Fake “House Cleaner” Robs House of $40,000 in Jewelry

A serious tragedy occurred in Florida recently. A man hired a woman from Craig’s List who claimed to specialize in “nude cleaning”. It just so happens that the man’s wife was out of town (of course) when the man chose to bring the so called nude cleaner into his home.

He claimed that he left her alone in his bedroom to clean. What happened was that she stole $40,000 worth of his wife’s jewelry—and the man’s wife is going to divorce him.

Please note the following:

a. Anyone can post a note to an open list and claim to be a cleaning service, but why would a person allow such an individual into their home?

b. Be veeeeeery cautious about who you allow into your home, as your home truly is your sanctuary.

Look for the following when choosing a maid service:

Interview the person over the phone and ask the following questions:

a. How long have you been in business?

b. Is your company insured?

***If the person says “yes”, ask the following:

c. What types of insurance do you have?

The person SHOULD respond as follows:

Liability insurance, bonding insurance and Workers Comp insurance

IF the person does not name those three, thank them for their time, hang up, and move on. Be careful not to ask a “yes/no” question about insurance (such as “do you have liability insurance…”) because doing so will simply cause them to answer yes. If you ask the question in an open ended manner, you will get a more honest response.

The reason the potential cleaning company must have the three insurance types above is as follows:

    Liability

– Protects the home owner’s expensive property in cases where that property was damaged or broken. 

            Bonding

– This protects you in case someone steals from your home. You would first have to take the case to court, to prove the person guilty. If found guilty, you win a judgment.

    Workers Comp

– Every legitimate cleaning company should carry this type of insurance to cover them in case of serious injury in a home.  Without it, if  a cleaning tech is injured in your home, they can sue you personally.

Next, you should ask about the types of products that the company uses. Ask whether or not their employees have passed background checks. Ask whether or not there is a website you can visit. Look for a track record of competence. Ensure it’s a real cleaning company, as opposed to a scab service entering your home.

Fortunately for you, you have found UpperCrust Maids, LLC. Yes, we have liability, bonding and Workers Comp insurance. Yes, our employees have passed background checks. We use environmentally friendly products. We have a website and blog.

We have a positive track record and are highly rated on Angie’s List, a consumer list for people searching out reputable companies.

Give us a call today and we will schedule a time to do an in home estimate for you! 301-322-7112

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2 responses to this post.

  1. holy cow , well what was he doing with a nude maid lol , I guess thats what you get when you play with fire

  2. Posted by uppercrustmaids on February 16, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Well, he learned a valuable lesson. Hire a real company.

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