Hiring A House Cleaner or Service

So funny story - My neighbor and I use the same house cleaner. We've both noticed recently that our house were not being fully cleaned. My neighbor had her house "cleaned" yesterday. She came home and the carpets had not been cleaned, nor the kitchen, nor the bathrooms. Needless to say I come home to 1 message from my neighbor saying they fired her, and another from the house cleaner saying she can't clean our house anymore because of injury. I was thinking of lettng her go anyways, so it made an odd situation easier.


Needless to say I am back on the hunt again. Does anyone have tips/experience, private vs. a service, etc.?


 

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 8:42 am
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My parents had their house cleaned once by a lady who was referred to us by a friend. It seems safer to find someone through referral, especially if you have a lot of valuable things (ie. jewelry) around the house.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 8:45 am
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i agree with Margaret....referrals would be best.....


we found ours through those val-pak coupon thingees...i "interviewed" 3 different companies before I chose....and then with the one that we picked, it took us a few people to get someone really good!  now if she's sick or on vacation...we just *gasp* clean it ourselves!!

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 8:47 am
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I agree - go with a referral.


I'm am soooooooooo hiring a housekeeper soon! I hate cleaning and FI and I always fight about it. 

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 9:05 am
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js...I LOVE it....best money we could spend!!  and even better...our weekends/evenings are free, because we don't have to scrub the house from top to bottom like our friends do!!

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 9:20 am
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Oh I LOVE cleaning the house!!!! It I look forward to it every week! Do you have a Merry Maids by you? They are very nice and do a good job.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 9:28 am
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i hate it!  i'd rather go to the dentist!

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 9:30 am
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dude i totally thought about this yesterday.  i was so frustrated at always having to clean that i'm like eff it, we need to hire someone!!  cleaning is a total waste of time...boo.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 9:32 am
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Sarah - wanna come clean my house??? :)


Ditto ... I hate it.  In fact, FI and I got into a fight about it just last night.  UGH!

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 9:34 am
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Haha I think its so fun because you get to change your room and make it all pretty and sparkly. But that is still MY own home haha.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 9:47 am
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She was supposed to come next week. I am really bummed that I have to clean my house this weekend. I can think of tons of other things I would rather do.


 

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 9:57 am
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I use the same service as my dad uses; it's usually a different person that comes every week but they bring all their own equipment and they do a really great job.


I know some people are worried about theft but the way I see it, a service that's been around for a long time is in the business of being trustworthy and dependable. If they had a person who stole, they could lose their business, so they're really careful about onyl hiring people who are bondable and qualified.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 7:33 am
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I tried a service once-- and they stole $20 from my drawer!

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 7:46 am
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I dint, but be careful. Fi is a insurance guy (kinda complicated title). well, she ONLY leaves mondays from 1-3 to volunteer at a church (she older) well, someone backed into her garage, disabled the garage door, and loaded up all of her valuables. It was as if they had cased the place. (one day she had noticed her closets were cleaned??)...turns out it was her house cleaning service...they had known the tv was broken so they didn't take it, they only took the jewlery and money, the safe in her closet, collectables that dont look like they are worth anything, but were. I felt so bad for this lady

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 7:48 am
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My dad's used them every three weeks for the last 5 years and he's never had anything stolen (and he's the kind of guy who leaves $20s in his drawers); I've never had anything taken either. That really sucks megegers!

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 7:48 am
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I love our housekeeper!  Honestly, I just posted on Craigslist in the Domestic Gigs section.  I typed up everything and I mean everything that I wanted done and sent it to everyone who applied for the opportunity.  I found out that by being so specific, I could weed out the people who really wouldn't work out.  


After that we narrowed it down to a handful of peole and reqeusted references that we could check up on.  In my experiance, people who are willing to do all of that to get a housekeeping position are really going to be willing to do the job.


Hope that this helps!

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 7:58 am
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Spring that's a good idea. I'm going to check C-list.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 1:21 pm
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do you guys ever "pre-clean" before your cleaning person comes to clean? lol. like if you have stuff on the floor or papers on your desk/coffee table. 

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 1:25 pm
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haha.. my parents do that at hotels.. actually i kinda do too...

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 1:30 pm
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I have a cleaning lady come once a month, and she is a family friend so we know she wont steal from us. She does an awesome job. I wish I could have her come more often, but I know I need to be cleaning myself, plus I count it towards my excersie. lol


I do "pre-clean" before she comes, but mainly just pickup.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 2:12 pm
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oh we have to pre-clean every other Thursday nite!  our lady comes every other Friday....i love having a clean house for the weekend!

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 2:53 pm

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