|Mountain Maids of Colorado|
|303-703-9392 or 1-877-703-9392|
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|Perspectives on the Quality of the cleaning service you receive|
|In today's economic environment it is understandable that we are all seeking to get the most for our dollar. Mountain Maids service is very reasonably priced compared to our major competitors.... on average our pricing is about 20 to 25% less than our competitors like Merry Maids*, Molly Maids*, The Maids*, etc. Our average hourly rates run about $26 to $30 / work hour. More difficult projects like wall washing and construction cleaning will run more. Our competition charges approximately $35 to $45 per work hour but often will not disclose to you how many work hours they plan to give you for what you are paying for..
* Trademarks of the respective companies
|LOW COST vs HIGH QUALITY|
What about other options:
Individual / Independent Cleaners
In order to save money you may go the route of hiring an independent person to clean your home. Unfortunately this route is fraught with very high risks you may not be aware of. The majority of independent house cleaners do not report their earnings to the IRS and the Social Security Administration. As far as the IRS and SSA is concerned YOU are their "employer", even if you only have them once a week or once every other week. They are regarded as your "domestic employee" and as their "employer" you are required to withold employment taxes, and match FICA and Medicare and remit these to the IRS and Social Security Administration and State Unemployment, etc... a very painful / complicated process which most legitimate businesses hire an accountant or CPA to do for them...
In addition as their employer you are legally required to carry Workers Comp insurance on this individual. Although, again a pain, to do it is a very wise decision if you wish to protect yourself should an employee get injured in your home ...
Of course you can avoid all of this by just going with a reputable company like Mountain Maids which takes care of all of these requirements ...
|What about other "Companies" that charge less.
Whatever industry you are in there will always be somebody out there who will offer a lower price to get your business. We are able to offer lower prices than our competition because we do not carry the same franchise and other overheads that they do. They have to pay a percentage of their revenue to the franchise company, which they then pass on to you as a higher cost. Since we are locally owned and operated we don't have those expenses. However, we are NOT the cheapest people in town. As a company we charge the lowest prices we can without compromising on the QUALITY. We could hire people at minumim wage and then charge less, but we want to attract the BEST employees, pay them a fair wage and provide QUALITY service at an AFFORDABLE price.
We do have other "companies" that will undercut us, and if you shop around you will find somebody that will do it for $5.00 or $10.00 less than us, but usually it will be at an ADDITIONAL COST to you that will not be immediately apparent. I will explain this below.
How are they able to charge less?
We really feel it is important to do everything above board. We don't believe in cutting corners to compete with these companies that in the long term will not last. Typically these "companies" will cut corners by, for example, not taking out workers comp insurance on their employees, which puts you, as the homeowner, at risk, since you would be liable if a person was injured on your property, or by not having liability insurance or bonding their employees. Often they will call their employees "independent contractors" and claim that they are an "agency", in which case you would be required to withold and pay Social Security / FICA / Medicare, etc. and be responsible for workers comp and liability insurance.
Some of these questionable companies hire illegals and pay them very low wages or will put people with questionable backgrounds in your home... very scary!! Are you willing to take risk?
What About some of the "New" Franchise Companies
or Individuals who work for themselves under a trade name?
Of late there have been a number of "new" companies coming to town with slick advertising brochures or fancy web sites. The problem is that the brochure or the web site is NOT the company or the ownership of the company. Anybody can hire a good graphic artist to come up with a nice brochure or web site. Who are you actually dealing with? Check them out with the BBB and the Secretary of State to see when they in fact started operating here. If you find little or no information then BEWARE! The problem is that there is no track record for these companies. How do you know that they are telling you the truth? They will, without hesitation, LIE to you about who they are and how long they have been in business. They will not hesitate to give you ther friends name as a "reference." Even if they are part of a "franchise", this means little ... who are the LOCAL owners and can you trust them? Many of these operations fold up or change ownership within a very short period of time because of bad management and bad customer service. The fact that the franchise company has been in business for a certain number of years means NOTHING if the local franchisees have just started the business and have no scruples or have no idea how to handle issues that may come up ... How can you really know who you are letting into your home? Does the company do background checks of their employees? If this is an independent person who has started a business as a sole proprietor and filed a trade name and is "doing business as" and is doing the work themselves then you need to be REALLY careful ... how do you know if you can trust them? Who has done a background check on them? How can you be sure that they do not have a criminal history? Anybody can file a trade name in Colorado .. there are no background checks that are done by the state on these people. Can you afford to take the risk!
Mountain Maids has been serving Colorado since 1987 .. over 19 years ... and we will be here for the next 19 years. We are not a fly-by-night company that started yesterday and will be gone tomorrow. Over the past 19 years we have seen people and companies come and go in this business .. . Take a look at an old copy of the yellow pages from a few years ago under the "House Cleaning" section and you will be surprised how many of the companies that were in those books are no longer around. They did not last because they were not willing to do the right thing and did not care about their customers. They thought it would be easy to run a house cleaning company but discovered that this is not an easy business to be succesful in. We are not perfect BUT we genuinely CARE about our customers and you can be sure you are dealing with a stable, reputable company that will be there for you today, tomorrow and in the future.
| Can You do something to make your service affordable for me?
Sure we can! We have many customers that pay very reasonable rates and are very happy. You do have to, however, keep your expectations realistic. Our pricing is based on the time we will be spending in your home cleaning. Obviously the more time we have the more thorough we can be. If we have 6 working hours to clean your home we are going to do a better job than we would if we only had 3 working hours, but if you only can afford to spend the amount of money for 3 hours we would be happy to do that for you and do the absolute best possible job we can in that time. Call our office to discuss your needs and we will do our absolute best to accomodate you!! Thanks for reading this!! We LOVE happy customers .. we would like to invite you to become one of our Happy Customers!!
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