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Traditionally a housekeeper is a person employed to manage all household affairs in an organised and proficient manner. Many households require this essential domestic assistance and reap substantial benefits by employing a live in or live out full time housekeeper.

A housekeeper like many other household roles can be tailored to each individual household. Often if a household has only one member of staff it will be a housekeeper. This can be either a live in or live out role. 1st Agency and Marshall Harber take pride in the ability to source housekeepers who are willing to be versatile and who are skilled in many areas. It is possible to hire a housekeeper with other skills to compliment the role. Examples of this follow;

  • Housekeeper/Nanny
    In conjunction with keeping the house organised can be available to step in and help with small children on nannies day off or when a full time Mum needs a break. They also work well in a household with older children to do the school run, oversee home work and to provide hot chocolate and sympathy after a long day at school.
  • Housekeeper/Cook
    We have many housekeepers who have high cooking standards who in addition to the usual housekeeping duties can provide excellent healthy family food, catering to all tastes including special diets as well as providing for functions and parties in the home.
  • Housekeeper/Ladies Maid
    We have several housekeepers who have also worked as ladies maids and are more than happy to provide this high end clothing care, along with manicures, hair styling and personal shopping along side home organisation and the usual domestic duties.
  • Housekeeper/PA
    There are many excellent housekeepers who have either a background in secretarial work or have grown into this role in previous households, and are competent to look after all household paperwork, diary management, travel arrangements and still be happy to do hands on housekeeping and cooking in both live in and live out positions.

Depending on the size of the residence it may be necessary to employ some additional part time cleaning help to free up your housekeeper to provide these extra services. We have many high calibre daily cleaners who are available. Our consultants will offer advice on what kind of housekeeper will best benefit your home. If a live in housekeeper is required an ensuite room or separate accommodation must be provided.

Despite the rise of modern multi-tasking housekeepers it is still sometimes the traditional housekeeping role that is needed for a household and the following skills are always provided;

An exceptional housekeeper is expected to be flexible, competent and well experienced in general cleaning duties, and can perform supervisory roles if required. It is often necessary that the housekeeper prepare daily meals for the household and sustain the daily shopping necessities. A core essential element is the laundering of all clothes and having confidence with washing and pressing all fabrics, as is having a good command of antiquities and their required care and handling. A good Housekeeper is primarily responsible for stipulating the overall organisation and maintenance of an immaculate, dignified household. It is essential that all candidates have excellent working history and it is imperative that letters of reference are provided substantiating their working abilities.