From finding the best cleaner, to air-con servicing or giving old furniture a new lease of life, our readers tell us which home service companies they’re happy to recommend.
Jennifer and John Lombard, Australian; Jonathan (19) Charlotte (16) and Annabelle (12)
I came across A-Team Amahs in Expat Living and also did a google search of the company for testimonials. We’ve been using their part-time home-cleaning service since May 2018.
My first point of contact was with Julie by phone and then additional information was completed via email. I was asked what kind of service I was looking for, the number of hours per week that was required, and on which days. My preferences for hours and days were easily and well met. The payment structure and one-time agent fee was explained clearly, so was the process of helper selection. A lovely lady named Gemma was assigned to us. She was initially sent to us on a trial basis so that if I was not satisfied with her performance, there was an opportunity to change to another helper. Gemma was wonderful from the get-go and, once I explained what I required her to do, she got straight to work and didn’t need any supervision.
My experience with A-Team Amahs has been a positive one from beginning to end and Gemma is a godsend. I would recommend the company to anyone looking for part-time help in Singapore.
WIZARD HOME SERVICES
Maria Del Mar and Rob Rippens, Colombian and Dutch; Martin (4)
Once we got our apartment and settled down, I felt that I wanted some time myself, so I started looking through expat community groups and magazines for recommendations for a part-time helper. I came across Wizard Home Services, whose cleaning and air-con services we’ve been using since July 2018.
I can’t compare them with other agencies as this is the only one I’ve used, but everything has been going well thus far! The company has met my needs, taking care of every detail our family requires, such as working around our schedules and following our preferred method of cleaning (not using chemicals). Lynn and Lisa clean our house twice a week and they’ve been very nice and honest. We really appreciate the job they do for us!
I have recommended the company to other people. They offer other services on the same platform besides cleaning. As we are unsure how long we’ll be living in Singapore, this service works well for us, as we didn’t need to go through the whole hiring process for a full-time helper. It was exactly what we needed.
Luzanne Chong and Chris Ng, Singaporean; Rainie (7)
We were introduced to Retro Dec by our home designers, Arete Culture. They recommended Ronnie’s services as we wanted to line our entire three-bedroom condo with wallpaper. Besides that, we also got them to paint our bespoke furniture. We first engaged them in January 2018 and have been in touch ever since for both wallpaper and painting services.
We’re very impressed with the workmanship of Retro Dec. Our daughter once damaged a small section of 3D wallpaper and we called them for assistance. The team came on the very same weekend and spent time studying the textured patterns of the wallpaper. They carefully cut out a piece of replacement wallpaper with the exact same pattern. When the wallpaper was fixed, Chris and I, who are both extremely detail-oriented, couldn’t see any flaws. It was as if the wallpaper was an entire piece and was never damaged! Ronnie is also extremely friendly, accommodating and responsive – he’s amazing to work with.
I’d definitely recommend Retro Dec; their rates are reasonable and affordable, considering the quality of work. They always pay attention to every detail, ensuring even the smallest of corners are covered in wallpaper. They’re easy to work with and flexible in meeting our timelines and requests.
Bianca and Mark Amin, British; Raphaela (6) and Georgiana (2)
I first visited the Tekkie Help booth when they were exhibiting at a Christmas fair back in 2014. I was desperate to find a proficient IT support company who could troubleshoot the plethora of problems I was having with my laptop and phone at that time.
Since 2015, I’ve engaged Tekkie Help to assist us with a number of IT issues. They have set up and configured various Apple devices, ensuring that all data is safely backed up, transferred photos and further assisted in photo library consolidation and file organisation, installed several IP cameras to monitor activity in our home from my mobile phone, and optimised our Wi-Fi network to ensure coverage in all areas of our home. Most importantly, I was concerned about the level of radiation in our home. The company was able to set up the network in such a way that we could still enjoy optimal coverage, with the ability to turn Wi-Fi on and off in certain areas of our home and still connect important devices via cable.
Aside from their unparalleled ability to assist me with all my technical needs, they are to be commended for their flexibility and understanding. Many times, they’ve helped me off-site at coffee shops and in hospitals. Over the past five years, my various technical requirements have been attended to by almost all the Tekkie Help team; each member has exuded warmth and an upbeat “can do” attitude.
CLEAN CLEAN SINGAPORE
Tell us about your business and how it started.
We are a Japanese company that began with the aim of helping mums living overseas who need some extra help at home. Our staff are trained professionally by Japanese.
What are the services you offer?
We offer home cleaning, office cleaning, moving cleaning, babysitting, pet sitting, housekeeping and postpartum services. Our home cleaning services start from $110, and cleaning staff bring their own cleaning tools (with the exception of a vacuum cleaner) and child-safe detergents. Two cleaners will be sent during each cleaning session. The cleaning job includes wiping, mopping, vacuuming and disinfection of bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen and living room. If you’re moving homes, our team can clean the whole house from $400. If you prefer a regular housekeeping service each day, you can opt for our housekeeping option for $100 for four hours. It includes cleaning, washing, ironing and bed making. The company does not charge transportation or commission fees.
Our babysitters have many years of experience with children. Fees start at $30 per hour for one child and $40 per hour for two children; babysitters can serve any food and beverages prepared by parents. If you have a last-minute trip or emergency to take care of, no problem! We also offer pet-sitting services starting from $35, it includes preparing food and sending photos of your pet to you while you’re away.
If you’ve just had a baby and want some extra help at home, our postpartum care service offers you an experienced Japanese nurse who can help you with baby care and advice, including light cleaning, cooking, nursing and bathing support, basic childcare training and shopping.
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