Join Early Retirement Today
View Poll Results: Do you use a house cleaner / how often?
Once a week or more 8 5.97%
Twice a month or every other week 21 15.67%
Once a month 8 5.97%
Less than once a month/seasonal/special occasions 3 2.24%
No 94 70.15%
Voters: 134. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-12-2011, 05:55 PM   #21
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Coach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Colorado, USA
Posts: 1,127
I have Merry Maids type service biweekly. When I started it 8 years ago I figured I'd take it over again when I retired. Then when I retired I decided I didn't want to give it up.

Coach
__________________

__________________
"Comprehensive health insurance is an idea whose time has come in America." President Richard M. Nixon, February 6, 1974
Coach is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-12-2011, 06:30 PM   #22
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
73ss454's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: LaLa Land
Posts: 4,378
Yup, I sure do and DW has always done a great job.
__________________

__________________
73ss454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 06:37 PM   #23
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,115
Quote:
Originally Posted by 73ss454 View Post
Yup, I sure do and DW has always done a great job.
I notice you didn't mention cost, but I get the idea significant expense is involved.

Yeah, I know, "If you have to ask, ...."
__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 07:02 PM   #24
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 2,259
I did a few years ago. Bi-weekly. $75 for about 2 hours or work (not cheap in my opinion.) I fired the first one - she did great the first few times, but after that, not so much. I then had to fire the second one too - same problem - did great for a while and started slacking off. No more after that. I now live in a mess with more money in my pocket.
__________________
tmm99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 07:07 PM   #25
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,972
My place is a mess but I don't really care. I'm a bachelor and never have anyone over. The one exception is the bathroom. The bathtub has gotten to the point that i'm probably dirtier when I get out than I was when I got in. I've been planning to look into the cost to have someone over for a few hours maybe quarterly. I'll need to do that soon.
__________________
aaronc879 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 07:09 PM   #26
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,115
Quote:
Originally Posted by aaronc879 View Post
My place is a mess but I don't really care. I'm a bachelor and never have anyone over. The one exception is the bathroom. The bathtub has gotten to the point that i'm probably dirtier when I get out than I was when I got in. I've been planning to look into the cost to have someone over for a few hours maybe quarterly. I'll need to do that soon.
Don't forget to factor in the hazmat charge for that initial visit...
__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 07:13 PM   #27
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,972
Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Don't forget to factor in the hazmat charge for that initial visit...
That may not be an exaggeration.
__________________
aaronc879 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 07:52 PM   #28
Moderator Emeritus
Khan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Pine Island, Florida
Posts: 6,868
Send a message via AIM to Khan
Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Don't forget to factor in the hazmat charge for that initial visit...
You've been here?
__________________
"Knowin' no one nowhere's gonna miss us when we're gone..."
Khan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 07:58 PM   #29
Moderator
Alan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Eee Bah Gum
Posts: 21,108
While we were both working we used to have a cleaner come in once a week, and a yard service to cut the grass etc.

Now that we are retired and downsized we do it ourselves again.
__________________
Retired in Jan, 2010 at 55, moved to England in May 2016
Now it's adventure before dementia
Alan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 08:39 PM   #30
Administrator
Gumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,146
I am the housekeeper. I think my mother might kill me if I hired someone.
__________________
Living an analog life in the Digital Age.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 08:54 PM   #31
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Katsmeow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 3,399
For years, the housecleaning has been done by the kids as part of their chores with DH and I also doing some tasks. Before that, DH did it. I'm very allergic to dust and can't vacuum or dust.

Back when I was single I had someone come in and clean for me.

When we listed our house for sale we had them come in and do a deep cleaning ($292 for a 4500 sf house) and then they regularly cleaned it. When we took it off the market I tried having the kids (teenagers) clean with DH helping but they aren't that good so we are about to put the house back on the market and will be having it cleaned weekly ($146 a week).

Once we sell this house and build our new house when it is eventually just DH and I, we will likely hire someone to come every 2 weeks. SHould be cheaper since the house will be much smaller.
__________________
Katsmeow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 08:58 PM   #32
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Pasadena CA
Posts: 2,695
Quote:
Originally Posted by youbet View Post
... a monthly deadline to be ready for her.
Thats the reason, keeps a discipline that wouldn't be there otherwise although I think its ironic how much cleaning and organizing we do just before the cleaner comes monthly.
__________________
T.S. Eliot:
Old men ought to be explorers
yakers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 09:22 PM   #33
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 176
I can't justify the expense. If I paid an average of $100 per month for cleaning for 20 years, verses investing that money I'd be short around $60K-$70K at the end. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Assuming a 4% withdrawal rate, that comes to $2400 per year that cleaning service costs me after I'm no longer using the service. Assuming I live for 20 years after FIRE, (a conservative number consider I'm FIRE'd), that 20 years of cleaning service has cost me $132-$142K. I've found more than anything else that recurring expenses can have the biggest impact on FIRE, hence I do without car payments, have the slowest DSL I'm comfortable with, a minimum cell phone plan, basic satellite for the kids (when they move out I'm pulling the plug!), etc. Plus, I feel its lazy not to do it myself, it takes so little time if I do it as I go, cleaning up after myself, etc. I'm that way too with oil changes and car maintenance. YMMV
missionfinder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2011, 10:06 PM   #34
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Lisa99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: The Villages
Posts: 1,327
We both work and don't have a housekeeper or have a yard service. We do have a pool service though. In Vegas if the pool water gets out of balance even a little it will turn green overnight in the summer.

I don't like strangers in my house and I enjoy doing the yard work, so we save about $300/month doing the house and yard ourselves.

The house isn't spotless, but it's always neat and company ready. Wasn't that way until I found flylady.com. Flylady has a method of doing a little every day, one room at a time and after four years of flylady, the method has become habit. This is a HUGE change for us since the thought of having company before flylady would send us into frantic cleaning mode!
__________________
Lisa99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2011, 12:53 AM   #35
Full time employment: Posting here.
Moscyn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 728
Used to share the cleaning work between DH and I. Now we have someone to come in twice a month (4 hours each visit). She does a good job since I don't do windows and mirror well.
__________________
Moscyn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2011, 05:00 AM   #36
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
vicente solano's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,116
Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Out of curiosity, what do you pay her?
14 monthly paychecks/year of 350€.
__________________
I get by with a little help from my friends....ta ta ta ta ta...
vicente solano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2011, 05:19 AM   #37
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,115
Quote:
Originally Posted by vicente solano View Post
14 monthly paychecks/year of 350€.
Thanks for feeding my curiosity.

If my math shown below is correct, that works out to about $8.50 per hour. That is considerably less than most others are reporting on this thread.

Congratulations - I'm envious.

-----------
350 x 14 = 4,900 per year
3/hr per day x 5 days per week x 52 weeks = 780 hours per year
4,900/780 = 6.28/hr x 1.35 euro/dollar = $8.48/hr
__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2011, 11:05 AM   #38
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
vicente solano's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,116
Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Thanks for feeding my curiosity.

If my math shown below is correct, that works out to about $8.50 per hour. That is considerably less than most others are reporting on this thread.

Congratulations - I'm envious.

-----------
350 x 14 = 4,900 per year
3/hr per day x 5 days per week x 52 weeks = 780 hours per year
4,900/780 = 6.28/hr x 1.35 euro/dollar = $8.48/hr
You are welcome Rew! Don´t be envious. Minimum wages here are just over 600*14 euros/year.
__________________
I get by with a little help from my friends....ta ta ta ta ta...
vicente solano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2011, 11:53 AM   #39
Moderator Emeritus
Bestwifeever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 16,375
We've had cleaning services and might do so again. About $75/visit for our small house.

The people I know who've had the most success in getting and keeping cleaning ladies are people who are really good at telling other people what to do .
__________________
“Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Bestwifeever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2011, 12:21 PM   #40
Recycles dryer sheets
KM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 391
We both work, so we had one many years ago (came in once a week) when the kids were younger and we were running constantly. Kept her for about 1.5 - 2 years. Never bothered to replace her, because I hated spending money and it got fairly pricey. So we went back to doing it ourselves.

I am not overly picky about having the house spotless. Bathrooms do get cleaned weekly, but that doesn't take much time. We do everything else when we feel like it. Seems to be working for us. I feel like the house is clean - but then again everyone has a different definition of "clean".

If we are having company over, we do take time to do a thorough cleaning/pick-up, but this doesn't take that much effort. Since the kids have grown up, we haven't "lost control" of the house in a long time. When they were little, there were days I would just shake my head and then go to bed, because I was just too tired to care.
__________________

__________________
KM is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rug Cleaner Pete Other topics 9 06-18-2010 06:37 PM
Anyone own a steam cleaner? bank5 Other topics 14 03-30-2010 09:18 PM
The housekeeper was here today Khan Life after FIRE 57 02-11-2009 07:42 PM
Wood Cleaner/Restorer FinanceDude Other topics 4 12-10-2006 10:57 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:10 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.