Title says it all really! We had our PFB six weeks ago and as you can imagine, I am struggling to keep on top of keeping our house as clean and tidy as I'd like. DH does more than his fair share, but I think I'd rather make things easier on us both by getting somebody in to do a general top to bottom houseclean for, say, 3 hrs a day, once a week.
So where do I start looking? And what's the going rate? Am in South Manchester and live in a 3 bedroomed semi...
Congrats on the new one! Yes, do get a cleaner, three hours a week will help you keep on top of floors, toilets and the hard used areas, and give you more time to spend with little one.
I am a cleaner in Macclesfield, and to be honest, it seems like good cleaners are like gold dust. I charge my clients between 8 pounds to ten pounds an hour (new clients are charged 10 pounds) which seems to be the going rate around here. An agency would charge you more.
I advertised in post office windows etc - do you know anyone else who could recommend you one? Once you find a cleaner, treat her well, and she will look after you for as long as you need her!
Good luck, and I hope this helps. I am fully booked, otherwise I would offer you my services! Enjoy the baby.
Thank you both! Dorothy - I was expecting something in the region of £10 per hour so good to know I was in the right ball park. I googled cleaning agencies in Manchester, but there are so many and I wondered whether they would be more expensive than someone who cleans independently.
i got my excellent cleaning lady from this agency which operates as a franchise, so it's a local lady who organises it. i pay the cleaner 7 quid ph, and a fee to the agency which iirc is about 2 quid ph on top.
I found mine using Maid2Clean. I'm not from your area but I think it's a nationwide company.
I pay £10 p/h. 6.50 to the cleaner and the rest to the agency.
Very happy with everything at the moment. 3hrs per week will certainly make a big difference. Congrats on your LO. I'm due to have DC2 in less than a week and am certainly glad to have finally taken the plunge and got a cleaner. It's helping to take the pressure of.