(Closed) Getting a maid?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 17
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9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Cleaning Ladies / Housekeepers / Cleaning Services ROCK !!

I had one for years… LOVED it.

In my case, they’d stay about 4 or 5 hours and clean the house top to bottom… Kitchen, Bathrooms, Dust, Vacuum, Wash Floors, Change Beds, etc.

Have had services that both did and didn’t do laundry… for the most part, it was just whatever they produced / changed (Bedding & Towels)… but I preferred to do that on my own anyhow (especially after I had some stuff ruined by Cleaning Companies in the process)

Have used independents and services.  Have found people thru Classified Ads, word of mouth from other friends, or an Agency / Service.

All have Pros & Cons.  If it isn’t an agency but someone privately, you may save a bit of money, and they may be more willing to do special stuff once in awhile (ie We are having a Dinner Party tomorrow, could you iron the Table Linens, Hand Wash the Crystal etc)

But some folks don’t like the fact that they take on the role of Employer (good when things are going well… not so much if things turn bad).  And you have to find someone you trust maybe a bit more… as they’ll have a key etc

Agency folks are Bonded, but we found that there is a high turnaround… so just when you’ve got a cleaning team (they usually come in 2s) that have figured out how you like things done, someone inevitably leaves the service.

Plus, you never really know WHO the people are who in your house… that kind of bugged us.  Much preferred knowing that it was Sue Jones who lived in the neighbourhood and her kids went to the same school as our kids.

The only big downside to finding someone you love as a Housekeeper who is private, is that if they are sick, on vacation etc.  Then you end up going without.  That sucked a bit, but you learn to work around it.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 18
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11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m definitely interested in getting someone to deep clean 1-2x a month when we finally move into a house (hell, if we could afford it, I’d have someone clean our apartment lmao).

Definitely do your research on the person/company. Just a quick Google search, or Yelp if it’s a company, etc.

Post # 19
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13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Replying so that I can see others responses!  DH and I have talked about getting cleaning service to come out 1-2 times a month so I’m curious how much other people pay for this and what they have the cleaning service do.

Post # 20
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve always used some type of cleaning service.  I have way too many better things to do than clean a house.  We are waiting for renovations to be complete in the townhome my husband and I will be living in (his house, mine will be sold). 

I was using Merry Maids to clean a 2 bed/1 bath home every three weeks for around $95 (Northern NJ).  I have also used The Maids in the past. 

I would sell an ovary just to make sure someone else did the cleaning…(unfortunately no one wants my dried up ovaries…)

I don’t mind laundry, which I get done in bits and pieces. 

The service has always been very good although I think I do a better job, I just don’t want to do it!

 

Post # 21
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9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Don’t even need to read the post to say: if you can afford one get one!

Get some recs for local maid services from people you know by asking around coworkers, friends, and family.  Prices vary by where you live and what services they provide so what may be reasonable in Orlando may not be reasonable in Maryland.  They can come in and clean once a week while you’re at work.  You can have them vacuum, dust, make the beds, laundry, dishes, etc…. Pretty much whatever household chore you can think of a maid service can provide.

My Future In-Laws have a maid and she comes by on Thursday mornings to dust, vacuum, change the sheets, put away laundry, and clean the kitchen and bathrooms.  They work all week so they too don’t want to waste their free time cleaning.

Post # 22
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768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

we just got one as a gift from my Mother-In-Law and i’m having her come every 3 weeks because i’m the only one home during the week while DH is in school. we pay her $60 per time and she cleans up our 2 bed/1 bath bungalow. she changes/washes our sheets, does any dishes in the sink, cleans windows, etc. if i have special requests, she takes care of those as well. it’s been amazing and i’m already trying to figure out how to keep her coming at least once a month after the gift runs out! i found her from a recommendation from our neighbor. we live in a safe spot, so i just leave the door unlocked for her when she’s coming. i wouldn’t feel comfortable with her having her own key.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We always joke we would give up food before our cleaning lady!  We pay her $60 every two weeks to clean our (petite) 1-bedroom apartment.  She does all of the usual things (vacuum, dust, bathrooms, take out trash, etc.) and will also do 1-2 extra things (clean out the fridge, windows, etc.) per visit if we ask.

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