How much does it cost to hire a house cleaner?

While there's no "standard" set of cleaning services, most house cleaners will include basic tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, toilet and shower cleaning, general kitchen cleaning and tidying up. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)

While there's no "standard" set of cleaning services, most house cleaners will include basic tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, toilet and shower cleaning, general kitchen cleaning and tidying up. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)

Keeping your house clean can be a monumental task, especially if you work full time, have young children or pets or all of the above. As a result, many busy homeowners are choosing a professional house cleaner to help lower their stress and make their lives easier. But how much should these services cost, and exactly what are homeowners getting for their money?

How cleaners charge

Professional house cleaners typically charge one of two ways: By hour, or by square foot. Hourly costs range from $25 to $35; square foot rates are often used for a "first clean," as a baseline for pros to work from. First cleans are also more expensive, as cleaners need to determine how long they'll spend in a home, and if there are any rooms which require extra work -- for example a family bathroom or large play area.

In addition, rates will differ based on how often you want pros to come and clean. Generally, the more times a cleaner comes in a month, the smaller the cost per visit, though this is often a matter of five or ten dollars per clean. Some cleaners offer a discount if homeowners are willing to pay for multiple cleans up front, or if they sign a long-term contract.

Individuals and companies

It's also important to consider the distinction between individual cleaners and companies. Companies will have bonded, licensed employees but will charge more for their services. This means, however, that if a cleaning job isn't done to your satisfaction, you can take the issue up with the company, or take them to court. Most companies will send out at least two workers on any job and will charge a minimum price no matter the size of your home.

Many individuals also run their own cleaning businesses but may not be licensed and often want to be paid in cash or by personal check. Their rates are typically lower and often their ability is equal or superior to large companies, but they are inherently fly-by-night. There is little recourse for a homeowner if a job isn't completely to your satisfaction, especially if the cleaner chooses to shut down his or her operation. There's also a concern if an individual cleaner gets ill or has a personal emergency. Companies typically have backups available.

What you get for your money

While there's no "standard" set of cleaning services, most house cleaners will include basic tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, toilet and shower cleaning, general kitchen cleaning and tidying up. Once they've run through the list of typical tasks, many will ask for an additional list from homeowners -- for example, cleaning blinds, tackling tough soap scum stains, or dealing with stained carpets.

Some professional house cleaners bring tools (vacuum, mop, dusters) with them, while others ask homeowners to provide what's necessary. Similarly, some bring their own cleaning products and others want homeowners to provide a set of products for their use.

Extra costs

If you want a particularly deep clean in an area, or require specific products to be used due to allergies or sensitivities, expect to pay more. Some cleaning companies will charge you up front and bring what's required, while others will ask you to have anything you want on hand when they arrive. If you want to them to use only eco-friendly cleaners from a specific brand or use a special type of duster, expect your costs to go up.

Hiring a professional house cleaner means you can expect to pay between $80 and $150 for each visit. Your money covers basic services such as vacuuming, dusting, bathroom and kitchen cleaning. Both companies and individual cleaners can offer solid value for your money; which you choose depends largely on your preference and comfort level.


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how much would you charge if you were hired as a housecleaner to clean a 5 bedroom 3 bathroom house with living room dining room 2 kitchens a den and separate family room. And then they decided to use you as a gardener with a little landscaping.Llike lifting cinderblocks to put in a wheelbarrow to carry across the yard, weeding, raking, lifting 40lb bags of dirt, digging big wholes to plant bushes, and using a shovel to get dirt from an enormous heep to put in about 15 bags... also in the fall, raking leaves that fills about15 trash bags, at least. The front, side and back yard is huge! Usually its inside or outside. But sometimes its half and half. I get 50 a day once a week. for 7 hours of work.

I came here to find going rate for housekeeping because I asked a co worker if she could do the job so my family has more free time together instead of spending all day cleaning. We plan to clean but just need someone to so that extra and maintain between the times we are able to do it. You all lost me at teachers. Whats that have to do with it? Anyways, is $50 a fair price to have her mop.kitchen and living areas, vacuum, clean bathroom and kitchen? I think it will take about 3 hours to do the job...and I would probably havr her come twice a month at $50 a visit

I was paying house cleaners $20 per hour. Plus $10 for transportation. Now this year I started paying $30 per hour since she does laundry and folding. And I Still add the $10 transportation. If I need extra items like boxes moved and taken to store in garage then I just tip $20 for effort. Considering she is bringing all of her supplies. I'm in the SF Bay Area. She Comes biweekly so my home is well maintained so she doesn't have to spend many hours when she comes back.

I have owned a cleaning company for 4 years. I currently charge $17-$25 per labor hour. I feel that is reasonable. I am insured and bonded. I bring all my own chemicals and equipment. I do believe I charge appropriately. I am trustworthy and so are the 2 people that work with me. I prefer to clean when noone is home because it is not as stressful. I play music while we clean. I am ex-military, so believe me I know how to clean!! I am dependable. I have lots of references from clients I have had for years. At times we get slack and may miss things, I have asked clients to tell me if we are not doing what they expect. Normally. I do a walk thru with clients so we both know what is expected. Cleaning is NOT unskilled labor. Not just anyone knows how to clean, I mean truly clean. People have antiques which must be treated with care, pictures which are heirlooms, televisions with special screens, I have clients with children and pets which make it that much more difficult, especially if the pets pee and poop in the house. Also to be considered, if you or your children are sick, we are at risk of getting sick. The gross things we run into just amazes me. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE what I do!! The pride I feel when I can make someone's house shine is incomparable to anything else I have ever done. But it is definitely worth much more than minimum wage. Cleaning, at best, is the absolute most difficult (physically) job I have ever done. If you are in happy with your housekeeper, tell them what the problem is, they may not even know they aren't doing what you want. When it comes to cleaning refrigerators and ovens that is a totally separate charge, as is windows. Just thought I would put my two cents in....

The fair pay would be $30 an hour for professional cleaning and $20 for individual. But again this all depends on everything they do and how well they do it.

Fifty dollars was the cost for cleaning a one-bedroom apartment, in 1990, in Arlington, Texas.

I have read all 3 pages on this subject. I am wondering, for those bosses out there that want a basic clean, kitchen, bathrooms, dusting and vacuuming and linens, how do you do this in less time after knowing your house. besides searching for light switches and electrical outlets, if the things you want done take x amount of time, how do you think they will be able to do the same things in less time after cleaning for you for a while? are you leaving your home cleaner for them? I work by the hour, $20. if it takes me 20 minutes to change your linens one week, it is going to take me 20 minutes to change your linens the next time too. if it takes less time, you are getting shortcuts. and to the cleaners that posted here, how do you do a 3 br, 3 bath in 2.5 hours, something is not getting done???

I suggest bring some extra hands (with experience) no friends, up your charge because is really low and make a better cleaning plan better. 3 Person can make a house like you said in 2.5hours without shortcut.

The reason why you can clean a house faster after a few times is because if they have set up multiple cleanings of at least once a week the house is not as dirty as the first time, also the cleaner realizes of what places are more used than others and in a base cleaning usually what has to be cleaned is what you will use more, as well as if the owner had a wild party last night and he did not want to clean it will take more time to the housekeeper to clean it, and if happens to be a really big mess that will take 1 hour more than the usual the price of that hour will be more expensive than the regular hours, but that is why is a good reason to do business with company, the company cannot afford to lose that hour even if you are going to pay, because it has more houses to clean, and a delay can mean a customer gone, to avoid going over the expected time the company will put as many cleaners as they believe to speed up that cleaning, also the mood of the cleaners have a lot to do to when cleaning, if they are not in optimal conditions or too tired it will take longer for them to finish a house or an apartment.

I have...and can continue to underbid every poster on here, no lie. And my work is uncompromised and my refs are great. Look for me in the CL services-offered section in one of our south/central states and grab me up while you can. This blog was an eye opener and I will probably soon have more work than I can handle from now on, so get in while the getting's good. Whew!

wow I am really disgusted to hear the way people view cleaners...I have been a cleaner for a total of around 15 yrs. in my life & have seen a lot of bs. been treated like a slave..ripped off my pay..people downsizing my hrs...no respect..etc. Us cleaners work super hard..at least I do. And yes..it is an art. I make $25/hr. residential...$30/hr. offices or cleanouts/move-ins...& I am thinking on increasing that rate as I am just NOT making enough when everything else just keeps going up. I never have enough money set aside for if I get sick...and feel like a hamster on a wheel. I love my job, but finding good clients who appreciate you, give tips or bonuses at Xmas, etc...are hard to find. I work my butt off, I am totally dependable, trustworthy, flexible when people cancel or want to change times, etc...I appreciate some show of my value to the client as I show them. We work damn hard for the $...it is a physical job. Not some desk job or something. We sweat & scrub...like men. Because it is a job a lot of people don't have time for...can't do...or just don't want to do. I wish I could afford a cleaner to clean MY house. As it is ME & MY KIDS who do ours & quite frankly..I am tired & could really just use a break. Increasing my rates... ;)

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If I make $15 per hour in an office, why would I pay a house cleaner more than that? House cleaning is unskilled labor and it does not take a rocket scientist to do it. What do you think you would you get paid working for Home Depot or some other company?

People want you to work your a-- off for nothing. When you find an excellent client, keep them happy as they keep you! I very much appreciate customers who pay me what I ask for! There are some good people, when you find each other, stick with them. I make $20. 00 an hour. To the lady above- you deserve what you get paid!!!

People want to pay you crap for all this work and don't even THINK about how much it costs for the gas to get there... the cleaning supplies.....the taxes that I have to pay every year ( I owe 800 a year) which I NEVER make enough to pay for...and all the physical demands it puts on my knees and back. Has anyone EVER thought about that??? If someone only pays me a measly $60, I have to take out $ for cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, & gas...what am I left with?b Has anyone EVER said to their house cleaner "You deserve a massage certificate:)" NO they don't & they SHOULD do that for their house cleaners because It IS hard work! If I had a house cleaner, believe me...I would pay that women ALOT of money and give her a massage certificate EVERY week because I KNOW how hard it is. I'm going to school now and CANT WAIT till the day I finish so I don't have to put up with anymore BS. I'm going through the SAME thing as you! You know what's funny? There's ALOT of people out there that don't even KNOW that they are suppose to pay their house cleaners at Christmas the same amount they normally pay her . So if you pay her $80 your SUPPOSE to pay her $80 as a gift to show appreciation. You don't have to give her crap but it's saying "Thank you for all the work you did EVERY 2 weeks for a year". I work hard and do a GOOD job. Sometimes I only have 1 house a day. Who could live off of 50 bucks a day? Or $60 for that matter? We really do work hard for basically nothing. The only ones that benefits is the person your cleaning for. It's true....

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well said because i clean houses and ppl always want to cheat me out of money they want me to go even lower on prices when i do a very very good job its crazy they dont think about how hard it is yes they do nd to think the gas we waste to get there bonuses i even think i deserve more because all my cleanning is deep cleaning

Its an art to clean my toilets?

So many ppl believe toilets are gross and will not wear rubber gloves and get inside, up under the rim, disinfecting by hand the entire base, around the seal at the bottom and the floor behind and on sides of toilet! We must use rust remover for calcium build-up when ppl dont flush everytime. We must dry the seat and lid to prevent damage and sitting on wet seat. Sometimes an old toothbrush is required to clean the seal at the bottom of toilet due to boys urine. Truly, this is an art and labor of love and service! We are professionals who love what we do and are in service to others. I always remember that my clients pay $40 hr. to have the leaves blown out from behind their bushes and never complain once. After 20 yrs. I only bid on new houses for families that truly value my service. I am interviewing them as much as they are me, lol! Nobody will pay you more than you value yourself.

I am with Carolyn , that is the way clients view our jobs. We are also like nurses and clean up very dirty bathrooms as people do not realize what they do not want to touch , we do ! They should pay a high rate as we deserve it! We work hard for it.

Our cleaning lady is paid 30.00 per hour, 5 hours , every two weeks. She comes on time, works hard, great personality, rides the city bus for an hour each way, hands and knees on kitchen and bathroom floors, does silver, washes appliances very carefully, bathrooms spotless. Worked for our neighbor, a doctor for 20 years. We think she's one of the nicest people we know. Part of the family. Bonus at Christmas.

Jimmy Cooper, you are awesome!

I just turned 70 and have been cleaning my home (married with three children) since I was 22 whether I worked outside the home or not. I just hate cleaning and have decided to do something about it. I used to be so immaculate and now it seems like such a waste of time. Now to fine someone.

What should I pay my cleaners for a "deep clean" and what does it cover? What is the normal price for cleaning a fridge? What would be a normal price for 5 windows and a slider?

I'm not sure what "normal" rates are for a house cleaner to do windows, but I just paid a window company $12.50 per window. They cleaned inside/outside and did a wonderful job. I was told by one cleaning company if I wanted them to do windows, they'd just hire this same window cleaning company and charge me a surcharge. They said the window cleaning company's rates couldn't be beat by anyone else. I was already aware this window company cleaned the windows at my company and other large employers in my city so knew they were trustworthy.

I placed an ad for an "affordable" house cleaner and got many replies, but the funniest one was the "resume" that described basically 9 kinds of dusting and wiping surfaces for $25 an hour. I was thinking "gee I want YOUR job". When I have a cleaning person in, we're talking multiple loads of laundry, oven cleaning, heavy duty fridge cleaning, bedding changed, slipcovers changed, closets cleaned, probably a sink full of dishes and much sorting out to thrift. Dusting and wiping surfaces for $25? not in this economy, not ever. I never use an agency, why pay 3 people when you can pay 1?

I hired a housekeeper/errand person for $10/hr. Had several interviews..... checked backgrounds/ hired. I have a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home, they take care of basement and garage as well as my pets. I am not a slave driver, but they know what is expected of them. I take to lunch, give bonus, and let them know they are appreciated I am handicapped on a limited income. and cannot pay any more,......I did housekeeping before too, NEVER got more than $10/hr without benefits either. She is happy to have the job. Oh yes, its under the table too......my $10 was not!!!! Unless heavy duty cleaning, nobody around here gets paid that kind of money. This does not say what area you are in, but here in New England you would not make anywhere near that unless you were in a really fluent neighborhood in the city.

Those who think cleaners are hired because the person is lazy are very ignorant.

Not unless someone is terminally ill or has some kind of disability, mobility problem, that limits her/him to do housework, then that individual is INDEED lazy! Think about it!

I run my husband's business from home, I do clerical work 3 days a week for the red cross on volunteer basis, I do yoga 5 days, I work part time for insurance & I run the household. My husband is the biggest slob in the world. My dogs have accidents in the laundry room & moving the appliances is difficult. I need bimonthly assistance!! I'm not lazy!!!

Seriously! There are many reasons a person might hire a house cleaner besides being disabled or lazy. Maybe they just have other priorities like working a 60 hr/week job or taking care of a loved one or just spending time with family. Maybe they just hate to clean and make enough money to pay somebody else to do it. That doesn't make them lazy. That's like saying if you hire a plumber you're lazy because you could do it yourself or if you take you car to a mechanic to change to oil you're lazy or taking your car to a car wash or any other service that people provide that you could do yourself. Heck, that's like saying if you cook your food in a microwave you're lazy because you could make everything from scratch. Sometimes it's just a matter of priorities and unless you're a stay-at-home parent/spouse, cleaning is a big burden when you're trying to do other things. Cleaning your own things is apparently important to you, but other people have different priorities.

There is a big difference in doing plumbing or car work and cleaning. You have to have the correct tools and knowledge for any of those. The tools for plumbing and car work are very expensive for a one time thing even if you have the know how. Cleaning supplies are cheap and can be made yourself with something as simple as vinegar or bleach. And everyone has the knowledge to clean, even my 5 year old can sweep and wipe a counter down, it takes years of learning to properly do the other things you are talking about. If you can't take the few minutes to wipe things down and sweep up or vacuum that is lazy.

You are sooooo right! my neighbor has recently got laid off, she is looking to clean houses for cash under the table. I work 60 hr a week and commute 10 hr a week soooo 70 hr a week every week I am too exausted to dust. I vaccume, do dishes, laundry, light bathroom cleaning, but shoot, I would rather pay her, and give myself a break at the same time!! win win in my book!! Not lazy, exausted!!!

There are many reasons people hire cleaners aside from being disabled or lazy-- a better job done, more time to spend on priorities and better yet to provides cleaners with a job, which falls back into helping our economy.

This article is really helpful to me at this point in my life. I am 60 and currently undergoing cancer treatment, and feel like sleeping all the time. I don't have the energy to keep up with housework as I would like. I thought I should hire someone to do occasional housecleaning for me. I'd just like my house to be presentable when visitors stop by, but also the occasional big job like cleaning the refrigerator or the lanai. I really had no idea what it would cost, but this article and many of the responses have given me a lot of information. Thank you!

I clicked to find a once a week cleaner since I hurt my back. After reading the posts, I want to tell you I've been a teacher with multiple degrees and after 40 years I don't earn $25-35 an hour BEFORE taxes for an "official" 8 hour day (I have to work more unpaid hours to get everything done, as well as pay and take training every year to stay certified) and I only get paid 190 days a year! I have NO income during the summer. The dirt will have to pile up.

Perhaps you should consider cleaning homes for a living rather than teaching since teaching does not pay you what you deserve! I do not know of any areas in the country where teachers make less than a starting wage of $33,000 a year for elementary education teaching and that with benefits, including retirement and health insurance, that package does not round out well into the $50,000 range so perhaps a move would be in order? Many states have laws that require all teachers and government employees wages be posted so it would be easy for you to determine that. House cleaners who report income (yes, you can ask for proof), have business expenses. The biggest one will more than likely be their self employment tax at 15.3 percent of their monetary intake before deductions. Automobile expenses are also higher because they will pay commercial liability and gas expense to travel between jobs whereas many people land at a job and stay there all day. Other expenses will be cost of replacing equipment, insurance, licensing, bonding, cleaning chemicals, gloves and cleaning cloths and the washing and drying of those, a minimum of one load per day. The home cleaner does not technically get paid to shop for supplies, wash and dry rags and the ten-15 minutes each visit to load and unload supplies. Based on $25.00 an hour, a legitimate home cleaner will pay about $3.82 per hour in self employment tax, they will also have applicable social security and medicare taxes to pay, operating expenses take another $2.00 an hour. They usually cannot clean homes full time for more than 10-15 years before their bodies give out. They also do not have unemployment, health or other insurance and certainly no government pension. A prudent house cleaner will set aside a benefit package for themselves by setting aside $5.00 an hour so that they can cover unemployment and health care should they become ill or unable to continue working in the filed. Now if you hire an non reporting, under the table house cleaner, they keep everything and usually have very little business expenses! You then also contribute to the underground economy that negatively impacts all of us, especially we house cleaners that work within the law and choose to be contributors rather than free loaders. When you hire under the table house cleaners they don't pay taxes that support the schools many of their children or they themselves attend!

This is EXACTLY what I was trying to say in MY post. All people do is complain. And it true about bodies giving out. My knees got SO bad from cleaning for So many years that it hurts now when I walk down the stairs. I have NO medical insurance. I've been cleaning for 6 years now and my body just can't take it anymore. I'm starting to realize that my body and health are way more important than any amount of money!

Teachers work very hard for what they earn. I am not a teacher but my sister is and I have many friends that teach or used to. First of all, let's talk about the cost of an education. Most peole I know who went to college took out loans, so you have to repay the initial amount of the loan plus interest which can be substantial. Most teachers get an advanced degree which they have to pay for themselves, again taking out loans which incur interest rates. All teachers I know spends hundreds of dollars on school supplies that they pay for themselves. Many of my sisters' students don't have the basic supplies that are required and even though there are places to get free school supplies many people are too lazy. My sister, who teaches in a public school also pays for food that the kids can eat in the morning because there are many kids that come in without breakfast. She also has to pay for gas to go and get the supplies she needs as well food for her class. She spends many extra hours after school working grading papers, writing notes regarding school progress. She has to open her class in the beginning of the year and close it at the end, using her own cleaning products. She buys trinkets for kids who do their homework or meet a goal. She must attend professional development in the summers and pay for her own gas. Most of her expenses she can't deduct. She is expected to be more than a teacher, she must be a role model, and quasi parent to her students. She willl get a retirement but will not be eligible for SS even thought she worked various jobs paying SS in high school, through college and for years after college. If her husband dies she is not eligible for his SS but if she dies he is eligible for part of her retirement. There is also many things she does at home for school, such as planning events, buying small gifts for students at Christmas etc. With certain professions, you are paying for expertise and that has always been more valuable than labor.

Wow, "Seriously". Why have you got it in your crazy head that just because someone hires out a job, whether out of necessity, or just personal preference that they MUST be "lazy"? I am 52, I have used house cleaners both private and services on and off for about 22 years now. I started just after my first daughter was born and I wanted to concentrate on spending precious time with her. Until about 3 years ago when finances became a bit tighter I've almost always had someone come in and help "put us back together again". Three extremely busy and involved daughters made for a very hectic household. But It wasn't that I was "LAZY", I was ALWAYS on the move..constantly! Working, volunteering at two different schools, taking one or another to the doctor (or the vet whichever was needed) rushing a forgotten lunch or report up to school, dropping one girl at dance and going back to catch another's basketball game. and then swinging over to pick up the dancer and the third one at the library before heading home to fix a hot meal. SO... I wasn't LAZY, I just simply HATED to CLEAN. And as time went on I learned to become all right with that. I also hated to shovel snow and we have a VERY long driveway so call me lazy, but I hired that out to a boy in the neighborhood who had a plow on his truck. I hate to sew, so I buy my clothes, I hate to change the oil in my car (even though I know how) nut I usually take it in, then they can also check other stuff. I hate to watch TV in the bedroom, so we don't have TV's in the bedrooms. And I hate shopping for swimsuits, so I avoid that for as long as humanly possible Of course we all straighten up, make our beds and keep it fairly respectable, (there's usually a fairly good dust bunny party going on under my bed between house cleaners). I just decided that it was worth it to me to spend the money rather than do something I absolutely hated when I would rather be spending time hiking with my girls, or watching them in the dance studio, or working with the elderly at our senior assisted care center. Or even changing the litter box! I honestly don't mind that! So in these 20 odd years of having the "luxury'' of being lazy and not cleaning my own house... I've had all kinds of experiences. some not so good, and some outstanding. I've paid hourly, and I've paid by the job. My last housecleaner became my very best friend. She saw me through my divorce, She help me get my kids through it, she taught me how to do the bills and refinance my house, AND get ketchup stains out of a tutu! She Always had a funny story to tell. She started at $10/hr she was with me for 13 years and was at $20/hr plus a tip or more if it was a hard job (and often times I worked or organized right along with her) She became a part of our family and we became part of hers. It was only when money got a bit tight for each us and she had to take a full time job that I had to stop using her. SO for now I'm doing without and again NOT because I'm LAZY.. , I still hate it, but do what I can, but I have extremely arthritic knees, fibromyalgia, which cause great pain in my shoulders hips and ankles, I have severe migraines causing nausea and vomiting at least 6 or seven days out of every month and I my last blood work came back showing extreme anemia. So it's a "controlled sort of messy." But..we're ok with that. I asked my own mother several years ago if our house was as messy as mine when I was growing up. She raised my 3 brothers and I as a single mother, so I just assumed it HAD to have been! She said, "Well Susan, you kids didn't have as many things as kids have today, and our house wasn't as big as houses are, and you had to play outside a lot more..but even though I didn't like cleaning I did the best that I could". Funny, when I close my eyes and try to picture our house back then and try to remember ..dirty, clean, messy, tidy? I have absolutely NO recollection, all I know was it was fun it was happy and healthy and safe. And you know..that's all that mattered to me. So "SERIOUSLY" who cares if you clean your own house or not, or wash your own car, or use Peapod, or have a private wardrobe stylist for that matter.. IT'S YOUR LIFE...LIVE IT DOING WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO!

@Susan-- Your first, and biggest, mistake is a glaring one. YOU DON'T OWE ANYBODY AN EXPLANATION OR APOLOGY FOR WHAT YOU DO--especially when it comes down to spending time with your family!! You sound like a wonderful mother and wife, and you don't have to justify yourself (especially to a bunch of anonymous people on a message board! I say: hire your cleaner, go outside and fly kites and catch fireflies with your kiddoes! They (and you) deserve it!!

I have many, many talents, but house cleaning is not one of them. There is nothing " snooty" about asking for help when you know you need it. Working 2 jobs for 40 years to make it- I am more than willing to budget house cleaning - just like insurance, car repairs, groceries, pre cooked meals when I worked 10 hours and have be out of the house 12-- dry cleaning. Can't do most of those- so you pay for the services. Keeps the economy going and money in someone elses pocket. Most young folks spend that much in Starbucks coffee in a week.

In the time it took you to write your comment you could have cleaned under that bed and done a few sit-ups. Yea, tuff to pay someone to do your own sit-ups! But cleaning is alot like situps, do it and you'll feel just a little better about yourself.

But then she paid someone for doing something she did not have time for or maybe simply did not want to do. No problem, she's helping the economy by paying people for their services. Now that person can buy some things that she/he needs or wants, see how that works? That probably makes them both feel pretty good. It would me....

She likes to write hates to clean. The letter sounded like me writing it with the medical. I love to clean my house. But can't reach up high to do,mirrors,sliders,walls,cupboards or some weeks a clean at all. I would love to hire a house cleaner. Felt so good for a couple days . I was thinking yaaaa well today is a different story. But I did scrub the kitchen floor,entry, cleaned a couple carpets. I want pull everything out of thefrig. But have to wait till my next good days.

Ive had someone come to my house to clean for several years now. I have always paid her $10 an hour. BUT, she gets lots and lots of extras, like yard sale and estate sale items, cosmetics, clothing, etc. She often brings her sister or daughter and they work and receive $10 an hour too. She even helped me move...helped me pack and move boxes. She helps me with whatever I ask her to do, including cleaning the carpeting and sofa. She even has washed my car. The best part is, she has her own car and drives to my residence; I dont have to drive her anywhere. Judging from the other posts, I guess I have a good deal.

You have a PHENOMENAL deal!!!! You need to give that good woman a raise. I can't believe you think it's okay to gouge her because she gets first pick at your yard sale items. Shame on you!

I have had the sweetest, most reliable house cleaner for nearly 3 years. She comes by herself almost all the time with the exception of occasionally bringing her 18 yr. old daughter or 13 yr. old son. I only give her an additional $10-$20 because I never know when they are coming and frankly, they aren't all that much of a help, quality-wise. What I need to bring to her attention is the tile floors after they are mopped. They LOOK clean, but I've taken a wet white paper towel after she's left and wiped over them and they are never clean. I realize I have quite a lot of tile but shouldn't it be pretty clean right after mopping? Also, she uses a swivel duster on all wood surfaces (I supply them; found a cheap place online that still sells the double sided yellow ones!) but would like to have a wood cleaner used every few months. And one other thing: When I vacuum my house, I have to empty the dust bin at least twice. When she vacuums, it's not full after she's done the whole house. She just gives it a quick, once over pass. I just can't stand the idea of hurting her feelings, she is so good to me and I think reasonable, $110 for 4-5 hours of work once a month, 2000 sf.house with two heavy shedding cats! She has a 45 minute drive in heavy traffic to come out to our house. This is the first time in my life being able to afford a house cleaner. I'm 62 and have fibromyalgia and it has been a godsend to me! Am I expecting too much?

you should tell her - i would want to know - AND - you are not paying her enough, so it'll work out perfect! give her some polite criticism and give her a raise! you should be paying her $25 an hour (but not expecting her to stay for a max time). sounds like she has a pretty good drive, too! good luck!

i own a cleaning company and she is doing you a favor driving that far. but you can ask her to try different things on the tile floor--i myself get on my hands and knees to clean the floors and i am 54 years old. i do not like a mop. i would also say i like the dusters but i think maybe we could spray a little polish on this time.

I appreciate this article and the responses whether pro or con about cleaning professionals. Yes, I do consider them professionals. Like any professional, some do exceptional work and others just slide by. All people should receive a fair wage/salary for their work. When we have parts of our homes remodeled for mucho money, we pay it. We want our homes to be nicer/more functional for us and for those who come to see us. Many will refinance or acquire loans to pay for the remodeling whether it is a necessity or cosmetic. Cleaning a home is no different. They offer a service that we need/want. I feel we should all “step outside of the box” and look at the whole situation…..“put ourselves in their shoes”. I am 66 and grew up during a time when we didn’t have washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, disposable diapers and the other conveniences we have today. We are truly blessed. I started off life with a nanny/housekeeper. When I was born (3rd child), Mom really needed help. We were not wealthy, but my father had an exceptional salary and a job that required him to do his work and entertain clients…..not always at home to help Mom. My parents had four children in six years. She needed help in the home as she helped my father entertain his clients, take care of us and maintain the home. Can you image having that many children so close together and cooking three meals a day with no frozen dinners, fast food businesses, or boxed mixes, having to wash diapers, go to the washateria that had huge galvanized tubs, hanging clothes on the line 365 days a year, no permanent press fabrics so everything had to be ironed, and other chores all done manually……not by a machine? Our first nanny/housekeeper was with us 3.5 years, and she became part of our family. She worked Monday-Friday. We moved and had to have a new nanny/housekeeper. She lived with us for 1.5 years. My point is: even though things are very different from one generation to another, some of us need help in our homes with our children and cleaning. When our children are pre-school, and we work outside the home, don’t we look for the best person to take care of our kids? Some are fortunate to have relatives help them while others have to choose other options. As for us, we wanted the very best for our daughter as we both worked outside the home……secondary teachers. We were thrilled to pay our daughter’s babysitter for the love and exceptional care. Her family was our daughter’s second family. Our daughter would ask us if we needed to go dancing so she could go spend the night with Margo and her family…..genuine love. At times, Margo would call us and ask if our daughter could come and spend the night; we needed to go out and do something. Was Margo worthy of the fee we paid her? You betcha! Is your cleaning person worthy of their fee? If they are exceptional, you betcha. For me, exceptional means they do their job well, cooperate and listen to their employer, and bring good vibes into the work environment. When I was looking for a cleaning professional, my sister told me about a woman she knew personally and had worked in the same school as my sister…..who is a teacher. I called the lady, and we discussed her fee plus her duties. When she told me her fee and she wanted to come every week instead of twice a month, I thought her fee was too much. I am retired and the thought of paying that much money for cleaning “blew my mind”. Her fee was $75 a day, and she would be there until the work was completed….part of a day or all day. She would clean the windows, appliances, wash and fold clothes plus the regular cleaning.....whatever I needed done. My sister told me she worked for several teachers and other professionals, and her work at school was exceptional; she had worked in the housekeeping department. My sister has been in her home and said it was spotless. I checked her references, and they said they couldn’t live without her. I think interviewing a person in their home, if possible, could be a good indicator of their skill level. Well, I was very foolish! I didn’t hire her. (I have Multiple Sclerosis and fatigue is part of the package. When fatigue strikes, my housekeeping duties suffer. I was diagnosed with MS in 2001, and I am still at the 1st level. No one knows I have MS unless I tell them.) Was $75 a day too much to pay her for at least 8 hours a day? NO! My reasoning for not hiring her is I am a widow and live alone. I didn’t think I needed her every week…..$300 monthly. I must say, though, her help would have relieved some stress, and my house would have been pristine like I like it. All of us have to evaluate our financial situation and determine if some services are worth the fees. If you can afford it and want to have more quality time with those you love/ like and relieve some of the daily stress, an exceptional cleaning professional is priceless.

I have been cleaning residential homes for 18 years now. I originally charged by the hour but changed that soon after starting. I charge by the job. When I see your home for the first time I tell potential clients that its sort of an interview for each of us. I want a good fit for both of us and if either feel that its not quite right we let each other know. I charge most clients $65 per scheduled cleaning day. I usually spend 2.5 to 3.5 hours cleaning the average 3 bedroom home with 2 baths and kids and pets. If after a few months I find it takes longer or less time we can renegotiate pay. I only clean homes bi-monthly. No one gets 1x a week and I currently have 16 clients. I NEVER work on weekends or Mondays. I love my job! I change the sheets if they have stripped the beds and clean bedding is waiting. I will wash dishes and wipe out microwaves but no ovens or fridges unless you pay extra since they take extra time. I dont do windows...heck I hire someone to do mine! I tell clients to leave an empty laundry basket out so if I have things to pick up I just toss into the laundry basket. I am there to clean your home not pick up after you and your children. My clients call me their domestic goddess and they love me.

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