sell. Getting a quote will make you realize you can afford these services.
If you are hiring mid services for a given number of hours, you might receive more than one maid, and you are going to divide the hours paid for by the number of maids. This should be an obvious thing, but many customers are usually concerned about getting what they paid for.
What if a have a budget?
You need to keep in mind that the cost of hiring maid services is usually lower than what most people think. The most expensive part is going to be top-to-bottom cleaning. You will be spending less on recurring services. If you have a budget, then consider hiring a maid service that is going to deal with a set of priorities or a specific project. Maybe you don’t have to clean every room in your home, and your budget might be enough for the rooms you use the most. Remember the cost-benefit that comes with hiring a maid service. If you do the cleaning on your own, how much time is it going to take you? Maid service will give you value for your money.
What are some things I will be asked when I call?
We are going to talk about your house. Like the number of bathrooms, stories, and how many people and pets live in the home. We will also ask you what you want to be done. Like a top to bottom cleaning or cleaning once for a party, moving in or moving out, or a regular cleaning schedule. We will also want to find out how quickly you want the services. We promise we won’t ask you any tough questions.
What services can I expect from a maid service?
Our website has all the details about what we can do and what we can’t do. We will review the list when you call to find more about the services so you don’t get surprises. Some are going to offer services like carpet cleaning, refrigerator and window cleaning as extra services. Most don’t offer services like outside cleaning and moving furniture. You should start by determining the type of services you are going to need from a maid service.
How am I going to avoid the chemical smells from cleaners used by maid services?
We also don’t like this smell. This is why we prefer to use your own cleaner, which means your home and equipment is going to smell like you are used to. You don’t have to worry about us tracking someone else’s dirty vacuum through your home. We have our own tools and cleaners that we use to ensure your home is as clean as possible. We can bring along our vacuum cleaners if you don’t have yours at home. You need to find out in advance what the maid service is going to provide and what they expect you to provide.
Should I clean before the maid service comes?
Two out of every three customers say they prefer cleaning their homes before the maid service comes to do it. You can choose to do it or not. It is important to tidy up your home because the last thing you want is to pay the maid service to pick up socks and toys. You should make their work easier by doing simpler tasks and letting them focus on tougher ones like washing the floors, cleaning the bathrooms, and dusting the shelves.
Do I need to hide valuables?
If you have done your homework and hired a maid service you can trust, you don’t have to worry too much about your belongings. But it is a good idea to put away expensive items or even those you consider important to you. Put them somewhere safe to reduce the risks of accidents. When booking, make sure you let us know the stuff you don’t want to be dusted or touched.
Is it weird to be home when the maid service is cleaning?
This is up to you, but you should plan to be out when the maid service is cleaning your home. Provide the maid service with information like how they can safely enter your home when you are not around. You should provide the information and priorities when booking the service so that it can be transcribed in the work order. With time, it gets let weird when the maid service comes to clean.
Should I tip?
You are the one to decide whether to tip or not. Giving a tip is a way of telling your house cleaning specialists that they did a good job and you appreciate it. 10-15% of the cost of service is a good percentage to tip. To make tipping easier, find out the number of maids coming to clean your home. You also need to find out whether there is a lead maid. It is a good idea to tip the lead professional a little more because they are the ones assigning tasks and ensuring everything is being done correctly. If you are out of change, leave it to the lead maid to distribute the tip. If it is more than one maid, you should not leave one gift because it can be hard to split it.