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Top 10 tasks around the house that you should NEVER pay someone else to do

Updated on November 4, 2015

Wouldn't it be great to have enough money so that you could pay someone else to do all the dirty, mundane and loathsome jobs around the home?

On face value the answer has to be a resounding YES but when you give the matter closer consideration wouldn't there be some tasks you would rather do yourself? Anyway why pay someone if you can get the jobs done for free?

Kim and Aggie in How Clean Is Your House
Kim and Aggie in How Clean Is Your House
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Changing Rooms
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Ground Force
60 minute make-over will totally re-vamp your home
60 minute make-over will totally re-vamp your home

When you think about it paying someone to do your household chores could be a nightmare. If you will not be home the person in question must be trustworthy, in every sense of the word. Upset the cleaner and you find that your face flannel has cleaned the toilet bowl and your toothbrush the drain. With a quick rinse how would you know that this was the case? So remember not to upset someone who you trust with such tasks.

As for the top 10 tasks around the house that you should NEVER pay someone else to do, these are not easy. However I have given the matter some thought and here we go.

Cook for you

You may think that cooking for you would not be a problem. However we have heard and read about restaurants where the employees have urinated in soup, spat into yogurt and worse. Unless you are 100% certain that you can trust the person avoid this one like the plague.

Washing your underwear

No matter how clean a person you are your underwear should be a private affair. Anyway some lingerie is expensive and delicate and needs extra love and care when being laundered. Even if you choose to wear big knickers that are nothing fancy do you want a stranger handling the goods? I think not. So do not run the risk of offending someone or enabling a person to know the intricate details of your smalls, or perhaps they are larges. Do the job yourself.

Of course if you buy throwaway or edible underwear laundry will be a thing of the past. This could be true for doing dishes. How much do paper plates cost, I wonder?

Free tasks

Then again there are tasks that are a case of why pay someone to do them when you can get them for free. Here are a few:

  • Window cleaning.Cleaning the outside windows is not difficult. It can be a pain at times but NEVER pay someone to clean them for you. If you do you will find that the window will clean the windows come hell or high water. You will probably arrive home from work to be told by your window cleaner that he cleaned the windows, even though the heavens have been open all day. How you can prove if this is true or not? Window cleaners have a living to make and so they need to visit every couple of weeks, like it or not. Clean then yourselves as the weather permits.
  • Weeding a garden. Turn all or part of your garden into a meadow. Plant wildflowers and let weeds and seeds flourish. This will attract birds and bees and other wildlife. Your garden will become the interest of the neighbourhood. It may be an eyesore for the first few months or years so it could be advisable to put up a warning sign or notify the neighbourhood watch group of nose parkers.
  • To water a garden. Install a water butt to harvest rainwater. Link a few rainwater barrels together and add tubing so that the garden can self water. With a little ingenuity your garden will be well watered with no effort, even if you are away on vacation.
  • When you think about it there are quite a few jobs in the garden that you should not pay someone to complete. Pruning trees or cutting back branches could offer the work person free fuel for the winter. Advertise free wood for anyone with a real fire. When they arrive tell them that it is free as long as they cut the wood themselves. Bingo. Job done.
  • Never pay someone to clean your carpets. Instead ask for a home demonstration from the retailer of an expensive carpet cleaner. With a little skill on your part your carpets will be cleaned for free. Simply say that you will need time to decide whether to buy or not after the demonstration and then forget about it.
  • Similarly try a different retailer when you want your sofa or other furniture cleaning. If you pick a pricey piece of equipment the retailer will probably be happy to offer a home demonstration.
  • If you have laminate flooring or a similar surface do not pay someone to clean them. Simply tie fluffy cloths around your slippers and dust the floor as you move about. Take care if the surface is polished or slippery. It may be fun skating about the floor as you clean but a broken leg or worse is not advisable.
  • NEVER pay someone to paint the door and windows frames of your home. Instead ensure that any home you move into has UPVC frames already installed which are almost maintenance free.

Be imaginative and think about just what household chores you should not have to pay for. Some are just so basic that between the family members they should be easy to share out. Other chores probably do not need doing as often as you currently do.

As a final free clean consider applying to be part of a TV show such as How Clean Is Your House. Bear in mind though that you will have to let your home become filthy before Kim and Aggie will help you out. After all a fairly clean home is not entertainment.

Think about other home make-over shows and see if you can apply. If you are lucky you will be able to have your home re-designed and modernised for free.

Finally if you are loaded, ie have lots of money, how about buying new before you need to clean or maintain? This could work for ovens, fridges, dishwashers, washing machines and the like. As far as paying someone to repair a dishwasher that only cost less than 200 dollars, will it really be cost effective? I think not..


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    • ethel smith profile image

      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I'd just love the luxury of being able to do that Dolores lol.

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi, Ethel - so funny but so true. With a cleaner, or anyone who is in your home, the first thing is trust on both parts. Paying someone well sure helps buy loyalty. You trust the cleaner to be honest, not to cheat or steal from you and the cleaner trusts that you will be fair. It can be a wonderful relationship.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks girls. I wish I could afford a cleaner. Maybe one day. My windows are a little crusty right now :)

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Very entertaining, with some good points. Both of us employ a cleaning lady - in fact, the same cleaning lady. She has worked for us for a long time and is 100% honest and sometimes she does other jobs for us as well.

      Pat lives so close to the sea that a window cleaner would be a waste of money. Tricia does pay a window cleaner - and her house does seem much brighter inside. (Maybe its because her windows aren't crusted with salt.)

      Tricia owns a carpet cleaner, and Pat occasionally borrows it to burn calories (and improve the appearance of her carpets).

      Fun hub - thanks.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks woodmarc

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      Marc Woodard 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      You are absolutely right about cooks defiling food. I witnessed this as a dishwasher in a country kitchen during one of my many job experiences as a teenager. I couldn't believe people would actually do this stuff, but they do. Haven't thought about this kind of thing for so many years. Thanks for the memories;] I also enjoyed your self help and home cleaning suggestions to save money.

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      Angelllite 7 years ago from United States

      Funny and true!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      It was a little tongue in cheek in parts though

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      Gloria Siess 7 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      Nice practical Hub! I do my own indoor painting (doors, walls, etc.).

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Ah so kids have some uses Katie lol. Thanks for dropping by

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I do it all even clean my own carpets and that's a great idea you have... I love this review of the top 10 task around the house you should never pay to get done. I too pay my kids to go above and beyond on some chores. :)

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks for dropping by yout two. Lori as long as it is the husband and only kisses (;-)

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      Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City

      Carpet cleaning demonstration - what a great idea! Thank you! Well, you can have a cook if it is a very good cook, I absolutely don't mind it. As for windows, when you live on an apartment building, a proffessional help is unavoidable....

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      loriamoore 7 years ago

      I'm lucky, I don't have to pay someone to clean my house -- my husband does it all! :-) Or does it cound that I pay him in kisses? Tee-hee.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Now that sounds a good idea Holle. As for strangers handling my harvest festivals, all is safely gathered in, kinckers. No way Jose

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Too funny, yet true! I don't want stangers handling our undies. sometimes I pay my girls to clean and wash when they want extra money.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      What a shame Izzy. Pity you could not have utilised the kids instead.

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      What an interesting idea for a hub! And yes it is so true - there are a load of things you wouldn't want someone else doing for you! I remember these lads coming to my door and claiming to be gardeners and for a few pounds they'd tidy my overgrown garden up. The kids were small at the time and I was a hassled mum, so I agreed. I nearly wept when I saw the damage they'd done! They ripped out garden plants along with the weeds, including a 3 foot pear tree I'd grown from seed. Never again!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Polly and Hello.

      HH you should never upset the waiter in a restaurant, just in case :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Gosh, does that really happened? Even if you hate that person you wouldn't stoop that low?

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      Polly C 7 years ago from UK

      Hi Ethel - I enjoyed reading this hub! Very lighthearted for the time of night. I quite agree that I absolutely would not want someone else to wash my underwear! In fact, I don't mind washing at all - in these days of modern washing machines it's quite an easy and non taxing job. Cooking, however - now that's another story. I'm not sure...I really, really hate cooking dinner, it's right at the wrong time of day,and is always the last thing I feel like doing, especially with my little one moaning around my feet and sometimes having to cook more than one thing (I know, I know, I made the rod for my own back!!) I wouldn't mind someone doing it for me as long as they did it EXACTLY as I wanted, as I am quite fussy..and I might want to keep an eye open over their shoulder!

      Totally agree about not paying anyone to clean carpets; floors; prune bushes; paint doors etc....but I will admit to having a window cleaner (he lives up the road and only charges me £1.50 though, so I feel it's worth it!)

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lol thanks Mick

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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Yep Ethel, just about right there.