The days when women stayed at home, looked after the kids and had a maid to help them with the household chores could have been considered a luxury. But with dual income families being the modern day norm and more women investing their time and efforts in a career, having help in the home is not just a luxury but a necessity most of the time.
However, this does not mean that hiring a maid is simple and that they will take the weight of caring for the home entirely off your shoulders. To get the best value for you money, you may want to take the time and make the effort to employ just the right person to build a long term working relationship with your domestic helper.
Judging what your cleaning requirements are will help you employ a maid or maid service that is reliable and will meet your expectations, whether your needs fall in the category for luxury or necessity.
1. Employing A Full Time Maid
Do some research in your neighborhood as to the rate that domestic helpers are being paid, the workload they are fulfilling and whether anyone can recommend or refer a reliable maid who is looking for work. Alternatively, you can go online and use a local broker or employment agency that specializes in bringing employers and domestic helpers together.
You may also want to research the local legislation in your area regarding employing a maid full or part time. There may be rules regarding minimum wage, the amount of working hours per week as well as other provisions that you need to adhere to.
Make sure to interview a few candidates before you employ someone. Always keep in mind that your maid will be working in your home, have access to your personal and private information as well as be dealing with your kids. Therefore it is very important to determine their character and find the right fit for your family.
Always ask for references from every candidate that you interview. Gauge their work experience in relation to their reliability and reputation. Get their permission to run some background checks such as for a criminal record to further assess their suitability for the position.
Discuss your requirements with the candidates and ensure that they understand the work that will be expected of them. For example, if you have a baby and require them to look after your little one while completing regular household chores, make this clear. Any other particular needs you may have should also be discussed such as cooking and laundry.
Make sure that you lay out the working hours carefully as well as the amount that you are willing to pay. You may need to negotiate the amount or hours to suit everyone’s needs. The working hours should be sufficient to complete the set work as any additional time may result in overtime pay.
Once you have decided on a particular maid to hire, make sure that you only do so on a trial basis. This will give you both the opportunity to terminate the employment quickly and easily if either are unhappy with the conditions.
Be sure to include the trial period in a contract with your maid that will detail all your and their responsibilities. Never hire any person to work in or around your home without a contract in place that will give you legal recourse should it become necessary.
If you are concerned about domestic workers legislation or drawing up a contract, an employment agency or labor broker can assist you. You shouldn’t have to go to the expense of hiring a lawyer to take care of these requirements.
Although this process can seem time consuming and complicated, in the long run, it can mean the difference between hiring a quality maid and not needing to look for a replacement in the near future.
2. A Maid Service
Many people may consider hiring a maid service as a bit of a luxury but it can be much more valuable than going through the process of hiring a maid privately. You won’t have to worry about interviewing, negotiating rates or the reputation and reliability of one individual.
Although maid services may seem more costly than the personal option, it can add much more value at the end of the day. Work is often performed much quicker by a team rather than an individual meaning that you have less disruption in your household. You can also adapt your contract as you see fit to include how many days a week you will require the service and the types of cleaning tasks that you will need performed.
You can be assured that each cleaner is trained and will be able to perform their assigned tasks to the highest quality standards. Most cleaning service providers will bring along their own cleaning supplies and equipment. This means that you save on the cost of having to buy these necessities every month. However, if you prefer that your own supplies and equipment be used, you should be able to ask for discount.
If you have any problems with the service, these can be directed to the company rather than the individuals actually performing the tasks. Payment will be made directly to the cleaning service provider and you won’t have to worry about overtime or whether you are inline with current domestic employment legislation.
However, it is still recommended that you perform some due diligence and assess the reputation of a specific maid service provider. You also need to be aware that should you need childcare or cooking services, a cleaning service will not provide these. In this case it may be best to opt to employ a private maid.
At the end of the day, whether a maid service is a luxury or necessity, determining your requirements and identifying the best solution for your individual needs will allow you to get the greatest value for your money.