Getting in someone to clean your home, no matter how frequently you choose to have them in, can be a very big decision. Not only should you take into consideration cost versus worth, but you should also remember you’re letting someone into your home – you have to make sure you choose someone you not only feel comfortable with, but someone that your whole family can trust!
It’s no secret that many people feel there is a certain stigma that exists around hiring some help around the home. You may be concerned that people think you’re incapable of domesticity, or perhaps you’re just lazy? Truth be told, the majority of people are now working longer hours than they might be used to, factor in familial obligations and the general stress of day-to-day life and it’s no wonder many people are struggling to find the time to keep a clean home. If you’re concerned what neighbours, friends and family will think of you hiring a cleaner – don’t be! If the stresses of everyday life are leaving you in a panic then it’s more than likely worth paying for a helping hand, if only for your own peace of mind.
Once you’ve decided to find yourself a pair of helping hands, the next question is where from? It may work out more expensive to hire someone through a cleaning agency, but there are many benefits that could be worth the cost. If you encounter any problems with your cleaner, it’s often easier to have to deal with the agency than address the issues face-to-face, especially if you’re the timid type! Using an agency also means that you’re technically not the employer, sparing you from the responsibilities of taxing etc. An agency will also make sure to send out replacement staff should your cleaner fall ill or decide to quit. This means you’ll never be left in the lurch the evening before a dinner party. You can also research the best agency for you using customer feedback and recommendations from friends, which might make you feel a little more secure in opening your home to a stranger.
If you are trying to save on costs, there are some benefits to employing a cleaner yourself. Despite the sometimes lengthy responsibilities that come with employing someone, you’ll be able to set guidelines and specific requests that might be denied to you if you were to use a cleaning agency. For example, if you’d prefer your cleaner to use specific products (such as more environmentally-friendly ones) this would not be a problem if you were their employer. If there are extras that you’re in need of that you feel won’t be covered by an agency, it’s probably worth looking into hiring a cleaner directly. Make sure you discuss and contractually declare any extras you want doing. Many cleaners won’t use certain appliances or do things such as clean windows, so if you want someone to do these things make sure this is established early on in the process! Still try to choose someone based on their CV, experience and references to avoid the potential for mishaps!
There should be a level of trust between your cleaner and you, but this doesn’t mean you should be complacent. Make sure all private items, letters and personal information are kept somewhere safe. If you have children, try to hire someone who has some experience with kids. It’s important to make sure all the members of your family are comfortable with your new cleaner, so it helps if they’re able to get on well with everyone.