It’s fair to say that cleaning the house is rarely someone’s favourite activity. Having said that, neither is mowing the lawn, or doing the ironing. In fact, most of us will gladly put off the jobs we have to do around the home in favour of doing something more fun.
This might explain why nearly half of UK adults get help with one or more of the household chores.
When I’m cleaning windows
By far the most popular household service in the UK is the window cleaner. Nearly one in three of the respondents to a survey carried out on our behalf* said they had someone to clean their windows, rather than doing it themselves.
This was followed by cleaners and gardeners, who were the joint-second most popular household service. Nearly one in 10 of us have a cleaner, and the same number of us have someone to mow our lawn and make sure our outdoor space is looking its best. Could this mean we’ve said goodbye to the age of dedicating Sundays to chores like sweeping and pruning?
The household service provider we’re third most-likely to make use of is a handyperson to do odd jobs around the home. Once Brits were famed for their love of DIY, but now it seems it’s more a case of why do it yourself when you can get someone else to do it for you?
And speaking of odd jobs, there are a few other particularly odd jobs that some of us are keen to pay someone else to do. For instance, more than one in 20 people hire somebody to clean their wheelie bin for them, and just short of that figure have a person who cleans their oven.
While half of us are happy to hire someone else to help with the household chores, in London that figure rises to nearly two-thirds. In fact, 61% of people in the capital get some form of help around the home, whether that’s a babysitter, a cleaner or a dog walker.
North of the border, however, the story is quite different. It’s the residents of Scotland who are least likely to make use of someone else to help them with these jobs, with just 38% of Scots revealing they do this.
There’s also a divide between the age groups when it comes to doing chores. Somewhat surprisingly, 18 to 24-year-olds are the most likely to get this sort of third-party help – in fact half of this age group do! Let’s just hope they’re not confusing mum or dad with a cleaner!
Time is money
Certain services, like paying a window cleaner once a fortnight or someone to walk your dog when you’re on holiday, are unlikely to leave you out of pocket. But others – like a weekly cleaner or gardener – could cost a lot more.
However, time is money and when we all lead such busy lives, free time to spend with our friends and family could be one of the most valuable resources we have. If paying someone to do those household chores that take so long to do gives you your free time back – and if you have the budget to do so – it could be the most worthwhile expense you have.
*OnePoll questioned a nationally representative sample of 1,822 adults aged 18 and over between 25th February and 7th March 2014. Figures have been extrapolated to fit ONS 2013 population projections of 50,371,000 UK adults.