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Hire a Housekeeper / Houseman / Couple Caretaker

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A private family housekeeper’s responsibilities can be vast and encompassing, depending on the family's or home's needs. The tasks depend on additional staff members who work together on projects or specialize in specific areas within the home.

 

Traditional Duties:

  • Perform general cleaning tasks such as sweeping, mopping, dusting, and vacuuming all areas of the house.

  • Clean and sanitize bathrooms, including toilets, sinks, showers, and bathtubs.

  • Make beds and change linens regularly.

  • Wash, fold, iron, and put away laundry.

  • Manage household inventory and stock up on cleaning supplies and toiletries as needed.

  • Empty trash and recycling bins and dispose of waste properly.

  • Clean and polish furniture, fixtures, and surfaces.

  • Organize and tidy up living spaces, including bedrooms, living rooms, and common areas.

  • Clean kitchen appliances, countertops, and cabinets.

  • Wash dishes and put them away.

  • Assist with meal preparation and cooking as required.

  • Water plants and care for indoor greenery.

  • Perform occasional deep cleaning tasks, such as cleaning windows, blinds, and curtains.

  • Assist with pet care, including feeding, walking, and grooming.

  • Keep track of household maintenance tasks and report any issues to the homeowner.

  • Follow specific instructions and preferences provided by the homeowner regarding cleaning methods and products.

  • Maintain confidentiality and respect the privacy of the household members.

  • Work collaboratively with other household staff members, such as nannies or chefs, to ensure smooth operations.

  • Adhere to health and safety guidelines to maintain a clean and hygienic environment.

  • Occasionally run errands, such as grocery shopping or picking up dry cleaning.

  • Provide occasional assistance with hosting events or gatherings held in the household.

  • Clean and maintain outdoor areas, including patios, decks, and balconies.

  • Use appropriate cleaning methods and products to care for delicate surfaces and materials, such as marble countertops or hardwood floors.

  • Assist with household organization projects, such as decluttering closets or storage spaces.

  • Coordinate and oversee repairs and maintenance performed by external service providers, such as plumbers or electricians.

  • Assist with household security measures, such as ensuring doors and windows are locked and alarms are set.

  • Handle special cleaning tasks, such as post-construction cleanup or preparing a residence for a move-in or move-out.

  • Keep track of household expenses related to cleaning supplies, laundry, and other household needs.

  • Maintain cleanliness and order in specialized areas of the household, such as home offices, libraries, or hobby rooms.

  • Provide occasional childcare support, such as supervising children during cleaning tasks or assisting with light childcare duties.

  • Handle delicate or valuable items with care, such as antiques, artwork, or collectibles.

  • Coordinate and oversee contractors or service providers hired for specific tasks, such as carpet cleaning or pest control.

  • Assist with pet care tasks, such as grooming, administering medications, or taking pets to veterinary appointments.

  • Handle household correspondence, such as sorting mail or receiving packages.

  • Assist with setting up and cleaning up after special events or gatherings held in the household.

  • Adapt cleaning routines and schedules to accommodate changes in household dynamics, such as overnight guests or renovations.

Types of Housekeeping:

  • Light Housekeeping – Tasks that are done daily to keep up with high-traffic areas, usually done in conjunction with child care.

  • Moderate Housekeeping—This position is responsible for the general cleaning of the home, including washing dishes, laundry, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, polishing furniture, changing linens, making beds, cleaning bathrooms, ironing, and tracking cleaning supplies.

  • Heavy Housekeeping—In addition to moderate housekeeping, this position is responsible for cleaning baseboards, windows, blinds, light fixtures, buffing floors, etc.

Salaries: (as of March 2024 to present)

Housekeeper pay grade in NY/NJ/CT/MA based on 50-hour work week:

All-around Housekeeper (Childcare & full-housekeeping): Minimum $1100-1800 per week

Housekeeper w/Driving: Minimum $30-35/hr starting rate or $1350-2000 per week

Domestic Couple Caretaker: An established couple who work on large estates NY/NJ/CT/MA.

                 Driving & family cook - $100,000 to $200,000 for two people

                 Non-driving & basic cooking - $80,000 to $100,000 for two people

Note: The rate is higher for candidates with special skills like driving, chef, electrician, handyman/carpenter, baby nurse/doulagiver, etc...

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