View Full Version : most of the time we hire a MAID to clean for us

06-10-07, 01:15 AM
is much easier

06-10-07, 05:32 PM
If you have maid hiring advise or any related ideas I think that would be an interesting addition to this section. What an original idea.

Hiring a maid is not a consideration for me there are only two adults living here. However this may be useful information for other members who have multiple small children and busy schedules.

07-18-07, 10:55 AM
I'm actually considering hiring a cleaning service very soon. And my house is only 2 adults as well!

The fact is I hate cleaning with a passion. Hate it, hate it, hate it. I struggle with it a lot. I really want to have a clean home, but I feel completely incapable of, first of all, doing a thorough cleaning of everything, and second of all, maintaining it.

To make the matter worse, I moved into a very old apt building. It was not cleaned at all in between the last tenants and our moving in. There is TONS of dust and just plain dirt everywhere inside the apt. The fixtures are probably as old as I am and are terribly stained. And I have no dishwasher or garbage disposal! Picking this apt wasn't a very smart move on my part; as far as cleaning goes I was already defeated before I moved in. (Believe me one of the most important things I will look for in my next place is how easy it is to clean.)

So what I want to do is hire a cleaning service to really give it a good, deep, thorough cleaning.

The problem...I'm kind of embarrassed to have the maids come in! I feel like I live like a frat boy instead of a young woman, and it makes me uncomfortable to have anyone over at my place for any reason because of all the mess.

But that's what cleaning people are for right? Surely they will have seen worse than my place?

07-18-07, 11:59 AM
Don't worry about it...with the right cleaner things will sort out......thats their job.

I hired one when I was given a verbal warning at work about my unironed shirts and general sloppy dressing. what a difference to my life....the house became organised and she actually appeared to enjoy cleaning and ironing and getting everything in the right places.

Looking back I'd say getting a good cleaner was the most practical batchelor purchase I ever made.................cleaners do get to know your slovenliest features quite well so it actually bucks you up as well!


07-18-07, 03:08 PM
I found this article and thought it had a few goot points to think about.

What You Need to Know About Hiring Some Help
Ask friends for referrals, look for experienced workers, get a written agreement and don't forget to pay household employee taxes.
By Sean O'Neill (
From Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, August 2006

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1. Remember the nanny-tax flap? No doubt Zoe Baird does. She was the Clinton nominee for attorney general who was forced to withdraw because she had not paid her nanny's employment taxes. If you pay a household worker $1,500 or more in cash wages in 2006, you will probably have to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, plus federal and state unemployment taxes. The paperwork is irritating, but you can do it yourself, if you so desire. (To estimate your tax bill for household help, use this calculator ( Upscale cleaning services will take care of the taxes and paperwork for you -- but you may pay $80 to $120 for cleaning a three-bedroom, two-bath house, or as much as twice what an individual cleaner's bill would be.

2. You want a clean slate and a clean house. The best way to find a trustworthy worker is to ask friends for referrals. If you're considering hiring a housekeeper who lacks a referral, you can run a background check by using a service, such as Choicetrust ( (; $54 for a criminal-record search and identity verification). If you call in a cleaning service, don't assume the company has adequately vetted its employees. "Few companies run background checks of any worth," says David Kiser, of the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International. Ask the service to show you a sample background check to judge how thorough it is. (Tip: The report should include a multistate search of criminal records and a verification of the person's identity.)

3. Their bond may be no better than their word. If a cleaning-service worker turns out to have sticky fingers, you're unlikely to recoup your loss even if the service's employees are bonded -- meaning the company pledges to provide about $25,000 in property-damage and theft protection. You can press a claim against a bonding company only after the partner in grime has been convicted of stealing, which is rare.

4. Vinegar and granite don't mix. Top national home-cleaning franchises, such as Merry Maids and Molly Maid, offer training for new hires. But the majority of cleaning services do not teach employees how to use cleaning products. A worker may not know, for example, that a granite countertop should never be cleaned with vinegar because the acid will dull and erode the surface. To avoid problems, ask what the cleaner or maid service uses to treat such finicky surfaces as stainless steel and Corian. And if you're hiring an independent housekeeper, look for someone with at least three years' experience. According to Don Aslett, author of several books on cleaning, few housekeepers last more than a year on the job.

5. Spilling some ink is worth it. Franchise cleaning services will detail their fees and services in writing. But three out of four households make oral arrangements with their housekeepers on wages, duties and hours, estimates Guy Maddalone, head of GTM Household Employment Experts, a payroll-facilitation company. A simple, one-page written agreement can help avoid disputes over hot-button issues, such as what happens when workers say they are too ill to work. If your housekeeper is not fluent in English, make sure he or she has a friend or family member who can translate the terms of the agreement.

08-12-07, 02:14 PM
reason to live in SA. Even a below average salary can get you the privilages of a maid. However get the wrong one and it might cost you some valubles as well.

Desert Dweller
09-19-07, 02:47 PM
I have a lady come in every 2 weeks to mop the floors (have a lot of tile!) vaccum, dust, and clean the bathrooms. Those were all the things that were not getting done in my house.

A good way to find a maid is to ask your friends and family for a referal. You may find people you know have a maid that you didn't know about! I tell you it is the best thing we ever did!