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Happy Maids FAQ
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What’s the difference between Happy Maids and other cleaning services?
Happy Maids is a local, family-owned business providing over 30 years of service. We know that there are a lot of cleaning services to choose from. What sets Happy Maids apart the most is our customizability. We understand that each home is as unique as each of our customers. We will work with you to create a cleaning solution that works best for you and your home. And we do this without locking you into a contract, giving you the freedom to adjust your service at any time. We are confident that our flexibility and commitment to you, paired with our attention to detail, will keep you a part of our happy family.
Do you service my area?
We service a large area in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Check out the full list here: Service areas
What cleaning packages do you offer?
We offer a maintenance cleaning, basic cleaning, deep cleaning, move-in/out cleaning and post construction cleaning. Every clean can be customized to fit your home and needs. Check out what is typically included in each service here: Cleaning Packages
Do you bring your own cleaning supplies?
Happy Maids teams come equipped with cleaning supplies (cleaners, vacuums, and cleaning rags) for each job. If you prefer any specialty cleaners to be used, you may provide them for your team (just let the office know). If you have any questions about the cleaning products or equipment we use, call the office at 847-382-0082 (M-F 8:30AM-4: 30 PM)
How do I make a booking?
Call us in the office at 847-382-0082 (M-F 8:30AM-4: 30 PM) or use our online booking option.
Why do I have to start with a deep cleaning?
Happy Maids always wants to start off on the right foot. We typically recommend that you start with a deep clean if you are new to Happy Maids or if you haven’t had a service in over two months. A deep clean will bring your home up to the Happy Maids standard of clean that we can then maintain.
Can I request special tasks or extras?
Happy Maids is always happy to go the extra mile for you. If you're not sure whether we provide a service, just ask! Additional tasks you may request include:
- Washing linens (time permitted)
- Inside fridge cleaning
- Inside oven cleaning
- Interior window washing (within reach while using step ladder)
- Folding laundry
- Inside cabinets
- Load dishwasher (sink full)
- Vacuum inside sofa
Will you send the same maids each time?
Weekly and bi-weekly customers have the benefit of seeing the same team clean their home each visit. Monthly and as-needed services may request a team and we will do our best to accommodate you with their availability.
How do I prepare for the cleaning?
There are a few things you can do to prepare your home for your cleaning professionals to do their magic and get the most out of your service.
- Before your team arrives, remove clutter to allow them to get right down to business. Clutter includes kid’s toys, laundry, piles of items on the floor, and piles of papers.
- If you have chosen to exclude dishwashing from your service, please empty the sink of dirty dishes.
- Leave out clean bed sheets if you would like them changed.
- We love pets and are happy to work around them. Please notify the office of all pets. If visitors make them nervous, we ask that you secure them in a safe and comfortable place during your service.
- If you plan to be away during the house cleaning, make sure the office has access to an entry key, garage code, and any alarms.
What days do you work?
We offer service Monday through Friday 7AM-5PM. You can reach us in the office Monday through Friday 8:30AM-4: 30 PM
What time will you arrive?
Please allow a one-hour arrival window for your team.
How far in advance do I need to book my cleaning?
We typically ask for 48-hour notice, but we understand that life gets in the way and things don't always go as planned. If you need a last minute cleaning, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll do our best to get you scheduled.
How can I request an invoice?
Email with your information and service details for a copy of your invoice. You may also provide us your email by calling the office at 847-382-0082 (M-F 8:30AM-4: 30 PM)
Do you send an individual or a team of maids?
We typically work in teams of two. Occasionally, our maids may work individually or in a team of three.
Pricing & Policies
Do I need to pay the full price even if all the bedrooms do not need to be cleaned?
We prorate our services, meaning if we don’t use all of the time we estimated for your service, you don't pay for the time we don't use.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require schedule changes to be made at least two business days in advance. There is no rescheduling fee for changes made before two business days (M-F, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM). However, we charge an $84 fee for rescheduling/cancellations with less than two business days’ notice; this will be automatically billed to your credit card. This charge is to compensate our maids for the time they were promised to work. Monday clients must reschedule by close of business on the preceding Wednesday. If the team is locked out and unable to enter the home during the scheduled time of service, it will be treated as a cancellation.
How do you determine rates?
Many factors determine the cost of service and every home or office is different. Call us in the office at 847-382-0082 for an estimate. We also offer free in-home estimate upon request.
Do you offer discounts or specials?
Customers with regularly scheduled services receive their cleaning at a discounted rate. Compared to as-needed service, monthly clients receive a 10% discount, bi-weekly 15%, and weekly 20%.
Am I stuck in a contract?
Happy Maids creates contract free relationships with our customers, so you can adjust your service at any time (with at least 48 hours’ notice).
How do I make my payment? Am I supposed to tip?
We require a credit card on file for all first-time appointments. You have the option to pay by cash, check, or credit card. Credit cards are charged after service is complete. Checks and cash payments are due immediately upon completion of service. Tips are never expected but always appreciated. Tips can be given in cash, check, or can be added to your credit card payment.
Why do you need my credit card information?
Your billing information is required to reserve your appointment. Your credit card will be pre-authorized when you book an appointment, but you will not be charged until we have confirmed the appointment is completed. Your credit card will not be charged if you pay in cash or by check. Cash or check must be received by your team immediately.
Do you offer gift certificates?
A clean home is a gift that everyone can appreciate. Gift certificates can be purchased over the phone by calling us in the office at 847-382-0082 (M-F 8:30AM-4: 30 PM) or through our website.
Trust & Safety
Do you have insurance?
Happy Maids is fully insured and bonded for your protection and ours. Insurance confirmation and details are available upon request.
Is my billing information kept safe and secure?
Absolutely. Once you have entered your credit card information into the booking form or have a representative enter it for you, the data is no longer viewable, even to Happy Maids office staff. Only the last four digits of the credit card number show anywhere in our system.
Do your employees go through a background check?
Each Happy Maids employee is background checked before being hired.
Do I need to be home for the cleaning?
We don’t mind one way or the other! If you need to be out and about that day, just be sure to provide specific entry instructions to avoid a lock-out fee. We can store your key in our office safe so that we can access your home each visit.
What is your double satisfaction guarantee?
We want you to be totally thrilled with our service. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied, contact us as soon as possible and we will come back and rectify the problem for free! If we are unable to resolve the issue, we will give you a full refund.
How can I be sure you will provide quality service?
Our business thrives on making our customers happy and we stick to our satisfaction guarantee. Our maids are all professionally trained and take pride in the work they do, knowing how important a clean home is to your health (and your sanity). Homes also receive random quality inspections by a Happy Maids Supervisor.
What if something was missed and I am unhappy with a cleaning?
In the instance that you are not 100% satisfied, contact us as soon as possible and we will come back and rectify the problem for free! If we are unable to resolve the issue, we will give you a full refund.
What if something valuable was broken when the maids cleaned my home?
Our maids always treat your home with care and respect. In the instance that there is an accident, contact us in the office at 847-382-0082 (M-F 8:30AM-4: 30 PM) as soon as possible and Happy maids will work with you to resolve the situation.
When I book an appointment will I receive a confirmation?
Yes! You will receive an email with a summary of your booking details. We will contact you as soon as possible during business hours to confirm your appointment.
What if I don’t want to book online?
If online booking isn't for you or you would like a more customized clean, talk directly to a Happy Maids representative by calling 847 382 0082 Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. You can also email for a quote.
How do I know what type of service I need?
While every home is different, we typically recommend starting with a deep clean if you are new to Happy Maids or if you haven’t had a service in over two months. A deep clean will bring your home up to a high standard of clean that we can then maintain. Check out what is included in our different cleaning packages. If you're looking for a more customized clean please call us at 847 382 0082 (M-F 8:30-4:30). We’re always happy to create a cleaning solution that works for you.
Thank you for choosing Happy Maids commercial and residential cleaning services!