Solo housekeepers often charge less because they don't report their income properly, nor pay taxes on it.
If you decide to go with a solo housekeeper, be sure to tell your insurance agent.
If the housekeeper is injured in your home, you don't want to be on the hook for the medical bills.
That sort of coverage is included in many homeowner's policies and is often very inexpensive otherwise.
The alternative is a housecleaning agency.
Agencies typically charge a bit more to cover the cost of taxes.
Unfortunately, agencies often experience a high degree of turnover, which means there are often "strangers" in your house.
Other items to communicate are:
- Do you prefer one cleaner or a team?
- How often do you want your house cleaned?
- When do you want your house cleaned?