Whether you live alone or a house full of family and pets, keeping everything tidy can often be a hurdle. With full-time jobs, hobbies and other interests, dealing with all of your housework may not be at the top of your priorities. Although most of us do see house cleaning as an actual chore, it is not one that can be ignored for long. As one journalist said, “That is why more than a few people throw in the dish towel and hire a housekeeper.”
Yet, hiring a housekeeper is not a simple task. After all, you are going to allow someone into your home, and often when you are not there. That means security and trustworthiness are important, but there is more to it than that. In this article, we’ll look at a list of things you need to know or do before you hire your housekeeper.
Again, as that same journalist noted, “Like any service, there are questions to ask and points to work out before bringing a vacuum- and mop-bearing stranger into your home. It’s a position of trust, just like hiring a babysitter, contractor or income-tax preparer.”
So, you’ll need to understand what sort of housekeeping options are available, which is right for you and how to hire the ideal provider.
Types of Housekeeping
There are usually two types of housekeepers: independent people who work for themselves and teams employed by housekeeping companies. Though there are pros and cons to each, one thing that they must have in common is that they are both bonded and insured. This means that the bonded housekeeper is going to be able to replace something they may break or damage during work and that their insurance means you don’t have to worry about liability if something happens to them on your premises.So, bonded and insured housekeepers are essential when hiring someone to tackle the work.
Options in Housekeeping
After you find an independent or company with the bonded and insured status, it is time to figure out what you need, what potential providers offer, and what you can afford. Typically, you can expect providers to work weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and for special issues or events. You’ll then want to find out what the visits involve, particularly the following points:
- What is a typical cleaning? Will it involve floors, countertops, window dressings, and so on?
- What are charges for a typical cleaning? Is it per hour or per visit?
- Do they supply their own gear and cleaning supplies? Are there green options, if desired?
- Do they have more than just the “basic” options? For instance, beyond kitchens, baths and floors, will they do any laundry, hand wash dishes, and so on?
Narrowing down the options using these steps helps you to find an ideal provider. You can also use a service like eLocal.com to streamline the search and find a local service provider highly recommended by others in the immediate area.