How much does it cost to hire a house cleaner?

Most house cleaners do basic tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, toilet and shower cleaning, general kitchen cleaning and tidying up. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)

Most house cleaners do 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 hiring a professional house cleaner to help lower their stress and make their lives easier. But how much should house cleaning services cost, and exactly what are homeowners getting for their money?

How house cleaning services charge

Professional house cleaners typically set house cleaning prices 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 clean. Generally, the more times a cleaner comes in a month, the smaller the cost per visit, though this is often a matter of $5 or $10 per clean. Some cleaners offer a discount if homeowners are willing to pay for multiple visits upfront, or if they sign a long-term contract.

Individual cleaners versus cleaning companies

It's also important to consider the distinction between individual cleaners and companies. Companies offer bonded, licensed employees but 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 send out at least two workers on any job and charge a minimum price no matter the size of your home.

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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 done 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.

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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 in house cleaning

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 charge you upfront and bring what's required, while others 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.


Editor's note: This is an updated version of a story originally posted on April 30, 2013.


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My mother and I have been a little cleaning team for about 3 years. We have learned many valuable lesson over this time period. If you underbid your jobs, you will hate cleaning for the client. If they are looking for a deal, run for the hills! The work can be grueling at times and if you are doing it while being underpaid and undervalued you it will eventually show in your work. There are plenty of great people to work for who have had house keepers in the past, and are used to paying for quality work. Treat these clients like gold! We go above and beyond without a second thought and there really isn't anything we wouldn't do to keep them happy. Money is great, but much more than that is how they treat us! We have kissed a lot of frogs, just as it sounds like you all have to find these great clients. They are out there mixed in with all the cheap people who expect the world for a pittance. Hopefully, as you meet the better clients in between, you can weed out the bad ones! I never consider any of the potential clients I meet as lazy, frankly, I think they are the smartest people ever! Everyone is so busy these days! Unless you absolutely love to clean, why would you waste your time on that when you could be doing something else! If they are secretly lazy, thank god because then we may have a chance to clean. I think the smartest clients are the one's that have their house cleaned before a party or when having out of town guests. Who wants to scramble around dusting, moping and scanning toilets inbetween frosting a birthday cake or puting a impromptu guest bedroom together? I never have that luxury but if I had the money, I'd be all over it. People worth cleaning for are those that know how hard it is and are willing to pay for good work and good people. You get what you pay for and what most cheapskate's fail to realize is you are paying for much more than just a cleaning...You are paying for security, reliability, flexibility, discretion, honesty and time you would have to give up to clean on your own. If you want to get off cheap, you are not really paying for someone to put your best interests first and giving an underpaid person no holds barred access to all of your most precious things, information, etc. you may be paying much more in the long run. I'm not saying that all those who are making way below what they should have malicious acts in mind, I'm just saying we are in your home and whether you realize it or not there is a level of vulnerability there. Pay your people to keep your best interests in the forefront at all times. You will get your money's worth with a soild house cleaner in ways you never expected and if not, do your homework and look for referrals there are great house cleaners out there!

First, I have to say that I usually just read posts and don't reply, but I feel obligated to say something to the people who are posting here that have no first hand knowledge of this job. If you have never walked a mile in a housekeeper's shoes, then don't you have no right to criticize or put them down for what they do, how much they charge or any other personal attack that has been posted to date. If you have never cleaned houses, then you have no point of reference for a logical and knowledgeable argument or rebuttal to any comment posted here. I have recently started cleaning houses to help make ends meet. This was not something I just decided to without "doing my homework." I "job shadowed" (aka. worked along beside) several different people in the field for several months before I made the choice and decision to enter into the business. I have to say, this is NOT a field for the weak, lazy or unknowledgeable! I have never been afraid of hard work, but honestly, I had NO IDEA how hard this would be. Because I DO have a frame a reference for argument, I will address some of the more uneducated comments posted here. 1. "...how about getting a real job?" Well, I can't think of a job that is more real than cleaning! (Actually, is there such a thing as a "non-real job?") Definition of the word "JOB:" "a piece of work, esp. a specific task done as part of the routine of one's occupation or for an agreed price; a post of employment; full-time or part-time position; anything a person is expected or obliged to do; a duty; responsibility; an affair, matter, occurrence; the execution or performance of a task..." (dictionary.com). CLEANING is a job and is as "real" as any other job out there. 2. This job is NOT for the "unskilled." Yes, I too, used to think "what is the big deal about dusting, cleaning, vacuuming, etc.?" There is truly an "art" to doing this job and doing it well. The "art" is all about the process. For example: when you dust a table, you just don't take everything off, dust the items, put them somewhere else, dust the table and then put the items back. You have to put everything back exactly where it was originally. It is not your house, so where is everything "supposed" to go? You have to dust an object, pick it up, dust under it and then immediately place it back. Also, the more you handle an object, the more likely you are to bump it or (heaven forbid) break it, so the less you handle it the better. Better to pick it up once and that is it. Also, just like all other businesses, time is money. You have to coordinate all your work so you are not wasting a minute at any time. Some of my homes require linen service, so I am washing and drying bed sheets while I am cleaning. There isn't time to "wait" for the laundry to finish like you can at your own home. Before you strip a bed set off, if it is made already, how do you know if someone has slept in it or not? Well, the "art" of folding the sheets a certain way at the top and the bottom will tell the "skilled" cleaner if someone has been in that bed or not. There is much more to the "art" of cleaning--too much to mention here, but at least you have some idea... 3. Some people have chosen this as a profession while others are in the field because of other circumstances that are not by choice. Obviously, some people have no choice; however, making "sweeping generalizations" about if people want to make more than minimum wage should be getting another job is simply morally wrong. If you are not willing to pay for a housekeeper/cleaner, then that is your choice. If you want a housekeeper/cleaner and can actually find someone of any worth for minimum wage willing to do this for you, then God bless both of you!! You--for trusting someone with ALL of your possessions for $7.25/hr and them--for needing money so desperately that they would put up with you for $7.25/hr! If you do find someone to work that cheaply for you, then you better check and make sure they are not pawning your things off to help make up the difference in wages! 4. You are simple not paying someone to clean for you. How hard have you worked to get where you are? To buy your possessions? Your home? The person that cleans your home has access to ALL, I repeat, ALL your possessions and has the keys to your "castle." Part of what you are paying for is TRUST. Not only are they taking care of EVERYTHING that you have worked so hard for, but they know EVERY ONE of your little dirty secrets that even your best friend probably doesn't even know. The unwitting public has NO IDEA what all the housekeeper/cleaner sees that they NEVER tell outside people about. Your house cleaner would never tell your friends and neighbors that the man in the house never hits the toilet and there is dried pee all around the floor and running down the sides of the toilet bowl. What about the family dog (that is so cute to all your friends) who pees or poops in the corner behind the chair where no one sees? What about the status/cleanliness of the sheets, walls, bed frame every time after you have sex? What about the paperwork/receipts for places, items, services and people that the other spouse/friends/neighbors/loved ones should not know about? (I will leave this up to your imagination and your own thoughts because yes, I've seen it). Not only does the housekeeper not TELL EVERYONE about these dirty secrets, but they ALSO CLEAN UP these messes and more! People who don't clean really have NO IDEA what the cleaner really does see. Trust me, we see and more know more about you than we really care to know, but are willing to come back and clean for you in spite of it. 5. Last but not least (because I could certainly go on and on), ever heard of the "golden rule?" If you don't want, can't afford or simply don't like housekeepers/cleaners, then don't hire us. We do this job because we care, and silly as it might seem, some of us actually enjoy doing it. Yes, it might seem like a job that anyone can do, but so does a great deal of other jobs out there. What is so "big" about running a company? Being a Day Trader? Doctor? Lawyer? Chimney sweep? Candle stick maker? Cashier? Hairdresser? Street sweeper? Well, there is plenty! Some require formal education and other require informal education; yet, NONE are without merit or worth and ALL occupations help to make our society work. Be respectful and remember "judge not, lest ye be judged." There is no job that does not entail some degree of knowledge and yes, there is an "art" to almost every job that there is. Just because the "status" of the job isn't in the upper echelon of society, doesn't mean that it is not worthy of respect and the right to EARN a fair pay for the job. If you have any job, then be thankful because you never know what tomorrow holds (and karma has a really bad way of coming back to bite you)--you might be wishing someone would be nice enough to pay you to clean up after them!

wow reading this comments here is a real eye opener I have run my domestic cleaning business now for over 14 years and it is growing to the point i have had to hire up to ten employees, its a skill worth a lot of money and the clients who pay and appreciate coming in to a clean tidy home, I see a lot of people I trial who have experience trained by so called old school cleaners who don't even vacuum or mop half the time because its clean enough so they can run away with the clients money thinking they don't notice well let me tell you they do and these are the people I take work away from, professional cleaners should be asking for minimum $30 per hour and up to 40 dollars an hour the amount of physical work required, the overheads of running a car to and from locations, the equipment maintenance, the amount of washing yes we wash mops and cloths every weekend and vacuum bags we work up to 8 hrs a day equivilent to a desk job would be a 14 hr day this is not a job for lazy people if you love it it is very rewarding and you reap the rewards if your smart, we work smarter now not harder there are a lot of things that make our job easier now days but you still need good old hard labour there are no magic chemicals that make things disappear you have to scrub sometimes, so please respect cleaners its still a job and someone has to do it. and yes we get great presents for our appreciation and bonuses at the end of the year and a holiday during christmas time.

Im currently working a full time job, I'm thinking about starting up a cleaning business with my two daughters,thanks for all the advice &comments in the cleaning world, I had no idea,about start up cost or how much to charge but to also make a profit at the end of the week thanks for all the information

I clean houses and offices and nail salons on the side to better my children's lives. It puts food on the table and a roof over their heads. I also clean for a a cleaning company as well. But, that just doesn't pay all the bills. Don't knock the house cleaners until you've tried it yourself. It's not as easy as you may think. It's a hard physical job. And until I started cleaning for a living I really didn't know what it was to clean until you had to do it professionally. I was doing it for years all wrong. There is a real technique to correctly clean. It is a skill! To all the cleaners, kudos to you and keep up the great work and keep it going. To all the haters, well obviously I don't need to emphasize to you what I think!

For everyone who is crying over how poorly treated housecleaners are, get over yourselves. I can think of hundreds of jobs which pay less than 25-35 an hour and are much more dangerous, skill demanding, and intuitively driven. If you CHOOSE cleaning as your profession, I think you should expect to make the same amount as other unskilled jobs. Minimum wage. "Oh! But I can't live on that little money, I'm entitled to more!" How about maybe getting a real job? I can see paying more for supplies and travel expenses...but that number should never go above $15 an hour. This is like going to Home Depot to pick up some hired hands for yard work....and each one of them expecting $35 an hour. I don't think so.

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Permalink, you should clean your own dirty house since you are so cheap.

For the inconsiderate person who posted "For everyone who is crying" (Kevin) I want to say that you have a sad outlook on life and people in general. Why is someone who cleans houses less than you? and should make less than you? It takes all jobs and hardworking people to keep a strong economy and the service industry up and running. My wife and I have a combined income of over 220,000.00, live in a 650,000 house that we own, have a good retirement and I would never say that someone doesn't deserve to earn a good wage. Remember, you may be one catastrophic diagnosis away from a terminal medical condition or a devastating blow financially. Get off your high horse and treat people the way the God would, with love, compassion and fairness. Why are they entitled if they are working hard. Entitlement should be a title left for people who are unwilling to work and laying around looking for handouts because they think everyone owes them something. You are right about one thing, people can't live on that little of money. You try it. Oh that's right, You're to good for that. You went to college or come from an affluent family. Me, I worked hard for everything I've ever earned, so I appreciate others who do the same.

Quite obviously, you haven't run a business your entire life. In fact, I'd be surprised if you did any honest work at all. Cleaning companies are a business, and EVERY business, whether they dig ditches or work on airplanes, MUST charge a certain amount to remain in business. A business has expenses, like electricity, phone, office rental, office equipment, Internet, cleaning supplies, company cars, fuel to get to your house, car maintenance, licensing costs, employees to pay, bookkeepers, etc. and the average expenses for a cleaning company can easily reach into the 10s of thousands of dollars each month (since they often use top-of-the-line industrial-strength cleaners and cleaning supplies, if their work is worth more than a grain of salt.) If companies don't charge enough, guess what - they don't stay around long because their debts will eventually drive them out of business.

I agree, im a nurse (LPN) and i dont even make $25-$35 pr hour, i only make $23.50, so I agree, it would be kinda silly to pay them more then I make, i think the prices should be more reasonable,

Yes, you get paid $23.50 per hour, but do you know how much is a really cost for your employer? I'm sure you cost your employer no less than $30 per hour. That means your employer pays you at least $30 per hour if not more. And how much your hospital or nursing home charges clients for your work per hour? $35 - $50 per hour. If your were self-employed and provided services to your nursing home or hospital you can easily charge them at least $40 per hour. No one pays a cleaner $23.50 on W-2 wages. They get paid $10-$13.50. So, be proud of you that you have a degree and you get paid $10 more than a cleaner.

I'm sure you sweat all day and never take breaks and rarely talk to your coworkers and never sit down too right? Also you pay for all your supplies while nursing and use your own car for work too right? Listen im not a house cleaner but I hired one and gladly pay her 25 an hour. I keep telling her she should raise her prices, 30-35 an hour is fair for a self employed cleaner. Let's not forget that a cleaner is also a business owner and has additional expenses associated to running a business Insurance, advertising, office supplies etc. I'm not attacking nurses or anyone else who decides to follow the 9 to 5 grind I did it for ten years before launching my own business and now make double to triple what I used to make and get more time off. I say take a chance and follow the american dream of business ownership you will never look back.

I could not believe what Kevin said about house cleaners. How arrogant! Believe it or not I have a Bachelors degree in education but also have the gift of organization. Choosing to have a cleaning business and be more available as a mother to my 5 children was a logical choice. I left for a little while and my customers said they would pay whatever to keep me. I work hard at blessing them so after they get out of work they can come home to a clean, organized and restful place and know they don't have to fit in cleaning their homes, nights or weekends but can enjoy their families. Any one that works hard deserves your respect.

I can not believe the response off Kevin. Housekeeping is bloody hard and not everyone can do it. (hence hiring in help) It is hard physical work I hate changing my bed sheets every week I get flustered especially after doing the bunk beds. Its a job were it is low paid and will never get much better but do you know what they are working and paying tax so that is a 'real' job. Make them feel appreciated by leaving a chocolate bar for them or a tip every once in a while and I know that will boost them by giving them much needed sugar and a thank you gift. I'm a private nanny and believe me it is hard work too yet people think how is that hard work??? Also look further that your nose have you seen what colleges charge for courses these days. People may not have the confidence to enrol back to a college due to issues that happened whilst at school. Or maybe just maybe they enjoy house keeping tasks. As a nanny I see ironing and tidying up as a break. Do not KNOCK people who work no matter what their profession. Everyone would like to/feel they deserve more money. Have you never asked your manager for a pay rise?

Dear Kevin,, I can sympathize with these women who are trying to offer a very needed service. You should try putting yourself in their shoes for one day, I'm sure you would not last.. Most women given the chance will work harder and longer and for not as much pay as 90% of men the out there.. I have seen this in my business.. You are obviously uneducated, sexist and of the typical attitude of men in this country today.. You need to grow up and realize that your opinions, as juvenile as they are, are of no consequence.. Further more, show your mother what you wrote and see if she agrees with your assessment of the situation... Bet your in for a serious awakening...

Cleaners can only charge what people are willing to pay. Cleaners often start with a low wage and raise their rates as their cleaning becomes more in demand because of their reputation. The same is true for landscapers and any service oriented businesses. Some landscapers do get $35 and hour (I had a friend who had a landscaping business who had elite clients and he charged a lot) but you won't find them at Home Depot.

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.

You are getting ripped off! Housekeeping is a luxury, not a right. I think you need to stand up for yourself, refuse the yard work, and get yourself a raise! You should be charging no less than $10.00 an hour. If I were cleaning the house you described (no yard work) I would charge at least $150.00. I have been a housekeeper for over 15 years and have been taken advantage of in the past, but I have learned not to let that happen anymore. I came to Angies list to look at what other charge because Iv been cleaning so long I think its time to charge more for my hard work, and i was shocked to see what you wrote. Your time and work is worth more that you think. If it were easy, they would be doing it themselves.

I do all of the above - i.e gardening, cleaning many bedrooms, toilets, and cook three meals a day! I am not a hired maid or cleaning service. I am the lady of the house....aka....the mother, the wife whatever else we are called. I never get paid. I have no retirement. I get no manicure, pedicure, no special treatment, I do it all for love and the belief that my family will take care of me when I get old. How much should I charge?

Uumh PS. Your comment has made me laugh. I have a family to and would love to stay at home and do all that stuff for them but not as fortunate as other.. I have to pay my share of the bills. But you know some people have the luxury to be a housewife witch is the best job in the world (even without pay). And btw I do all that stuff with a full time job boohoo.. :( (ps your pay is from the person who puts a roof over your head and pays the bills)

You're comparing owning fully half of your husband's assets (and all of them should he predecease you) being the main beneficiary of his Will, being able to decide whether or not you want to clean the tub or leave the laundry or go out to dinner instead of cooking for the family w/having to show up and do all of this for $7 an hour!!!! You have an extremely weak grasp of reality. And your martyr complex isn't gaining you any points w/your family - especially not w/your husband!!

She was HIRED to do this, in case you missed that statement. You choose to do those things - as any unemployed partner of a home should do. Your answer is completely irrelevant, as are much of the other responses that crowd bulletins with no logic. You aren't just going around cleaning, gardening, and cooking for every friend & stranger you encounter. However, if someone approached you with such a business offer WHAT WOULD YOU CHARGE THEM is the question.

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

Depending on what region of the country your live in, it should be about $25 per hour. You may pay as much as $50 + per hour in large cities. One thing to consider is that no one comes in to clean and simply mops and vacuums. To get a realistic idea of what you're asking cleaning staff to do, sit down and write an honest list of every task involved in cleaning any one room in your house. My cleaning people earn every single penny I pay them. They come once a week to clean the entire house. Oh, and I pay them to come when I'm traveling. And bonuses of one weeks extra pay for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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....

Tammy, I agree. This is not an unskilled job if done properly. I used to clean houses and buildings with my mom growing up. Now I do it on the side as a fundraiser for my church. You have to take into account, that you are asking someone else to come in and clean up your filth, after you and your family. You are paying for the luxury of not doing it yourself. Having a maid/housekeeper is seen as a status symbol...something you have to be well-to-do to have, yet you don't what to pay for it? How does that make sense. Its is appalling the things some people want you to do for just pennies. I think that $20/hour is a reasonable price depending on the tasks the client wants performed.

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... ;)

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?

you've obviously never cleaned houses for a living before if you think it's an unskilled labor. contrary to your belief not everyone can clean a house and clean it well. the more skilled you are at it the better you are at it the faster you are at it and the more you're WORTH

with all do respect if you have never worked as a house cleaner you will understand why they they charge more than 15 dollars an hour. you should try it, try cleaning someones else's house and let them pay you what you would pay a house cleaning lady. you will see how overwhelming it is after you finished cleaning their toilet dirty scrubs bathroom floors and thats not even half of what you would do. im just saying that it should be a fair cost.. if you would have to do the work, you would want to get paid fair for what you worked for.

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....

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.

I would like to congratulate you for taking such good care of your house cleaner..I retired 2 years ago and decided to work for a cleaning company who has many store cleaning contracts.I clean 2 days a week for 15.00 an hour for 5 hrs a day .I vacuum.,dust ,scrub floors.clean bathrooms ,clean lunch room.I have come to realize that while the company is making lots of cash.I am just getting by pay cheque to pay cheque.Its not the companies that do the work to fulfill the contracts but the workers.who physically exhausted and working their butts off for lousy pay and no benefits.Take real good care of her and she will look after you as well. .

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?

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