Service Policy

Maid This Way > Service Policy

1. Payments
For your convenience, Maid this Way accepts the following forms of payment: Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, American Express, Cash, Cheque, E- transfer and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

Residential Services: Payment is due in full at the time of service. We have a “No Payment/ No Clean” policy and we may not provide cleaning services if payment is not present or you are behind on payments. First time & one-time cleaning require pre-payment. If leaving cash or a cheque, please leave payment on the kitchen counter inside a clearly marked envelope and make cheques payable to Maid this Way.

Commercial Services: Charges on your account are due and payable in full from the date of your bill. If you are paying by mail or through a financial institution, please allow adequate time for your payment to reach us before the required payment date. You are responsible for all charges on your account. We have a “No Payment/ No Clean” policy and we may not provide cleaning services if you are behind on your payments.

Late Payment Charges: Payment of the amount due on your account is due by the specified required due date. Late payments will be subject to a late payment charge of 3% per month. This late payment charge will accrue on a daily basis and will be calculated and compounded monthly on the outstanding amount (42.58% per year) from the date of the first bill on which it appears until the date we receive that amount in full. You agree that we can charge any unpaid and outstanding amount, including any late payment charges, on any pre-authorized payment method on your account (e.g., a credit card or bank account withdrawal). Late payment charges from the previous invoice(s) will be appear on the next invoice.

If a cheque is returned for NSF, there will be an additional charge of $35.00 and services will be suspended until full payment has been received. Repeatedly not leaving a payment may result in termination of our services.

Please note: All initial deep, one-time, move in/out and seasonal cleanings are priced at a flat rate

2. Collections
In the unfortunate event that we are unable to collect on past due payments, accounts will be forwarded for collections. If your account has an unpaid final balance, then we may assign your account to a collection agency after your account has been cancelled:

i. at any time, if the contact information for your account is no longer valid;
ii. no earlier than 25 days after the cancellation date, if your account was cancelled for non-payment; or
iii. no earlier than 35 days after the cancellation date, if your account was cancelled for any other reason, and you have an unpaid final balance of $75 or more.

3. 24 Hour Guarantee and Refunds
We want you to be 100% satisfied! If at any time there is a legitimate concern in regard to your cleaning, you must call our office within 24 hours of the cleaning. Though we do not offer refunds, if we are contacted within 24 hours, we will gladly return to re-clean the area(s) of concern.

Please note there are no refunds for gift certificate purchases.

4. Cancellation Policy and Skipped Cleans
Things come up, and we understand. However, we kindly ask that if you need to cancel, skip or reschedule a cleaning, that you notify us 48 hours before your scheduled day. That will allow us to reassign your Client Care representative to another appointment. If Maid this Way receives less than 48 hours’ notice a cancellation fee of 50% of your cleaning price will be applied to your account.

If 24 hours’ notice or less has been given, or we cannot access your home due to a lockout, it will be necessary for us to charge the full price of your cleaning.

To ensure that all your needs are addressed, please correspond all requests and changes directly to Client Services: (705) 431-2191. Please do not communicate these important details with your cleaners. If for some reason you wish to terminate service, please contact our office.

5. Price Increases
Maid this Way reserves the right to adjust client rates at any time. You will be notified 30 days prior to any price increases. As the needs or conditions of you home changes you may receive a price increase. Prices for your regular maintenance cleaning are guaranteed for the duration of 12 months. If a client discontinues and reinstates service with Maid this Way after a period of 3 months the original price is not guaranteed, and a new rate may be given.

6. Tipping
Maid this Way never requires tipping, but it is a powerful way to say thank you to your service provider. Remember your appreciation need not be monetary. A personal note from you expressing your appreciation for their service can mean a great deal. If you would like to leave a tip for your cleaners, please place it outside the sealed payment envelope with a note so it is clear that it is a tip for them.

7. Privacy and Confidentiality
Maid this Way and its employees will not share your personal information with anyone.

8. Keys
Ninety percent of our clients leave a key to their home at our office, and we take extreme measures to protect each key and your home. We assign every customer key a security code and store it in a key safe. No identifying information is ever put on any key.

Keys are issued to your Client Care Representative on Monday’s and checked back in on Friday’s. If we were to misplace your key, we would pay to have your home re-keyed. A document will be provided to you indicating that we are in possession of your key. All keys are immediately returned upon termination of service. However, for your safety, we do not return keys by mail. Customers must call Maid this Way to arrange pick up their key. Please note that photo id is required before a key will be released.

If you decide not to issue a key to Maid this Way, and no one will be home during the cleaning, you may choose to leave a door unlocked or place a spare key in a secured place for the Client Care Rep to gain access to your home. In this case, you release Maid this Way of any liability that may arise from any damages or theft to your home as we cannot guarantee that we are the only ones who will have access to your home that day. The Key Release of Liability document will be provided to you indicating that we are not in possession of keys to your home.

9. Alarm System
If your home has a security system, please inform us how you want to handle it. Please note that it is not necessary for you to have to disarm your alarm systems the day of our cleaning. If you contact your alarm company, they can assist you in programming a code that is unique to our company which can then be provided to our office. Security and safety of your home is a major concern at Maid this Way, and our employees are sensitive to security and access procedures. Our policy is to lock the door while we are cleaning and to not allow access to unknown persons. Please do not rely on us to let in workmen during the time we are in your home.

10. Pets
Your pets are members of your family and we respect that. However, if your pet is afraid of vacuums, is territorial or rough and will not allow us to do our work, we may suggest that they be placed in areas that we are not working in (i.e. garage, kennel, etc.). We will not pick up pet droppings. This includes cleaning of litter boxes and dog kennels.

11. Arrival Time/Hours
Our hours of operation are from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Unless you are our first cleaning of the day, we are unable to guarantee an exact arrival time. However, we can provide you with a 1-2-hour window of our estimated arrival time. Many things can affect our schedules, such as cancellations, lockouts, weather conditions or customers adding services. However, we will strive to meet your cleaning needs with respect to arrival times. Leaving a key with Maid this Way is the most efficient way to provide us with access to your home. If you want to wait for us to arrive, we respectfully request that you are home during the estimated window of time to let your cleaners in. If no one is home or we are turned away for any reason, a cancellation fee will be charged (see Cancellation Policy). Evening and weekend cleans’ will be considered if there is availability.

12. Limitations/Disclaimers
Our employees are very important to us, and we are very serious about keeping them safe.

a) We do not climb higher than a 2-step ladder
b) We do not move furniture or move anything heavier then 35lbs but will try to reach a visible place with an extension duster and or vacuum.
c) If an area in the home is considered or has the potential to be considered a biohazard, that are will not be cleaned. (Including but not limited to: Vomit, blood, human/ animal excrement, bodily fluids, emptying/ cleaning cat litter boxes)

These types of activities put our employees at risk of an injury or infection. We are also unable to wash exterior windows or clean carpets; however, we can gladly refer you to a professional.

If you would like us to clean behind appliances like a refrigerator, oven or large sofa, please move it prior to the cleaning to allow access to the desired area.

If an employee feels that their personal safety is in danger (someone in the home is intoxicated, vicious animal not contained, etc.), and the employee leaves the job site, the client is still responsible for the full cost of the job. We will attempt to reach you by phone if this situation should arise.

It is to the client’s advantage to have the home picked up as much as possible allowing us to be able to get to all areas so that we can optimize your cleaning. At Maid this Way we provide light straightening of the areas that we clean. If such areas/surfaces are cluttered at the time of cleaning, your team will clean around those areas and you will be notified.

13. Insects
Insect infestation can be a problem and may prevent us from completely cleaning your home. If an infestation of ants, termites, roaches, fleas, etc., are encountered, we will not clean or vacuum the area. Please do not expect us to clean up dead insects that you’ve sprayed (i.e. ants, etc.). We will leave you a note or call you regarding the problem.

14. Distractions
It is important for us to have access to every area of your home that we will be cleaning. In doing so, we need to work freely and without distractions. Excessive visiting with your maid (beyond cleaning instructions) prevents them from being 100% focused.

Every effort is made to work safely and cautiously, and we cannot assume liability for injury to others. In order to prevent safety hazards (tripping over buckets, caddies, vacuum cords, etc.), we kindly ask that you, your children and pets remain out of the rooms that we are cleaning. You may return once we are finished.

15. Firearms/Weapons
For our protection and yours, in the unlikely event that you have firearms/ Weapons we ask that they be stored and locked away prior to our cleaning your home. We will not clean any rooms in which a firearm/ Weapon is visibly present.

16. Wear & Tear
The longer we live in our homes, the more wear and tear builds up in it. Baseboards, bottom of showers and tubs, mold/mildew, excessive water spots and soap scum on glass shower doors, worn flooring (wood floors may need to be refinished) grout lines, window tracks, etc. are all areas where wear and tear will have an outcome on the final look of the cleaning. These areas may take more than one cleaning to improve in appearance or may not come clean at all.

While we do offer to dust your blinds, excessive build up on blinds and shutters may require that you contact a professional blind cleaning company. We cannot be held liable for blinds/shutters, etc. that do not come 100% clean.

17. Damages
Accidents do happen. If we are responsible for damages to your home or items in your home, we will leave a note for you and place a follow up call. We make every attempt to repair, replace or pay for any items that we have damaged.

We will assume no liability for items not secured in a proper manner (example: heavy pictures hanging from thumb tacks, not anchored properly to walls, etc., pre-existing damages, scratches, dings in windows, paint, furniture, floors, walls, etc. Items of monetary or sentimental value should be put away on the day of cleaning and/or cleaned by home owner.

All surfaces (i.e.: Marble, Granite, hardwood floors, etc.) are assumed to be sealed and ready to be cleaned without causing harm/damage when common cleaners are used.

18. Release of Liability
Should you decide you would like us to clean items of monetary or sentimental value, items within curio cabinets, etc., the following will apply: Client hereby releases Maid this Way from all liability arising out of cleaning these item(s), and the client understands that he/she is completely responsible for repairing or replacing any damaged item(s), even if an employee of Maid this Way may have caused the need for repair or replacement.

19. Quality Control
We want to earn a PERFECT 10 in quality and customer service. With that in mind, you will receive calls or emails after some of your cleanings. Please let us know how we performed. Constructive criticism refines us. We want to be the best!

20. Employee Solicitation
By entering into an agreement for services, you agree not to solicit for hire any staff member introduced to you by Maid this Way for any home- related services. If you are found to have solicited one of our employees, please be advised that our referral training fee is $2,500. Payable to Maid this Way immediately upon employing our staff for any services to your home/ business.