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What you should know when hiring a domestic couple

If you are fortunate enough to require the services of a domestic couple there are several matters which you should consider before you begin your search.

It has been my experience as the owner of a domestic placement service, that when placing a couple, one member of the couple is often a stronger candidate than the other.

The tasks usually performed by the woman include indoor maintenance: cleaning, cooking, and laundry. The man usually takes care of the  outdoor maintenance which includes ground keeping,  pool maintenance, car maintenance driving etc.  In the event that you must accept a lower standard from one member of the couple, you should decide which of their duties are more important to you.

The more rigid you are about your demands, the smaller the pool becomes from which you can choose.  Alternatively, the more flexible you are willing to be, the larger the pool will be from which you will have to choose.

For example, some  domestic couples have a school age child.  Would you consider a couple with a child?

Sometimes the husband is the better cook and the wife is the better gardener: would you mind if the couple divided the tasks between themselves?

Think about whether you are willing to offer the couple health insurance, a private dwelling, cost of their food and a car.

In an effort to expand the possibilities available to you, consider the option of hiring one person who would live in and the other live out.  Still another option would be to hire a couple to live in and allow them to sleep in their own home a few nights a week.  Or you could hire a couple and have one of them work full time and the other part time, allowing them to pursue another part time job.

But regardless of your work and time arrangements, it is essential that your staff is happy with their situation.

 

 

 

 

What to Consider When Hiring a Domestic Couple

Domestic couples are usually, but not always, married couples who live on the premises of an estate and care for the inside and outside maintenance of a large property.

Before hiring a domestic couple you should consider certain factors.

Do you have a formal home, which requires sophisticated culinary skills and knowledge of proper serving at a dinner table? Will it be acceptable to you if the couple has children living with them? Obviously young children who require care would be unacceptable but you should decide how you would feel about teenagers living at your estate.

Would you hire a couple that is not married?

Do you want a real “hands on” couple who do most of the work themselves or employees who act in a more supervisory role?

Would you consider people who are experienced with the duties you require but have not worked as a couple before?

In order to broaden the pool from which to choose, would you consider a couple who live nearby and would sleep in their own home a few nights a week instead of sleeping at your estate every night?

Another thing to consider is whether it would be acceptable to have a couple with one outstanding worker while the other one is just average.

Once you have clearly defined what your needs, expectations and possible compromises will be, the next step would be to call a domestic employment agency.

Once you have made your choice you should be very clear about your expectations and what you are prepared to offer. Many couple will demand medical benefits and a retirement package. If you expect the couple to be on call any time you need them, rather than set hours, that should be clearly stated and agreed to before the couple is hired.

Finding the right couple can be quite challenging but with the help of a good domestic employment agency the stress of this challenge may be avoided.

Eva Klenoff

Eva Klenoff

Eva has helped families find quality care for over 34 years. Founder of Europa Domestics which remains one of the few remaining agencies offering personal service directly with the owner. You will always speak directly to Eva which ensure you get the best expert for your staffing needs. Europa Domestics currently serves New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, & Philidephila since 1974

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