About Us – Jane and Her Team

commercial cleaners

Back in 2000, Jane Richardson was in a busy corporate position that took her away from home for most of the week. Jane says, “I wanted a number of home services provided at my home. I would not be there, so I needed a reliable business with honest staff that would do a good job. I also wanted to change things if needed and pay my account online.”

When she could not find the one-stop-shop home service she was looking for, she decided to start this business herself. Jane soon found there was high demand from busy people who wanted to have their weekend free to spend their time how they wanted, rather than catching up on tasks around the house.

The business has grown over time and our commercial cleaners and gardeners are available in Palmerston North, Feilding, Kapiti Coast, Hutt Valley, Wellington, and Christchurch.

Jane says the most important part of this business is the people they employ. All our commercial cleaners and gardeners are thoroughly screened before joining the team. They then complete a training programme so that we can be sure you will receive the service you expect.

We encourage our customers to provide feedback about us, so we can continuously improve our services.

Awards along the way

  • In 2008 An Extra Pair Of Hands was a finalist in the Manawatu Business Awards. Jane was awarded by Hon. Steve Maharey in recognition for being one of 10 businesses selected for the Vision Manawatu business acceleration programme.
  • In May 2009 An Extra Pair Of Hands won the gong for best small to medium business at the regional business awards.

About our commercial cleaners and gardeners

We are very particular about who we employ. All our team members go through a stringent selection and training process. Plus they are fully security checked, insured, uniformed, and friendly.

Our teams are honest and proud of a job well done. They work to checklists so they don’t miss anything. We’re flexible, offering a comprehensive range of services for the home without locking you into contracts or hidden fees.

Our guarantee

Your satisfaction is guaranteed every time. If you are not satisfied, contact our office. We will return and complete the service to your satisfaction.

Quality monitoring

We regularly ask for your feedback on the service cards we send out regularly. Our managers make regular visits during the designated service time to monitor the quality of the work you have requested.

Security and privacy

Your privacy is respected and all your details are kept confidential. We have procedures in place to ensure your home is secure when using any of our services.

Working for us – employment

The right people are hard to find.

If you’re honest, hard-working and enjoy making a difference at someone’s home we would like to meet you.

All our positions involve working on weekdays, usually between 9am and 3pm, so there’s no work on weekends or public holidays.

Complete our employment application form, and you’ll be notified as soon as a position becomes available in your area, in the part of our business you are interested in.

Our positions are not advertised in the newspaper, so to be eligible to join our team we need to have your details on file.

Simply complete the application form and send it back to our head office by post, email or fax.

Please note that the application should be completed in your own handwriting.

Our sustainable journey

Our sustainable journey started when we were selected by Palmerston North City Council to complete a sustainability programme in 2008.

As a result, we took a good look at the products we were using and our tasks, and began shifting to cleaning and gardening products that are safe for our clients, our team, the business, and the environment.

Cleaning products

Our cleaning products have all-natural ingredients. These products are made exclusively for us so we know exactly what the ingredients are. All ingredients are chosen with our goal to be sustainable. In addition to this we have found that they are much healthier for our team to use, and leave a lovely smell in your home.

Waste reduction

At An Extra Pair of Hands, all packaging, incoming mail and outgoing mail has been reduced. Our administration team is working towards receiving all incoming mail electronically. This has reduced our waste paper considerably.

Ideas from our team

Our team members are always coming up with new ideas. One of our senior gardeners, Joyce, thought it would be great to offer a service where we set up a composting system in our client’s garden to recycle the green waste from our gardening work. and maintain that for them. We would love to hear your sustainable ideas and other feedback.