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How To Hire a Housekeeper

You've got too much work and not enough hours in the day -- and your dirty house is proof of how busy you are. Time to think about hiring someone to help.


  • Step 1: Create a job description that includes the schedule, responsibilities, salary, and any other information that helps outline what you need your housekeeper to do.
  • TIP: Look at newspaper or internet job postings with similar responsibilities to determine the salary you should be offering.
  • Step 2: Decide whether you want to run a newspaper ad or hire a housekeeper through an agency. An agency may be more expensive, but it can save you time and energy.
  • Step 3: Find a reputable employment agency. Ask about the agency's fees, how they find job candidates, and what guarantees they offer on their services.
  • TIP: Contact your Better Business Bureau to be sure that no one has filed complaints against the agency you choose.
  • Step 4: Run an ad in your local newspaper if you don't want to use an agency. List your job description and your contact information, and pay any fees needed to run the ad for at least a week.
  • Step 5: Conduct a preliminary phone interview with potential housekeepers to be sure that they understand the job requirements and can fit your basic needs. Schedule in-person interviews with job finalists.
  • Step 6: Interview the finalists in your home. Show them where they will be working, and ask questions about their skills and experiences. Get a list of three to five references.
  • TIP: Ask for references from people who aren't family members. References from past jobs or volunteer activities are best.
  • Step 7: Contact each of the references and ask about past performance history. Use the internet to conduct criminal and credit background checks on your final candidate.
  • Step 8: Make an offer of employment in writing, including the responsibilities and salary. Have your new housekeeper sign a copy, and breathe a sigh of relief knowing you’ve found the help you need.
  • FACT: In 1860, Daniel Hess patented the first carpet sweeper, a cleaning machine with rotating brushes on the bottom and bellows that helped create suction.

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