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When can I hire a house cleaner and what safety measures should we take?

Raise your hand if you could use some help around the house these days. (Cue millions of hands.) Whether you're working and/or schooling at home, you're an essential worker or you're going back to your workplace and swamped trying to catch up, you may save yourself... more

How to communicate with your house cleaner for great service every time

Enter a caption... Having a cleaner come to your home is, for many people, a worthy splurge. It can ease stress, eliminate household arguments over chores and leave weekends for family time. "Hiring a house cleaner is the best decision I ever made. It’s worth every penny," says Lynda D... more

House cleaner checklist: A room-by-room guide

If you’ve hired someone to come clean your home, you are probably relieved to pass off the dusting and mopping but also wondering what’s next? There are some things you can do to make sure you and your cleaner are on the same page, including providing a checklist of cleaning... more

The 2020 household employment changes every family should prepare for

If you have a nanny watching your kids or a senior caregiver taking care of a loved one, you know there’s a lot to keep track of, whether it’s juggling schedules or managing payroll. To make things more complicated, new laws and regulations mean that every year, there’s always a... more

How much should you charge for housekeeping services?

One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a new housekeeper is how much you charge for your services. But picking a price point can be tricky. You want to make your rates competitive while still making enough to cover your labor, materials and overhead costs. There’s no magic... more

Housekeeping services: Here's how much you should be paying

Outsourcing tedious household chores doesn’t just take stress off your plate and crumbs off your counter — it could also significantly improve your quality of life. That’s according to research by Ashley Whillans, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School. Her studies suggest prioritizing time over money — by doing... more

Housekeeping duties: What you can expect from your housekeeper

If you’ve ever looked around your house in a moment of high stress and wondered if you should hire a housekeeper to help, the answer is probably yes. These days, many households have two parents who are both working outside the home. Working full-time jobs and taking care of the... more

Personal chefs: How much do they cost — and are they worth it?

Americans devote an average of 37 minutes a day preparing, serving and cleaning up after their meals, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That number creeps up to 44 minutes a day for families with kids, totaling more than 267 hours a year spent in the kitchen. For... more