Help! My house is filthy again and I want to hire a part-time housekeeper!
If you’re a homeowner in Los Angeles, ask yourself: how many times have I asked myself this question?
Some think their house is too small to warrant a regular housekeeping service, while others prefer to do things on their own, all the while juggling their work and family lives.
But LA is a busy city, which means many people just do not have the time to clean and maintain their house on a regular enough basis to feel calm and comfortable in their own space.
This begs the question: how do you know when the time is right to get a housekeeper in LA, and what can they help you with?
We’ve got a few pointers.
What are the duties of a part-time housekeeper?
Before you even think about hiring a housekeeper in Los Angeles, you need to be thinking about whether or not the costs of hiring one are justified. With just a few more minutes in the day, you would do the cleaning yourself, right?
Realistically, having a part time housekeeper on your payroll means that they will do essential cleaning and organizational tasks regularly, consistently, and to the highest quality. Letting your housekeeper know exactly what needs to be done every day or week means the cleaning actually gets done.
Separately from the routine asks, a part-time housekeeper will also handle your one-off tasks, such as the cleaning of a specific piece of furniture or other out of the ordinary work. No more dirty cabinet doors – that chore you’ve been meaning to get to for years. More general chores like vacuuming and dusting, along with ironing and making beds are also in the domain of a housekeeper.
The size of your home, how organized you like to keep it, and ultimately the agency or company from which you hire your housekeeper, will also determine the your housekeeper’s specific duties and the frequency at which they are done.
What’s the difference between a housekeeper and a house cleaner?
Now that you know what you can expect your housekeeper to do for you, it might make you wonder what the difference is between a housekeeper and a house cleaner. While these terms are often confused, there are some key differences and distinctions for which you should be aware as you begin your search.
Let’s first consider once again the duties of a housekeeper and compare them to the duties of a house cleaner.
While a housekeeper will perform more general cleaning, usually things like dusting and sweeping on a regular basis, a house cleaner will do this and more. They will usually perform more deep cleans, especially in places like the kitchen and the bathroom. However, these deep cleans will be less frequent. Your housekeeper might be the one that does your dishes each night, but a house cleaner would be more likely to clean the inside of your windows or scrub along the skirting boards on the floor.
Essentially, housekeepers will perform more regular, but lighter intensity, tasks. House clears are usually the ones to call for deeper, less frequent cleaning.
One other major difference between housekeepers and house cleaners is that your housekeeper will generally spend more time in your house. They might be tasked with a lot of individual jobs over the course of the day, while your house cleaner will usually only come for a specified amount of time.
Your housekeeper could even be a live-in housekeeper, whereas a house cleaner is someone that you almost always hire from an external company or agency. You may even hire a team of house cleaners instead.
Generally, your part or full-time housekeeper will be onsite most days of the week, while a cleaner might be used in an almost one-off manner.
What are the benefits of having a part-time housekeeper?
So, if you now know you would be choosing a housekeeper rather than a house cleaner, you might still be unsure if the benefits are really worth it. Again, this is work you probably COULD do if you had the time.
The main benefit of having a part-time housekeeper on payroll is that you gain peace of mind and be comfortable in your home! You can focus your time on things that mean more to you than handling cleaning tasks. You will enjoy less overall stress knowing that someone else is responsible for helping with every cleaning need.
OK. But can I even afford one?
The most important question you must ask yourself is if you can actually afford to hire a housekeeper part time, or maybe even full time. While Los Angeles housekeeper salaries range, the average is about $27,200 per year. If someone works for you year-round, this will cost you just over $500 per week.
So, the question is: is having extra time each week to pursue your interests and have your home cleaned professionally worth about $500 per week?
How to hire a part-time housekeeper in Los Angeles
Finally, now that you have decided that you need a housekeeper, it’s time to find out how to hire the best housekeeper in Los Angeles to fit your needs.
This will largely depend on whether or not you hire someone from a domestic staffing agency like ours. Our role will be to gather your needs as a homeowner, recruit the right housekeeper to match them, conduct background checks and perform other types of due diligence to make sure the fit is just right.
We pride ourselves in being the choice provider of Los Angeles’ part time housekeeper hiring and placement. We want you to be able to trust the housekeeper that is in your home!
Ready to get started and reclaim your time? Contact us here.