"Ek achhi bai ki keemat tum kya jaano Ramesh babu?" For those who are experienced, they would know what it feels like to find the perfect maid. A good maid eventually becomes a part of the family, she becomes the housekeeper, the nanny, the guardian, the substitute mom and also assumes several other roles depending upon the need of the hour. No one can take a risk with this one!
Here are a couple of questions you should be asking your maid before you hire her!
1. How experienced are you?
The more her experience, the lesser the work for you. However, experienced maids have set ways of doing things, while freshers might be more willing to adapt and adjust.
2. What do your home-care services include?
Figure the type and number of household chores you'd like them to do in advance so there is no ambiguity later on. Right from cooking, cleaning, washing (clothes & utensils), dusting etc.
3. How much salary do you expect?
Some maids charge chore wise, while others charge lump sump. Discuss in advance which arrangement and how much do they prefer?
4. Where do you live?
Maids that live close by tend to be relatively easy-going? During traffic situations, festivals or monsoons, they're more likely to show up.
5. Who all comprise of your family? And are you the one supporting them?
A basic background check is essential. Plus, once you have this piece of information, you can figure ways of helping, supporting and contributing to your maids family.
6. What are the timings you prefer?
They could prefer working at half day shifts, full day shifts or they could be interested in becoming full-time maids.
7. Which languages do you speak?
This particular factor will affect, the understanding and execution of tasks by your maid. It will also affect the overall effective communication between you and your maid. So it might be crucial to understand if you'll have a common language to converse in.
8. Do you cook, only veg., or veg. & non-veg. both? What all can you cook?
Well. This is controversial. But you've got to know.
9. How are you with pets and animals?
Of course, you can only hire the maid if you pet approves of her. Pet-approved maids are generally trustworthy!
10. Do you have any references who we can call for a background check?
A police verification or a general background check would be a mandatory step before hiring any maid.
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