Hiring a maid to clean around the house regularly is a good idea if you can afford it and if no one in your household has the time to do the chores divided among them. It can ensure that your home is always clean and free from clutter. However, hiring a maid can be a risk. Who knows, you may be hiring a maid that will later on clean out your house of everything you own. This is why knowing how to hire a maid is crucial. Here are some tips on how you can ensure that the maid you hire will do nothing more than the job he or she will be tasked to do.
- Decide on a budget. Hiring a maid to do work around the house can cost you anywhere from $8 to $15 an hour. With that in mind, prepare a monthly realistic budget for this employee. If possible, negotiate a flat monthly rate instead as you can probably save a few more bucks in the process.
- Finding a maid. The best way to find a maid that you can trust to do a good job is to get referrals. Ask your friends or family if they currently employ a maid or housekeeper. A person referred to you by someone you know will eliminate the risks of employing a maid that will cause you stress and worry rather than peace of mind. Now, if you can’t get any referrals, the next best thing is to contract a maid from an agency. There are tons of staffing agencies that provide maids for hire. Normally, the maids they provide have passed all the background checks including criminal profile checks. Furthermore, the maids are trained and equipped for optimal service. Of course, the only drawback is that you will probably pay a premium for the service. Now, if you can’t afford a maid from a professional staffing agency, then you can consider posting job ads in your local newspaper, community center, and school campuses.
- Make a list. Before interviewing your first candidate, it would be wise to make a list of tasks you want the prospective maid to do. Discuss these tasks to the candidate and see if he or she has no qualms in accomplishing them.
- Interview each candidate. Schedule each candidate for an interview and ask him or her for a resume or bio data. Question them about their experiences as a maid. Focus on how long they have been working as a maid and what they task they did with their previous employers. Request for a list of both employer and character references. You will definitely want to check if he has done satisfactory work with previous employers and if people vouch for his character.
- Do a final background check. Shortlist about 3 to 5 candidates and proceed with the final background checks which should include contacting previous employers and getting the 411 about the candidate, and checking with the local law enforcement if any of the candidates has a criminal record.
Once all the checks have been accomplished, go with one with the best credentials and a clean criminal record. Negotiate the rate for their services and finalize the contract.