There is no denying it. Having someone – basically a stranger – in your home, in your private area – can be somewhat intimidating.
There are some very valuable items in the average home and if you are like any other typical American, there are places in your living space that you are a tad guarded about. We get it. That’s why it is very important for you to check out the credentials of any house cleaning service before you toss them the keys and take off for the rest of the day.
Here are a few questions you should ask to help you determine a legitimate cleaner from one that may be a little on the sketchy side.
1 – Are you insured?
Proof of insurance is an easy document to produce and should put your mind at ease from the get-go. But many ‘private’ housekeepers – you know, a friend of a friend who is cleaning houses to help pay the bills – do not have insurance. Executive Maids carries Liability Insurance which covers us in cases of accidental property damage. We even have Worker’s Compensation Insurance which is a biggie. It covers any accidental on-the-job injury to one of our cleaners. Without this, you are liable for medical bills, lost wages and other incidentals your uninsured housekeeper may encounter if hurt while cleaning your tub or windows or whatever. Executive Maids also has coverage with a Non-Conviction Bond which covers theft.
2 – Does the Person Cleaning Your Home Have a Criminal History?
How do you know when you are hiring a friend of a friend’s cousin? At Executive Maids House Cleaners we run Criminal History Checks on all prospective employees as part of our extensive, detailed and thorough interview process.
3 – Have you ever cleaned a house before?
Sure, this may sound like a no-brainer but you sometimes gotta ask the simple questions to get some kind of reading on the possible service you’ll get. A private housekeeper may just clean his/her own home, and not do it professionally. At Executive Maids, that’s all we do. We have been cleaning homes since 1993. All of our house cleaners are trained to clean systematically and thoroughly, the Executive Maids way of house cleaning.
4 – Are you the ladies who wear the pink shirts?
If you get a dazed look to this question, run away as fast as you can. Housekeepers cannot imitate Executive Maids. Only Executive Maids outfits our staff of cleaners with pink shirts that clearly state that they are part of our team.
By the way, we are not implying that most housekeepers or cleaning services are shady. However, some of them are and we would rather you were better prepared on what to ask before hiring someone to clean your space.