Housekeeper vs. Maid: What’s the Difference?

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Housekeeper vs. Maid: What’s the Difference?

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One question you can have is what’s the difference between a maid and a housekeeper when you are looking to hire someone to help clean your home and take care of household chores. You need to make sure you are hiring the right person to take care of your needs.

The first thing you want to do is make out a list of what service you need. Your list could include household chores such as:

  • Laundry
  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Making Beds
  • Doing Dishes
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Preparing Meals
  • Taking Care of Basic Household Maintenance

The type of tasks you select will determine whether you need a housekeeper or a maid. It is important to remember there are differences in the type of job tasks and functions housekeepers vs. maids perform.

Common Maid Job Duties

Maids take care of general household chores of upkeep and cleaning. This includes dusting, vacuuming, cleaning every room in the home, washing windows, mopping, taking out trash and recyclables, cleaning the bathrooms, and so on. They can also be hired to handle larger tasks like a detailed spring cleaning of your home from top to bottom.

However, they do not perform other domestic household duties you may require. So, you would want to consider a housekeeper if your list of job requirements is beyond the cleaning and upkeep of your home.

Common Housekeeper Job Duties

Housekeepers offer a bit more flexibility to the types of job duties they perform. Not only do they do all the same duties as maids, but they also can perform these other duties:

  • Preparing Meals
  • Serving Meals
  • Laundry
  • Ironing
  • Putting Away Clothes
  • Dry Cleaning Drop-off and Pickup
  • Childcare Services
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Washing Dishes
  • Daily Tidying of the House
  • Making Beds
  • Caring for Pets
  • Overseeing Other Household Staff
  • Management of Household Upkeep
  • Scheduling Repair and Maintenance Services

As you can see, housekeepers provide a wider range of services compared to maids. If you are looking for someone to take care of household chores and other functions to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of your home, as well as help providing care for your children and family, then a housekeeper will be a better choice.

How Do I Find the Right Maid or Housekeeper?

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The easiest way to find the right candidate is to use a private housekeeper agency. An agency will have screened the job candidates ahead of time. The agency will also work with you to identify your needs and then match potential candidates that best fit those requirements.

Not to mention, you will not have to spend time recruiting, placing an ad, reviewing resumes, conducting pre-interview screenings, performing background checks, verifying references, and other such time-consuming tasks needed to find the best maid or housekeeper for your home.

In addition, the agency can help take care of your other domestic staffing needs, such as finding a chef, personal assistant, or newborn care nurse. For help finding the right maid or housekeeper or other domestic staff, contact Staffing at Tiffanie’s by calling 866-484-5550 today!

We create a unique, customized job description tailored to your specific needs, family dynamics, duties, schedule, and values to find the best candidates.