Guide on Domestic Help
Whether you need a weekly cleaning service for your home or an on-call plumber, you will find the appropriate assistance in London. You can find independent contractors or call a larger company when in need of domestic help.
Cost of living is high in London so it is not very common to have live-in help. Weekly house-cleaning is common and cleaners generally charge between £8 and £15 per hour. You will need to provide your own cleaning equipment (vacuum, cleaning solutions, cloths, etc…) because most cleaners in London will not carry supplies with them on public transport. If you are not using an agency, you directly pay the cleaner who is in turn responsible for paying his/her own taxes.
Occasional cleaning at your property when you need it is provided by agencies and a good option. Make sure an agency cleaning has been done before you move into a new home.
Poly Cleaning: http://www.polycleaning.co.uk
Excellent, reliable service around London. Domestic cleaning starts around £12 per hour. Cleaners can provide references.
Top Cleaners: http://www.topcleaners.co.uk/
Affordable cleaning in London. Book a weekly cleaner and only pay £8 per hour. The company also does curtain and upholstery cleaning.
Independent Contractors: If you are looking to hire an independent cleaner, the best place to look is http://www.gumtree.com. The going rate will likely be between £8 and £15 per hour. Independent contractors might be more flexible when it comes to the days/hours they work.
The Good Yellow Pages: http://www.yell.com/super/domestic+cleaners/london?sem=g&cam=g&refcd=GO561T000120035S&tsacr=GO3033991097. It is wise to get a few quotes before committing yourself.