Hiring a house cleaner

Old 11-21-2014, 03:26 PM
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Due to severe back issues, I need to have someone come and clean my house. I also have trust issues with people. Has anyone had problems with cleaning people? Like stealing or damage to things. I've talked to 2 friends and they have recommended someone and say they are great. But I just don't know what to do.
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Old 11-21-2014, 04:14 PM
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I had a wonderful cleaning lady for years. She had to quilt for health reasons and I was retiring so I didn't hire another. We never had any problems. She accidentally damaged a blanket once and immediately called to tell me and say she would replace it. I knew she had money problems so told her not to bother. She brought us dinner for the next five times she came. Fantastic homemade Mexican food. My mother had a cleaning lady who became a good friend and helped her quite a bit when Mom had to stop driving. If you have a good recommendation I say go for it.
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most good cleaning services Bond their people. of course you must prove they took something. anyway, search around and ask for references from friends, etc. Good luck.
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I've had problems, to the point where I am considering hidden inside security cameras. I have a closet I usually lock, but the last time I had strangers in the house I didn't have time to lock it and several things went missing. I haven't had time to look really good but if one item in particular is still missing when I do, I will report it to the local police as the company advised me to do. It was a $500 item....just be really careful and very aware of who you are letting in your home...
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Originally Posted by tesspug View Post
She had to quilt for health reasons
It just happens automatically sometimes doesn't it? (you typed quilt not quit). It made me smile.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:13 PM
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I had a cleaning lady ruin
a skillet because she accidentally turned the oven on with the skillet stored in it. Also had a different lady who
was using illegal meds.
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I would recommend a couple of referrals from people you know. My housekeeper works for two people I know and has for several years. I would consider hiring someone who has worked for at least two years for the same people who are recommending her.
There are some things you need to consider:
1. Accidents do happen - and you could have broken or torn it yourself.
2. You need to let whoever you hire know how you want things done; they are not mind readers
3. Also, you need to let them know what you want done and what you want them to leave alone.
4. I know this is something you would automatically do; they need to be treated with respect.

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Old 11-22-2014, 04:04 AM
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I have had the same cleaning lady for the last 16 years. She was recommended to me by someone that knew her. My grandson says that she has been around so much that she is part of the family. I think I would stay away from "Cleaning Services" and go with someone that has been recommended. While I was working she cleaned the house when noone was home and have never had any problems with her taking anything.
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Check with your local Senior Center or Senior Services place. I think the place that is government sponsored does background checks on their people who do housekeeping services. We hired one through the government senior service place for my mother and she absolutely loved the lady we got. She was so thoughtful and did a load of wash while she did other chores to reduce the cost for my mom. There are lovely people out there!
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:26 AM
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If you have "trust issues," you will just drive yourself nuts worrying. Don't do it.
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