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Good Maids Informative - Dishonest Maid Service

Review by LGT on 2008-06-27
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA -- I made the mistake of hiring a maid service I learned about called (Good Maids - based in Burbank, CA.) after someone wrote a favorable review in the Apartment Therapy website (a website for Interior Decorating ideas and tips).

They promised it would cost $50.00 for 2 people and ended up bringing 4 people to the home and charged $150.00 for 2 1/2 hours of work.

It is truly painful to get ripped off especially during these economically difficult times.
Do not use this service. Very dishonest!!!
Comments:9 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-06-30
Posted by samtheman on 2008-06-27:
You're citing "economically difficult times", yet you're paying someone to clean your house?
Posted by soccermom12h on 2008-06-28:
I don't think the comments on this review should be about whether or not they SHOULD be paying someone to clean their house. That's their business. The point is, they got ripped off.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-06-28:
soccer you are right about whether or not they should be hiring someone, but not about them getting ripped off.
You just have to do the math. The poster was told $50.00 for 2 people.
It looks as if they brought 4 to cut down the time. Figure it,4 people for 2.5hrs=$150 or 2 people for 5 hours=$250. Even if the 2 people could do it in 4hrs they still saved money.
Posted by soccermom12h on 2008-06-28:
True jkt, IF the purpose was to save time/money. With all due respect, we have no way of knowing from the original post what the original time quote was, if any, for the $50/2 people. Although I have personally never used a cleaning lady, I live in an area where it is extremely common. I know people who have gotten a quote for x amount of dollars to do the job. The price is not quoted by the hours, but rather i.e. "I will come to your house one day a week to do the cleaning, and it will cost x." Sometimes the cleaning lady hired WILL bring an extra person with them, but the cost is not raised. It simply makes it faster to complete the job, and presumably, they split the money. If they can then go on to complete a 2nd job in the same day, they'd split that money, too. I don't know that this is any advantage to the cleaning ladies ($50 for 1 person for 1 job = $50, $100 for 2 people for 2 jobs still equals $50 per person, but maybe they like the company.) At any rate, like I said, you can't tell from the OP whether or not this was an agreement for a certain # of hours, or for the job.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-06-28:
Yea, ya gotta get it in writing. verbal contracts usually have no "meeting of the minds".
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2008-06-28:
What condition was the home in??
Posted by TGT101 on 2008-06-29:
I feel so bad for you that you can spend your money on people to clean your home for you. Not the millions of people that are need money for food every day.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-29:
What the OP decides to spend money on is his/her business. If they want a cleaning service...fine by me...it's their money. The largest consumer of domestic help is not the wealthy...it is the middle-income folks trying to raise a family and attend to a mid-level job. Comments bashing folks for spending their own money how they like...smacks of pure class envy. Even if a consumer is wealthy, it is not right for them to be cheated. Well said, soccermom12h!
Posted by lj on 2012-06-30:
These comments are very rude. You seem to be jealous someone hired cleaning person. I was injured and cannot clean. I hired a cleaning person. I have no family to help me and could not physically do it myself. I was riped off also. No only did I over pay for a poor job they cleaned my fridge/freezer by throwing all the food out! It's a shame.

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