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Old 05-09-2012, 04:01 PM
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It's kind of embarrassing and makes me feel lazy but I'm seriously thinking of hiring someone to come out once or twice a month to clean my house. It's almost all I can do to keep the laundry done and put away, the fish tanks cleaned, and the dogs taken care of. I HATE cleaning with a passion. I'm wondering if it might be worth it to have someone come in.

What do you guys pay? How do you find someone that is responsible and all that stuff?
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:11 PM
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I made a thread about this a while back. I still really want to get a housekeeper, but I'm a little weird about having a stranger come into our house. I'd feel the need to be home while he/she cleans, and then I'd feel weird not helping! Haha. It would definitely be worth the cost to me, since I don't like to clean.

I started looking on care.com, and there are a TON of listings. Some of them have background checks done and everything. Do you have any family members or friends who have house keepers for word of mouth references?

ETA: Here's my old thread if it helps

http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=129960
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:15 PM
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I made a thread about this a while back. I still really want to get a housekeeper, but I'm a little weird about having a stranger come into our house. I'd feel the need to be home while he/she cleans, and then I'd feel weird not helping! Haha. It would definitely be worth the cost to me, since I don't like to clean.

I started looking on care.com, and there are a TON of listings. Some of them have background checks done and everything. Do you have any family members or friends who have house keepers for word of mouth references?
Lol, this is always how I feel.

I still live at home, but whenever we have cleaning people come in, I feel like a freakin' BUM when I'm, like, sitting on the couch watching them clean. lol. I feel like I should be helping... but my parents paid them for a reason.

They only get them out around once a month. I am not entirely sure what they pay. But my dads house has these two American girls who just started their own company, I think. And my mom used to use a company that was a franchise.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:18 PM
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Thanks! Yeah my dad has a housekeeper that comes weekly. I'm not sure if she's got openings or not or how much she charges. I would think mine would be cheaper since my house is less than 1/3rd the size of his. He found her through his neighbor's. My coworker has one she loves but it's across town.

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Old 05-09-2012, 04:24 PM
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Thanks! Yeah my dad has a housekeeper that comes weekly. I'm not sure if she's got openings or not or how much she charges. I would think mine would be cheaper since my house is less than 1/3rd the size of his. He found her through his neighbor's. My coworker has one she loves but it's across town.

I HATE cleaning!
I hate cleaning SO much, but I love having a clean house- so it's a constant battle. It would be really nice to get someone to come once a week or once every other week to get the big chores that I'd rather not do. I just have to get over my fears of having someone do it, because it would be very much worth it to me!
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:30 PM
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I was interested briefly in the deep cleanings (like scrubbing floor boards and cleaning fridge shelves and such). The vacuuming/dusting/straightening I can do myself, and generally enjoy, but it would have been nice to have a true cleaning done once in a while. Unfortunately, even just for vacuuming/mopping/etc, the average price is around $150 for every/other week. I'm not comfortable paying $300/month for it.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:53 PM
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My parents hired someone a few months ago because of my their lack of time to really get to cleaning the house. (They both work full time & my mom is going to night school).

We found her through neighbours I think we pay 10 (about $13) an hour. She comes once a week - for about 4 hours.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:55 PM
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From what I've researched, I had expected to pay $10-15 an hour for someone. I was guessing $50-60 a week for 4-6 hours of work.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:56 PM
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Yeah. Her name is Mom.

Lol but seriously my mom is super obsessed with cleaning, so there's no way she'd ever let something sit for someone else to do. I hate cleaning very much but I can't see myself ever wanting to pay for someone else to do it.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:59 PM
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My parents have a housekeeper who comes once a week and changes the sheets, mops the floors, cleans the stone courtyards and dusts everything indoors. They LOVE her, she's very respectful of their things and they haven't had an issue in 3+ years.
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