Maid Service: How and Why You Would Hire Someone to Clean Your Home

Disclaimer

It’s no secret that I am allergic to housework and therefore have no useful tips for anyone, since I try to avoid it as much as possible. That said I do have to maintain some cleaning on a regular basis, if nothing more than to be a positive role model for my nephew.

HOWEVER, what could I possibly add to the wealth of wonderful tips that have already been posted? For example:

http://brittanytodd.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Remove-Stains-on-Carpet-Leather-Wood-and-Clothing-without-Chemicals

Brittany Todd's hub is loaded with tips for stain removal of every kind. Not only is she a great writer, but she is quick-her hub landed the number one spot almost as soon as the topic was shared. Hmmm, maybe BT had this hub written and waiting on the side lines...

I loved this one from a guys perspective, posted by Barry Rutherford:

http://barryrutherford.hubpages.com/hub/Spring-Cleaning-Guide

Be sure to catch ALL of the participant's hubs for a wealth of wonderful information on cleaning, green cleaning, stains, pet messes, etc. on the forum thread linked here:

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/86893

Perhaps, if I had only posted something the first couple of days, then maybe I would have gotten away with my measly little tips. But, that wasn’t the case. Here it is the LAST day, (again), and I am trying to squeeze something in just to make a point to myself.

So…here is a wonderful tip for all you busy housekeepers, bachelors, homeowners, career gals, new moms and grandmothers who have become primary caregivers again: hire a maid service.

Seriously? Yes, seriously consider a maid service for a period of time for the following reasons:


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Reasons to Hire a Maid

As a gift

To a new mom, already overwhelmed with the prospect of being alone with a brand new baby. Free her up with the gift of a housekeeper for the first six or eight weeks; to a convalescing loved one-who wants to try to recuperate while worrying about well-wishers dropping by unexpectedly; an elderly relative…Let’s face it, there comes a time when the body just naturally slows down, the eyes don’t see as well to get those spots out, (or even ‘spot the spots), and a friendly maid service would ease the oldster’s mind.

For a party

When it comes to special celebrations sometimes we just want our homes to sparkle and when the list of ‘to do’s’ looks like Santa’s ‘good boy and girl’ list we know we need to call in the troops to help out. It doesn’t have to be for a long period of time, but a ‘before and after’ scrub down may be just the thing to free our minds for other more important considerations, such as who you will seat next to old Uncle Arnie with his disgusting belching habit.

For Distinguished Guests

Every now and again life throws into the mix of things a wonderful event, like a visit from an unexpected guest. If you get great news, like the kind hubber: VocalCoach did when she discovered Dave Brubeck on her doorstep one afternoon requesting to use her Steinway, well, you had better believe that the white glove treatment on the dusty shelves and table tops would be welcomed. You can read all about VocalCoach's experience here:

http://vocalcoach.hubpages.com/hub/Dave-Brubeck-Kauai-My-Piano-and-Me

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Would you ever hire a maid?

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How to find a Maid

I’ve just given you several great reasons why one could use a maid service. The next question is how to find one. Well, that’s easy: online or in the telephone book, providing you do still get phone books delivered to your door.

In the yellow pages you will find the listings for: housecleaning or maid service. Many housekeeping agencies are franchised and can be found nationwide, such as Molly Maid, or the Merry Maid Co. Other companies are entrepreneurship businesses and can be just as effective and often less expensive.

If you do decide on a franchised agency you will find that they are pretty standard in price. Here are a couple of additional tips: they should be bonded; they should give you an estimate; there should be a guarantee of workmanship and refund if you are not satisfied; and they should work around your needs and schedule.

I personally have utilized a maid service for a very busy family member as a monthly gift for half a year. It was a double gift, actually-the cost of the maid service = $X.00, the freedom of time it bought for her to concentrate on other areas of her life = Priceless. And, that made me a very, happy gift bearer.






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arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

Great hub, I have a hard time finding time to clean my whole house, its a pain!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

I have never really considered hiring a maid- EVER- but the reasons you've outlined are actually quite compelling! Maid service would make for a GREAT gift, and it could really make a difference at a party. Also, though I don't think I'll ever have any distinguished guests over at my place, I definitely WOULD need professional help cleaning if such events should come to pass!

I'm quite thankful that you've slipped these ideas into my consciousness.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading...I'm glad you found the tips helpful. (Did you take the poll? hint, hint LOL)

Earlier in jest, I was telling Cara I was going to post my maid service hub and almost talked myself out of it.

Happy housecleaning.

Arusho-you may want to get someone in just for once a month to get to those areas you don't have time for...or to give it a once over. It's worth a phone call at least, and an estimate (free).

Simone, hope you keep it in mind for your next 'eve of entertainment'.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

I too am allergic to housework, and it has gotten worse since joining hubpages. Hummm....

If we could hire a made that looks like the one in your hub, my husband might go for that, I on the other hand ....

It was great the way you were able to bring other hubs into this one. Great job spreading the Hub Luv!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Denise, I love this tip! What better and more efficient way to clean your house than to have a professional do it! You have a humorous and lighthearted way of presenting your case, but I think it's a great idea. When I worked full time with many long days, I felt no guilt in having someone clean my house once a week. How wonderful to come home on Friday night and find everything sparkling and ready for weekend relaxation or company! Sadly, now that I have more time and less money, I'm afraid I have to perform this service myself. :(

Great hub, voted up across the board!


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Nice. Yes having a cleaning lady or maid come once a week or so is a treat and certainly frees up time to do other things not to mention getting rid of the angst of having dust so thick you can write your name in it (like at my house!)


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

I am allergic to housework, too!

And, when my children were little, I was very ill for quite some time, so I used to pay a lady to be my 'mother's help' ~ and she was, indeed, of considerable help to me.

Once, though, I was going to host a big family party at my home, and it really needed a good clean and tidy. I had a lot to do in preparation, I had my children and I had my illness, so I took the advice of an advert I found in 'Yellow Pages' and booked a lady for three hours.

But, on the day, I did not get one lady for three hours; I got three ladies for one hour ~ and I could hear them gossiping about me, and criticising my home, throughout that time.

If I hadn't needed their help, I wouldn't have booked them, and they wouldn't have received my money. I needed them, specifically, because, at that time, I could not get my house ready for the party on my own.

I was disgusted by their attitude and would be very wary of purchasing such a 'treat' for myself, ever again ~ despite my continuing health problems.


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

I'm sold! I personally find housekeepers by asking friends for referrals.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Homesteadbound-the little French maid is a real plus, isn't she, LOL

Hi Stephanie...every once in awhile I manage to squeeze my humor into the hub-but, I love humor and wish it would pop up in my pieces more often. I hear you about the DIY work. It pays the bills back to myself! I had to chuckle that a co-worker had hired a cleaning lady for herself. Yes, operative word: 'self'. No dog, no nephew, no husband or b.f. just her...and she couldn't take care of her one bedroom? Hmmmm,

Danette-you crack me up. I actually manage to get the dust off in the living room and vacuum up the dog hair regularly, LOL but, my ceiling fans-caked with dust. Remember how mom had us dust her bedroom every saturday? I always wondered why she couldn't do it herself...well, of course, now I know!

Trish_M-thanks for reading and sharing your awful experience! I would think that it was not a very professional place of business and would have talked with the manager or someone in charge. I'm so sorry you had to endure the emotional impact of that. I hate that kind of gossip girls! I hope your health has greatly improved through the years. :)

Chasing Riley-I agree that is a wonderful way to get great help!

Speaking of great Help--has anyone seen the movie or read the book? I thought it was a very interesting story.


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Uninvited Writer 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Great advice. I have slight mobility problems and it's getting harder and harder to do a good job cleaning. Before I lost my job I was going to get a maid and pay for her/him with my writing earnings. If I decide to get another job and not just write I will definitely consider getting a maid to come in monthly.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi UW-thanks for reading and sharing your experience. I'm sorry to hear you've lost your job. I hope this hasn't put too much of a financial strain on you. It's tough enough in this economy without that added burden. Best wishes to you and keep up the awesome writing. :)


Jt walters 5 years ago

Hi Denise,

Great Information and good tips.

All My Best,

JT


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks JT for stopping by to read. :)


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Yes, isn't that why parents have children? So that they can clean the house for them? I just strap dust rags to my kids' feet, knees, and hands and then let them go nuts! I think I learned that from my mom...

Great hub! I know that when I got this as a gift (thanks Mom) I really did appreciate it.


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Robin 5 years ago from San Francisco

I love the idea of giving a housecleaning gift to a new mom and dad! I don't know what I would do without our housecleaner. She is amazing and I LOVE her! I agree, cardelean, kids can be great cleaners; a kid with a wet wipe is a great tool!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hahaha, Cara...didn't want to mention any names, but now that you have! Funny comment. Yeah, that's all true-we do have kids to 'serve' us! Thanks for reading, busy lady.

Oh, oh...I see Cara started something here regarding trade secrets about kids and clean up tips, LOL

Thanks Robin for reading and I hope more people consider the idea of a temporary housekeeper as a new parent gift.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I know you're going to think i'm nuts, but i love to clean, i know, it's unusual. I never hired a maid when i worked, but i know people who do. I might have to someday and i wouldn't hesitate to do so. Thank's for the info..Cheers


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Ruby-love your lates avatar. You're looking good! Happy Thanksgiving. No, I don't think you are nuts. I never really got into it...long story, but I do know people who do and have lived next door to some super housecleaners. It would amaze me how much energy she would have to scrub and scrub and scrub. As for me, I thought it was a bit of nervous energy-not saying yours was.


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janesix 5 years ago

I would LOVE to be able to afford a housekeeper.


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debbie roberts 5 years ago from Greece

Your hub made me smile, I liked your honesty when it comes to housework. House work is always last on my 'to do' list too - like now, to hub or to mop floors? So I'm perched at the PC!! - I'm not sure I'd like a house cleaner either. Saying that my mother-in-law has one and her house always sparkles.

I have found that if you don't move things around the dust doesn't show...Also when the telly does get a dusting we really notice and appreciate the picture quality..


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princesswithapen 5 years ago

Denise

I have used the services of a maid in the past and have noticed that franchisees or established maid services business can really be quite expensive. Yes, they do offer certain guarantees regarding quality of work and completion times like you've mentioned.

I've found that tapping into local newspapers or local forums is a great way to stumble upon cheap help. There are many university students who will be willing to help you out for a fee that is a fraction of what the agencies charge. Yes, don't expect any guarantees here!

I really like the line "....the freedom of time it bought for her to concentrate on other areas of her life = Priceless" Thinking of which, any time saved from house work is priceless, don't you think?

Great hub!

Princesswithapen


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi janesix, nice to meet you. "Me Too!" LOL I just afford them occasionally as gifts...

debbie roberts-oh your comment cracked me up! I will keep that in mind and dust less, LOL

Hi princess-I agree. Housework is necessary, but any timesaves are lifesavers for me. Thanks for reading.


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Tabiee 5 years ago from Pakistan

Great voted up :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for the votes. :)


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davenstan 4 years ago

I need a maid and a secretary. I must convince my husband to let me have them. Great hub! Voted up and useful.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Davenstan, I think EVERY woman should have a 'wife', actually. Someone to do the errands, cook, and clean! That way all the busy ladies can take care of what they need to do and enjoy their family without these added inconveniences getting in the way! LOL


Casimiro 4 years ago

One thing that my wife loves about living here in Costa Rica is the ready access to help for cleaning the house. We never hired a maid in the States, but here we do about once or twice a week. Sometimes it's just to do the basics, other times big projects such as cleaning all the big windows inside and out. At about $2/hour you'd be crazy not to hire cleaning help!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Oh, I'm envious! How wonderful for you and your wife. I once offered my oldest daughter, an elementary school teacher with two young toddlers at the time, a gift of six months of maid service. She loved the gift, needless to say. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

What a fabulous gift...maid service! That must feel like winning the lottery!

I love the way you wrote this entire hub...your warmth and humor shine through while making some surprisingly valid points. Now, if I can just figure out a way to justify the cost of a maid....

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Tillsontitan-thank you for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. I know that my daughter enjoyed her gift. It was one of those gifts that kept on coming for six months. :)

So, don't justify the gift of maid service to yourself for any other reason than you are precious and valuable and therefore deserve this gift because you are worthy of receiving it.

Then, try it out for a month or two and see what difference it makes, if any. Best to you. (Let me know when it happens...)


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

My wife considers having a maid everyday. Problem is, she never pays me! It is a luxury, I'm afraid, she can do without for a while. Besides, if a maid ever came to our home, I'm afraid she'd turn around and run! lol Great links provided and a Great Job on the hub!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Richard--you are funny! Well, when John was alive and I was working full-time I would beg him for a maid. His comment: "okay, but we have to clean the house first" Hahahaa. Brilliant dodge! I mean, if I'm going to clean it FIRST I'll pay myself and cancel the maid service. Thanks for your comments.


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jenbeach21 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I wish I could hire a maid but I would much rather have a personal chef though!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Jen-oh boy-a personal chef would be so much fun! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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