April 3, 2014 8:10 AM Subscribe
How much do you pay your cleaning person?
After years of Mefite testimonials I’ve finally decided to take the leap and hire someone to come in and clean biweekly. Currently we’re doing a halfass job, which induces lots of guilt and then frantic cleaning rampages when company’s coming. I’m excited to finally be in a position where this is an option, and have a friend* who is a fantastic housekeeper and is looking for some extra cash on the side. Regular tasks will include dusting, floors, kitchen, bathrooms, and she’d occasionally do more extensive jobs, such as windows or scouring the cabinets, as needed. Because this is a casual arrangement between friends, she doesn’t have established rate.
posted by spinturtle to Home & Garden (35 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
This seems to work well for all involved, but what do we pay? I think that an hourly rate (vs. flat fee) is the way to go. This way she’s free to decided when the extra tasks are needed, but will still ensure that she’ll be appropriately compensated. Needless to say we trust her alone in our home, and to accurately report how long she was cleaning for any giving session.
We’re professional DINKs in New England. I value the time and effort that this takes, and am grateful that there are people who enjoy cleaning and can benefit financially from my slobbitude. My concern is very much from the ‘am I paying fairly/enough’ perspective, not ‘how little can I pay’. I want this to be a win/win for everyone.
*We will have periodic check-ins, to make sure we’re all still happy. The friendship is more important than the cleaning, so at any point either party can bow out with no harm/no foul, and we’ll look for a professional service.