Hiring a Maid Service – An Etiquette Guide
Everywhere on the Internet, you can find tips and suggestions on how to do house cleaning on your own. In the event the DIY-approach is too much to handle on your own, however, there is always a maid service ready to provide assistance. While hiring one seems like a simple task anybody can do, first-time clients may find themselves in all sorts of etiquette questions. Here are some of the most common, answered.
Should I tip the maid, and how much?
Opinions vary, naturally. If you are going to tip, nevertheless, the standard range of 10% to 20% of the total charge should be appropriate. While professional companies do not expect such gratuity, the decision to give a tip is entirely yours.
Should I prep the house before the maid arrives?
Chances are the maid will not judge you if your home is dirty. That being said, it is always good idea to remove certain types of debris or clutters, such as fragile items or one-of-a-kind heirloom. Please also consider the duration you are willing to pay for; if you are hiring only for 2 hours of maid service yet you have debris all around, it is probably best to do some cleanup first so that the maid can get the job done within the agreed-upon timeframe.
Should I stay or should I go?
The answer to this is up to you. Some clients leave a key, some are home, some give as an entrance code, etc.
Hiring a quality maid service is a great investment because it not only provides you with a clean home, with less germs, keeping you healthier, but it gives you your most valuable asset back: your time.