Noticed an advert for a housekeeper on our local website and the person wanted someone to look after their two (over 7yr old children), give them breakfast and take to and from school (two different schools), take the dog for a walk twice a day. Cook and evening meal and keep the house 'looking like a showroom' and all the bathrooms must be sparkling at all times as if in a 5* hotel. All this for over 10 hours a day (twice a week), but less than £10 an hour! Would anyone do this???
Well I certainly wouldn’t. How the hell would you be keeping a house to showroom standards by coming in twice a week and juggling childcare, school runs and cooking? Sounds very much like they need a housekeeper AND a nanny and they’re two tight to pay for both.
Also, it would depend on the size/condition of the house.... keeping a 3-bed semi in order over two 10 hour days is far easier than having to manage a 7-bed, 6 with en suite, 4 reception house, I'm sure!
That’s one long working day if it starts with breakfast before school and ends with cooking dinner. Sounds like these are cheapskates who instead of paying a separate nanny, full time cleaner and a dog walker want to roll it all into one. £10 an hour is ridiculously low too. I hope no one is desperate enough for work to reply to these tightarses
It wouldn't be an unreasonable raft of expectations at £15ph so long as someone else is keeping to the same standards the other 5 days of the week. It's not too hard to keep a house looking sparkly if it is only overnight since it was last sparkly. If the family slob out and live messily on the unstaffed 5 days then no way is that reasonable. You could certainly get the kids to school and then get the first dog walk done by 9.30. Whip round the house with duster and hoover and polish where needed between dog walk and lunch. An hour's lunch break then whip round the bathrooms. Dog's second walk before school pickup. Collect kids from school and make a start on dinner. It would be a long hard day so no definitely wouldn't do it for £10ph but perfectly possible. Definitely wouldn't do it if it was ever going to be more than 24 hours since the house was last spotless.