Friday, July 06, 2007

Yet Another Reason To Not Hire An Individual Maid

Taken from a recent Dear Annie column.......(Click here for the full article)

Dear Annie: I’ve had the same cleaning lady for over 20 years, with no problems until the last two. Lately, I have been missing jewelry and blouses. My husband couldn’t believe “Corinne” was taking anything until one of his expensive gadgets went missing. We are both in declining health and must have help in the home, as we cannot do it ourselves. I know Corinne is taking advantage of this. She is an excellent worker, but she always carries a large purse and it’s easy to walk out with things. What should I do? I’m afraid if I confront her about these missing items, she will quit. I’ve hidden my expensive jewelry, but even so, things continue to disappear. Any suggestions? — No Name, No State

Dear No Name: It’s possible you are mistaken about the stealing, so first approach Corinne and say, “I can’t seem to locate my pearl earrings. Can you find them for me?” This gives her notice that you are aware things are missing, and it provides an opportunity for her to “discover” them without making accusations. If she doesn’t do so and things continue to disappear, it’s time to find a new cleaning person or hire a cleaning service. We know you are accustomed to Corinne, but apparently, she costs more than you intended to pay.

You know it's time to find a professional cleaner when you can't even confront her about items missing from your home. You've gotten too close and she's gotten too comfortable. You've become a friend rather than a customer.

Of course, think about all the money you're saving by hiring her.........:)


  1. Love your blog Ron. I have a question
    if you have a moment?..

    Started a house cleaning business in Virginia. Looking to hire people. Where do you find cleaning people, what do you look for? Any advice for someone starting out? Thanks for your time


  2. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for visiting our blog and for the nice comments.

    Finding people is the easy part. You can ask your current rmployees for friends or family that need a job. Or you can simply run a classified ad in your local paper. Another resource is your local job resource center. For example, the state of Florida has a service that locates jobs for out of work people.

    The hard part is retaining the employees. Turnover is the single hardest part of running the business. Good luck on your new business and keep in touch.

    I'll be glad to help in anyway possible.