Have you ever hired a maid to clean your house?

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    And what do you do while they are there? Do you tip them? How much? Do you tell them where to clean? Do you trust them?
     
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    yes but it was a long time ago ....and they were cleaning crews from the business i worked with...so i did trust them....i do not remember if i tipped them or not
     
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    No.

    Far to cheap for that.
     
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    Yes,
    Nothing.
    No.
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    No.
    Yes.
     
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    Yes. I've had a regular cleaning person come in once a week for years. The current one has worked for me for four years. I pay her at the high end of the market rate, and give her a nice Christmas Bonus each year (a little over two weeks of pay).

    She was recommended by someone I trust - which is critical given that she has a key to our house. When she first started, we walked through the house, and I reviewed with her what I wanted done. From time to time, I ask her to do some extra work and pay for the additional time it takes. Other than that, she is pretty autonomous.

    If you are really busy and can afford it, having someone clean the house is Serenity Insurance.
     
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    Sarah G When Nothing Goes Right, Go Left Supporting Member

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    You tell them what you want them to do, what products to use even. They'll give you a price for your approval. You don't have to be there, they can do it while you're at work if you like.

    They have references so you can call them before hiring.

    We do our own now but I had one when my daughter was little and we both worked full time. It can be a very good thing. Kids alone are time consuming with all of their activities.
     
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    I need to add that we only use one about twice a year, to give it a good top to bottom cleaning, etc. Usually right before the holidays and then once in the spring/early summer sometime. The rest of the time my wife and I maintain.
     
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    I have had a housekeeper/cook for several years now. I trust her completely.
    tipping? Well I bought her a nice little used car a few weeks ago and am having it fixed up right now. She does not know yet.
     
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    I thought about doing that before.
     
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    It's worth it. What we do is clean the basic stuff in the house before they come, so they can do all the stuff that we never do...scrub the baseboards, dust the light fixtures, clean behind the furniture etc.
     

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