would you want to pay an hourly fee or set fee for the size of house? If so what is the size of your house and how much would you think a reasonable rate? And how long would you expect them to take to clean your particlar size of house.
would you want the cleaner to provide their own cleaning products and vacuum or would you want to pay a bit less and let them use yours?
How often would you want the cleaner? Once a week or once every 2 weeks for example?
How much detail would you expect them to clean? skirting boards? tops of doors? pulling furniture out to brush/vacuum etc?
Used to have a cleaner, we paid by the hour, but she always did 4 hours, once a week, so it was a weekly amount. This was Ealing, and we paid £30 each week. I supplied the products, although she was quite particular, and used to leave the bottles out when they were empty to be replaced for the next week. Unless I was employing a professional cleaning company I wouldn't expect them to bring their own vaccuum - far too big - my cleaner used to come on a moped!
I would see a few people - get recommendations from friends - and ask them how long they think it shoudl take to do the tasks you want done. Be sure about what you want the cleaner to do - ours would have done whatever we asked, but factored that into the time she'd have said. It's totally up to you whether you want them to clean skirting boards, tops of doors etc.
I have just this week had a cleaner for the first time ever, altho only because I am unable to do anything due to being squished in car accident. and because, with the best will in the world, DH CANNOT do the same job as me
For me, it was just to have that 'womans touch' about the place again.
I can afford only £25, so asked for her to do as much as she can for that money. she gave me 3.5 hrs, and scrubbed my bathroom, downstairs cloakroom and the floors throughout. hoovered where needed, dusted and polished throughout too. and tackled as much of the kitchen as time allowed. also emptied all bins and put out all my washing and put more on and out too. I think I got fab value for money and my house smelled gorgeous too
she is only coming once a week, but if i could afford more I feel i could become very lazy and let her
ooh, and she bought some stuff, and used some of my stuff too. she also used my dyson, hated it, an also managed to do something to it to make in stop sucking. DH fixed it again, but next week i think she'll be bringing her own
i have someone comes for 3 hours a week for £20 - would love more but that it what i can afford. basically i expect her to spend the 3 hours errrrrr cleaning! usually she does all the basics: floors, bathrooms, kitchen. if i want something extra i ask for it and if i don't specify she will just do other stuff - she never has to look far there is always something in desperate need e.g. windows, clean out fridge etc. I provide all the products. She is great and i plan to put payment up to £25 when she has been coming for a year.