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      Originally posted by FiveTimes View Post
      Decided it was time to give Mrs Monkey a helping hand with the cleaning, so I arrange for a firm to give us a quote for cleaning once a week, nothing special - just bathrooms, kitchen, hall stairs and landing and bedrooms.
      Then alternate the next week to do the dining room and living room instead of a couple of bedrooms. I didn't think it would be too much - couple of hours a week, so I thought about 20 quid week.

      The quote turned out to be best part of 50/week.

      So who out there has a cleaner and how much do you pay ? Is this the going rate ?
      It depends on where you are in the country, I guess. Also, you are better off finding a "woman who does" rather than going to a firm / agency. Agencies are expensive and aren't quite as good, generally - I used to have one, but the standard was low, and the cost was high.

      Have a look in local newsagents and the like for adverts for cleaners, who will be cheaper and usually better. But you would normally buy them a Christmas present, so wait until the new year
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        Oh, morning all
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          Morning all

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            Originally posted by zeitghost


            Morning...
            How's Zeity this morning? Or have you left already?
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              Your little green light has gone out, so are you lurking, or was that it for the morning?
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                Originally posted by TheFaQQer View Post
                It depends on where you are in the country, I guess. Also, you are better off finding a "woman who does" rather than going to a firm / agency. Agencies are expensive and aren't quite as good, generally - I used to have one, but the standard was low, and the cost was high.

                Have a look in local newsagents and the like for adverts for cleaners, who will be cheaper and usually better. But you would normally buy them a Christmas present, so wait until the new year
                Cheers for that FAQ, plus getting someone in the new year reduces the possibility of Xmas presents going missing.

                I don't so much mind getting them a "little" present, but if I can avoid it all the better

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                  Flight is already late this morning - only five minutes, though (so far).
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                    Originally posted by TheFaQQer View Post
                    Flight is already late this morning - only five minutes, though (so far).
                    Shame as I was looking forward to the "Guess what happened on the way in" story.

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                      Originally posted by FiveTimes View Post
                      Cheers for that FAQ, plus getting someone in the new year reduces the possibility of Xmas presents going missing.

                      I don't so much mind getting them a "little" present, but if I can avoid it all the better
                      When I had cleaners, a friend of mine had a woman who does (did?). She asked me "what are you giving your cleaner for Christmas?" to which I wittily replied "The sack."

                      Lo and behold, I was true to my word and fired the agency that week.
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