How to Find a Reputable Maid Service for Your Home
Relieve the stress of housekeeping by hiring a pro
By Kaye Morris
Hiring a maid service can be a welcome relief for many overworked and stressed homeowners. In order to ensure the relief does not turn into even more frustration, you must make sure you hire a reputable maid service that can be depended on to properly clean your home and care for the items in it as you would yourself. Employing a bad maid service can be worse than employing no service at all, so know what to look for on your search.
- What You Need to Know
- Protect yourself from theft, damage, and employee accidents by looking for companies with liability insurance, bonded employees, and service warranties.
- Liability insurance protects you from a lawsuit if the service employee is injured on your property.
- An employee bond protects you from theft by a service employee.
Make a list of maid service companies in your area. The best way to find a reputable company is by recommendation from someone you trust, but if that is not an option, start your search with the Yellow Pages and the Internet. Your neighbors are also an excellent resource; you can get in touch with their maids and capitalize on the fact that they're already working in the area.
Contact the companies on your list and ask screening questions: How long have they been in business? Does the service have liability insurance, and are their employees bonded? What guarantee do you offer? If a maid damages or breaks an item in my home, how do you handle it?
Eliminate from your list companies that do not provide liability insurance, bond their employees or offer a guarantee. If you have more than three companies remaining on your list, use the answers to the other questions to narrow your choices down to two or three companies.
Contact the remaining companies and ask them to provide you with references and a quote for housecleaning. Also ask about any specialized service that you might desire, such as window cleaning, oven cleaning, or rug shampooing. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any of the companies on your list have multiple complaints outstanding.
Contact the references provided and review the quotes. Select the company that you feel will provide the best service.
About the Author
Kaye Morris has 20 years of real estate development experience and is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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