Even in a tricky economy, more and more households are getting outside help. What precious free time people have they don’t want to spend scrubbing the toilet.
“People want more balance in their lives and the free time that they do have they want to spend with their families or friends,” said Randall Shear, owner of The Maids of Seattle. “Knowing that the house will get a good scrubbing not only frees up time but reduces stress for many of our hard-working customers.”
The Maids International, an Omaha-based franchisor, reports use of home cleaning services is on the rise in many markets across the U.S. Customers include dual-income families, single-parent households, members of the military and retired couples.
In more than 100 U.S metropolitan areas with franchises of The Maids, people such as Karleen Dell’Ova say regular service from their local team is the last thing they will give up.
“I would give up my iPad, my iPhone, whatever to have The Maids,” Dell’Ova said. “I told my husband that when he retires, The Maids will be the last thing to go.”
Dell’Ova has used The Maids of North Hampton, N.H., since 2003. With their two children grown and out of the house, she and her husband Vin moved to a retirement community in nearby Durham.
She wanted some help and a neighbor recommended her cleaning woman. Dell’Ova gave her a try. “It did not work for me,” she said. “I wanted a company.” She uses The Maids once a month and the schedule keeps her on track with routine upkeep but spares her the heavy-duty stuff. She appreciates how fast the team works and loves returning home to a spotless house.
“They know the house,” she said.
“Personal attention and outstanding customer service are hallmarks of The Maids,” said Shear. “We treat every house like it is our own.”
www.maids.com or call 1-800-The-Maids.