What To Consider When Searching For a Maid
What is your budget?
Many people don’t know that they can hire a cleaning service on about any budget. There are a number of resources out there to shop your options. From more traditional resources such as the Yellow Pages or your local business bureau to newer sources like Homeadvisor, Angie’s List, and Thumbtack, you can easily compare and contrast businesses in your local area to find the right fit for your budget.
Here at Clean Arrival LLC, we like to be as transparent as possible with all aspects of our service. We provide instant quotes online. Simply use our booking page or the sliders on our homepage to view our flat rate pricing without submitting any personal information.
There are two main payment structures that most services run by, flat rates and hourly fees. Most individual cleaners still adhere to the traditional hourly fee, while many companies have started to transition to the flat rate structure.
There are pros and cons to both structures depending on the quality of the company or individuals. The main worry most people have with hourly fees is that the cleaner will prolong the cleaning time to earn more. We suggest discussing average time it takes to clean a home of your size to avoid being taken advantage of.
At Clean Arrival, we use a flat rate structure for our cleans. We understand that the state of a home ebbs and flows. One month may not be as dirty as the next. With a flat rate structure, there are no surprise costs or fees. You know exactly what you’re paying for each month even though the level of attention your home needs may fluctuate.
How often do you need assistance?
The type of cleaning services available for you may be dependent on the type of assistance you are looking for. If you need someone in your home every day you probably want to look for an individual who can give your home the constant attention it needs. On the flip side, if you’re looking for occasional help, a full-service company will most likely be able to service your home more efficiently and effectively with professionally trained employees.
Consider before hiring how often you currently spend cleaning and maintaining your house. Then consider how much time you would actually like to spend. Many factors go into a cleaner being able to properly maintain a home. Dirt and grime build up fast. A cleaners ability to service your home depends on the original state they find it, lifestyle habits, the number of people living in the space, and even the age of the home. All these factors can affect how fast and how dirty your home many get on a regular basis. Consider these factors when determining your cleaning schedule.
What types of product do you want to be used in your home?
There are thousands of different types of products out there designed to clean your home. Consider whether you prefer eco-friendly, certified green, or traditional cleaning products. Some companies use one specific brand or type of products while others mix it up.
Many companies will only use the products they supply. This is because their cleaners are trained on how to properly use those specific products and aim to avoid damaging your property by using a product they are unfamiliar with.
You may also have special surfaces in your home that require specific products and can be easily damaged. Make sure you inform your cleaning service as to the type of surface and what can be used on it.
Do you want your own equipment to be used or have a company bring equipment?
You may feel more comfortable having your own equipment used in your home, or you may want to leave it to the professionals to choose the right equipment for the job.
Just like with product, cleaning companies will often use their own equipment. Once again this is to avoid the liability of damaging your equipment or property from improper use.
Do you want an individual or a company?
The world of cleaning services has definitely expanded and changed over time. Gone are the days of only being able to hire a one-off individual or massive chain company. Nowadays you have a number of options for your clean.
Today there is any number of cleaning companies, big and small, that you can select from. Not all cleaners are the same. One of the many benefits of a cleaning company is the fact that they usually have multiple cleaners. While many people like to have one consistent cleaner going with a company means you get to try out multiple cleaners without having change services.
Consider what you want to be cleaned
Think about what areas of your home are most important to you. Do you need help picking up around the house and completing daily chores, or are you looking for someone to get down and dirty getting into all nooks and crannies?
Do your research to understand what each cleaning service provides. Some companies may have a standardized checklist while others may flex with your needs.
Does the cleaning service you’re considering have experience or references?
Do your research! Not all house cleaners are the same. Ask friends and neighbors first. With housecleaning becoming more and more of an affordable service it is likely that you know someone who has had a professional cleaner. By asking people friends and family not only may you find a great recommendation but they may be able to give you their own tips to make the process of hiring a cleaner as smooth as possible.
Insurance and Employment Laws
Insurance and employment laws are another big area to consider before hiring a maid or cleaning service. To protect yourself from any issues always verify with the company or individual as well as with the Internal Revenue Service.
Companies who employ their own cleaners are typically responsible for withholding taxes and providing workers compensation insurance for all their employees.
On the other hand, when hiring an independent house cleaner you may be considered a direct employer and be responsible for taxes and social security. If this is the case you may need to discover if they are legally able to work here in the U.S.
Please note we are not tax law experts. For detailed information on insurance and tax laws please contact appropriate entities.