Back in 2011, we got a very good question from a family in Vancouver who had found a housekeeper for hire. Should she give her housekeeper a key to her home?
It's expected that you would want your housekeeper to have access to your home when you aren't there. We all dream that when we come home from work the house would be spotless so you can enjoy it, but there are risks involved with giving a stranger uninhibited access to your home. There are ways to protect yourself though!
As we mentioned in our recent post Steps to Interviewing a Housekeeper, check references and get a criminal record check done. This will get you to know the character of the housekeeper, and give you any red flags. If possible, have the housekeeper work for a trial period of a few visits or weeks. Not only to get a feel for the type of work she provides, but also to give you a chance to get comfortable with her and gain some trust.
Once you're comfortable with the housekeeper to want to give her access to your home when you're not there, we recommend hiding a key (or telling her where the key is hidden) so when she arrives, she can let herself in, but the key isn't leaving your home. Once you are ready, you can then provide her with a key of her own. This sometimes takes a long time, depending on how often you need her services.
Looking for a housekeeper for your home? We can help you with that! See details about our Housekeeping Services to get started. Need help doing the criminal record check? We can help with that too! Check out our Screening Services.
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