- This Time Round
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
Cleaning Ladies / Housekeepers / Cleaning Services ROCK !!
I had one for years… LOVED it.
In my case, they’d stay about 4 or 5 hours and clean the house top to bottom… Kitchen, Bathrooms, Dust, Vacuum, Wash Floors, Change Beds, etc.
Have had services that both did and didn’t do laundry… for the most part, it was just whatever they produced / changed (Bedding & Towels)… but I preferred to do that on my own anyhow (especially after I had some stuff ruined by Cleaning Companies in the process)
Have used independents and services. Have found people thru Classified Ads, word of mouth from other friends, or an Agency / Service.
All have Pros & Cons. If it isn’t an agency but someone privately, you may save a bit of money, and they may be more willing to do special stuff once in awhile (ie We are having a Dinner Party tomorrow, could you iron the Table Linens, Hand Wash the Crystal etc)
But some folks don’t like the fact that they take on the role of Employer (good when things are going well… not so much if things turn bad). And you have to find someone you trust maybe a bit more… as they’ll have a key etc
Agency folks are Bonded, but we found that there is a high turnaround… so just when you’ve got a cleaning team (they usually come in 2s) that have figured out how you like things done, someone inevitably leaves the service.
Plus, you never really know WHO the people are who in your house… that kind of bugged us. Much preferred knowing that it was Sue Jones who lived in the neighbourhood and her kids went to the same school as our kids.
The only big downside to finding someone you love as a Housekeeper who is private, is that if they are sick, on vacation etc. Then you end up going without. That sucked a bit, but you learn to work around it.
Hope this helps,