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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