My house smells like chocolate. No, I haven’t accidentally left an Easter egg out to melt, my house has just been “whizz’d”.
A little after 5pm the other day I had a cleaner come through my two bedroom apartment in Sydney’s north. He was “whizzing”, and he called himself a “whizzard”.
A whizzard zooms around your house dusting, wiping, vacuuming and spraying your home whenever you want, and are hired through a new on-demand cleaning services app currently operating in Sydney.
He started with the kitchen, which needed a scrub. Wiping down the doors, even doing the dishes I couldn’t get to in my rush to get to work earlier that day.
Working methodically through our home, he treated it with care.
It took him two hours to do the kitchen, lounge room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. He even vacuumed and mopped our balcony.
When he was done he sealed the loos and folded the toilet paper into little triangles like they do in hotels.
Then he sprayed chocolate air freshener through the place and left a full checklist on the counter (with choccies) so we could see what he’d done.
A tech company at heart, Whizz uses a 150-point checklist that each cleaner is required to methodically work through on each job.
I then realised all the extra jobs I could have palmed off that week to my personal Whizzard. If I left fresh sheets out he would’ve made the bed. It I had asked, he would’ve cleaned the oven!
He was lucky I didn’t get down on one knee and ask him to marry me.
Whizz isn’t the cheapest service in the market, but at about $95 for a two-bedroom unit, it’s good value for the amount of work these guys do. Cleaners in Sydney typically charge between $25-35 an hour but there’s no guarantees on standards of service. I’d rather pay the premium at $95 knowing it’ll be a good job than taking a risk at $70 for a shoddy job.
Currently Whizz services the Sydney CBD, Eastern Suburbs and Inner West but co-founder and CEO Mark Bernberg said a series A round would be used to expand the company’s servicing range.
The on-demand industry is growing in Australia with couriers, drivers and even florists getting in on the action.
Whizz has a bunch of “pre-screened” cleaners on stand-by ready to clean homes around Sydney. Cleaners must pass police checks, have public liability insurance, speak English and own a vehicle.
The cost is a fixed fee based on the number of rooms and bathrooms. Users can also book their last cleaner again, or schedule recurring cleans.
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