Nancy, we had a maid for five years which like all things in life has benefits and disadvantages. We liked house was always immaculate, everything was in its place, an excellent meal was ready at 1PM, we had fresh bread and juice mornings, errands were run, luggage was packed and unpacked and closets were organized like a department store. They can also provide companionship. This took a month of training by my wife in cooking and use of household equipment. The downside is the cost and loss of privacy. In our building with 11 units, we are the only one without a maid. Some have 2. I suggest you hold off making a decision until you see them in action.