Make the right decision
Although hiring individual cleaners via Craigslist is typically cheaper than hiring a professional maid service, remember that you usually get what you pay for. There are some very good reasons why you should not hire a maid off of a Craigslist ad, and go for a maid service instead.
First, and most important, is the fact that most individuals are not insured. This means that if they break or steal something, you will have to go through your homeowners insurance to get it replaced or repaired.
Second, they are not usually bonded, so this also puts you at risk as the homeowner.
Third, individuals may not use the right cleaning products for your home. Using poor quality products can damage your furniture and floors over time, costing you hundreds of dollars in repairs/replacements.
Fourth, reliability is another big reason not to hire a maid on Craigslist. If they are sick, or their child is sick, they won’t be able to clean. This means you’re stuck with a messy house until the next time they’re scheduled. This can be extremely inconvenient. You can rely on a maid service to always have an alternate person on hand, so you can still get your home cleaned.