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19/01/2013 at 22:34
Do you have a cleaner? If you do, how big is your house and how many hours does the cleaner need each week? Round here a typical cleaner charges between £10-£20 an hour.
I'm fed up of spending weekends catching up with housework (and this is before we have had kids!). Later this year we are moving to a 4 bed house which has hall, downstairs loo, kitchen, dining room, lounge, 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms and an ensuite. This is almost double the size of house we have now and I think I'll be spending even more of the weekends cleaning!
19/01/2013 at 22:44
Do you know what I think it's a good idea. Even an hour a week, a tenner, could get the house hoovered. My worst job. I think Hollywood who usually lurks on BT has one and really glad she got one. Wonder if I could convince H...
19/01/2013 at 23:01
Belle has one. I don't, but my sister has one. If I had more spare cash, I'd so be getting one
19/01/2013 at 23:43
Haha it's funny reading this! Saying she's "got one" it sounds like a pet or a slave!
I think it would def be a good idea if you have the spare income!
Ps - I'm jealous of your house!!
20/01/2013 at 00:56
£20ph?! That seems a lot to me. My parents pay theirs £36 a week and she cleans their 5-bed house which must take a few hours.
I'd love a cleaner. We were going to hire one when we moved to our current flat but then I fell pregnant and it seemed silly to get one to start when we wouldn't justify having one while I'm on mat leave or working part-time. Boooo.
20/01/2013 at 07:06
We have a cleaner for exactly the reasons you describe - we got fed up with spending weekends cleaning!! We have a four bed house and she comes in for 2 hours a week. She basically always does downstairs our bedroom and the toilet/bathroom. She then does the other bedrooms (which we don't use as often) on a kind of rotation basis. Not sure how we coped without her!! The company charges £11 per hour, which includes all cleaning materials and insurance etc. I am hoping to be able to keep her when the baby arrives, but we will have to see how the finances go (might have to drop to once a fortnight).
20/01/2013 at 08:18
Alocin your set up sounds iseal with getting the entire downstairs done, plus an upstairs room in rotation. Like you we won't use all the rooms much (until they are filled with children anyway!)
I like Missus S's suggestion of prioritising our most hated chores and have the cleaner to just those instead if everything.
I'm glad you all seem to think they are worthwhile, I've been umming and ahhing about it for ages! Time to start researching.
20/01/2013 at 08:28
Ours is £32 a week (west Kent) for 2 hours for a pair of them. We have 4 beds, 2 bathrooms. They also do our ironing. Do it!! You won't regret it! You'll wonder why you didn't get one sooner. Even when money has been tighter I have cut out other stuff rather than foregoing the cleaners as they are a necessity!
20/01/2013 at 08:49
I pay my mum to do my cleaning. £10ph and she does two hours on a Monday. We live in a 3bed semi with 1 bathroom. She hoovers dusts and polishes throughout, cleans the kitchen bathroom and mops floors. For extra i ask the windows to be done every 4-6weeks and if i have chance of a morning to strip beds i ask her to put a wash on and change bedding for me. it really makes a difference as all i need to do during week is whizz the hoover round of an evening. Takes 5mins once L in bed.
20/01/2013 at 09:59
We have a cleaner for the same sized house to what you are planning to move to, and the main reason was that we were spending our only day together cleaning rather than anything enjoyable (now we usually do the food shop!).
We pay £16 for 2 hours cleaning which she manages to do a basic clean of everywhere - polishing, hoovering, mopping floors, good clean of toilets, bathrooms and kitchen, plus she'll concentrate on a particular area each week as well where she thinks it needs it. I love having a cleaner! Although for some reason she didn't turn up this Friday and hasn't been in touch to say why - I'm guessing it's because of the snow, but would have been polite to let us know, she's usually really reliable or contacts me if there's a problem which makes me worry slightly.
20/01/2013 at 13:15
This has made me think. I am sooooo busy all week that when it comes to the weekend or a day off I'm so bloody tired that I don't want to spend all my free time cleaning. Could be worth getting someone for a hour a week. Can only imagine what MrGillsy will say........
20/01/2013 at 17:31
We have just done the same today, spent the whole day cleaning. OH does his jobs every now and again then acts like a big hero for doing it, while I do laundry/clean kitchen and bathroom several times per week! I think I would feel too awkward or uncomfortable having someone come in though. My auntie is a cleaner but it would just be too weird to ask her.
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