Cleaning Service, Inc.
Serving Colorado Springs, Monument, Black Forest, Woodland Park, Falcon
and all surrounding areas since 1987
Commonly Asked Questions:
Do I really need a maid service to do this for me?
In the past I have had an individual who has their own business and
operates under a business name? Why would that be a problem?
Yes, it's true there are independent cleaners out there, but most
homeowners are totally unaware of the risks involved in hiring an
independent maid to work for them. First there is the legal issue of
the requirement by the IRS and Social Security Administration that you
treat them as your "domestic employee" and withhold income taxes and
FICA for wages paid to them and remit these to the IRS as well as
include your matching Social Security contribution. This applies even
if you only have them work for you once a week or every other week or
monthly. This is the infamous "nanny tax" and if you just pay your
housekeeper in cash and hope for the best you will have a rude surprise
10 or more years later when this person tries to retire with no Social
Security and you get a cordial letter in the mail informing you that
you owe the Social Security for this persons FICA plus penalties. Just
not worth it in the long run. Also don't be fooled by those
claiming that they are doing it themselves .. it's your responsibility
and it will come back to bite you if you don't do the right thing now.
Most independents do NOT want you to withhold because they take less
home that way ... but 10 or 15 years down the line when they have no
social security coming to them or when they are audited by the IRS they
will sing a different song .. they will blame YOU and all their other
employers for their woes ... Just not worth the problems!
An even bigger concern is WHY many independents are going it alone. The
fact is many "independents" are doing their own thing because no
reputable cleaning company will hire them because of some past problem.
There are individuals with criminal records that struggle to find work
with any legitimate company. These people will go out and plaster a
neighborhood offering to do house cleaning or landscaping or handy
work, painting, etc., etc. How do you know who you are dealing with?
Even if they have a trade name keep in mind that anybody can file a
trade name and be in business in a few hours.Don't be fooled by the
fact that your neighbor uses them and assume that you can trust them.
How did your neighbor check this person out? We are not trying to scare
you, but there ARE questionable people out there. Take a look at this
article from the Cincinnati Enquirer and you will see how A NUMBER of
people were taken in by this woman who operated a "company". Click Here Also here is another
case of somebody else doing the same thing: Click Here ... can you afford to go with just
anybody? You can trust Colorado Springs House Cleaning Service with
your home. We run thorough background checks on all our employees and
will not take chances with questionable people in your home! Call us
for your housecleaning needs in Denver, Aurora, Parker, Littleton,
Highlands Ranch,Castle Rock, Colorado Springs and all surrounding
How about somebody that previously worked for you or another company?
If they were fine working for your company why would it be a problem
for them to work for me?
There are two issues here. Firstly, any existing or former employee of
ours who approaches you directly to work for you privately knows that
they are violating the law and company policies. All of our employees
are required to sign an agreement that limits them from having contact
with our customers (as far as it relates to providing services similar
to our services) after they leave our employ or on their own. This
agreement spells out that fact that our company information on who our
customers are and what we do for our customers is confidential company
trade secrets and as our employee we are entrusting to them this
confidential information. They are not permitted to use this
information in any way for their own benefit. The bottom line is that
before they came to work for us they had no knowledge of who our
customers are and what we do for our customers and it is regarded as a
"theft of trade secrets" for an individual to work for a company, find
out confidential information and then use it to the detriment of the
company for their own benefit. This in other words is THEFT and is a
CRIMINAL OFFENSE. Here is some info about the trade secrets law: Click Here. The bottom line is if this
individual is willing to risk jail time to STEAL from our company, then
what makes you think they will not steal from you? They are either honest or they are
not ... don't be fooled into accepting their excuses as to why it is OK
for them to do what they are proposing to do, ie steal from the company
a customer we invested advertising dollars into getting ...
they will do exactly the same thing in justifying why it is OK to take
from you something that is not theirs to take. Our customers are not
theirs to take. They are free to spend the money, as we do, to
advertise to get their own customers .. but a dishonest person just
won't do that .. it's easier to steal than to do the right thing!
Secondly, as a company we are very careful who we hire and we
constantly monitor our employees to ensure we have honest people
working for us. We do thorough background checks and an ongoing
assessment of each and every employee. We are careful to ensure that
even if an employee is not charged with a crime, if we have an uneasy
feeling about a person we will not hire them or we will let them go if
we have an uneasy feeling about them and feel that they may have
slipped through the cracks. Although that may mean that we occasionally
pass up somebody that may have been OK, we would rather err on the side
of caution and not take a chance in putting a dishonest person in your
home. What do you really know about that independent cleaner? .... Very
little I am sure!
The fact is that even if a person is honest today, it does not mean
that they will continue to be honest. Many criminals become criminals
when the opportunity arises or when they are desperate. An individual
may have been a former employee of our or another cleaning
company and at that time they were honest, but then all of a sudden
their circumstances change and they, in desperation, become thieves.
Most individuals who are out there working alone often are not able to
make ends meet and have nothing to fall back on when an emergency hits
... that is often when they will become desperate and do dishonest
things! Our employees have no need to ever consider being dishonest in
your home. We treat employees like family and our employees know that
if they have an immediate need they can approach us to assist them.
Individuals working alone just don't have those options open to them so
they may be tempted in your home. Do you want to constantly be worried
about the person who is in your home? Colorado Springs House Cleaning
Service, Inc.take the GUESS WORK out of hiring a house-cleaner. If you
have us clean your home you can be sure we will stay on top of
everything that goes on with our employee so that you don't have to!
We service the entire Colorado Spgs
and surrounding areas including Monument, Palmer
Lake, Black Forest, Falcon, Peyton, Woodland Park, Briargate,
Broadmoor, and the entire El Paso County area. We
also service parts of Teller County, All of Douglas County and all
areas in and around Denver. Please call us to see if we service your
neighborhood. We are an A+ Rated Better Businnes Bureau Accredited
Business for your peace of mind!
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