Tips on Hiring Household Help

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Fast-paced lifestyles, hectic schedules and a lack of free time can push spring cleaning to the bottom of the to-do list. Those looking for relief can turn to professionals, but before picking up the phone to schedule an appointment, it's important to know whom you are letting into your home.

THE MAIDS Home Services provides the following tips to consider before hiring a maid service:

Bonding: Make sure the company is bonded for its clientele. Should a theft occur, you need to be protected. Some companies, if they are bonded at all, protect only themselves, not the consumer.

Insurance: Make sure the company is insured. If a maid slips and falls while cleaning the shower, your home owner's policy might not cover the incident.

References: Make sure the company is reliable. Ask for references and a work history.

Screening and hiring: Ask if employees' references are checked and if their residence status is confirmed. Some established company policies include screening for honesty and dependability.

Cleaning products and equipment: Some independent housekeepers as well as some services expect you to supply all cleaning products and equipment. Check out what's included with your house cleaning.

Guarantee: Make sure the service is backed by a written satisfaction guarantee.

Taxes: Make sure you don't break any tax laws. If you pay a housekeeper or maid a certain amount per year, the federal law requires you to pay social security and other taxes on that person. However, some states may require you to withhold state taxes on payments smaller than $1,000. Most maid service companies withhold taxes for their employees, but check to make sure. For more information about household employee taxes, call the Internal Revenue Service.


About THE MAIDS Home Services:
THE MAIDS Home Services, founded in 1979, is the most trusted name in home cleaning. THE MAIDS promises to deliver a cleaner, healthier, happier and more comfortable home --- guaranteed because "Nobody Outcleans THE MAIDS." Rated as the fastest-growing residential cleaning franchise in Entrepreneur magazine for the past four years, THE MAIDS is one of the oldest and largest residential cleaning franchisors in the United States and Canada, serving over 40 states and four provinces in North America. For more information, visit www.maids.com.

 

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