There are many advantages to hiring a transfer maid rather then one that is still living in her home country
Transfer maids have been trained by the previous employers, they have acquired the skills needed to handle the electrical appliances found in most modern Singaporean households. They have also been taught about the levels of personal and professional on the job hygiene that is expected of them. While this might seem like it should be a prerequisite of being a maid, it is not always the case with new hires who have never worked in Singapore before.
Communication will be smoother as the maid has probably picked up some of the local language and idioms, homesickness will not be an issue as she has been living out of her country for a while and has adapted to her living situation. In essence the maid has been trained, has adapted to the lifestyle, living conditions and expectations of working for a Singaporean employer.
The greatest advantage of hiring a transfer maid is that the employer can interview the maid personally before hiring her. Hiring a live-in maid is a big step in any household, especially ones with children. Being able to interview the maid in person is essential when a family is going to entrust the care of their child to the maid. With a few well thought out questions about childcare the employer will be able to gauge whether the maid is qualified to look after their child.
How to Find and Hire a Transfer Maid
The first step is of course to find a transfer maid, ask relatives, friends or colleagues. If you are still unsuccessful, then you can search online, there are forums, websites and agencies that can be of service.
After you have found and interviewed the perfect maid, talk to the maids current employer and obtain a Consent Form, medical records, photocopy of her passport and any relevant documents that will be needed for the transfer.
The last step is to apply for her insurance and work permit. After her work permit has been approved, you have then hired your transfer maid.
If you so desire you may even check on her employment record at the Ministry of Manpower Singapore (MOM) website.
It sounds like a lot of work, but it is actually very straight forward, and substantially cheaper then getting a new hire maid from an agency.