The decision to hire a professional housekeeper is a personal decision that takes a lot of time and patience. With that in mind, here are a few tips to consider when deciding to hire a professional house keeper.
Look For Referrals
Choosing a cleaning service is similar to choosing a doctor. If there is some concern about the safety of your home, find some housekeeping services that have references that you can contact.
Many services will come out and go through your home for a free consultation and estimate. Before they come out to your home, do a phone consultation. Look at what type of products they use.
Have a Walk Through
Once you’ve through about having the housekeeper come out to your home, and you are ready for them to start, you can walk through your home, so you can get an accurate quote based on work, the square feet of your home, and the length of time that they will stay.
Consult Your Family
Go with your instincts. Do not be afraid to ask questions that are important to you. You should feel safe trusting your home and belongings into the hands of the housekeeper.
Review The Housekeeper
A good housekeeper should fold clothes, make up beds, and go above and beyond the usual amount of cleaning.
Freelance Workers vs Companies
Companies are likely to take care of issues such as references, taxes, and insurance. An independent housekeeper may cause you to do more paperwork, but the atmosphere may be better.
Look at the different employment laws to protect yourself. If your hiring an independent housekeeper, make sure that the person is legally able to work in the United States.
Flat or Hourly Fee
If you decide to pay by the hour, be wary of a housekeeper stretching out a job to earn more money. With a flat rate, there is worry that the housekeeper will rush through their work. Make sure that the decision benefits both parties
Start with a trial period of two weeks to a month. This will give the housekeeper time to see your expectations, and give you an assessment of how good they are.
Set Clear Expectations
Make sure that you let the housekeeper know what is and is not expected in your home. Make a list of what chores will be done with all instructions you may have.