Live-in housekeepers are domestic experts whose responsibilities often far outstretch the typical household cleaning and organizing chores implied by their title. Many help with a variety of other domicile duties such as meal preparation and childcare. Some function as more of a personal assistant than a housekeeper by running errands and screening phone calls. The services provided by a live-in housekeeper vary greatly depending on both the individual and the employer. In any event, you are inviting someone to live in your home, so you must be meticulous in the hiring process.
Define a dedicated space in your home that will serve as the housekeeper's living quarters. Ensure there is adequate space and privacy to provide a comfortable living arrangement for everyone.
Set boundaries. Determine what your boundaries will be concerning the laundry facilities and groceries as well as family spaces and visitors, if you have any. Set guidelines about the house rules before inviting someone to move into your home to avoid awkward situations later.
Write a brief job description. Clearly define your expectations regarding the housekeeper's duties. What will her daily responsibilities be? Weekly? Before you can start the hiring process, you must have a clear idea about your needs and desires. You also must determine your budget. How much do you intend to pay as far as a salary beyond room and board?
Consult a professional staffing agency, preferably one that specializes in matching live-in employees with potential employers. This may simplify your search a great deal because the agency employs the housekeeper and therefore handles the screening process for you. These specialized staffing agencies typically run background checks and verify employment history as well as check references and conduct drug screenings to confirm the integrity of every individual they employ.
Advertise the position. Place a listing in the classified section of your local newspaper or an online job data bank to find several qualified applicants. Ask your friends and family for advice as well. Someone may be able to recommend a live-in housekeeper who previously worked for them or one of their acquaintances. This will provide valuable insight about a potential candidate's work ethic and reliability from a source you can trust.
Tips & Warnings
- Be diligent in the interview process. The person you select will be living in your house, so she will have full access to your family and valuables. It is important for you to carefully screen each applicant before offering anyone the position.
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