Suggestion for THS: cleaning service

I would never pay a cleaner to clean my own house so absolutely no chance of me paying to clean someone else’s house. Its absurd-in my opinion anyway.

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I think I get the link to that checklist at each sit, in the message with the header “Your Sit Ends in Two Days”.

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I don’t receive that e-mail about your sit ending in 2 days .( I think perhaps I received it once randomly on about my 9th sit ) but never before and never since .

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We’re the same as @Silversitters in that we never get that “your sit is ending in 2 days”. For the first time ever the other day we received “your sit starts new week” for THS sit no 31 :rofl: :rofl: #missedtheboatfolks

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I think it can be seen as both. The reasons people housesit can be totally different and so can the concept of vacation. So, IMHO, as long as we respect mutual agreements and trust, we can believe we are on vacation and enjoy it!

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@Hikergal , we don’t do a ‘deep clean’ throughout the home, we just keep on top of things during the sit - as we would at home - and thoroughly clean the areas we’ve used, on the day before we leave (our bedroom / bathroom / living room / kitchen / downstairs loo, usually. That means a good hoover, mop floors, wipe or polish surfaces , empty bins and hoover etc. We strip the bed on the day of our departure and will usually wash bedlinen (although a few threads on here recently have identified that some pet parents don’t like bedding to be washed, so now we ask). Nothing too onerous.

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Hi,

Just came here to say, I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds the last day of sitting quite stressful because of the worries I have about my cleaning potentially not being thorough enough.

With the last sit I did, just when I thought I’d hoovered the floors thoroughly, I’d find a massive clump of dog hair that I’d missed! :woman_facepalming: Just when I thought I was done, then there’d be another! :laughing: And another!!!

I find I end up going a bit overboard on that last day and stressing myself out taking far too long over it. I thought it was just a ‘me’ thing so I’m relieved to know I’m not the only one who gets a bit like this. I know I really need to take some pressure off myself as it can really spoil what has often been such a lovely experience.

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You mean you’d personally pay for cleaners and gardeners to attend at the end of a sit for ‘huge homes and gardens’? It would cost a fortune!

We’ve done sits in some amazing homes. We only clean the rooms we’ve used, and keep the doors shut in those we haven’t.

We don’t mind the PP’s regular cleaner attending during a sit, and coming in at the end of a sit is even better, but I don’t think many PPs or sitters would much like to think of an unknown quantity being employed to do a post-sit clean. It would surely place the sitter in a vulnerable position, since how would the PPs know what damages / breakages / losses were attributable to the sitter, and which to the cleaner? And I suspect not many people would opt for a service which includes additional substantial cost.

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We’re just about to do a repeat sit in a very nice modern villa with a pool & 5 very sweet & tidy street cats. The cleaner comes once a week for 10 hours (yup, you better believe it! :rofl:) The house is gleaming. We go out that day & leave her to it. Needless to say it doesn’t take us long on departure day but we still strip the bed, wash the sheets, hoover and empty the bins. #thatswhaticallcleaning

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We just did 10 weeks in a villa in Thailand with NO pets. And the most efficient cleaner ever. And pool cleaners. #nowthatsluxury

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All housesits should be made that way @Cuttlefish - enjoy :heart_eyes_cat::heart_eyes_cat:

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All our repeat sits are generally repeats for good reasons even though they may be a bit remote and need a car, some with multiple dogs, but they are all super clean with generous hosts. One of our most regular sits the HOs leave early in the morning and then the cleaner arrives and strips the beds, does the laundry and cleans the house ready for us arriving around lunchtime. She then comes back on our last day and does the beds and cleans ready for the HOs return later in the day. We are pretty much clean freaks anyway so make sure it is an easy clean for her and always make sure our dishes are done, beds stripped ready and bins empty but boy does it make for a much more relaxing handover day.

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