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to hire a cleaner to clean my minging house?

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MrsABrown72 Thu 01-Jun-17 00:23:52

I work a 35 hour week, drop DC at childminder at 8 each morning but do pick up myself. I manage to do some housework, cook dinner, take to swimming and gymnastics and homework etc and keep on top of the day to day stuff. I also have to fit in five hours work from home. I could drop this according to my boss but I know I would end up doing it anyway but just not getting paid for it!

I am disgusted by my floors!!

So, I suppose my question is would I be unreasonable to get a cleaner in to get my house up to scratch (including an oven clean company) and then someone in maybe on a Friday? So the house is clean for the weekend....or maybe a Monday so it is clean for the week? How much should this cost? I am in London.

5OBalesofHay Thu 01-Jun-17 00:26:21

Get someone Friday and Monday. Pay should be about 10 quid an hour

MrsABrown72 Thu 01-Jun-17 01:00:10

How do I find a good one?

Ravenblack Thu 01-Jun-17 01:02:35

If you wanna hire one, hire one.

Try an agency???

Brighteyes27 Thu 01-Jun-17 01:48:54

If you can afford it no yanbu I would ask around for recommendations first maybe get food shopping delivered too anything to save time. I have one at the end of the week it's lovely coming home to a clean home (I spend part of the evening before she comes round each week picking up and putting away so she can just clean. It's lovely coming home to a clean house.

Catinthecorner Thu 01-Jun-17 01:49:01

Ask for local recommendations- I'd probably start with the local area Facebook page or my neighbours and the local pub landlords.

SunEgg Thu 01-Jun-17 02:04:44

Yes yes. I get a cleaner to come only 1 hour a week but it changed my life. I hate mopping floors, & she does that, as well as bathroom and kitchen units. I ask her to di the fridge too once a month.

avamiah Thu 01-Jun-17 02:19:26

Hi MrsABrown72,
If you can afford a cleaner a couple of days a week then get one.
I'm in London also and usually you find a cleaner through recommendation from a neighbour or call a agency.
I believe the going rate is £10/£12 a hour to clean.
As for oven cleaning, you need to get a oven cleaning company in and they usually charge about £90/£120 to clean it fully.
Hope this helps.

kaytee87 Thu 01-Jun-17 06:56:56

Why would you be unreasonable? I'm not even at work just now (mat leave) and I have a cleaner.
£10-£14 an hour probably.

Starlighter Thu 01-Jun-17 07:10:41

I got a cleaner when I was on bed rest for the first pregnancy - and I've still got one now 5 years later!!

I pay £10 ph, 2hrs a week, it's through a company so all insured and she brings all her own stuff.

I see it as just the cost of a takeaway and I don't mind cooking but hate cleaning, so well worth it imo.

Look at your local boards (I found one through netmums) or cards in the newsagents, Facebook, etc.

Wreckingball25 Thu 01-Jun-17 07:19:13

I used to pay £10 an hour direct in south London two years ago... now in Manchester and using an agency instead so it's £13 ph

MacarenaFerreiro Thu 01-Jun-17 07:22:36

Ask around for recommendations. We've had three cleaners over the years, all found through friends or things like a PTA facebook page. We pay ours £10 per hour and she is fabulous.

mayhew Thu 01-Jun-17 07:24:27

We did this for 15 years. Bliss! It made a massive difference.
Take time to find the right person. Nowadays my neighbours use local Facebook as well as personal recommendations.
Agree a months trial so that you can exit with less embarrassment if it's not working.
My top tip. We tidied the night before so she spent her precious two hours cleaning surfaces rather than just putting stuff away.

glenthebattleostrich Thu 01-Jun-17 07:30:13

I'd get rid of my husband before I got rid of my cleaner and ironing lady.

My cleaner is amazing. I'm a childminder and have 11 kids through the house each week (lots of part timers and wrap around). She makes my house all lovely and clean and tidy. I love Fridays now!

I always say, if you can afford it, outsource.

missDori Thu 01-Jun-17 07:47:13

Definitely get a cleaner! Don't feel bad about it.
It has saved me on so many levels. I would go for once a week, before the weekend. That's the time when you're home during the day to enjoy the feeling smile

Seeeeriously Thu 01-Jun-17 07:53:07

Yes, yes, yes. Get a cleaner.

Ours does every other week - we do a bit during the week. It keeps us sane. It also means we keep on top of clutter as we do a big tidy before she comes.

If you're on Facebook, ask for recommendations on a local group page.

CaveMum Thu 01-Jun-17 07:54:04

I have a cleaner starting next week for 2 hours. I'm currently on mat leave with DC2 (6 weeks) and also have a 3yo. DH works away Mon-Fri and I just can't keep on top of it all, plus don't went to spend our weekend quality family time cleaning.

We pay £8 per hour direct to the cleaner and £2 per hour to the agency. They matched us up according to our needs/requirements and cover all the insurance aspects. The added bonus is that if we don't get on with the cleaner or don't like her work, we just phone the agency and they will deal with it and find us a new one.

Do it!

Seeeeriously Thu 01-Jun-17 07:54:06

Also - ours comes on Thursdays. We aren't in the house Fridays and I love having a clean house every other Friday night.

DeidreInaQuandry Thu 01-Jun-17 08:02:13

DH wants us to get a cleaner when I return to work. This is what I don't get: don't you have to do a fair bit of cleaning in between your cleaner's visit?

God knows I've got low standards, but there's no way this house could be vacuumed just once a week. Ditto floors mopped, sides wiped. Toilets need a cursory clean more than once a week too.

So do you clean in between your cleaner's visit?

SnickersWasAHorse Thu 01-Jun-17 08:03:36

Get one. Honestly, it's life changing.
Don't feel guilty and don't listen to anyone who bleats on about taking advantage of someone. You are providing employment to someone. I know how much it means to our cleaner. She is on a 0 hours contract in her main job but she knows that she always has a couple hours work here.

When I had my first cleaner she did 4 hours on her first day to get the house to her standard. After that it was just 2 hours a week. I pay £10 an hour. I found my first cleaner through an agency but then my current one is a friend's mum who does it for a bit of extra cash on the side.

SafeToCross Thu 01-Jun-17 08:12:29

Just to put the other point of view, it was nice having a cleaner, but you need to have clear expectations up front, we used a company and after a while they just took us for granted - the first time, not all the jobs were getting done regularly, and it was the company that realised when someone else came to do it and noticed cobwebs on some skirting; the next time the boss cleaned ours, but would do 45 minutes instead of two hours. TBF I think she was struggling becasue her Mum was ill, but if she had talked to us we probably would not have minded. We were not demanding enough. And you have to tidy so they can clean. (I do think you should try it though).

PrimalLass Thu 01-Jun-17 08:14:17

I want this too but need to tidy/sort/declutter first. That's my incentive to do it.

Needanewaura Thu 01-Jun-17 08:15:16

I give my cleaner £11 an hour. She's wonderful and been with me for about ten years. It's not that you never have to do anything between cleans but it just means that once a week, everything looks good. It raises the spirits and also I find everybody makes more effort to keep it looking nice for a few days. Plus the kids have to tidy up their rooms the night before she comes grin.

I'm fair with my cleaner - pay her for hols, give her Christmas present etc (and yes I know she's self employed, so I don't HAVE to!) and she needs the work, so I don't feel guilty about it. There's lots of other things I outsource - diy, gardening, etc, so why feel guilty about having a cleaner. I'd try and find a recommendation though, as I've previously had pretty rubbish cleaners!

Manijo Thu 01-Jun-17 08:17:47

YANBU. We have a cleaner coming in for a couple of hours on a Friday. Coming home in a Friday evening is bliss and we do not waste time at the weekend cleaning and have more family time. We always have a quick tidy up on a Thursday evening. Floors, kitchen and bathrooms are the most important for me. You can add another hour if you want to have the ironing done too. Money well spent.

N0tNowBernard Thu 01-Jun-17 08:30:44

I keep thinking I'd like a cleaner for an hour or so too but not sure I can get over the idea of a stranger being in my house

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