Look around your house. Chances are you see areas that need to be cleaned. Whether they’re dust bunnies that are clumping up in the corner or toilets that need to be cleaned, you don’t want to spend your precious free time cleaning. Do you? It would be so much better to spend that time on hobbies or with your family.
Those are just a couple of reasons why people hire a housekeeper. There is a misconception that only the rich and famous hire housekeepers. Not true! There are plenty of everyday people who hire a housekeeper regularly to keep up with their housework. We all like a clean home; we just don’t all have the time it takes to maintain one!
If you’re looking to hire a housekeeper, it’s important to understand what one actually does. A housekeeper will take care of the everyday tasks that sometimes get forgotten among the hustle and bustle of daily life. They can do a deep cleaning of your house, but you need to specifically request that.
When you hire a housekeeper from MaidLuxe you can expect the following services in a general cleaning. At MaidLuxe the following household duties are including in the Essentials Maintenance Cleaning Service.
- Dust Ceiling fans & light fixtures
- Dust blinds & window sills
- Dust wood moldings
- Dust baseboards
- Dust lamps & lampshades
- Dust picture frames & household ornaments
- Dust & polish furniture
- Hand wash outside of appliances
- Hand wash stovetop
- Hand wash countertops & backsplash
- Hand wash all sinks
- Hand wash all Mirrors
- Hand wash shower/bathtub and tile
- Hand wash all bathroom counters
- Empty wastebaskets
- Make beds, One set of sheets changed
- Vacuum or dust stairs
- Vacuum and/or Mop all Floors
- Microwave interior/exterior cleaned
- Water inside plants
These services can be performed weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on your needs and budget. Every cleaning company is different when it comes to the cleaning services it provides so it’s important to know exactly what you’re paying for.
When someone is considering hiring someone to clean their house, they may ask for a more in-depth cleaning the first go around and then set a schedule to keep up with the cleaning. This is something worth considering because if you’ve been behind on your house cleaning, chances are it may need a deep cleaning first.
Are housekeepers expensive?
This is another misconception when it comes to hiring a maid or cleaning service. You will find that most housekeepers charge reasonable prices. The cost will depend on the size of your home and what services you choose. Many people find the cost of a housekeeper something that’s in their budget and is one of the reasons why they keep a regular cleaning schedule.
What is not included in housekeeping services?
When you’re asking the question of what does a housekeeper do, it’s important to know what they don’t do. Many people will assume housekeepers do certain tasks and then get disappointed when they’re not done. These tasks usually include:
Deep cleaning or outdoor window washing
If you want this done it’s best to hire a company that specializes in window washing. They’ll have all the equipment needed to reach high windows and other places that are difficult to reach as well.
Your housekeeper won’t watch your kids too. If you want this type of service then you’ll need to hire a nanny who can also do light housework. Typically though, they won’t perform all of the duties a housekeeper will, so it’s best to have someone specifically for child care and someone specifically for housekeeping. This way your kids are getting the attention they deserve and your home is getting the attention it needs as well.
Exposure to human waste is unsanitary and can cause illness. A housekeeper will not take care of this for you.
Lifting heavy objects
If you need a chair or sofa moved, don’t count on your housekeeper to do it. Any heavy lifting needs to be done by a moving company or by some other strong people in your family!
If there is a specific task you’re looking to get done, it’s best to ask if the cleaning company provides it. Sometimes it can be added on for an additional cost. In other cases, the company will tell you that it’s simply not something they can do. They may refer you to a company they know of that will perform the task you need.
Things to know before you hire a housekeeper
Before hiring a housekeeper it’s not only important to know what they can do and what they won’t do, but you should also have a clear idea of what you want to be done. Simply telling someone to clean your house isn’t enough. Make a list of the areas that need attention and those that may need some extra TLC.
You also want to check references and reviews. Since your housekeeper will likely be in your home when you’re not, you want to hire someone you can trust. Reviews and references will let you know if the housekeeper you’re considering is trustworthy.
Hire a housekeeper today!
If you’ve always wanted to hire a housekeeper but have been hesitant, now is the time! MaidLuxe can take care of all of your housekeeping needs. Call MaidLuxe today at 713-242-8935 to find out more information and to request a quote. Hire a housekeeper so that you can spend your free time doing the things you love!