Wednesday, September 19, 2007

You Really Only Have Two Choices

Now that I own a maid service, it's easy. It's easy to sit here and tell you why Two Maids & A Mop is the obvious choice when it comes to professional housecleaning. But it wasn't so easy a few years ago.

We had just sold our house and we needed both a moving company and a maid service. So we picked up the phonebook and we started calling a few businesses. Turns out that moving is expensive. Turns out that housecleaning isn't cheap either. At least when you talk to the people in the yellow pages.

So we turned to the local classified ads. And we found a group of people that would help us do both things all at once. They would help pack the house and they would help clean the house. All done by the same people. All done for one low price.

Of course, it all ended ugly. They showed up late. They took several breaks. They took forever. And they sucked.

The truck wasn't packed properly. A couple of items were broken or damaged. And the house wasn't too clean either. In the end, we were forced to rearrange some items in the truck. And in the end, we were forced to re-clean some areas that we were missed.

We were forced to do this because we couldn't locate these folks after the work was completed. They had their money and were long gone. Ready to take on another cheapskate like me.

Of course, that was then and this is now. I now know that you really only have two choices.

1. You can do the work yourself, or
2. You can pay someone a fair amount of money for the work.

It's been said before but it bears get what you pay for.

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