Types of Housekeeping Services


Published on August 30, 2019

Do you need a housekeeper but are unsure about the type of housekeeping service you need? Learn about the 5 basic types of housekeeping services for hire. Click To TweetFor busy people, or commercial properties, the requirement to have help in the property is common place.  Busy people are increasingly hiring housekeepers to ease the burdens of modern life and help care for their home, pets, valuables and loved ones.

There are many different types of housekeeping services. The need for full time, part time or ad-hoc housekeeping support for depends on you and your property.

Why is it important to know the different types of housekeeping services and what are the types?

Why is it important to know the different types of housekeeping services?

If you are hiring a housekeeper, it’s always important to understand the different types of housekeeping services available.  This will help you make the most informed decision to suit your budget, and your specific needs.  The recruitment process (if you choose to self recruit) is time consuming. You don’t want to have to go through the process too regularly.  It also takes time for the new housekeeper to settle in and learn the routine and ropes of the property. This too is time consuming, so you don’t want to have to repeat this process too often.

Know the different types of housekeeping services available so you can make the right choice.

What are the types of housekeeping services?

  1. Cleaner or Maid

    A cleaner or maid is a basic cleaning service.  Not to be confused with a housekeeper.  They may be used in more commercial cleaning areas, or they might be used for end of tenancy cleans.  In private homes they might be used for short visits, and these can be regular, but they are rarely full time for one property.

  2. Live in Housekeeper

    A live in housekeeper is a very popular type of housekeeping services. They can be a full time or part time member of staff that works for a property, and as part of the package they are provided accommodation.  Either within the main property or within the grounds.  A housekeeper is a high standard professional who can clean, tidy, and ensure your home and property is cared to the highest degree.  This can be a popular choice for properties needing flexibility and security on site – as the live in housekeeper can assist with errands, cooking, childcare and security when the property is vacant.

  3. Live out Housekeeper

    A live out housekeeper can be full time or part time.  Like a live in housekeeper, a live out housekeeper is a professional candidate who will clean, tidy, wardrobe manage, and can also include additional duties in areas such as cooking, shopping, pet care and childcare.  A live out housekeeper is a popular choice for properties which don’t have the space for a live in housekeeper, and also for properties that don’t need full time support.

  4. House Manager/ Housekeeper

    A housekeeper combined with house management is the next tier of support.  Here the housekeeper can provide additional house management support.  This may include admin, managing contractors, managing household rotas or schedules and ensuring that the property is cared for along with all the typical housekeeping duties.  This is a popular choice for luxury venues or for busy family homes which need additional support, or who have larger teams of household staff.

  5. Housekeeper Cleaning Companies

    If you don’t choose to self recruit or go through an agency like ourselves to recruit a member of staff, then you can undertake the services of a housekeeper cleaning company.  This is a company you pay, who then in turn send staff to your home, and they employ/pay the staff.  This is typically a more expensive option, and also the standard/quality can be lower than if you recruit a housekeeper directly.  That’s because the company takes a large cut from the cleaner, so it’s likely, although you may be paying a higher rate, that the housekeeper themselves isn’t being paid that much.  They will also be unlikely to do full time support, so for bigger households this isn’t a good option.

What kinds of housekeepers are suitable for you?

It can sometimes be difficult to figure out which housekeepers might be suitable for you and your needs.  Some things to consider are:

  • The size of your property
  • The regularity you need them to visit
  • Live in or Live out
  • Tasks and duties outside of specific cleaning
  • Flexibility
  • If you need them to travel with you, or look after your property when you are away.

How can Polo & Tweed help?

Polo & Tweed are highly experienced at matching the right housekeeper to the specific property and the needs of the family or individual.  It’s always helpful to talk through what you think you need. We can advise you on market rates and which would be an ideal route to take with your recruitment.  We remove the stress of recruitment and aim to find you a long-term member of staff.  Whatever your requirements, we’re here to help. Please drop us a line to discuss your housekeeping needs with one of our professional consultants.


  1. Samson Onuche says:

    I want to establish a house cleaning company in my country and I need to be educated on the business aspect can you help?

    • mm LucyChallenger says:

      Hi Samson, I offer offers private and group business mentoring and guidance for others looking to develop their own business. As CEO of the business I have some excellent way to help others! If you are interested in knowing more, please do email call us on +44(0)203 858 0233. Thank you for your interest.

  2. Rita acharya says:

    Great article!

  3. Khopotso says:

    Hi am interested in live out job, I am a hard working person who even knows how to cook. How can you help?

    • mm LucyChallenger says:

      Fantastic. We would love to help! Please do click here and once you’ve registered you can apply for any jobs of interest now or in the future!

  4. Caroline shimuli says:


    My name is Caroline. I am looking for a job as a live-out housekeeper.
    I have nine years of working experience as a domestic cleaner or housekeeper.
    Your response is highly appreciated.


  5. Anirban Roy Chowdhury says:


    I am looking for a housekeeping person, could you help?


  6. Sulleyman Umar Faruku says:


    My name is Sulleyman Umar Faruku. I’m 29 years old and I need a job. I can do any housework. Please could you help me?

    Thank you.

    • mm Aafke Meelen says:

      Hi Sulleyman,

      Thank you for your message. To register for jobs with us you can either fo to our website to fill in this form or you can give us a call on +44 (0) 203 858 0233.
      We look forward to hear from you!

      • Remedios V.Melo says:

        Hello, my name is Remedios Melo. I’m 46 years and currently based in Saudi Arabia. Could you help me find a job?

        Thank you.

        • mm Aafke Meelen says:

          Hello Remedios,

          Thank you for your message. The best thing to do is to go to our website where you can apply to register on our books. You can fill out the form on this link and one of our recruitment consultants will be in touch!

  7. Abubakari Yakubu says:


    My name is Abubakari Yakubu am a young man of 25 years old from Ghana.
    I’m friendly, positive attitude, hardworking ,reliable and energy. I am looking for a job as a cleaner or housekeeper – I have 3 years experience.

    Could you help? Thank you.

  8. Rasel Robiso says:

    My name is Rasel Robiso from the Philippines. I am currently working in Qatar as a housekeeper. By next year my contract will finish and I would need another job. Could you help me to find a job?
    Rasel Robiso

  9. Emma Davis says:


    My name is Emma Davis and I currently working in the Philippines as a housekeeper. I would like to apply for jobs internationally. I hope you could help me, thank you.

  10. Matins says:

    Hello Polo & Tweed,

    My name is Matins. I would like to apply for a live-in housekeeper job. Can you help?

  11. Onyeakagbusi says:

    Thanks for your information. I wish to live and work in Canada. Could you helo with jobs there?

  12. Maricar says:

    Hello there

    My name is Maricar, I’m from the Philippines. I have been working for 6years in Saudi Arabia as a live-in housekeeper, as well as a baby sitter. Now I’m looking for a new employer again. Could u help me for this?
    Thank you.

  13. Nida B.Solar says:


    I want to apply as a housekeeper, could you help?

  14. EVERLYNE Khamonya says:

    My name is Everlyne, Age 43. I have 23 years of housekeeping experience.
    I am looking for a housekeeping job, and I would really appreciate it if you would consider me.

  15. Diannia Morsi says:

    I need a live in housekeeper, could you help|?

    • mm Aafke Meelen says:

      Dear Diannia,
      Thank you for getting in touch, we can certainly help with that! You can speak to us directly by calling +44 (0) 203 858 0233 and one of our specialist recruitment consultants will be ready to get the process started for you!

  16. Nicola says:

    Oh, I wish I could have a housekeeper! Their services would be invaluable.

  17. Leticia fafanyo says:

    I want to stet up cleaning company in my country. how can you help me?

    • mm Aafke Meelen says:

      Hi Leticia, we have had many people set up successful cleaning and housekeeping companies all over the world after completing our training so we can definitely guide you in the right direction! Do start by looking at our Housekeeping training courses – you can find all information on our website here. All the training courses are available online too!

  18. Claire Masters says:

    Thanks for discussing that there are actually different types of housekeeping services and for me to be able to determine what’s right for me, I should consider how big the property is, how often you need them to service you, and the specific tasks or duties that they need to do for you. So, when I hire a commercial cleaning service, I’ll definitely do my research. I hope that I could hire a seasoned maintenance company since our office badly needs a touch-up only from the outside but from the inside as well.

  19. Pune says:

    Good and informative piece of information

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