Hi all, had some questions for those of you who've either hired cleaners, are cleaners, or may know about the things I'd like answered! We use a cleaning service for our home right now--the agency sends out two cleaners each time (usually the same team). They bring their own cleaning supplies, including vacuum cleaners etc. and are in and out of the house in about 1-hour & 15-minutes to clean our house, which is a decent size but usually pretty neat and clean and doesn't need too much work (no kids!). Each year, the fee goes up (I also tip both cleaners each time). They're bonded and insured so if they're injured on the job or break anything, the agency covers it.
Since there's been another increase and the cost is higher than I'd like to pay now, I'm thinking about switching over to one of the cleaners my friends use--trustworthy, thorough and does a great job. She'd be in the house longer (about 2 to 4 hours depending) and would work by herself and use my equipment (my vacuum cleaner, cleaning supplies etc.) Her rate is much cheaper since she works for herself. The down side is she's not bonded or insured. I wouldn't care if she broke a dish or two on occasion. But if she fell on the job and hurt herself, I think we'd be responsible since it was in our house (and to pay more insurance to cover any potential injuries may not benefit us in the long run).
It's not like I'd be sticking my foot out to make her fall, but she could get hurt tripping on something or what not. Does anyone know anything about this or have you been sued by someone you hired to work in your house who hurt themselves in your house?
Thanks in advance! (I'm actually a very good house cleaner but since I'm so Type A, it literally takes me forever to clean 'cause nothing's ever clean enough... It's not fun being me sometimes!)