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Hiring Outside Help to Keep Your Home Clean

If you are looking for an extra hand in keeping your home clean, here are a few tips on how to find the right housekeeper for you.

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As homeowners, renters, landlords, parents, professionals and pet owners, we all have plenty to do without having to clean house. The addition of a reliable and consistent housekeeping service may be just what you need to relieve the stress associated with keeping your home tidy, organized, and functional. Whether you bring in a single housekeeper or a team of people from a housekeeping agency, hiring outside help will likely improve your quality of life, and give you more time and energy to spend with family and friends.


Ready to Find Help? Here Are Your Options:

  • Private Housekeeper: A personal housekeeper is often the most cost-effective solution for keeping your house in tip-top shape. This can be virtually anyone who publishes an ad offering housecleaning services, so be cautious when hiring. Some are excellent and trustworthy; some aren't. A good place to start is by asking friends and family for references. But remember, you will ultimately be responsible for evaluating these qualities for yourself.
  • Agency: An agency is a local or national company that dispatches  one or more housecleaners  to your home. The benefit of using a professional cleaning service  is that the team assigned to your household reports straight to a manager or the owner of the company, whom you deal with and pay directly. Although this is not true of every cleaning agency, reputable companies are typically insured and bonded for your protection.

The Bottom Line

Choose the option that fits your needs best. Check references, as well as the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International to find the right residential cleaning service for you.


Updated by Rachel Murphy on 20 June 2017.

Tammy in Columbia, SC
Dec. 11, 2018

I don't think finding a housekeeper even on here is ever easy. I've been stolen from several times. I pay $15 hr. so not cheap but I seem to hire the wrong person again and again. They end showing up late or leaving early and expect the full days pay. Some are on their phone constantly instead of cleaning. I'm in the search again after a housekeeper took 2 days pay and didn't do anything while I was on vacation. Came home to a filthy house and the money was gone. She worked for me for 3 years with a weeks pay for Christmas bonus( and worked 2 days a week for me) and the last 6 months here constantly did little work. Glad she's gone.

July 21, 2016

maybe i am doing something wrong but i am looking for someone to come to my house and clean at least 2 times a month mainly sweeping mopping cleaning bathrooms i have 2 and its just my husb and myself in a farm house and we have 3 sm dogs they are house broke so not much caring for them yes there would be a few other chores i need done but not to often can u help me find someone thank you

June 15, 2015

I'm looking for someone to vacuum and mop every two weeks ... what should I expect to pay for this ...

Dec. 18, 2013

I really really love care.com I'm a full-service residential housekeeper and half my jobs I've found on here. People are great!

Oct. 7, 2013

Hello! I have found some good people for part-time that are currently working for my son cleaning his apt. I have been fortunate also finding great people for projects. But it has been difficult finding a 9am-5pm/mon-fri full charge house keeper-for my husband and myself only.

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