Household

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Now you know where you’re living, you’re going to need to find the right kind of help to keep things running smoothly. OBVIOUSLY (ahem) given all the time in the world, we’d do all these chores ourselves and polish our halos every morning but given the numerous other demands on our time, some things need to be handed over to the professionals.

It may be that the previous owners had a good support network and it might well be worth asking if they would recommend the people they have used in the past. If so, why not go along with their choices? The people and companies will be familiar with the house and equipment and might also be helpful in explaining your new home and it’s quirks to you!

Another option is to speak to your neighbours and see if they can recommend the people they currently use. Again, if they are familiar with the area they could be valuable additions to your network, and they may give you a good price if they can fit you in before or after their existing clients without having to travel very far.

If you don’t want to use the previous people, or can’t ask the last residents, here are some tried and tested suggestions.

It goes without saying, you must ALWAYS make sure you are completely happy with anyone you invite into your home. Someone else’s recommendation goes a long way but you must ultimately take responsibility for the staff you hire and carry out whatever appropriate checks are necessary to make sure your family and your property are safe.

CLEANING SERVICE
This is a tricky one and as individual cleaners’ availability can change so much, there doesn’t seem much point listing names and numbers here who may be fully booked or have left the area. For our NTTN Bespoke clients, once we know where you are living and your requirements we will be more than happy to introduce a household angel to you.

Molly Maid is a UK-wide franchised business offering high quality household cleaning, spring cleans, etc. It’s not for everyone as they only use their own products and equipment and when I asked if they would use certain eco products I was told quite firmly that if I wanted an efficient cleaning service I should go along with the way they do things (I went elsewhere). They are also on the top end of the pricing scale but if you want a reliable service with a good background then ask for a quote. www.mollymaid.co.uk Tel: Pinks Dillon – 01344 841000

UPHOLSTERY AND CARPET CLEANING
You will struggle to find a better service than Dry & Clean. Organic, dry to the touch straight after cleaning and child- and pet-friendly, Steve offers an amazing service at seriously competitive prices. He also offers hard floor cleaning and resurfacing. Tel: 07956 282944. Highly recommended by two generations of the NTTN family, in laws and a friend who can’t stop going on about how clean her carpets are after an unfortunate incident involving a 4 year old and a sick bug!

GARDENING
Remember, if your garden is in good condition and a gardener has been looking after it up ‘til now it might be worth keeping on the current incumbent. If, for whatever reason it’s time to find someone new you really can’t go wrong with

DR Dye Landscapes & Garden Maintenance
Dean and his fantastic team are competitively priced and terrifyingly hard working. They will take on regular garden maintenance and everything else a garden might need. In our garden alone they have rebuilt ponds and supporting garden walls, fenced in a swimming pool, repaved the patio, laid bark on all the flower beds, dug enormous trenches (for pipework, nothing weird), arranged tree surgery, fixed the block paving and loads more. They are knowledgeable and extremely competent, reliable and very highly recommended. Tel: 07970 425378

SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE
I know I’m repeating myself, but if the current maintenance arrangements seem to be going well and you’re happy with the price, you might as well stick with it. If it’s a new pool or you would like things to be done differently, you should contact
Falcon Pools They provide an A-Z service of pool construction, maintenance, renovating, spas, steam/saunas, indoor/outdoor/Jacuzzis, whatever you need. Their maintenance staff are reliable, trustworthy and friendly and have always done us proud. www.falconpools.co.uk Tel: 01932 353040

BABYSITTERS
As it is with cleaning services, giving the names of individual babysitters online isn’t practical as their availability might change, they might move out of the area and it’s just not a great idea to stick a load of (probably) young girls’ phone numbers on the internet. NTTN Bespoke will be happy to recommend individual babysitters once we understand your family’s needs. For everyone else, here are some other suggestions.

Sitters.co.uk provide reference-checked babysitters with professional childcare experience. They can also supply emergency nanny services and hotel babysitting. Babysitters are local to you and it’s possible that if you find a babysitter you really like you can request them each time you use the site.

NANNIES
This is one of the most important people you will welcome into your home so you need the right help to find them. Depending on your requirements, it might be that asking around at your child’s school (if they’re at school) may turn up another family’s nanny who is looking for extra hours.

If your requirements are more specific or you need someone full time, there are some excellent agencies in the area.

Puddleduck Nannies have been recommended by numerous families and as they’re based in Esher, they’re on your doorstep. www.puddleducknannies.co.uk Tel: 01372 469378

Another firm favourite with hiring families is Tigerlily Childcare who have an excellent reputation with a wide-ranging network of professional maternity nurses and nannies.
www.tigerlilychildcare.co.uk The Surrey office is based in West Molesey. Tel: 0203 394 0593

ELECTRICIAN
You’d be amazed how few full time electricians there are in this area! Even recommended people have since gone to work full time with developers or only do electrical work in evenings or weekends.
Medway Ltd are an excellent outfit capable of taking on even the largest, most complex of indoor or outdoor electrical jobs. They also change lightbulbs (as I discovered due to an embarrassing ‘I thought it was a new bulb’ mix up).
www.medwaylimited.com Tel: Gary – 07976 740322

PLUMBER
If I ever re-train, it will be as a plumber. There are even fewer plumbers than electricians nearby. Unfortunately there isn’t one to recommend at the moment but if one pops up they will be on here ASAP.

HANDY MAN
It’s incredibly difficult to find a trustworthy handyman who is reliable and does quality work.  So we are very lucky that Handyman Services came along…capable of virtually anything indoors or out, Wesley and his team leave a trail of good will and good work behind them. Highly recommended – handymanpmb@gmail.com Tel: 07490 466869

AV/CABLE/PHONES/COMPUTERS
Netcom Solutions – based in Cobham and able to fix, set up or otherwise enhance your Audio Visual, TV, Phone and computer issues. Tel: Charlie – 07940 559108 charlie@nc-solutions.co.uk