JOFTAA provided this useful information 7 years, 6 months ago:

Want to Hire Somone to Clean Your House / Furniture?

Some people have a very busy schedule. The last thing you want to do during your free time is clean your house. Or, perhaps you are PCSing. There are plenty of people available to clean your home, but you have to be careful about who you hire.

There are cleaning people who think Americans are made of money and charge exorbitant prices because they want to take advantage of the allowances we get. There are also people who will claim to be insured/bonded, but are not, or won't prove that they are. The going rate for a cleaning person, as of this writing, is about €10 per hour.

I have personally used several cleaning people myself, and have finally found one that I like. She is not the least expensive of the people I have used, but she is also not even close to the most expensive.

Monika Dickfeld's Cleaning Service was the most ridiculous of the bunch. She came to my house and gave me an estimate. She told me that she is bonded and insured, which was one of the reasons she charges more. She assured me that if there was ever a problem with anything being broken or stolen, that she was fully covered. I decided to give her a chance. What I found out is that Monika doesn't come to clean herself. Each week she would send a couple of people to clean. Not to sound like I am stereotyping, but the people she sent looked like they just broke out of prison. Complete with tattoos and piercings. Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to say that people with tattoos or piercings can't do a good job, but, the people who came to my house, definitely could not do a good job. Also, after requesting proof of bonding and insurance on several occasions, Monika never did give me her proof. The fact is, she was just charging more because she takes advantage of Americans. Even after I publicly asked her for her proof of bond/insurance, she did not do so.

I hired Chima to clean a couch. The guy showed up with the same type of wet vac that I could rent at the shoppette. And, the couch was still dirty when he left. His work ethic was horrible. He showed up late, did a crappy job, and charged full price. I won't make this mistake, again.

I then hired a lady who lives in Krickenbach. Her name is Gabby. She was very reasonably priced, but she simply does not know how to clean a house. My house would smell horrible after she left, and it appeared that all she did was rearrange the dust. Apparently she had some sort of super power because she thought she could clean a pretty good size house in under two hours. Also, her work ethic was pretty pathetic. She seemed to have an excuse, at least every second week, as to why she could not make it to clean. The really sad thing is that she lives in the same village as me. She could walk from her house to my house in less than 10 minutes. But, she insisted on driving. One winter day, it was particularly icy on the road. She refused to come to my house because it was too dangerous to drive. When I recommended that she just walk to my house, she said no. What a joke.

Now I am using a nice lady by the name of Shirley. She charges me a flat rate of €55. The joke here is that she asked for €50, but decided that driving for 20 minutes was costing her too much in gas. In the little car she drives, I'd be surprised if she uses more than a liter of gas for the round trip. But, she did an excellent job, and finding someone who does good work seems to be real commodity around these parts. I let her extort me for the extra €5 per cleaning. The difference with Shirley is that she comes as promised, and she does a very good job of cleaning. And, if there is anything extra that you want her to do, she will do it. Also, she cooks some pretty amazing food. If you supply her with the ingredients, she'll cook you some great food and bring it with her the next time she is at your house. Shirley is definitely worth the €55. She stays until the job is done. If the house is somewhat clean, she may only stay for a few hours, but if the house is dirty, she stays all day. What you pay Shirley will be based on the size of your house and what you want done. Her number is 01577-6336681.

Note: Mention this site to help me get brownie points. Who knows, maybe Shirley will give me a price break some day?



7 years, 6 months ago

hallo :-)
wellcome to germany!!!
if you have a good one..... you keep her, be happy, and do not tell too many people.
to find.... geschaeftsanzeiger, this paper you get every wendays. there we set the adds, and there are the offers as well. in the smallprint on the "jobs"
and yes - if it is iced - they might not come... but if she is good, it is more then ok.

gooood luck

7 years, 4 months ago

Ok, I most likely will get admonsihed for this, but...

I have a wonderful cleaning lady who is looking for more work.

It is in the Ramstein villiage and surrounding area. She has worked for me for the last 18 months and is wonderful.

If anyone is intereted, email me here and I will pass on her information.


Drew

7 years, 2 months ago

Quote by Awhitish:
.....

I have a wonderful cleaning lady who is looking for more work.

It is in the Ramstein villiage and surrounding area. She has worked for me for the last 18 months and is wonderful.

If anyone is intereted, email me here and I will pass on her information.


Drew


Feel free to post the info, here.

6 years, 3 months ago

Hello JOFTAA, was wondering if you still used Shirley and thought she was still a good cleaner. Looking for some help...

Thank you,

GG

6 years, 3 months ago

Quote by Georgina Guns:
Hello JOFTAA, was wondering if you still used Shirley and thought she was still a good cleaner. Looking for some help...

Thank you,

GG


I left Germany a year ago. If I were still there, I would still be using her. She was very good. If you call her, let her know that Sam from Krickenbach says hello, please.

6 years, 3 months ago

Well, thanks for response! I will give her a call.

6 years, 3 months ago

I can confirm that we are also paying 10 Euro/hr. Actually it's turned into a 4hr flat rate. Sometimes she finishes early, but sometimes she takes longer. But it's nice to know it's the same rate each and every time. I don't know if our lady is looking for work, but I know she lives in Homburg and wants to stay pretty local.

6 years, 3 months ago

Jesus_man, is that ~40 Euro per cleaning then? We had a team come by and give an estimate, they said 150 Euro for the first time and then 100 Euro after that. The house is a pretty good size but I seriously doubt it would take over five hours to clean.

6 years, 3 months ago

Yes, 40 per clean. We have 4 bedrooms (one is my office), three bathrooms, etc. So I think your estimate is very high unless you have a huge house.

6 years, 3 months ago

Quote by Georgina Guns:
Jesus_man, is that ~40 Euro per cleaning then? We had a team come by and give an estimate, they said 150 Euro for the first time and then 100 Euro after that. The house is a pretty good size but I seriously doubt it would take over five hours to clean.


Sounds like someone is trying to take advantage of you! issed:

6 years, 3 months ago

I figured as much, just needed to hear what other people were paying. So, I guess I will keep looking...

6 years, 3 months ago

Or tell them what you'll pay. All they can do is say no.

6 years, 3 months ago

Quote by Georgina Guns:
I figured as much, just needed to hear what other people were paying. So, I guess I will keep looking...

How big is your house?

6 years, 3 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
Sounds like someone is trying to take advantage of you! issed:


Impossible. People here do not take advantage of Americans. They give fair and reasonable rates that are comparable to what locals pay. I mean spending >2000 euro a month in rent and >100 euro for a house clean is spot on the average market amongst locals.



BTW, my landlord has made 90,000 euro from me living in his place for the past 3 years. And the DoD wonders why they are in a budget mess.

6 years, 3 months ago

Quote by STL7997:
BTW, my landlord has made 90,000 euro from me living in his place for the past 3 years. And the DoD wonders why they are in a budget mess.


That is the thing that aggravates the living hell out of me overseas. So much money is just HANDED OVER to their economy, it is pathetic. I knew a couple, both E-6, who got damn near 3.000€ a month for housing! The way it works here is you don't get to keep what you don't spend. For some reason, this makes people believe they need to get the biggest house they can to max out their "benefit". They wind up with too much house (they had a 7 bedroom...2 kids!), and just handing over our money to their landlord so that they dont "lose out on money". Folks have no idea what they are doing, and sad part is, either the DOD is blind, or just lets it happen anyway. Then they go cut budgeting where it really is needed...[but keep the planes flying around in circles for "pilot hours"].

Ok, I'm done.

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