FAQs for finding a housekeeper
What is a housekeeper?
Each housekeeper does things a little different, but in general, a housekeeper will help you to keep your home clean and organized on a regular basis. It is a good idea to go over the detailed tasks you expect your housekeeper to perform so you can both agree on what will and won't be done. Standard duties to discuss include cleaning the main areas of your house, such as the kitchen, living room, bedrooms and bathrooms. Housekeepers may also clean the floors, mop, vacuum, remove dust from furniture, clean toilets, showers, mirrors and sinks in every bathroom, and change bed linens in every bedroom. They can also help organize your home by lightly decluttering, doing laundry and folding clothes.
How much does it cost to hire a housekeeper in 2023?
Based on Care.com's data, the national average rate for a housekeeper is $17.33 per hour as of January 2023. The cost will vary based on your location and other factors, such as the size and condition of your home and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. In some cases, housekeepers will charge a flat rate per day, but you can discuss the details during the interview process and agree to a rate that works best for both parties.
In 2023 how best can I find a housekeeper?
You will have the option to search for housekeepers by narrowing down your candidate options based on their hourly rate, years of experience, distance from your location, availability and other factors. You can also post a job to receive applications from housekeepers listed on Care.com. After you have selected and screened some candidates, you can hire the housekeeper that best matches your needs.
Are housekeepers background checked?
Yes, housekeepers on Care.com are asked to complete an annual background check called a CareCheck. Housekeepers who complete this background check will have a badge on their profile displaying the date it was run. While CareCheck is a good start, we strongly recommend that you follow some additional steps for hiring a housekeeper safely, which include interviewing candidates, checking references, and running your own background check
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How often should I have my house cleaned?
It's easier for your housekeeper to maintain the condition of your home with more frequent visits. With a weekly or bi-weekly visit, there will be less cleaning work per visit and usually costs less.
What is the difference between a housekeeper and a maid?
A housekeeper and a maid offer the same house cleaning services, but some professionals may prefer to use one title over the other.