Spryte Posted September 5, 2012 Share Posted September 5, 2012 I'm running up against a wall here, and frustrated. I know, I know... lots of people don't have cleaning help, but DH and I have made the choice that this is a priority for us. Between his career & travel, HSing, our business, and my long-term chronic health issues... It's a necessary luxury. We have had weekly help for years. Years. It was all fine, until our long-term housekeeper had to move due to a family situation. Now we have run through a string of housekeepers who don't work out due to one reason or another after several months: they cancel at the last minute on various weeks; radically inconsistent work; or just a slow decline in their work. The latest, who has been with us several months now, has child care issues. Okay. So now we are on the hunt again. Ugh. Now I'm wondering if we're just asking too much? Are these people not working out because we are looking for too much? Or is this just ... bad luck? Are we making bad hiring choices? We want someone who will come on the same day each week (preferably toward the end of the work week, but we are flexible); someone who can come later in the morning due to DH's work schedule (he works from a home office, so we need quiet mornings) - that part is not negotiable. I want someone who will do the basic housecleaning, with a few extras (leather conditioner on couches weekly; once a month put a wood conditioner on a few pieces of furniture). I also want (but don't have) someone who will rotate a deep cleaning for each room every few months; do baseboards; and vacuum under the couch cushions. We are fine with paying extra for these. Am I looking for way too much in a house cleaner? If my hopes are absolutely not reasonable - just say so. :) And if they are not... How on earth do I find someone who will be consistent? Any thoughts or advice here would be welcome. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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