Finding a Good Home Helper

5 Jul

Working parents often need help keeping up with their lives, especially when it comes to housework and taking care of the kids. The more time they spend at work, the less time they have to clean and organize the house, prepare meals, walk the dog, do the laundry, and help the kids with their homework.

That’s why home helpers are a popular solution.  Home helpers are people you hire to do housework and other designated tasks for you. Many homeowners hire home helpers to stay on top of house cleaning and maintenance, so they can spend more quality time with their family. Home helpers will do laundry, cook, clean the house, and, in some cases, even take care of the kids.

Finding a good home helper these days is easier than it used to be because there are many resources available to help you find a reliable person to work for you. You can either go to an agency that will assign a home helper to you, place an ad to and hire a private helper, or ask family and friends for recommendations.

To help you find a good home helper, here are some useful tips to follow:

  • Ask for recommendations from neighbors or friends who have used home helpers in the past.  That way, you can be assured that your future home helper is reliable and has worked with someone you know.
  • Interview your prospective home helper. Since your home helper will be spending a lot of time in your house, it is a good idea to learn more about the person and evaluate if you can trust them or not. Ask about previous job experience, where he or she lives, and other general questions to get a feel for their personality and.  Just don’t make your questions too personal because you don’t want to be inappropriate or make them feel uncomfortable.
  • Establish rules and a contract that details them in writing to be sure your home helper understands.  It is important to let your home helper know what you want and what you don’t want to avoid conflict later on. Set restrictions, so they know where and when they should come in and what they should avoid. Moreover, set a specific schedule, so they know when they need to work for you, when they need to cook dinner, when they need to feed your pets, etc.
  • Define the job description and make sure your home helper is clear on the agreement.   Specify which chores need to be done, so they can work steadily and consistently on the things they need to do without wasting time waiting for your every instruction.
  • Give them breaks and be flexible if personal emergencies come up. Home helpers have lives too, and there may be times when unexpected emergencies arise, so be understanding and accommodating because it will create loyalty.
  • Do not forget to treat them with respect. Even though home helpers are often doing undesirable tasks, they still deserve respect from the people around them.  Praising them for a job well done will encourage them to give their best in their work.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.00

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