Between blogging 35 hours a week, keeping up with my two girls’ schedules, making dinners and trying to be a good wife, trying to find time to stay on top of all the household chores is nearly impossible for me these days. But the funny thing is I’ve had the hardest time finding a housekeeper, I guess no one wants to clean the house of a cleaning blogger. 🙂 I’ve had a couple housekeepers since we moved into our current home, about a year and a half ago, but one of them got pregnant and went on leave and the other didn’t last long either. So now I’m in the market and looking for a good housekeeper but after having two that didn’t work out I’m starting to realize that I need to ask more questions up front.
I think I’m too trusting, I just expect that all housekeepers will have my same standard of cleanliness but that hasn’t always been the case. This got me thinking that I should treat hiring a housekeeper just like any other job interview. I wouldn’t hire just anyone to manage my business so why should I hire just anyone to clean my house and be all up in my space. You know?
So today I’m sharing a list of questions to ask prospective housekeepers because I’ve realized it’s okay to ask questions, do my research and set the standards up front. By doing that everyone knows what is expected of them and everyone is happier in the long run.
#1 How long they have been cleaning houses and how many houses they are currently cleaning?
#2 Ask for references, other home owners they clean for, etc. Don’t feel bad asking them for this because after all they are a stranger that you’re inviting into your home.
#3 Are they willing to use your cleaning supplies or will they supply their own. I always prefer they use mine so if you’re the same way make sure to talk to them about that.
#4 Be upfront about what you will pay and what you expect of them. If they have a standard rate them make sure to ask them what they offer for that amount. If you are going to ask them to do additional tasks, like your laundry, make sure to offer them more money.
#5 Don’t be afraid to ask for a trial period of two to three cleanings. This will give you plenty of time to evaluate their cleaning style and if you feel like they are going to be a good match for you.
#6 It’s important to remember, when you’re interviewing, that they won’t automatically know what you want done in your home. Have a plan of what you need done and make sure to communicate that clearly to them. Let them know where you want them to clean and what you don’t want them to clean. Do you want them to wash the sheets, clean the blinds, etc. Make sure you are very clear of what your expectations are because each homeowner has different needs and the more you communicate yours, the happier you will be with your new housekeeper.
#7 And last but not least, when you’re interviewing them make sure to not do all the talking. Let them talk so you can get a good feel of their personality and how well they communicate.
These seven questions will help you find the perfect housekeeper for you and your home and it will keep everyone happy because the expectations will have been set from the beginning! Good luck on your search, if you find someone good, send them my way! 🙂