Are your dirty dishes piling up? Dust bunnies multiplying?
We feel your pain. Sometimes, all you want after a long day or week is to relax in a nice, clean home. So, how will the chores get done? Breathe a sigh of relief, and let Helpling, well, help.
Strictly speaking, Helpling is not a cleaning company or agency. The online-only service functions like a marketplace and aims to digitise household services. It connects cleaners with homeowners who need an assist with household chores. Each of the cleaners who are matched on the platform are selfemployed and legally vetted before being allowed to connect with homeowners via Helpling.
How to make a booking? First, log on to the Helpling website or download the mobile app from the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores. Then, fill in your postal code so the site can match you to an available cleaner near to your home. Then, pick a cleaning plan, from weekly sessions to a one-time, huge clean-up.
Recurring plans ($20 an hour) require a minimum three-month commitment for weekly or bi-weekly cleaning sessions. Whereas, the one-time cleaning option ($35 an hour) allows you to cancel or reschedule your session for free up to 48 hours in advance. Additionally, Helpling offers end-of-tenancy, post-renovation, window and other commercial cleaning options.
Payment is fuss-free, too. You’ll get a notification once a helper has accepted your job request and your credit card will only be charged after the cleaning is completed. Use Helpling’s handy time calculator, available at the first stage of the booking process, to get an estimate of the cost.
Basic cleaning tasks include sweeping, making beds, throwing out the garbage, vacuuming and tidying up the general areas of your home. However, if you’d like the cleaner to take on additional tasks like cleaning the insides of your oven, refrigerator or windows, ironing or cleaning out your wardrobe and cupboard, you can discuss these services with her for the same hourly rate.
By Joshua Tan & Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul, The Finder (Issue 286), September 2017
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