Many people are looking for part-time work and doing their housework. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, going back to school, or just out of college, it is important to have an ongoing maid service to maintain your home. The following are six mistakes to avoid when hiring a part-time maid;
1) Not having a price range
You need to have a price range in mind before making any calls to local maids. This allows you to be specific about what you need to be done and how long it will take for the job to get done. You will want to check out reviews from past clients as well so that you know you are dealing with a reputable company.
It would also be helpful if you could offer some sort of payment plan, or money down for their services. It is not recommendable to go for the cheapest price, as you don’t want someone in and out of your home all the time. They need to be able to develop a routine so that you can expect the same level of service each week.
2) Not doing enough research into your options
After you have a price range in mind call around to several maids and ask them how much they would charge per hour to clean your home. Be sure to ask how long it takes the maids to get their job done. You will also want to ask if they do other things like laundry and cooking because that is not always included with a regular cleaning service.
3) Hiring an unprofessional maid
You must speak to your potential maid. Tell them about yourself and your property and see if you get a good feeling about their personality. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions, there are no stupid ones. Remember that the quality of their work is directly related to the quality of the home cleaning service they provide. If the answers don’t match up, or they don’t fit with what you need, then that’s not a good sign.
4) Not getting references
There is nothing more important than getting references from previous clients. You must choose your maid based on their personality, as well as their professional skills, rather than their appearance. The only way to know if a company has a good reputation or not is by learning from their past clients. By asking about the quality of their service and the cost for services you are expected to leave a review for your maid when it’s due. This can help them in the future. The references are important because:
- They give you a rough idea of the cost.
- They let you know how long it takes to complete the job.
- They give you information on how professional they are.
- They let you know if they show up on time or not. You should ask what they like and dislike about the service, as well as detailed descriptions of their interaction with the maids and company.
5) Meaningful contracts
There are many different ways to write up a contract for your part-time maid. Be sure that you get all of the details in writing with a contract. This way you can make sure that everything is clearly stated and there won’t be any misunderstandings or possible disagreements. Your contract should contain the following:
- what is expected from your maid and you, the clean and the services provided.
- how often the maid will be coming to your home.
- what is included in their services.
- how long it will take for them to get the job done.
You may also want to have a employees benefits package with your contract as well so that you can work out any concerns you may have regarding monetary issues or a new baby that might need to be taken care of on short notice. (1)
6) Not looking at the long term.
When hiring a part-time maid you should be thinking about your needs for the next few months and years to come. This way you can plan for major events such as holidays, new babies, and employment changes. You will want to get to know each other well enough so that you can work together as a team to meet your goals while still maintaining the time in your schedule that is needed for family activities and rests.
Hiring a part-time maid is a very positive process. You will likely find that you need to make several phone calls before you find the right person for your needs. This is normal and it will not take as long as you would think. Be sure that you have all of your questions answered in writing and always have an open door to discuss your concerns with your maids, both before and after they start working for you.
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