Hiring a Cleaner – Worth the Guilt?
Cleaning guilt is real. We feel guilty if we don’t clean our homes regularly but at the same time, we feel guilty about hiring a domestic cleaner to do it for us. We just can’t win!
It’s a tricky situation but seriously, should we really feel guilty about paying for a little extra help around the home? Let’s first take a look at some of the questions people ask when feeling guilty about hiring a cleaner…
“Can I justify spending money on a cleaner?”
Often people feel guilty about hiring because they think it’s only something rich people do. They worry that if they budget for cleaning service, people will think they are showing off their privilege or trying to be something they’re not.
Firstly, remember, it’s your money and you can spend it on whatever you like (and shouldn’t worry what other people think of you!) Secondly, did you know that 1 in 4 people now hire cleaners in the UK? We can tell you, it’s not all ‘rich people’ either. In fact, when Hillarys, surveyed asked 2,000 Millennials (age 22-37) about hiring a cleaner, 20% said they did and 42% said they would if they could afford it.
So our simple answer to this is, yes, if you have the money, of course you can justify spending it on a maid service. Plenty of other people would! Gone are the days when only the rich and famous would hire out housework. With an increasing number of people working extended hours, paying for help is more of a necessity than a luxury. Definitely not something you should feel guilty for.
Keep in mind that there are different services to suit all budgets. If you don’t want to spend a lot, perhaps go for a fortnightly professional clean instead? Get in touch with the team at NG1 City Cleaners to discuss your needs and we’ll come up with an affordable quote that suits.
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“Am I being lazy by hiring a professional?”
Most certainly not! You are a hard working, busy person, who simply doesn’t have time to clean their home. That doesn’t make you lazy. It’s likely that if you factored cleaning into your schedule every week, you would have little time to spend with your loved ones and really, what is life without quality family time?
Lack of time was actually the top reason for people hiring cleaners in the recent Hillarys survey.
You are not alone in feeling overwhelmed by everything you have to do. Outsourcing housework to a professional company is the answer. It will mean you and your family can benefit from having a beautifully clean and hygienic home and you will be able to achieve a better work / life balance, without having to worry about basic chores. No one should feel guilty for valuing his or her own time. Of course you’d rather be spending time with your family than doing the work yourself. It’s perfectly normal!
We’d just like to add that being busy doesn’t necessarily mean working 40 hours+ a week. Many other important things can take up your time. For example, you might be a new parent with a young baby. Any parent will know just how demanding that is and if you decide you need a little help to keep your home clean for your family that isn’t being lazy, it’s being sensible.
“Am I exploiting someone by paying them to clean my home?”
Okay, this one sounds a little silly but we bet there are plenty of people out there who wonder if hiring is a form of exploitation. Let us reassure you that if you are hiring from a professional company like NG1 City Cleaners, you should have no worries whatsoever. In fact, by choosing to pay, you are helping to boost employment rates.
There needs to be a change in how we view cleaning as a job. All too often people see this work as a last resort but really that is quite an insult. Many people choose to work in the industry as it’s something they enjoy doing. It keeps them active. It offers them flexibility around their home life. It is a form of customer service and it should be valued as highly as any other role.
Our staff are paid fairly for the work they do. We also offer additional employee benefits to ensure our staff know how important they are to our company. Find out what you should expect to pay for here.
Banish cleaning guilt for good
So now we’ve hopefully rid you of any ‘guilt’ you were feeling, shall we get a bit more positive and look at why you shouldn’t hesitate to hire? ‘Cus let us tell you, there are many, many benefits and here are just a few…
1. Your house will be PROFESSIONALLY cleaned
There’s a clear difference between DIY and having it professionally cleaned. Our staff have the skills, experience and equipment to take your home’s cleanliness to the next level. Benefit from living in a more hygienic environment and help maintain the value of your home.
2. You will have time for fun
Your time is valuable, so why not save it by hiring? Instead of having to spend a couple of hours each week cleaning your home, you’ll have time to have fun with your family and friends instead. It’ll greatly improve your work / life balance and in turn your well-being. After all, having fun is integral to your mental health!
3. It can save you money
We know what you’re thinking – this can’t be right? How can purchasing a service save money? Well if you consider the amount you spend on products each year and the time you spend cleaning your house yourself (remember your time is money too,) you’re likely to find that hiring a cleaner is actually quite cost effective.
Our services can be tailored to your budget, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information.
How to hire a cleaner
Just to recap, we’ve covered why you shouldn’t feel guilty about hiring and how you can actually benefit from it. So the only thing left to do is offer a little advice on how to hire locally (or any other city come to think of it!)
1. Get recommendations
Our first tip when searching for a professional is to ask your friends and family for recommendations. That way, you’re likely to end up with a reliable, hard-working person as they’re hardly going to use or recommend someone that isn’t up to scratch!
2. Choose the right professionals for the job
For extra peace of mind, we recommend choosing a company like ourselves, as we have a reputation for excellence. With professional, you can be rest assured that everything is ‘done by the book.’ We make health and safety our priority, ensuring all of our equipment is regularly tested and our staff are up-to-date with their training. We also have set procedures for our staff to follow and a standard of cleaning that must be achieved on every single job, no matter the size.
3. Be clear on what you are getting for your budget
It’s paramount that you have a clear understanding of what you are paying for when purchasing a service. This should be outlined to you in the initial quote and if there are any problems, it’s important they are sorted out before any money changes hands. Always ask for a written contract that states exactly what services you should expect for your money.
We’d also just like to add that whilst some companies operate on a ‘cash in hand’ basis for payment, it’s not really something we agree with. We’ve written a whole post about ‘paying cash’ so be sure to have a read of that but basically, if it’s a professional service you’re after, they’re extremely unlikely to ask you to pay cash in hand.
So is hiring a Cleaner worth the guilt?
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our post and that it’s eliminated some of your worries with regards to hiring. We asked in the title – Is hiring worth the guilt? The answer is – there shouldn’t be any guilt involved! We hope we’ve proved to you why you should have no hesitation in hiring and shown how it can actually benefit you.
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