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Hiring Maids - Maid referrals Vs Maid agencies

Living in a culture where having extra hands is the norm, getting those extra hands can get quite tricky. Nowadays, maids and yayas can come from either referrals or agencies who specialise in deploying housemaids. But what is the difference? Pros and cons to consider before finding one? In the end, what is the best?

Since the enhanced community quarantine period has been extended, we at will take this opportunity to discuss the difference of both. We will focus on the pros and cons of maid referrals and maid agencies to help you, our followers. In the end, we want you to make the best decision for your household when hiring.



  • Great if you aren't in a rush to get your next maid.

  • Maid referrals can come from friends, family, relatives in the province, from your current help or helpers of others you know, to name a few.

  • Initial trust for a referred maid is there if referred by someone you know.

  • You can negotiate maid salaries that are lower than the market rate.

  • No agency fees to worry about.


  • Takes time if you aren't lucky.

  • You might need to consider spending on clearances like NBI, Police, and Medical for you and your family's safety.

  • You might need to spend on transportation if they live far from you.

  • You can't replace a maid referral easily if you aren't satisfied with their work.

  • You can't hold those who referred your maid accountable for misdeeds of your helper since there aren't any binding contracts.



  • You can get a maid or a yaya as soon as the day you contact the maid agency.

  • Maid agencies usually provide a pool of candidates for you to choose from.

  • Legitimate maid agencies provide contracts for your peace of mind.

  • They also provide maid documents like authentic clearances for your safety.

  • Guarantees for replacements and refund is mandatory if your maid agency is legitimate.


  • There are fees to be paid - agency fees, transportation expense, replacement fees, etc.

  • If you are picky after your first maid fails, maid replacements may take time.

  • Getting a refund of your account may prove difficult if your maid agency isn't reputable.

  • There are a lot of fly-by-night maid agencies, so exercise due diligence.

  • Maid agencies are usually unpopular because of misconceptions. It is better to take them with a grain of salt and it is best to do your homework when considering a maid agency.


Here at, we will always want what's best for our clients and for this instance, that is to try to get from referrals first. If they have the luxury of time, then by all means, they should exhaust looking for maids from friends, family, and even other helpers. In this digital age, getting a maid is not impossible.

Sadly, not everyone has the luxury of time and can wait. When the need arises, they can't put this off for later since everyone needs to move on to get on with their lives. For this instance, hiring from a maid agency is the best option. Before getting though, they should have an idea of what they need and their budget, then they should spend time in reviewing the maid agency they would like to consider. More importantly, they should make sure that these maid agencies are legitimate - DOLE licensed and has a current business permit. If push comes to shove, they have government to call on for help for those maid agencies that don't cooperate when it comes to guarantees for replacements and refunds.

In the end, regardless of where you get your maid, employers should exercise vigilance. Remember, we are dealing with people therefore no one can control your maid's actions especially if they are tempted or caught in a tight situation.

We hope we have given you good points to consider in your search for a new helper. Good luck and God bless!

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes. - Miguel de Cervantes

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