Tuesday, September 11, 2018

What A Win Looks Like

We recently received an email from a client who was overjoyed with the services her Housewife provides. She said:

"She brings more than joy. Life is super hectic and busy here. She brings peace and tranquility.  We just feel calmer after she has been here. This is the best gift we have given each other."  

Let's trade! We'll take your to-do list and you take this one!
When I read it, I immediately teared up. THIS. This is why Hire A Housewife exists. Yes, we are a cleaning company... and we do that well.

But our business is caring for people and making lives better... we don't just want your house to be cleaner because we came. We want your life to be better because we take the stress out of trying to get everything done that you need to do, and replace it with peace of mind knowing that your family is being taken care of.

As soon as I saw it I forwarded it on to my employees, letting them know how appreciated they are and that this is what a WIN looks like for us. This is what we strive for.

So, as you contemplate all the things you are going to try to fit in this week, consider this list...

Do:

Take your family out to dinner.
Teach the kids a new skill.
Learn a new skill yourself!
Take the dog to the park. 
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon nap.
Anything that makes you smile.
Something that makes someone else smile!

Don't:
Worry about how you are going to get your list done and still spend time with your family.

Give us a chance to show you what a WIN looks like in your home!


Whatever house you enter, 
first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’
Luke 10:5
 
(We think that should include your own!) 




Monday, June 4, 2018

Not saying goodbye

I LOVE this company, the people
 I've met, and the things I've
been able to do since starting it!

I love Hire A Housewife. I love what we do and what God has done through this company. I am proud of all the hard work I've done over the years to turn it into a company with a higher purpose. We don't just clean your house, we help take care of your family and bring joy into your home. We don't just employ people. We offer flexible, part-time jobs at a living wage to people who understand our mission and care about our clients. I love our clients and our employees.

When I started this, I was just trying to survive. The kids and I had already been homeless for almost two months and I didn't know what I was going to do. By the time I needed to hire help, we were in an apartment again, but there have been some major ups and downs in the last six years. I am so proud of what has come out of all of this!

Late last year I came to the realization that what really drives me is creating. I loved the creating of Hire A Housewife and all that I've learned from it. I've also created a second business, Peoria Music Live, and I'm learning from that one as well. In order to make that into the company that I know it can be, and open up my time for other opportunities to create as well, I have to step back from the daily operations of HAH.

Believe me, I was just as shocked as you are right now when I realized I am not Super Woman and my time and energy are not infinite!

I'm not saying goodbye by any means, just taking a step back from this so that I can take a step into other things. My story is still just getting started, as is the story of Hire A Housewife. I'll try to keep everyone updated on both because you haven't seen anything yet!

Over the course of the next month, Teresa Noe will be stepping into my place as Operations Manager of Hire A Housewife. I still own the company and will make sure it is run the way I want it to be run, with the same values, care, and customer service we've come to be known for.

I asked her to write a short introduction... 


 


Hello everyone! My name is Teresa Johnson-Noe.

I am 47 years old, happily married, and have two children- my daughter, Megan and my son, Logan.

Megan is married to Matthew and has a daughter of her own, my pride and joy granddaughter Roxanne. I don't see nearly enough of them, sadly, as they live in sunny Florida!

My son is a Junior at Pekin Community High School and plays football as a varsity linebacker and Wrestles Heavyweight Varsity.

I have a few hobbies, I write a blog of my own and submit editorial pieces to a few other local online and print magazines. I also paint, draw and create what some might call art. I call it doodling, but to each his or her own, as they say.

My husband and I are heavily involved in the Central Illinois music scene, and he plays guitar, bass guitar and sings in two local bands, he is also an accredited chef for a local restaurant in Peoria. In the past he has owned Dominic's Italian Eatery in the Metro Center, and together we owned and operated Beignet's on the Corner (a Cajun and Creole Cafe) in downtown Peoria.

I am also an assistant coach/director for the Speech team at Washington Community High School.

Together, we are a pretty diverse family but love all of the creative stuff. We also love our Sunday football and playing disc golf when we can get out.

There's more to tell you, but I look forward to getting to know each of you personally so we have lots to talk about when we meet.

I'm excited for the new opportunity at Hire A Housewife and can't wait to meet you all face to face.

Sincerely.
Teresa
(My friends call me- "T", or "Mama T"...don't be afraid to do so as well.)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Single Mom's Morning Out Donation Drive


If you are familiar with the Hire A Housewife story, you know how close to my heart Single Mom's Morning Out is. 

The event represents the anniversary of a turning point in my life. (I'll include the video WCIC created about that at the bottom of this post.)

Single Mom's Morning Out is a chance for local churches to love on single moms in the area while they get pamperred, relax, and have a good time in a positive atmosphere.

I attend the event at Redeemer Lutheran every year and can't help but tear up as they send us through a tunnel of other women who are cheering for us, letting us know we are supported and appreciated and loved.

Every year, single moms of all ages come and drop off small children at the provided childcare area, and are given the options to receive car care, hair cuts, massages, prayer, and breakfast among other things. Hire A Housewife donates gift certificates to help bless a few moms as well.

One of the other ways single moms are blessed by SMMO is their Blessings Store. Donated items in good condition are sorted and displayed for participants to choose from, for free, during the event. One SMMO site focuses on clothes, shoes, and accessories, while the other will also take small household items.

We are excited to announce that we are teaming up with SMMO for our Second Annual SMMO Donation Drive.

Hire A Housewife will be picking up donations for Single Mom's Morning Out AGAIN this year on March 18-March 31.

What does this mean for you? It means you can de-clutter your home, have someone else haul it away, and donate to a great cause!



If you have items picked up as part of cleaning appointment with Hire A Housewife, you will receive $20 off the price of your appointment!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FACEBOOK EVENT!

Glen Oak Christian Church is one of the sites of SMMO again this year. They have said they are willing to provide tax-deducible receipts for items picked up.

Send me an email at kindall@hireahousewifepeoria.com letting me know where you would like us to pick up donated items and also give me a general idea of how much you will have.

I will make arrangements and let you know when I will be in your area for pick up! If we have more donations this year, I may enlist some others to help!

Here is the video, as promised:



We are happy to be able to support your decision to de-clutter as you support single moms in the area. My story is just one that has come out of SMMO over the years. Thank you for helping to make a difference.


Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory.
Ephesians 3:20-21

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Four important reasons Hire A Housewife asks for a list

Leave a list? Nobody has ever asked me to leave a list before!

We hear you, and we understand. 
But there is a good reason that we ask for a list from you.
That reason is likely the same reason you hired us.

We are different.


We are different because we know all of you are different.


Here are FOUR reasons a list is important for a fantastic Hire A Housewife experience...


Flexibility

Other companies don't need a list because they
already have one. They will only do what's on their list... and nothing else. We use a list to make sure that what you need done is what
actually gets done. We do so much more than just the basics. And, we are okay with doing something different every time we come.

If this week you want the refrigerator cleaned out and the laundry folded, but next week you want the bathrooms and the ceiling fans cleaned, that's okay with us. Maybe the week after that you'd like us to run to the vet and pick up your cat before cleaning. Yes, we will do that too!


 Efficiency

We all have different ideas about the best ways to use available time. The housewife you have might really want to make your bathroom sparkle as she knows it is what would make her day, not realizing that taking Q-tips to the corners of the bathtub kept her from getting to loading the dishwasher, which is the one thing that really would have made your day.

I personally clean for a client who has been with us for almost five years now. This is a family I care about and feel I know well. A few months ago, I was training someone new at that client's house. While the new employee cleaned the bathroom, I took the extra time to fold laundry. Later I found out that folding laundry is something that client really enjoys doing and there were other things that she would have preferred to have done.


Satisfaction

While we strive for amazing results and customer service for our clients, we do occasionally hear from someone who is unhappy with the service they received. In the process of correcting any issues, I start by asking about the list. Ninety percent of the time (90%!) it turns out that there was no list.

And, while we know it is simpler for you, showing a new housewife around your home and giving her a verbal list is not the same. There is a lot of information to take in at one time for someone who has never been there before.


Ease

What!?! Writing a list isn't easy... it requires forethought and time and, well, the ability to find a pen with ink! 

Hire A Housewife is making that easy for you too! When we send out a confirmation email we include a link to a printable list that you fill in. It even has the options to add priority numbers and time limits for each task!

YOU CAN ALSO FIND IT HERE

Once you have created your list, you can change it as often as you'd like. However, if you want to leave it exactly the same every appointment, you can do that as well!

Pro Tip:  I have one client who numbers everything in a general priority, but each week leaves the same list with just a post-it showing the numbers she wants completed. So while there are 10 rooms on the list, she can have  1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 done this week and next week have 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 10 done!

Thank you so much for continuing to be the best part of Hire A Housewife!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Ready to Show Ready to Sell


One of the biggest pain points when it comes to selling your home is trying to keep it clean enough for showings while still living there. And, chances are, if you are trying to sell your home, you have other expenses that need to be taken care of besides paying for constant housekeeping.

Hire A Housewife wants to make the whole process easier with Ready to Show Ready to Sell

Clients of our Ready to Show Ready to Sell package will enjoy our guilt-free, high-quality, personalized service, packaged in a way to help them sell their home more quickly, with less stress.

HOW IT WORKS

Phase one of our Ready to Show Ready to Sell program is the Initial Deep Clean.

This is a complete clean of your home to ready it for listing.

When possible, we make this combine your preferences with your realtor's input for maximum effectiveness.

The cleaning includes everything from ceiling fans to baseboards.* If something is found that we missed in the first 24 hours after the cleaning, we will come back and fix it.

Phase two is the fun part! We take all the worry out making sure your home is ready for each showing. When you call, we will come in and perform a customized "Show Clean" with as little as 20 hours notice.**

There will be a pre-approved plan that the housewife we send out follows to ensure that everything is cleaned and picked up the way you want it done, without you lifting a finger.

Sound good? It gets BETTER...

The best part of this service is that after the first payment, you don't have to pay us each time we come out. In fact, if your house sells in the first six months of using our service, the amount not prepaid isn't due until you close on the sale of your house.

We're not just helping keep your house clean, we are helping you invest in a faster, more profitable sale!

We can also schedule someone to come in between you moving out and someone new moving in, so there is no more worry about how you are leaving the house for the new owner.

Our services could actually be a selling point on your home... potential buyers know that you are keeping the home maintained and that they will be able to move in without needing to do cleaning.

Below is our pricing schedule. The different categories make our program flexible to fix your needs.

Pricing:

Deep Clean: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.20/sq ft

Show Clean: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.09/sq ft

Show Clean (unoccupied): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.07/sq ft

Show Clean (less than 20 hrs notice) . . . . . . . . . $25 add'l

Show Clean (high demand days) . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 add'l***

Post Move Out Clean (add-on) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.10/sq ft

Post Move Out Clean (separately) . . . . . . . . . . . $0.18/sq ft

Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $25-50 add'l each

Square footage is typically determined by the listed number of livable sq ft in the house's reality listing. Changes may be made if additional areas need to be cleaned or if there are areas that do not need service.

We are unable to clean areas or fixtures that are not temperature controlled in extreme weather. This may include garages, outbuildings, passages between buildings, and windows.

Terms:

Deep Clean costs + 40% due at time of Deep Clean service. No other payments until closing or for 6 months, whichever comes first. After 6 months, an additional deep clean and a payment towards the balance due may be required.

Contract required.


*This excludes walls that need more than dusting and/or spot scrubbing and carpet that needs more than a vacuum.

**Cleaning with less notice may be available for an additional charge, but we cannot guarantee availability.

***High demand days outlined in contract. Usually 2-3 days before and after major holidays.


If you are interested in this program, please fill out this form and we will contact you soon!
Ready to Show Ready to Sell

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Big Changes for Hire A Housewife

I am excited to announce that over the next few months, Hire A Housewife will be rolling out new programs and packages designed to meet the needs of our customers and improve your overall experience. 

We are going to start with rate changes for today and will make other announcements in the coming days and weeks... so keep reading and stay tuned for what is coming in the future!

New Rates and Expectations

We love our clients and employees.

It is important to us that HAH has only the hardest-working, most reliable, and professional housewives representing our company. While we offer many benefits to our employees as a company, if we are not competitive with pay, we will continue to lose our best employees to higher paying jobs that are less physically demanding. 

Besides that, many of our housewives are relying on tips to make ends meet... and we don't believe it is fair to them or you.

We want to make sure tips are over and above what they do on a regular basis. If someone tips, it is because you appreciate their hard work.

You will see many positive changes in your service as well.
We'll announce those in coming weeks.

The first wave of new rates goes into effect December 15th for clients who book a one-time or recurring appointment that takes place after that date.

Clients who are already set up with recurring appointments (weekly, bi-weekly, etc.) by that date will continue at our current rate until January 15th.

Clients who are already set up with recurring appointments by Dec 15th and who pay in advance via PayPal will continue at their current rate until January 31st.

Starting Dec. 15th our regular rate is $35/hr.
The rate for >10hr blocks of time is $32/hr when prepaid through PayPal.  

If you are a new customer, lock in the old rate for an extra month by signing up for regular service now (a month and a half if you prepay through PayPal.)
Also, gift certificates are good for one year. If you buy them at the current rate of $25/hr... they are still good for the same number of hours next year!

We also have some great new packages coming to better serve our clients.
Stay tuned for a post about our Ready to Show Ready to Sell program
for clients who are trying to sell their homes.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The EASIEST way to donate

Most people know how the event Single Mom's Morning Out was a huge turning point in my life. (If you don't, check out the video at the bottom of our web page.)

 As a single mom, I still participate every year and encourage others to as well...


Register Here:

May 6th 2017 9am-Noon

One of the great things about where I am now is that even though I still participate, I also get to help out by donating things for the other single moms who will be there! Every year Hire A Housewife provides coupons and gift certificates for the moms, as well as items for the Blessings Room.

The Blessings Room is one of the most popular places to visit at SMMO. Here single moms find clothes, shoes, and accessories for themselves and their children a price they can all afford... FREE!
All of it has been donated by people from the local communities and it really lives up to it's name of being a Blessing Room!

I love being able to donate to this every year. In fact, my enclosed front porch often looks like a wreck because it is a convenient staging area for me to sort donated items that are going to people in need... but especially this time of year.

So, I wanted to extend the opportunity to be a blessing to these single moms to you as well!

During the week of April 24-28th, I will pick up (In the Greater Peoria Area) any gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories that you would like to donate to Single Mom's Morning Out and make sure they get to where they need to go!

To let me know you have things that need picked up, email me at kindall@hireahousewifepeoria.com with the subject "SMMO Donation" and I'll be in touch!

Blessed is the one who considers the poor!
In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessed in the land;
you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health.”
Psalms 41:1-3