There may not be a more enjoyable feeling than coming home to a spotless house, particularly when another person did every bit of the work; there isn’t anything left to do but lay down in your hammock in the sun! With the hectic lifestyle most people have and both partners working, a lot of people find they don’t have much time left for domestic maintenance. Before you check out the Web or call up somewhere to take on a maid, there are a few essential questions to ask, and there is also some really important information that you should carefully consider.
You might find a maid from a service, in which case the maid will be an employee of the service company. The advantages are that the maid service will be responsible for any employment taxes, carrying worker’s compensation, and should have bonded and insured the maid. (Make sure the maid is bonded against your losses and not just the maid company’s losses.) The company should also have insurance in case the maid is injured while at your home. You should ask for copies of all current polices. However, when you employ someone, federal law dictates that you must pay social security and other specific taxes.
Inquire about what screening and background checks the maid company performs on employees. Ask if the maids are employees or subcontractors of the maid service. A maid service using subcontractors can be more risky. These people are often not required to report to work any particular time, might not have the training employees have, and insurance liability can be sketchy.
Get references from the maid service. Call each reference and ask if they have had any complaints and if they recommend the service. Inquire as to whether or not they are still using the service. If not, ask why.
Look into whether the company has any sort of guarantee with respect to quality. Do the maids have supervisors and if so what are they responsible for? Request information from the company on whether they provide any assurances, and what their current complaint process is.
Will the company be using their equipment or yours? This includes vacuums, mops, buckets, sponges, squeegees and so on.
Get a complete description of what services are included such as:
*light fixture dusting
You also need to consider who will be supplying the cleaning products. If you are supplying the products make a list and be sure you have them in stock when your maid arrives. If the service will be supplying…