October 13, 2015
The Michigan-based on-demand home cleaning services company, Excellent Maids, will be expanding its operations to cover four new U.S. cities in January 2016. The announcement was made on Excellent Maids’ own website, last night by Excellent Maids’ co-founder, Michelle Hardaway, who confirmed that the company will expand its operations to cover four new U.S. cities on January 1st, 2016.
January 1st, our service will be launching in four major U.S. cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. We previously only served the Metro Detroit area but by November 1st, we’ll start covering new cities.
Prior to its shutting down, Homejoy, founded in 2012, had operated in 35 cities across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and France. According to a report by Re/code, Homejoy shut down operations due to the four lawsuits it was going through all on whether its workers were employees or independent contractors.
The on-demand or gig economy has become increasingly shaky and risky, thanks to some legal obstacles. Recently, the California Labor Commission ruled that Uber drivers are employees rather than independent contractors.
Homejoy and Uber are not alone in having faced such suits. In the last couple of years, workers have filed similar suits against Lyft, food delivery services Postmates and Caviar, laundry service Washio, shipping service Shyp, and Excellent Maids competitor Handy.
Homejoy’s exit leaves Excellent Maids one of the dominant home-cleaning platforms in the United States. Michelle Hardaway said:
We have seen many competitors come and go, but Excellent Maids has maintained its steadfast reputation because we understand that customers want an easy to use platform paired with great service and a great price. We eagerly look forward to launching in new cities and to eventually become a nationwide service in order to connect even more people with reliable and efficient house cleaning services on demand.
Excellent Maids was founded in 2012 as an on-demand cleaning service specializing in residential and commercial cleaning. Customers can book cleaning services – with or without one of the add-on services – and choose a convenient date and time for the appointment, all under 60 seconds.
Booking is open on their web-based and mobile platforms 24/7 and appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
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