Are you about to make the decision to get yourself a housekeeper or a maid for your home? This is a very personal decision that has a ton of different advantages and disadvantages for you. For some people, the thought of allowing a complete stranger to come into their home and clean it up when they aren’t around is a huge invasion of their privacy. This is made even worse when the housekeeper is cleaning while they are at home. However, the arguments for having a maid are pretty convincing as well. There is a lot of time and energy to be saved with a maid, as well as a lot of stress simply gone. There are some tips that you can follow to make sure that you are okay with your decision.
Always Go With a Referred Agency
If you have ever been through the process of picking a new doctor for yourself after a move, you know what to do already. The same thought process needs to apply to maid agencies as well. One of the biggest concerns you might have is how safe your home and your stuff is. The best way to ensure their safety, especially when you aren’t home, is to have a housekeeper who has contacts you know and trust. These include reputed members of the community they have worked for before. A good way to get these recommendations is to ask your friends, family and coworkers whether they have anyone for you to hire. Always do as much research as you can before making a final decision.
Always Do Phone Interviews First
For the most part, maid agencies offer to send a candidate over to your home to be interviewed. They can then walk through your home and check out the scope of the cleaning required. This allows them to give you an accurate estimate of how much the services will cost. Before it ever gets to this phase though, you need to give the agency a call and ask them a few questions. Some of these include the brands of cleaning products they tend to use, whether they have replacement policies for cloths and other cleaning equipment, and whether they have licensing as well as insurance to carry out their duties and protect you from theft and property damage.
After doing your initial research, you can then proceed to the next step, a home visit, if you are satisfied with what you have heard from them and about them up to now. As always, try to keep it professional.