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Ready, set, clean!
You know you want -- or need -- help around the house, but wonder where to find a reputable, dependable and trustworthy housekeeper. Wonder no more! We've got all you need to know to find the help for keeping your house clean that you're looking for.
Five local options to find a housekeeper
There are also a number of local search methods that can be highly effective when looking for household help.
The first meeting
Serra Deville, a former house manager, housekeeper and nanny, says before having someone clean your home, you should first meet with them to discuss paying wages per hour or per visit, experience, references, work hours and cleaning expectations.
Don't be afraid to ask permission to run a background check, either. If they have nothing to hide, they won't mind. You can run a search to find several companies through which to perform one.
Deville also says both parties should have a checklist to compare during an interview. "Don't assume anything. You may expect the bed to be made, but your housekeeper may not offer that service. Discussing each other's list can avoid misunderstandings."
Deville adds that in addition to the level of cleaning you're looking for, some of the things to consider when making your list are:
When seeking home help, what are some of the most typical mistakes people make -- or things that they overlook?
"A lot of homeowners don't make a list of things they specifically want to be cleaned and/or don't explain their expectations clearly," says Angie Hicks of Angie's List. "This leads to misunderstandings with the housecleaner, so it's always better to make the expectations as clear as possible."
One more thing that catches clients: They don't check references or they don't check enough references. Hicks says, "Checking with at least three references can help you get enough information on a company's level of service."
Hallmarks of a top-notch housekeeper
Providing high-quality service requires great communication. Hicks says that when you're interviewing companies, make sure they:
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