Ok, so here you are. The woman who has been cleaning your home has finally given her notice. She has been with you for the last 15 years, basically since she graduated high school, and here she is expecting her second child.
It’s been nice having one person clean your home. She was fairly reliable, showing up every week and taking about four to five hours to clean your home the same way you would. Sure, it took some training to get her to do it your way, but it was worth it.
What are your options for replacing her (like you could ever replace her)? Angieslist has a good comparison of your options, here.
You could search for another woman; maybe on craigslist or in the local news paper, but that seems so last century. Besides, the world is a much different place since you last hired a home cleaner.
The other option is to hire a service. The nice part of this option is you know that they are most likely insured and there is a certain amount of security involved with inviting them into your home.
A reputable cleaning service will background check their employees, have liability insurance and can be dependable and reliable. Some will send the same people each time (usually two or three), so you have a sense of continuity on each cleaning.
The down side to this is that where it took your previous woman four to five hours to clean your home, the cleaning company can usually have it done in an hour to an hour and a half. This may lead you to believe that they did an inferior job or skipped some things you wanted done, but in reality, two or three people naturally can do the same job your previous cleaner did in 1/3 or 1/2 the time.
It may also be disconcerting to have a group of people in your home versus one person. Whereas your previous cleaner was pretty silent in her work, save for the vacuum, a team will normally communicate during the cleaning (“Don’t forget the stainless polish.”, “Did you do these stairs, yet?”).
The decision is a personal preference and one you most likely will lose some sleep over. It is your home, after all. Best of luck to you!