Should I Get a Maid? Tips on Making the Decision

Could you use some help with the housekeeping?  Enlist the help of a friend or hire a maid!
Could you use some help with the housekeeping? Enlist the help of a friend or hire a maid! | Source

Do You Need Maid Services?

Do you find that you don't have enough time in the day to fit in everything that you need to do? Getting ready for work, working, grocery shopping, cooking, taking the kids to their activities, paying bills, and going to sleep to start the day all over again can be exhausting, and leave very little time for cleaning.

You want to create a healthy and sanitary environment for your family that provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but who has the time?

You may have thought about hiring a cleaning service, but may have thought that it was too expensive or just not the right thing to do. How do you decide whether to hire a cleaning service?

How to Decide Whether You Need a House Cleaning Service

For me, the decision was fairly easy. I don't like to clean, and my job was demanding a great deal of my time. As a single parent, I wanted to spend all of my spare moments with my daughter instead of stressing out about the way the house looked. I saw an offer for a very reasonable price for cleaning, and realized that it wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be.

Cleaning services are not only for the very wealthy anymore.

If you are wondering whether you need a cleaning service, then my guess is that the answer is yes. Sure you are going to have to pay to have someone come into your home to clean, but the results are worth it. It is a great way to add extra time to your day.

Here are some factors to consider in making your decision. There is also a quiz at the end of this article to help you decide.

Who can use a cleaning service?

  • A busy family
  • A couple with a new baby
  • Caregivers
  • People with health issues
  • Climbing the career ladder
  • People who work long hours during seasonal work
  • Someone with a job who is also going to school


Benefits of a Cleaning Service

Time

If you have the time to clean and like to clean, then doing it yourself makes the most sense. However, most busy professionals are pressed for time. In this case, I would recommend having a discussion with your family members and try to get them to pitch in to help. If that doesn't work, instead of getting frazzled, it is beneficial to hire someone to do the cleaning for you. You will have more time to do the activities you enjoy, and will be more pleasant to be around since you will not be as stressed.

While it will take some extra time to find a cleaning service you trust that does a good job, this time investment will be worth it in the long run.

Are you tired of cleaning? Hire a maid to do the work for you!
Are you tired of cleaning? Hire a maid to do the work for you! | Source

Money

You will have to pay the cleaning service, of course, but you should consider the factors that offset the cost in making your analysis in whether to get a cleaning service. First, the service will bring their own supplies, so you will have to buy fewer cleaning products.

Second, when you have more time and are less stressed, you may be able to work longer hours which could result in more earnings, or be more productive at work, which could result in a promotion. Don't forget to factor in the intangible benefits as well such as the quality of your life, and time to spend with your family.

My personal rule of thumb is that the cost of the regular service should be the same or less than what I make at work. Otherwise, I should go into the cleaning service!

Cleanliness

Besides the extra time that you save, you will also enjoy coming home to a clean and sparkling home. You may feel a sense of peace and calm when everything is in order. It will save you the moment of panic when the doorbell rings and you wonder whether your place is presentable for company.

Health

You may see health benefits in yourself and your family members, as they don't have to deal with the dust, mold and other household allergens. In addition, since you have more time, you can spend it planning and preparing healthy foods instead of eating fast food on the run.

Factors to Consider

 
Get a Maid
Clean it yourself
Do you or a family member have household allergies?
Yes
No
Do you afford a maid?
Yes
No
Will working more get you more money or advance your career?
Yes
No
Do you need more time to spend with your family?
Yes
No
Are you stressed out?
Yes
No
Do you have enough time to cook healthy foods?
No
Yes
Can you get your family to help you clean?
No
Yes
Do you like to clean?
No
Yes
This cleaning service can help you with regular scheduled cleaning to keep your home sparkling clean, and help you with special projects too.
This cleaning service can help you with regular scheduled cleaning to keep your home sparkling clean, and help you with special projects too. | Source

Regularly Scheduled Cleaning Service

While you can certainly have a maid come to your house every day to clean, most people find it more affordable to have a less frequent schedule. Most companies will allow schedules that run twice a week, weekly, every other week. Some may even allow once a month.

This type of schedule requires you to put things away where they belong, and keep the clutter to a minimum. Having a maid also motivates you to clean up before he or she comes to your house. Your maid will then be able to vacuum all the floors, dust your knick-knacks, and wipe off counters and other surfaces.

I scheduled my cleaning service every other week. We discussed the plan to decide what service would be provided. They dusted the shelves, tops of the frames on the walls. They wiped off counter tops, cleaned the bathroom, and vacuumed the whole house. Every other time they came, they dusted the chandelier, and on the weeks they didn't do that, they cleaned the baseboards.

Many services provide offers for first time users as an incentive to try their service, so be sure to look for coupons. In addition, when you schedule a recurring service, the price of each cleaning is usually reduced.

Occasional Maid Service

Even if you don't hire a cleaning service to come regularly to your house, there may be times when having a maid come occasionally would be beneficial.

Clean when Moving

When you are moving into a new house or apartment, you could have them clean the new space to be ready for you while you are busy packing at your old place. After you have moved out, you may want to get them to clean your old place to get it ready for the new people. If you moved out of an apartment, your landlord will appreciate the effort and may return your security deposit in full.

Cleaning Service for Party or Wedding Guests

When there is a family reunion, wedding, holiday, or funeral, you may be expecting to receive visitors at your house. You can be ready for them by hiring someone to clean your place for you. At this time, you will be busy, and will want to spend more of your time with your family members. Leaving the work to the service will give you a peace of mind that there are fewer things on your to-do list.

Emergency Cleaning

Unexpected things can crop up that may require a service. If you had a flood in your basement, storm damage, or vandalism, you may want to hire someone to help bring your property back to its normal condition. Sometimes the work may be too much to handle by yourself, but other times it is just distressing to have to see your home in its damaged state. Getting help will help bring back your property and your life back on its regular track.

Special Projects

Occasional maid service is also good for when you have a special project that you want to get done, such as a basement, attic, or garage. You can get the junk room cleaned out so it can become a nursery. While you can enlist the help of friends and family, sometimes it can be fulfilling to simply get it done and surprise your family with a home makeover.

Take the Quiz to See If You Need a Maid

Should You Get a Maid?

A few months after I had hired a cleaning service, I had a conversation with my manager, who made at least twice as much money as I did. She mentioned that she had recently hired a cleaning service for herself. She did not know that I had already done so.

She felt guilty for having hired out work she thought she should be doing herself. She also worried about what other people would think of her. Would they think she was a snooty rich person who thought she was above cleaning? As a busy professional woman who is trying to balance a career with the demands of a family, she needed to realize that she didn't have to do it all herself.

We can delegate and use the services that are available to us. This will free up our time to do activities that will earn more money, spend more time with our family. Since a clean house also reduces stress and keeps us healthier, it will improve the quality of our life overall.

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Comments: "Do You Need Maid Services? Tips on Making the Decision" 24 comments

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Millionaire Tips 19 months ago from USA Author

Nora said: I agree that it would be very nice to not have to clean my place all the time. With work, school and family, it can be hard to get around to deep cleaning my place. The thought that I could spend more time with my family and less time scrubbing things does appeal to me quite a bit. I should look into this.

Nora, Thank you for your comment. I deleted your link, because I do not want to endorse any particular maid service.


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA Author

That's true Thelma, when I wrote this article, I was simply thinking about services, but simply hiring a friend, or bartering services with him or her would let you get your house clean for a cheaper cost, and give you peace of mind that your things won't get stolen.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

I do my own cleaning and my family is helping me. I know of some people here in Europe who are having a cleaning woman once or twice a week to clean their homes. These cleaning women work for themselves for a few hours to have extra money. You can ask a friend who knows somebody to clean your house for at least 2 hours. A cleaning woman who is trustworthy. This is a lot cheaper than having a cleaning service company to clean your home.

Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up, useful and very infomative.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Sherry. I generally think of the term housekeeper and maid as being the same and use them interchangeably. But I am referring to housekeepers according to your definition, because I was thinking about someone who comes in to clean now and then instead of always being there. You're right, you do have to find someone who is a good fit, and communicate well with them. It does take some time to get used to someone in your house, although it took me some time to think about someone touching food as they were cooking it. There have been reports of thefts and vandalism by the cleaning people so I can see why some people may be wary. Getting resources and doing background checks would go a long ways to help with that.


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I used to do cleaning work. I was a housekeeper, not a maid. The difference is, I came once a week, cleaned, and left. It works out well if you can find someone who is a good fit with you. I think some people just don't have the temperament to have someone in their house touching their stuff.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks midget38, it is great that you and your husband work together on household chores.

Thanks Lauryallan, I make a pretty good mess too, but having a maid helped me stay on a cleaning schedule, as I had to pick up the clutter before she came. I wish you well with your partner.


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Lauryallan 4 years ago

I would love to get a maid, but I know as soon as she was out the door things would go back to how they were before she left. I clean, but my partner struggles to clean up after himself. Don't even get me started on the bomb site the kitchen is after he's done making himself a sandwich, let alone a full meal!

When you mention the mess he genuinely doesn't seem to see it and thinks I'm being a nagging woman. The only solution, except for me to constantlt walk behind him with a cleaning kit, is to have a maid over every day. I wish my bduget could stretch to that.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I'd really love a cleaning service...the only concerns being cost/reliability. At the moment my husband and I help each other out. We'll plan for one when the budget is right. Thanks for sharing!!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks tillsontitan, I am glad that you have a live-in cleaning service. That seems like an ideal solution. I think a lot of people feel that hiring a cleaning service will make others think that they are incompetent and unable to clean for themselves, or that they are so high and mighty that they are too good for menial work like cleaning. But really, it is a task that can be delegated during the high stress events like getting ready for a special occasion or times in your life when extra help is useful.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Everyone has added such useful comments to your more than useful hub! We don't often think of hiring a cleaning service for special occasions or just when you plain need help! My husband is my cleaning service, so I don't need one anymore but I sure would've liked one when my four kids were little.

I voted this up, useful, and interesting!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Aurelio. I can see that a bachelor could use maid services to keep things clean.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks rajan jolly. Yes, I think you should help your wife out, whether you help out with the chores, or get someone to help her now and then.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Denise - I would love to have someone who followed me around and picked up after me as well, but for now I have to settle for doing it myself. LOL Thanks for the link!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Mary for your input. You're right, you do have to be careful with the service you hire and make sure that you come to an agreement as to what work will be done, and where things will be put, etc. I am glad you are well enough to do your own cleaning now.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Dianna, I do my own cleaning now too, but when I was working full time and my daughter was young, it really helped a great deal. Now when I have a lot of work, my mother is retired and she can come help me. You have a good point - you are also helping someone else earn an income at the same time.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for sharing your experience Effer. A busy home business and a huge house does sound like a cleaning service would be required. I am glad you were able to find someone you could trust, and are able to have low stress, time to cook and for family with the help of your assistant.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Carol. I guess that getting a maid could make someone lazy and put off doing cleaning tasks, but I found that having a maid made me clean more. I knew she was coming on Thursday, so I had to make sure I picked up the clutter so she could get to the floor and counter-tops. I didn't want her to think I was a total slob!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

When I was single and loathe to do housework, I had a maid come in once a week to tidy. My condo was spotless, not at all like the typical bachelor pad. So I agree with recommending them. Voting this Up and Useful.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting hub and the way to make out whether a maid is needed or not. Up and interesting. I took the quiz for my wife. Got 40%. So she needs some help. Thanks.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Oh, I want maid service all the time, LOL I wrote a hub about this awhile back-I'm going to link mine with yours. Great job here-Rated UP/U


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I hired a maid service once when I didn't feel well. They moved my stuff around and that didn't go too well with me. It took me a week to find my meat thermometer among other things.

If I had a service again, I'd lay down some rules: if you move my stuff to dust, etc. put it back.

I'm one of those crazy women who like to clean. Great Hub, though.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I have had a maid a few times in the past when I worked. It benefited my busy family life and also helped the person to earn a little income. Always enjoyed the extra time to spend with family and to relax. Now, I do most of my cleaning, but if my work life goes full-time, then I am going to use your tips to make that decision.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

M.T.....In answer to your questions (which are very good, btw)

It's just my husband and I and neither of us have allergies....one of my sons is allergic to my cats, but he lives in California and visits just a couple times a year...so, it's not a problem

Yes, I can afford to have a cleaning assistant and I do have one....Due to our busy home business, and huge home, I really have little choice, but to have help. She is a local woman I know and trust and she's great! I work right along with her when I have the time...or she works independently with no problem.

"Making more money at my job" is not an issue since I'm retired and like I said, work from home in our own businesses.

I spend plenty of time with family, have some stress now and then but nothing extreme....and we eat very well....top quality food and I cook delicious, healthy meals.

Anyone in my family would gladly do anything I asked of them....and I would ask if necessary, but thus far, I'm doing just fine.

I actually do enjoy cleaning my home. It gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment when I can stand back and be happy with our surroundings.....

Great hub, MT.....I think I'm all set in this dept! Thanks!! ...UP+++


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I think for some people this is the way to go. There is something about saying " I don't have to clean this because the cleaning service will be here in a few days". I do my own cleaning as there is just two of us (though the two cats add some dirt). I just do a job here and a job there and never take an entire day to clean. Works well ...However if I had tons of money I would love someone to clean my house. Good hub...Voted UP.

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