What is the best way to find an efficient maid?

Discuss about life in Singapore. Ask about cost of living, housing, travel, etiquette & lifestyle. Share experience & advice with Singaporeans & expat staying in Singapore.
Post Reply
Singapore Newbie
Regular
Regular
Posts: 58
Joined: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 3:44 pm
Location: Orchard area

What is the best way to find an efficient maid?

Post by Singapore Newbie » Tue, 02 May 2006 11:09 pm

My husband and I just moved to Singapore and we are expecting our first baby in early July. I need some advice regarding domestic helpers.

I am looking for information on the best way to find a full-time maid (agency or referral?) who can clean well and help take care of the baby on occasion. I will go back to work part-time in October, so the babycare skills will be important.

I've been reading old threads on this site and it sounds like most people have had a hard time finding good maids who do a good job cleaning and have the skills necessary to take care of a baby.

I'm hoping someone who has had a positive experience can share the best way to approach this.

Thanks.

User avatar
Mary Hatch Bailey
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1579
Joined: Thu, 06 Oct 2005 7:38 am
Location: Bedford Falls

Post by Mary Hatch Bailey » Wed, 03 May 2006 6:12 pm

I think the best maids are found by word-of-mouth. I.e. someone you know is leaving and they are looking to place their maid with a new family. Since you are new, that presents some problems. The next best way is by the postings on bulletin boards at places like The British or American Clubs or International Schools. This way you can speak to their current employers and really get the most information. If you are not going to be a member of a Club, maybe you know someone who is? Or just go tour the club and check out the bulletin boards? This is the time of year when lots of families move.

Good luck.

Singapore Newbie
Regular
Regular
Posts: 58
Joined: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 3:44 pm
Location: Orchard area

Post by Singapore Newbie » Wed, 03 May 2006 7:27 pm

Thanks for the advice. I will check out the bulletin boards for recommendations.

User avatar
k1w1
Reporter
Reporter
Posts: 680
Joined: Mon, 30 May 2005 8:20 pm

Post by k1w1 » Thu, 04 May 2006 2:41 pm

SingaporeNewbie,

I know a maid in our condo who is desperately trying to get new employers. I normally wouldn't do this, but I have actually spoken with this girl and seen her with very young children (including mine) on a number of occassions. A couple of weeks back, she asked if I knew anyone who was looking for a maid.

I have just hired a maid not long ago, otherwise I would hire her myself. If you want to know more about her, please PM me.

kimm
Regular
Regular
Posts: 83
Joined: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 7:37 pm
Location: oversea
Contact:

Post by kimm » Thu, 04 May 2006 8:10 pm

I wonder whether your new maid is under OFW Protection?

User avatar
k1w1
Reporter
Reporter
Posts: 680
Joined: Mon, 30 May 2005 8:20 pm

Post by k1w1 » Fri, 05 May 2006 7:17 am

Sorry? OFW protection?

Overseas Foreign Worker? I don't get it...

Singapore Newbie
Regular
Regular
Posts: 58
Joined: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 3:44 pm
Location: Orchard area

Post by Singapore Newbie » Sun, 07 May 2006 12:22 pm

K1w1-

I have sent you a pm. It was my first time using this function, so I hope you got it...

User avatar
Elf
Member
Member
Posts: 29
Joined: Wed, 31 May 2006 10:03 pm
Location: SingaporeAnything.com
Contact:

Re: What is the best way to find an efficient maid?

Post by Elf » Thu, 01 Jun 2006 3:06 pm

Singapore Newbie wrote:My husband and I just moved to Singapore and we are expecting our first baby in early July. I need some advice regarding domestic helpers.

I am looking for information on the best way to find a full-time maid (agency or referral?) who can clean well and help take care of the baby on occasion. I will go back to work part-time in October, so the babycare skills will be important.

I've been reading old threads on this site and it sounds like most people have had a hard time finding good maids who do a good job cleaning and have the skills necessary to take care of a baby.

I'm hoping someone who has had a positive experience can share the best way to approach this.

Thanks.
Transfer maids from friends are the best. You will at least know they're reliable sources since it's from a friend.

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Staying, Living in Singapore”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests