It can be easy to talk yourself out of admitting you need help around your home. Traditionally, housekeepers were seen as a luxury for the rich, and those who didn’t clean their homes themselves, lazy. That view has somehow managed to persist even though more people are in the workforce, they have less time for personal activities, and when they do, they certainly don’t want to spend it dusting, sweeping, mopping, organizing, and doing the laundry.
Your time is valuable, and with the current affordability of housekeeping services, a solid investment. A clean, organized home has positive effects on physical, mental, and emotional health, productivity, and long-term savings on maintenance and repairs. Modern housekeepers also have a considerable number of appliances and products to make their jobs easier and can earn a decent salary by working for one or multiple families. Whether you have a stressful job, a big family, don’t like cleaning, aren’t sure how, or just want to treat yourself, forget the excuses and use this Park Cities guide to find your ideal match.
Step 1 – Make a list of duties
The scope of duties a housekeeper can be assigned are diverse, so it’s important to state your expectations. You may already have a specific way in which you want your home to be cleaned, or be willing to leave it up to the housekeeper. In the case of the latter, it’s still important to understand how they will clean your home, what products they will use, the schedule on which they will operate, and whether they’ll be allowed into your home in your absence.
Other important considerations include:
- Whether you will need any small errands run from time to time.
- Whether shopping, restocking, or meal-prep is a requirement.
- If there are any areas of the home or items that are off-limits.
Housekeepers aren’t meant to undertake certain duties like outdoor cleanup, heavy lifting, or childcare. If these types of tasks need to be done around the home, you will need to hire someone better suited.
Step 2 – Begin Your Search
Searching for a housekeeper can be an extremely time-consuming process, and with good reason. Once you’ve posted listings online or via print, any candidates that reach out need to be carefully vetted, as their job will involve being in your home with access to personal items and sensitive information. If you decide to use an agency like Park Cities, not only will you be able to skip Step 1 and 2 entirely, you’ll have more resources dedicated to finding your perfect housekeeper faster.
Step 3 – The Selection Process
Beyond having the skills to meet your requirements, your hire should be someone you’re comfortable having in your home consistently, and who you can trust. Ask as many questions as you need during the interview stage, and trial your final choice to confirm whether you made the right decision.
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