How Safe is it Having a Maid Service Come Into My Home?

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If there is one thing that most people can agree upon, it's that today's families are busy. With two income earners, after-school activities and a myriad of other chores to be done, little time is left for cleaning. It's no wonder that this chore is one of the most common to get outsourced to professionals. You may be wondering, however, 'how safe is it having a maid service come into my home?' That is a very valid question, and one that can be answered using some common sense and simple strategies. 

Company vs. Private Cleaners
First, you have to decide whether or not you want a professional service, or a private cleaner working on her own. There are pros and cons to both. A company will have a pool of cleaning ladies that are fully trained and reliable. On the other hand, a company may rotate their cleaners, meaning you will get a different cleaning lady each time.

A professional cleaning service is normally more expensive and they typically send out a team of at least two. A private cleaning lady may be unreliable (she get sick, have other commitments that day, etc.) and she may not be professionally trained. Conversely, you will be able to build a better rapport with her over time and you can generally make more personalized requests of what she does (laundry, cleaning with certain products, etc.)

As far as safety goes, generally, it is quite safe to have a cleaning lady or ladies in your home. Here are some tips to help ensure that your belongings don't go missing.

  • The staff must be bonded - don't be afraid to ask for a background check, regardless of whether you go with a professional company or a private cleaner. You want to make sure that they don't have a criminal record.
  • Ask for the same staff member/members for each cleaning - if it makes you more comfortable, ask the company to send the same ladies each time. This can give you peace of mind, knowing that your home is being cleaned by people you know and trust. 
  • Hide your cash and valuables - Why make things tempting? Hide your cash and valuables in a safe or a place where no one will look.
  • Be Home if possible - This gives people a lot of peace of mind, even for the first few cleanings, until you get to know them better. Engage them in conversation; ask about their families, where they live, etc.
  • Meet them first - Always meet with a cleaning professional before hiring them. If you get any strange 'vibes' you can always change your mind.

The next time you ask yourself, 'how safe is it having a maid service come into my home?' you will be able to go over the above list to give you an idea of how to protect your home and your belongings, while having a nice clean home every week.

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