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What to think about when hiring a housekeeper

12th Oct 2015

Housekeepers are incredibly useful people to have around. They can take over the housework in your home and essentially make it easy for you to get on top of the work that you just don’t have the time or the inclination to do. It is hard to find a good housekeepers sometimes though, and in this article we will look at a few considerations you need to bear in mind before you opt for a housekeeper. There is no need to rush in, and you will have a much better experience overall if you focus on the following tips.

You may wish to hire an agency housekeeper. This is a good idea, in that you will be hiring someone who is part of a large organisation that has standards and has vetted the staff according to these standards. This means you have a much better chance of finding a housekeeper of high quality. The work needs to be done properly, and an agency housekeeper can provide that quality because they have generally been through quite a stringent process for hiring take for example….

A good background

Still, you need to make sure that the agency has a very good set of references and testimonials from happy clients. This is incredibly important, because this shows you that the agency takes care of it’s clients and is putting customer service and care first. Remember that these people will have direct access to your home, and you need to make sure that they are going to do their job with absolute care and attention to detail. A good agency will have testimonials and references coming out of their ears, and will be happy to share them with you.

If you’re not going to go down the agency route, you need to focus on friends and family. It is important that you get good referrals from friends and family, because again the housekeeper is going to be working in your home. They need to be trustworthy for starters, and on top of that they simply have to do a good job. Your friends and family should be able to refer someone who is able to bring about the best results. Having referrals from friends and family means that you have that trust thing taken care of immediately. And you also know that the housekeeper or agency concerned is doing a good job.

The pay rate is important

If you are going to take on an independent, then make sure you know how much to pay them. The basic pay rate of a housekeeper is something you need to know about, so that you are paying fairly and above board. This is a crucial part of the process, because it means that you are being fair, and also not losing money by paying more than a housekeeper should be earning. By all means offer financial incentives for good work, but pay the recognised rate.

Those are a few considerations regarding taking on a housekeeper. Bear them in mind and you should have a positive experience overall.

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