Your relocation to London means that you are going to be living in one of the world’s biggest and busiest cities. You are probably moving here as part of an international relocation jobs program and you are going to be on the go as soon as you touch down. You do not want to waste your precious weekends with grocery shopping and cleaning; not while you have all of this city to explore. Consider getting some domestic help to make sure that your free time is free to enjoy the city after your international relocation.

Hire a Charlady to help out at home

Some people may consider employing a part time domestic employee or ‘char’ as they are sometimes known in the UK, as slightly extravagant. I think it is a worthwhile investment and it will save you masses of time on cleaning your flat. Employing a cleaner once a week or even once a month will help save your weekends for items that are more important; like relaxing and exploring your new city. The first few weeks of your London adventure should not be spent cleaning windows. Make sure you check references before you hire a cleaning person; your best bet is to ask around your building or neighbourhood for a standard price range. Prices range from about £10 per hour for a minimum of two hours per day. Even if it’s just to handle the laundry or some ironing, hiring help will give you the time you need to explore the city after you arrive. You can ask your London relocation agents to recommend a good cleaning service when you arrive and even get your place thoroughly cleaned before you start unpacking your crates and boxes after they arrive. Having a bit of help just after you arrive will be well worth the price. Once you are sorted out you can dispense with domestic help, but as a stranger in a new city, getting all the help you can could make the difference between a stressful relocation and a successful one.