Post # 1
I’ve never hired a housekeeper before, and we REALLY need one. I’m working all the time as is the SO and we just don’t have any time to do any really through cleaning. However, I’m just not sure how to find a good, honest service. I’m reluctant to hire a big company to do it because I know they pay their workers poorly, but I also don’t want to hire some random person off Craigslist (in case they are, like, an ax murder or something.) Any tips? I live in Brooklyn so if any NYC bees have some recommendations, I would love to hear them.
Post # 2
lawyerchick13: Ask around. Word-of-mouth is the best to find a good, trustworthy person for this sort of thing. Ask coworkers, friends, etc. We found ours through a friend. It turned out we were looking, and her Mom had a woman she’s used for the past 10 years. I honestly don’t think I’d ever hire someone to come in my home that someone I personally knew couldn’t vouch for.
Post # 3
Should have mentioned, I’ve asked around. The only people I know who use cleaning services live too far away for me to poach their people…
Post # 4
lawyerchick13: My grandparents came from the “old country,” so my parents insisted that anyone who ever cleaned the house had to be Polish. I guess I never forgot that — I’m Polish, so I’m biased, but I would put a Polish ad (w/translation help!) in a Polish paper! Skipping forward to when you’ve found some people, I recommend interviewing them — give the person a chance to clean your house. Things I notice: perfume, whether the person moves my things, etc. I also recommend talking to the members of a local church or synagogue. Those are tight-knit communities that might have the dish on someone great.
Post # 5
i hired someone before and belongings came up missing : ( trust no one!
Post # 6
My parents found the lady that helps them through word of mouth. I think work, church, and places like that are the best places to get recommendations because the cleaning people won’t want bad reviews since they’d lose such a large customer base.
Don’t just ask people who use the services; ask people who know people who use them, or someone who might interact with them, etc. For example, I do not have a cleaning lady (i wish!), but I know of good people who are available because I know families that have cleaning help. When I was working as an insurance agent, I also had good recommendations since I interacted with small businesses a lot. Hope that helps!
Post # 7
lawyerchick13: I had to ask around. My first housekeeper(?) was not so good. Keep trying until you find someone you like. You’ll find that there are many definitions to “clean,” “dusted,” etc.
Post # 8
If you can’t get them word of mouth, make sure they’re bonded and insured. Also, security cameras are helpful. I have them all over the house with my comcast xfinity ( yes, comcast sucks, I’m not recommending them).
Post # 9
I used HomeJoy becasue I got a good deal, they had a promotion for like $30 or something. When the woman came over she was this very nice, young athelic girl who loved to clean and did it on the side while she trained for fitness competitions. Cleaning makes her sweat and she likes it. She did a very good and thourough job and made sure I was comfortable with her touching my stuff, etc. Anyway, at the end she said if I wanted to continue to have my home cleaned that I could just contact her directly since HomeJoy takes such a huge cut of her money. So that’s how I met her. She now charges me $20 and hour and usually only takes 1-1.5 hours to clean my small home. Works for me!