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#1 Mrs Q

Posted 17 March 2017 - 11:43 AM

So, pretty much every time I clean the shower, I think how great it would be to have a cleaner to do the work instead of me. I've never had a cleaner. Don't know how much it would cost, or what kind of tasks they would do. I am curious as to whether people think it is worth it to pay someone to come into your home to clean it.

Do you have a cleaner? Is it worth it? Do they do a good job? What do you like or not like about it? Would you recommend it to others? Anything interesting you wish to share about having a cleaner? Please tell!

#2 EmmDasher

Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:02 PM

We have a cleaner.

2 people for 1 hour every fortnight. It costs about $65. They do bathrooms, toilets, vacuum, mop, kitchen sink & surfaces.

It's fantastic and I wouldn't be without it (unless our financial circumstances changed obviously). They do a fine job. If I had to do it I might do a slightly better job but nowhere near as frequently so, swings & roundabouts.

#3 MrsLexiK

Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:06 PM

We do it's $20 an hour ($60 usually plus more on the odd time). Plus we pay $9.48 to the agency an hour. She comes weekly. Showers, toilets, bins, vac and mop and kitchen and she always dusts and cleans my microwave. It frees up more time for DH and I to both work the hours we want/need.

#4 Hands Up

Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:07 PM

Yes, we have a wonderful cleaning team come every three weeks and it costs $110. Expensive but they scrub the place from top to bottom and I find it easy to keep the house clean in between because they do such a good job.

#5 Hattie

Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:09 PM

Yes, we have a cleaner. 2 people for 2.5 hours per fortnight. Costs $110. They do:
  • clean 3 x bathrooms and toilets
  • clean kitchen
  • dust
  • vaccuum all floors
  • mop hard floors
What I like about it, is they come on Fridays so when we walk in the door on Friday evenings after a huge week, the house looks and smells amazing, and we haven't had to do it!

They do a good job, to be honest they are not as thorough as DH and I are when we do the cleaning, but they do a good enough job that we're happy to pay them continue to do it.

#6 Lallalla

Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:11 PM

Yes we have a cleaner, I wouldn't be without her! She is a sanity saver

#7 Claudia Jean

Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:13 PM

View PostHattie, on 17 March 2017 - 12:09 PM, said:

They do a good job, to be honest they are not as thorough as DH and I are when we do the cleaning, but they do a good enough job that we're happy to pay them continue to do it.

Yes my experience exactly.  The house isn't sparkly, but working 70-80 hour weeks and having no time to clean, it's a lot sparklier than not having them there at all!

#8 Moukmouk

Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:19 PM

I love my cleaner. Two people come once a fortnight, about 1 1/2 hours for $80. Bathrooms done, kitchen (including microwave and oven), really good vacuum (including all the lounge cushions, etc - and we have a dog), mop, surfaces. She will empty the dishwasher and does the mirrored doors of the wardrobes.
DH and I both work full time. Having a cleaner just means that at least I know the basic cleaning is done. I give things a quick wipeover as needed through the week.

#9 Bearynice

Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:23 PM

No, I'm it. I am a terrible cleaner too!

If there was spare $60 pw I'd love a cleaner!

#10 schwatzen

Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:49 PM

I have a cleaner come every Friday. $35 an hour for 2 hours. They do kitchen, living room, bathroom/loo, DD's bedroom.

They do a great job!

I've had some crappy cleaners in the past though who i've had to get rid of.

#11 SeaPrincess

Posted 17 March 2017 - 01:07 PM

We got a cleaner when I went back to work. He comes once a fortnight. Our house is a large 4 bedroom, with 2 study areas and 2 living areas. We pay $110 and he does the following:
  • clean 3 x bathrooms and toilets
  • clean kitchen
  • dust all rooms
  • vacuum all floors
  • mop all floors (hard floors throughout)
As a pp said, it's not quite as thorough as when I do it, e.g. he dusts around things. My priorities for him are the bathrooms and the floors, and he does a great job of those.

In between, Roomba keeps on top of the vacuuming, I clean and mop the toilets multiple times, and we all pitch in to do everything else.

#12 Mrs Q

Posted 18 March 2017 - 08:05 PM

Thanks everyone for the replies. Very interesting. I'm a little surprised at the cost of some of these cleaners - I sort of expected it to be more expensive, but as I said, I had no idea about price anyway. Now I'm trying to work out if there's something we can cut back on to make that money available for a cleaner....

#13 nikki_205

Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:03 AM

How did everyone find their cleaners? It's something I've always wanted to do but couldn't be bothered with the hassle of finding one, organising times, sticking around the first few times until we trust them alone in the house, etc.

DH decided it was time, and bought a scoopon for a clean. We tried 2 cleaners off scoopon but they were both useless when it came to organising a time. They wouldn't commit to a day, one said "we'll let you know the day before we're coming". So we've given up on both those companies.

#14 BornToLove

Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:12 AM

We used to have a cleaner when I worked full time. Being part time, it's not in the budget and in theory I have extra time to do it myself.

Anyways, we paid $35/hour. We would have the cleaner come once a fortnight and basically do all the jobs I hated: bathrooms and kitchen plus floors (vacuum and mop) and dusting of whole house. On her off week I would do a quick refresh of the bathrooms and some dusting (our place is very dusty).

Occasionally I would request a 'deep clean' of specific items (oven, outdoor furniture) or a specific room that should be to a 'bond clean' standard (washing walls, light fixtures, windows in addition to the general cleaning).

To answer PP question, we found our cleaner on gumtree. She was a mum who wanted to earn extra money when her kids were in kinder/school. Cleaning allowed her the flexability her family needed. She was insured and provided a record check and several references. My only complaint was that she doesn't work during school holidays so we would go too long between cleans several times a year.

#15 Jelly Bush

Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:23 AM

Yes! It feels like an indulgence, I got them when I was working long long hours in a previous role and now I probably could do it myself but I can't seem to give it up.

It's 3.5 hours f/n for a 3 bed 2 bath townhouse. Sometimes I haven't used one of the beds or baths so then I ask her to do something unusual like oven or fridge

She does bathrooms floors kitchen sometimes makes beds if I ask dusting etc. like others say not as thorough as me but makes up for it with consistency!

I'm wondering if I'm paying more than I need really now though as I see others have 2-3 hours a f/n with kids (I'm single so my place never really gets that messy)

I use an agency. It's hard to find a decent cleaner

#16 Taradiddle

Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:40 AM

I have had cleaners in the past during particularly busy periods where I couldn't get everything done.

I had one agency cleaner who was $65 for about two hours and did a pretty terrible job.  I'm actually pretty sure she had no idea how to clean, so it was just frustrating as I had to do everything anyway.

I had better cleaners who were more expensive - you get what you pay for, but even then, I found they kind of just wiped over things - eg.  instead of scrubbing the shower recess, wiping it - so soap scum would build up.  

The problem I had with the more expensive ones were they charged per visit - one was 95 from memory and the other was 110 - for that I would expect 2.5hrs to 3hrs of work, but I found they were both leaving after 1.5 - 2 hours.  Which wouldn't bother me if they were doing everything they were suppose to be doing, but they weren't (our house is small and I keep it clean and tidy anyway, I just needed people to do the scrubbing and dusting that I wasn't getting around to).

I am sure there are better cleaners out there who do clean properly, the posters on EB who are cleaners sound like they do amazing jobs, I wish they lived near me!.  

May be worth just trialling a couple, but in all of my cleaner experiences I have been pretty disappointed.

eta - I probably wouldn't have minded so much but I really stretched the budget to 'do the right thing' and pay cleaners a good fair amount, and I did feel a bit like they were taking advantage.

Edited by Taradiddle, 19 March 2017 - 11:43 AM.

#17 AKAmum

Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:47 AM

Yes, every Thursday for 2 hours. Mainly for the floors and the bathroom.
DP found our first cleaner through his work. She had a cleaning contract with them. He was talking to her one day as her husband had just died and she got upset and said she didn't know how she was going to pay the bills. We discussed getting her in to do our house once a week and went from there. She came once a week for a couple of years. She was great, but had to finish up due to health issues.
We had a lapse in between the first and second cleaner and really missed that once a week clean!
Our second cleaner I found through the daycare where my kids go. She had a cleaning contract with them and I asked her one day if she did private houses, and we went from there. She is not as good as the first, but does a good enough job for me.
I do extras like windows, deep clean the bathtub etc on weekends when I feel like it.
We pay $25 per hour. If it was 'heavier' cleaning like windows, stove ect I would pay more.

#18 Divine 37

Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:02 AM

Yes we do, she stays for 2.5/3 hrs and it is $100 and it really has been a lifesaver.

#19 ms.fred82

Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:18 AM

If you have an inside dog, what do you do on the days the cleaner comes? I would like to get a cleaner but I worry about what to do with our dog. She would be fine with them but not everyone likes dogs.

#20 SplashingRainbows

Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:25 AM

Yes, every week for 3 hrs. We have a 4bed 3 bathroom place. We pay $82 / week and we found her via an agency.

At first I started her fortnightly but with 2 kids and a bigger house I upped it to weekly.

She does a great job - I never think I could have done better.

My husband and I both work full time - it's much more beneficial for our family to have me working and to pay a cleaner than for me to be home.

I'm toying with extending her hours so she can do the ironing too.

#21 redleaves

Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:26 AM

I pay $50 for a lady to come for 2 hours. She is extremely thorough and wipes down surfaces that I don't even think of. I found her on a local Facebook page.

I had a previous lady before I moved house - she was through Absolute Domestics. I paid $64 for two hours. I was quite horrified to find out that they took $18 for the agency fee. I was about to arrange some off the books deal when I moved out of her area.

Edited by redleaves, 19 March 2017 - 09:33 AM.

#22 Inkogneatoh

Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:57 AM

The lady we have come every 2 months or so did cleaning as a second job. She comes and does the "heavy" stuff like the bathroom, kitchen, scrubbing mopping etc. As we are a house of 2 adult females, it's enough for us. It cost us $50 for 2 hours last time she was here, and I think we may be the only cleaning she still does. She brings her own mops and cloths and stuff, but uses our vacuum cleaner, and disinfectants, which is what we agreed on. She also does the windows once a year.

As for the question about the dog. The dog just hangs around. She doesn't have an issue with him, and he hates the vacuum cleaner and mops, so goes into hiding.

#23 EsmeLennox

Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:36 AM

Yes, we have two people come every week...they are here for about 1.5/2 hours. $97/week.

Like others, they don't always do everything as thoroughly as I would like it, but it frees up our limited family time and makes our life less stressed, so it's a happy compromise.

And they were very accommodating last year when we had a rotten run of kids being sick and I felt like I was forever giving them 11th hour notice of a time change/cancellation for the week etc. So I really appreciated that.

We've had the same company for over two years.

#24 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:08 PM

$75 each week.  They vacuum and mop all floors (the move furniture, vacuum under lounge cushions, etc), clean both bathrooms, dust open surfaces and clean benches.  Every so often they will clean the windows near the entry of the house or the kitchen windows. We have 4 bed 2 bath.

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