Get the dirt on what to look for in a housekeeper

With the hectic pace of modern life, it's often hard to find time to keep your home as tidy as you'd like.

If you find yourself with a lack of time to spend around the house, it’s tempting to start thinking about hiring house cleaning services. If you’re ready to look into a housekeeper, here’s a quick overview of things to consider to get your search off to a good start.

What Are Your Housekeeping Needs?

Before you start researching cleaning services, it’s good to know exactly what you are looking for. Make a list of the tasks you would like to have done, and consider how often you need housekeeping services. Are there specific rooms that you need targeted help with, or do you have a list of basic chores throughout the house? Would it be best to have a deep cleaning each month or annually, or are you looking for regular weekly help?

If you are looking to have all of the daily household chores completely taken care of, a live-in housekeeper may even be the best option if you have space to accommodate them. If you are frustrated with clutter in your home, look into an organizing service to help you get to the root of the problem.

Finding the Right House Cleaning Service

Once you’ve determined what you need from a cleaning service, and how often you will need it, it’s time to research the options to see which best fits. A cleaning company is often a go-to option, as these companies handle much of the paperwork, and you won’t be responsible for paying tax contributions as an employer. If you choose to hire a cleaning company, make sure that the company is bonded and insured. This keeps your home and belongings covered in case something is damaged during cleaning, and the cleaner is covered if they have an accident while working at your home. A house cleaning service tends to charge higher rates than independent cleaners for these benefits, typically around $25 to $65 an hour. The company may charge for the overall job or per room instead, so it’s useful to comparison shop and consider the size of your home in order to get a competitive rate.

If you are looking for frequent cleaning, it may be more cost effective to find an independent housekeeper. Rates for an independent cleaner fall around $15 to $40 an hour, depending on location.  While you may need to spend time looking over employment laws for your area to ensure you have everything covered as an employer, you’ll save money overall by handling this yourself, and be able to directly choose who is cleaning your home. Whether you decide to hire an independent cleaner or go through a professional maid service, take your time going over reviews, getting recommendations and interviewing candidates to be sure to find a cleaner you trust.

Is Hiring a House Cleaning Service Right for You?

With a bit of research, you should have a good idea of what options are out there, and you can make an informed decision on what is right for you. Hiring a home cleaner may feel like a luxury, and you will need to add the cost to your budget. It also means that you are giving someone access to your home, which can be important to consider for individuals who value privacy. However, having someone clean your home for you often means you will enjoy your space much more, and frees up time that you can spend enjoying life, or invest in work, making this a highly valued service for many.