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Cleaning the house is my least favourite thing to do. It’s even worse than cooking as far as I’m concerned.
I wait until things are really grim before I get stuck into it and then, of course, it’s a huge job. Now that the boys are older, I get them to help with vacuuming and general tidying, but even though they know how to clean the bathrooms, it just doesn’t get done. It could be that my perfectionist tendencies are actually preventing me from insisting that they clean their bathroom regularly, but then surely a badly cleaned bathroom is better than as dirty one? I don’t know.
So when Airtasker offered me $100 to go towards house cleaning while I road-tested their service, I didn’t wait too long before saying, “Yes, please!” In fact, their response might have been, “That was quick!”.
Airtasker is an online service that lets you post jobs you need done online and allows people to make “offers” to do the job for you. These jobs can be virtually anything, from getting a website done, a house cleaned, a tree removed, to getting a logo designed.
It took me about two minutes to set myself up with a profile and post my house cleaning job. I decided I wanted to get all the dusting done and have our bathrooms “deep cleaned”. I wanted “my house to sparkle”.
My first offer to get the job done came from a handy man (according to his profile) with no prior jobs completed. Then I had two more offers – one from Bek, who admitted to having “OCD tendencies”. Clearly, she was the woman for the job and even though she had to previous reviews, I accepted her offer and we made a time for her to come over and do her thing. As the whole process was being managed and paid for by Airtasker, I didn’t have any qualms about getting a complete stranger, with no references, come and clean my house. If it was my own money, I would probably be more exacting with who I accepted.
When you accept an offer on Airtasker, you need to enter your credit card details so the money for the job can go into your “Airtasker account”. The money is not released to the person doing the jog until you mark the job as completed. In my case, Airtasker put money into my account, so all I had to do was arrange a time with Bek.
Bek arrived on time, with her own cleaning supplies.
She was lovely and didn’t bat an eyelid at the state of my house. She chatted with Mr Cuddles, who stole her duster, the whole time she was here and assured me that my mess was no worse to anyone else’s. She did indeed have experience in cleaning other people’s houses, which is something she needs to include in her Airtasker profile.
She did a great job on the dusting, taking everything off the surfaces and replacing them afterwards, unlike the previous cleaner I trialed, who just dusted around things.
She tidied the boys’ rooms as well as dusting their shelves and vacuumed to boot.
The bathrooms did indeed “sparkle” when Bek was finished.
This was a pretty big job. Bek spent 5 hours here, which was totally worth the $100 she was being paid and I would not hesitate in hiring her for regular cleaning.
Once I was happy with the job Bek did, I went back the Airtasker website and released the funds being held for the job. I also left a 5 star review for Bek.
Overall, my first experience with Airtasker was very impressive. I’d use it again, although I would be more likely to only hire people with existing reviews, or at least ask for more information from anyone who made an offer for my job.