If you need help maintaining your home, hiring a housekeeper is a great solution.

But if you’re unsure of what your housekeeper should know about your home, here are seven essential elements of information to provide them with.

1. Contact Information and Visitor’s Policy

Mind My House’s checklist for homeowners suggests creating an information pack that includes your housekeeping agreement as well as your contact information, emergency infrmation, and visitor’s policy. You will also want to include notes on which rooms in your home are open or closed to the housekeeper. And, in order to include a housekeeping agreement, you’ll need to make sure you create one that you both sign and agree to.

2. Technical Systems

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Adrienne Breaux, the writer of the Apartment Therapy article, “House Sitter Tips from an Actual House Sitter,” suggests you teach your housekeeper how to access your cable, security systems, as well as your heating and air.

If they know how your home runs, it’ll be easier for them to fix any technical problems that might arise, such as turning the Internet or power back on. Breaux also suggests giving your housekeeper your alarm system password in case they accidentally set your system off. If you ever discontinue your relationship with your housekeeper, make sure to immediately change your system passcode.

3. Vehicles

If part of the job of your housekeeper is to maintain your car, make sure they know what to do with it. If you have them vacuum the inside, a good idea is to leave the car unlocked, but not to leave any keys so you don’t have to worry about it being driven without your permission. Instruct the housekeeper to lock the car up when they’re done.

4. Pets

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Part of your agreement with your housekeeper should include if they are to do any work with your pets. If they are supposed to walk the dog, clean the litter box, or feed the pets, make sure they know where the leash, food, and cleaning supplies are. If the pets are kept in a room you don’t want the housekeeper entering, make sure they know they shouldn’t go in there or let the pets out.

5. House Irregularities

Breaux suggests telling your housekeeper about your home’s oddities, like doors that stick. Letting your housekeeper know about the tidbits about your home will give them a better idea of what to expect when in your home. If you tell them about the squeak upstairs when the wind blows ahead of time, they won’t have to worry about that being a security problem while they’re in your home.

6. Pool, Lawn and Plant Maintenance

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If you want your housekeeper to maintain your lawn and pool, make sure the items needed to do so are ready for their use. Outline exactly what you want the housekeeper to do when it comes to maintaining your yard and pool, as well as any indoor plants they’re in charge of watering as well.

7. Provide Necessary Keys

Don’t forget to give the housekeeper a key if they will be getting into your home when you aren’t there. Housekeepers should be able to easily lock and unlock your doors before you depart to ensure there’s no difficulty getting in and out.

Do you have any other advice for people preparing to have a housekeeper in their home?

Photos courtesy of chiotsrun, Landscape Designer Advisor, and Pho King.

Written by Aaron Gunderson

Aaron is a gadget geek, community volunteer, and father of two. He frequently writes about smart home technology and surveillance systems. Learn more

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