Hiring Housecleaners

Quick Facts

  • Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or occasional basis
  • 90% bookings between 4-5 hours per week or bi-weekly
  • Usually between $15-25/hr depending on location, work & length/frequency of session
  • Speak to references about quality of work
  • Clarify if need supplies or will bring supplies
  • Set expectations ahead of time
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Many people clean to supplement their income, as it is easy to find work in their neighbourhood with flexible hours. Families can choose to hire Helpers for regular cleaning on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, or on an occasional basis for bigger jobs like spring cleaning. Most cleaners will not book jobs unless they are at least 3 hours, with 90% of the bookings being for 4 to 5 hours per week or bi-weekly. Usual rates range from $15 to 25/hr depending on your location, the work that needs to be done and the length/frequency of the session.

What to Keep in Mind

When hiring someone to clean your house, be sure to ask references about the level of cleanliness, and what expectations the previous employer had. Even if the person may not have done cleaning work before, ask to speak to at least three people who can attest to character, punctuality and work ethic.

On a practical level, always clarify if the person expects you to provide cleaning supplies or will be bringing their own. Make sure that the tools of cleaning are mutually acceptable in terms of effectiveness, cost, smell, environmental impact etc. Plan to spend at least 30 min showing them around your home and pointing out what needs to be done.

It’s also important to be up-front and straightforward about the work expected before hiring, to make sure that that person is willing and able to meet your expectations. Many Families are also unsure of how to provide feedback on how they would prefer things to be done. What we recommend is that you set the expectation ahead of time that there will be adjustments after the first few sessions - this makes it easier to ask for changes.

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