Hiring a housekeeper shouldn’t be stressful or time consuming. After all, you’re hiring a housekeeper to make your life easier, not harder!
When starting your search the task may seem overwhelming, but with a clear outline and a few tips from the professionals you can save time and make sure you hire a great housekeeper the first time.
Here is our guide to finding and hiring the right housekeeper.
How to Look for Quality
There are several key aspects as to the qualities that make a good housekeeper. Quality housekeepers understand the depth of what it takes to clean and housekeep a house and know that cleaning is not just about a quick whizz round with the hoover. They know their tools of the trade and they consistently deliver results. Here are a few key things to look for in a quality housekeeper:
- Equipment – A quality housekeeper will not only understand the tools they use, but also know how to maintain them and ensure they have a long life span. Quick tip: asking a potential housekeeper during an interview about how they maintain and repair specific cleaning equipment is a great way to determine their skill level.
- Direction – Another key aspect for a quality housekeeper is being able to take direction, which might seem like an obvious quality, but one that is often overlooked. Being able to listen and learn, whilst being humble to feedback is a skill only the highest quality housekeepers contain.
- Honesty -Honesty and trust is what any quality relationship is built on and it’s a major contributor to the quality of a housekeeper. If you can’t trust them around your precious items, your children, your pets and private information which might be left around the home, then you shouldn’t consider hiring the housekeeper.
- Attention to detail – Finally, in your search to find a housekeeper, make sure you find a housekeeper keen on small details. This is the finishing touches and what separates the cleaner from the housekeeper.
For a more detailed over-view and further tips on distinguishing an ordinary housekeeper from the absolute best, see our Qualities of a Good Housekeeper post.
Live In or Live Out Housekeeper?
When you are hiring a housekeeper this is an important consideration to take into account. Often it’s quite a simple question that is easily answered (for example if you don’t simply have the space to accommodate a live in housekeeper), but in case you hadn’t given it much thought you can take a few things into account.
- Lifestyle – Does your lifestyle encourage having a live in housekeeper? If you travel regularly you may want to consider a live in housekeeper as it offers more security whilst you are abroad.
- Hours – How much time do you require of your housekeeper? If it’s your first time hiring a housekeeper this can be a tricky question. If you need help figuring this out, you can get some free advice from one of our professionals.
- Package – Before you hire a housekeeper consider the package you are willing to offer. If the salary is tight then offering a live in option is appealing to candidates as it means they don’t have to worry about cost of living, and would accept a lower salary.
Ultimately having a live in housekeeper might give you more flexibility, but in the end it’s a personal choice. If you need some more help on this subject we recommend you read the pros and cons of live in vs live out housekeepers.
Full Time or Part Time Housekeeper?
When you are hiring a housekeeper it’s important you understand the difference between full time and part time. The root of this question goes back to understanding how much time should be spent cleaning your property and it isn’t always easy to determine. Here are a few factors to consider:
- The size and style of your property – Size is an obvious factor, but it’s also important to consider the style of your house or estate. Some properties like modern style homes are innately easier to clean, while traditional estates may require more care and specific treatment.
- The size of your family – A bigger family means more traffic and more to clean. Especially if you have young ones, a full-time housekeeper might be necessary even in smaller properties.
- Your lifestyle – If you’re regularly hosting guests you will be more likely to employ a full-time housekeeper, while if you are hiring for a seasonal residence you’ll likely benefit from a part-time housekeeper.