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Any Recommendation of a Good Maid Agency

With most families being dual-income-with-kids, outsourcing home cleaning and home economics to domestic helpers is almost a way of life for Singaporeans. Come in and discuss issues pertaining to maids and home management.

Re: Any Recommendation of a Good Maid Agency

Postby peppercorn88 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:03 am

anyway if you're going to UC intending to hire a filipino maid soon, hopefully u wont come across a 23 y/o lady from cagayan. shes full of lies and will always use her crying drama to get what she wants.

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Re: Any Recommendation of a Good Maid Agency

Postby peppercorn88 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:11 am

seems UC has 1 standard story for all returned filipino maids - they all came from employer with 3-storey house. all houses in SG are 3 storeys high i guess.

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Re: Any Recommendation of a Good Maid Agency

Postby Shufeng » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:18 pm

Hello, I am new in the group! Just learnt there is other ways than going through agencies which are expensive.
There are websites with possibilities with direct hire: you post the job ad and then receive some resumes from applicants. You select who to interview and confirm directly with the maid. Or you can go though the website with all the profiles database to search the ones you need.
It costs around 200$

The website is called "helperplace".

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Re: Bad Agency: Carlton resources

Postby Mandy Lee » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:12 pm

I had similar bad experience with Calvin of Carlton Resources (Katong Shopping Centre)! His way of selling transferred maid is to blame it on the ex-employer. His famous statements are 她是聪明的,会做工的,以前的雇主有问题。Please don't believe in his lies.

Check out MOM website on employer agency demerit points, Carlton has 18 demerit points (June 18). 24 points and it is end of story! He removed his company website because there were too many negative reviews in google.

Find an agency with good MOM grade, from MOM website.
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Re: Any Recommendation of a Good Maid Agency

Postby Estéema » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:31 pm

DIY to select online helpers can both be a very tiring & frustrating process.

We've went thro numerous interviews, but 90% do not come honest; they want high salary & not pay agent.

All the helpers in Spore, who are looking for eyers do not get release papers & they're not aware that they've to hv at least 30 days or more to get MOM's transfer approval even if their current eyer sign the release for transfer paper. This means one hv to be very disappointed & wait for the helper to complete contract, or sent home before u can apply for her new WP & buy her air-tic back to Spore.

Many, esp the pino & Indo and I've encountered one Mynmar helper (had >8 years exp in Spore) wants weekly Sundays rest-day. Be aware most want it for change of eyer bcoz current eyer do not give weekly off-days, but they want for moonlighting (cleaning in other households to earn better money).

I'll still advise try to ask ard yr frds for transfer helpers that come recommended. Usually, singles or families who employed helpers for elderly care but elderly passed away & they don't need the helper.

Abv sharing based on my personal experiences with online maid selection.

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Re: Any Recommendation of a Good Maid Agency

Postby Estéema » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:56 pm

sankprs wrote:There are several agencies available in Singapore who provide the maid services but personally i used the sghomeneeds in year 2015 as it suggested by one of the my office colleague. you can check about their services online too. we hire them for our kids as we couldn't have time in morning for our kids so we hired them. They are in high demand and their prices is quite fair. Here you can also directly contact them.
https://sghomeneeds.com/best-maid-agencies-in-singapore



I'm curious why u recommend sghomeneeds & claimed to hv got good helpers fr them since 2015?

You claimed they're high in demand - how did u know? Did u talk to eyers? Did u check sghomeneeds records? Yr colleague recommended? You're working with charusharma?

Maybe checking with MOM will reveal who are the owners?

Reds1980 wrote:
You can go to MOM website (https://services.mom.gov.sg/eadirectory/#) to filter the Agency according to the ratings, retention rate.

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Re: Any Recommendation of a Good Maid Agency

Postby hotmetal » Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:47 pm

Second this thread. Just got off a troublesome arrangement with United Channel. Their contract is not standardized, especially the one with $188 promotional agency fee. It's a trap, as a "top-up" of agency fee had to be done to change the new maid. My situation was the maid is 'mute' don't talk, cannot follow examples, and basically 'dumb'. In addition, the contract said our business relationship had to be 3 months. Hence if you are unlucky like me who gotten a maid who was 'mute and dumb', you had to suck it up for 90 days at least. All maid agencies will promise the maids being young will learn fast. I can dispute that with more than 70% confidence level from my 20 years experience of hiring maids.

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Re: Any Recommendation of a Good Maid Agency

Postby What The » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:23 pm

Estéema wrote:DIY to select online helpers can both be a very tiring & frustrating process.

We've went thro numerous interviews, but 90% do not come honest; they want high salary & not pay agent.

All the helpers in Spore, who are looking for eyers do not get release papers & they're not aware that they've to hv at least 30 days or more to get MOM's transfer approval even if their current eyer sign the release for transfer paper. This means one hv to be very disappointed & wait for the helper to complete contract, or sent home before u can apply for her new WP & buy her air-tic back to Spore.

Many, esp the pino & Indo and I've encountered one Mynmar helper (had >8 years exp in Spore) wants weekly Sundays rest-day. Be aware most want it for change of eyer bcoz current eyer do not give weekly off-days, but they want for moonlighting (cleaning in other households to earn better money).

I'll still advise try to ask ard yr frds for transfer helpers that come recommended. Usually, singles or families who employed helpers for elderly care but elderly passed away & they don't need the helper.

Abv sharing based on my personal experiences with online maid selection.


Quite true... not all transfer maids are bad

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Re: Any Recommendation of a Good Maid Agency

Postby sparks » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:37 pm

Just to share...

My helper of 7 years had gone home in May & I've gone through the arduous process of finding a good helper which luckily I finally did. I just thought that I should share with you some of my experiences that you may find worth looking out for.

When my old helper had expressed her desire to go back to get married. My mind was made up to hire a helper from a 'good' maid agency that one of the forumers had highly rated here (few years back). She shared with me the contact thru pm. So, I contacted this agency immediately & did not look anywhere else. (Edit to add: I had read up on this agency before contacting them). I was even willing to wait for one to be available that time. When they informed me that a transfer was avail, I immediately went to interview the helper. I had made sure I sound out to the helper all that was needed for my household so that both our expectations were aligned. Her bio-data could have triggered alarm bells (my personal criteria)at that time, if not for the fact that I had the single-minded belief that this agency would provide me a good helper. Very soon, within a month, I realised how wrong I am. This helper did not suit my household requirements at all. When I asked for bio-data for replacements, they informed me that there were none as none of their helpers wanted to care for dog. When finally there was one candidate, it was a helper with the same type of bio-data that would set off my alarm bells. I took the cue from the agency that they were not looking after my interest & went on to look for other agencies. I had to scour through numerous bio-datas before I finally found my current helper whom I am grateful for.

The moral of my story is that there are good agencies around. However, a good agency to one does not automatically imply good for another employer. It may have been just luck. I think that forumer had meant to help. I still have to do my due diligence, research & talk to these maid agents to find out more before committing that lump sum, unless you already know the agent well personally.

Good luck!

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Re: Any Recommendation of a Good Maid Agency

Postby Estéema » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:57 pm

What's agency fees nowadays? What other hidden costs? Do they still build in extra for other charges e.g. medical, settling-in course, FDW insurance, medical, etc just to earn fr eyer?

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