How to Hire a Maid

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There just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. When household chores consume most of your free time, drop the mop and focus on more important things in your life, such as family, work and yourself. Here are a few suggestions to follow when you decide it's time set down the scrub brush and hire a maid.

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  1. 1

    Check ads in your local phone directory, newspaper classifieds or online services like Craigslist. Word-of-mouth works even better, so get recommendations from friends and colleagues who use maids and cleaning services.

  2. 2

    Interview candidates. Let them know what services you are looking for in a maid, and find out what experience they have. Get references from every candidate, and verify them with phone calls.

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    Negotiate fees with the maid or cleaning service. Find out whether the maid or cleaning service will bring their own cleaning supplies and equipment, or whether you will need to supply these. Sometimes subtracting services or agreeing to fewer hours per week will bring the maid service within your budget.

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    Hire your maid and set a start date. Arrange to be at home on the first day so you can show the maid around and watch how she carries out her duties. Address any changes or issues early on.

  5. 5

    Sit back, relax and put your feet up while you wonder why you didn't hire a maid sooner.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't feel the need to pick up your house before the maid comes. That is why you hired her in the first place.
  • Share the services of a maid or cleaning service with one or more neighbors in order to negotiate a better price.
  • Understand that if you hire an individual to work in your home, under most circumstances you are responsible for verifying the person's citizenship status and eligibility to work, as well as maintaining employment records, complying with minimum wage laws and paying payroll taxes as you would for any other employee. Going through a service may eliminate some of these responsibilities, but you should check with your tax professional.
  • Use a bonded service to ensure the highest level of security when allowing a maid access to your home. This is especially important if the maid's duties will include supervision of or care for children.

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