Being the middle class type that I am, I’m considering engaging a cleaner to keep Chateau North* in tip top order.
So, I need some guidance from the oracle that it STW:
Agency or private?
How much per hour is reasonable (I’m in south Manchester – I’m sure that will make a difference)?
How many hours per week for hoovering, dusting/polishing, cleaning the kitchen floor and surfaces and cleaning two bathrooms?
Cheers (and let the abuse begin)
*Actually, a mid-sized terrace….Posted 9 years ago
We hired ours privately (sadly we don’t have one any more though, hence house now unclean), although we looked at some agencies as well. Average for Yorks seems to be about £8 an hour and most wanted 2 – 3 hours to clean our small 3 bed semi.
Things to consider – do they bring their own cleaning equipment or use yours; if agency, is it the same cleaner each week (often they are not); what will they clean in the kitchen – a lot will not do the oven, hob etc.
Having a cleaner is lovely. sigh.Posted 9 years ago
mrsflash – good thoughts.
I’m not sure Mrs North would allow anyone near the (her) cooker without a lengthy briefing*.
Rooley – 4 bathrooms? Do you live in a kibbutz (well, it is North Manchester)?
*Being a chuffing great Brittania range made apparently of the world’s most easily marked stainless steel….Posted 9 years agomidlifecrashesSubscriber
Agency, £8/hr. We have three kids and the muddiest dog ever and are an untidy lot. So have three hours, twice a week to do midlifetowers, which is 7 bedroom, three bath and six downstairs rooms. It’s a bit of a bonus that the cleaners are two 21 year old girls who prefer working in lycra and gym gear rather than an old dear in an apron. For the stainless steel range, I’m told baby oil is the thing to make them look good, but we got a spray of steel cleaner with our Mercury which is excellent, makes it look like new in minutes.Posted 9 years agoalpinMember
you can get polish or romanian cleaers here for 5€/hour. brilliant! i can be lazy and help the (black) economy…..
my aunt started cleaning for a few people a few yeasr back and has now made it her full-time job. got some-one else working for her too. earns alright although this is in relatively affluent suffolk.Posted 9 years ago
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