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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Well, let me make this short. My parent have a cleaning business and have been in the business for over 40 years now. They started with a handful of houses and now have over 250+ and all through word of mouth, incredible right??? I went a few times and I have to say, it wasn't an easy job that's for sure. My parents charged a flat rate which worked for them pretty well, neatless to say no customer ever complained about the price or the job. The groups where 2 women and one man, and has been that way ever since. The customers love my parents and my parents do as well. It's hard to find honest house keepers/cleaners - people leave many valuables around. My parents never had a problem with any of that and they work in great areas in CA ... Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Missions Hills, Oak Park, Mohalland Drive etc. my parents worked very hard and built a great company from nothing. Funny, my parents don't have to work anymore but they do sometimes.... Because they get bored :) love them!

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I've read as many posts here as I can, and frankly, enough to comment. With the things I'm about to say, it would be interesting to see who can guess which I am; The Housekeeper or The Employer. If you are a nurse of any kind and have hired a Housekeeper, stop and think. Is your idea of a Housekeeper merely dusting, vacuuming, doing kitchen duties, bathroom cleaning, etc? Or are they working right along side you in the medical field. If you have a good Housekeeper, they are making sure your toilets don't have any traces of feces for you to sit in. She is making sure you don't get food poisoning from your microwave that you use so much causing you violent emesis and a trip to the ER room for treatment while you wish to God you could either 1., have immediate relief or 2., could die on the spot because you're so ill. If you have a Housekeeper and are a Nurse, she's making sure you can walk barefoot across your floors without the risk of athlete's foot from the dirt, germs, built up grime, and possibly pet urine, vomit, or anything else your imagination can come up with. Let's move on to the "resting place", the room you sleep in. She makes sure your bedding is washed, dried, and back on your bed for you. Bed bugs aren't very likely to come lurking around with your Housekeeper's immaculate skills. Let's take a trip back to your kitchen. I know for a fact the Nurse had extensive training in how filthy your kitchen gets and the high risk of germs accumulating right on your kitchen counter, your faucets, your refrigerator door, and even in your door knobs. In fact the Nurse knows, or BETTER know the life span of Hepatitis and how its transmitted. Your Housekeeper is at a much higher risk of this than you are inside your home. In all actuality, the Nurse comes home day after day after day carrying contamination of every type out there, especially if that Nurse works in a hospital. Your Housekeeper scrubs up all your germs that you drag in just from the bottom of your shoes! Let's not look down or noises at the Housekeepers! How dare we judge the very people who are scraping off our garbage we drag in, or washing uniforms with possibly vomit from a patient on them or blood from another, or AIDS if they happen to work in that specialty! Don't any of you "professionals" DARE to undermine the Housekeepers for not choosing (in some cases) college! We/they are more educated then you can even fathom, and the reason you /we can't fathom it is because by going to college to become a Nurse, plenty of you /us acquired a lethal illness called "Snotty Rhino Syndrome" and can't see beyond the stuck-up-I'm-above" big nose that's gotten in the way. Now, someone needs to eat a slice of humble pie. In fact pack some in your lunch for the rest of the week while we're all at it. Who am I, the Nurse or the Housekeeper?

I have cleaned houses before.My mother and her friend both cleaned houses for years. It is very demanding on the body. It's hard work, and I hate to do it. That said, I do believe that housekeeping is unskilled labor. No specialized training or apprenticeship is required to obtain the skill. You just have to be hard working. I value housekeepers and feel that they contribute to the comfort and peace of many people. That said, I have a master's degree. I spent a great amount of time and money on my education. I also work a physically demanding job as a special needs teacher. I make $27.50 an hour. I pay my own travel expenses to work, and I pay for my student loans. I don't feel that cleaning a house warrants a $25/hr fee, especially if I'm providing the cleaning supplies.

Really? Being a teacher is a physically demanding as a maid? You've never cleaned a day in your life really have you? They make your life 1000 times easier. Just because they probably couldn't afford to go to school in the first place because they had families to support does not mean they simply don't deserve to make over minimum wage. It's unfortunate someone with that mentality is a teacher

I put myself through nursing school by house cleaning. I've done more than my fair share of hands-on dirty work, and I can guarantee you that more of it came from house cleaning than being a nurse. I love being an OR nurse and I don't mind the grueling shifts and the long hours because what I make an hour is fair fair for the job I perform and I get overtime. Your $20 an hour for cleaning? HAHAHAHA definitely not a fair rate. I would gladly pay a girl $35 to come into my house and clean it because 1. I am very busy and do not have very much off time and when I do, cleaning is the last thing on my mind 2. it is a TASKING and TRYING job. have some respect. Do not sit there and judge these women on their living because they're not "professionals." I'd like to see you do their job for one month and not break down from it because I simply don't think you could. I do not care if you are a business person in an office or an LPN, the skills that a good cleaner has calls for double what you make every time.

Thankyou for your comment ... I have been a cleaner for nearly 20 years and have to say I am one if the best in business... We are worth our wait in gold!

How much can you charge someone for a 4 floor townhome (city) that includes 4 bedrm 4 and half bathroom 3 living areas huge kitchen, huge stairways? Not by hour just a flat cost? Takes about 6 to 7 hours to clean?

I have read a few of these comments. I am trying to find a housecleaner and I am not having an easy time of it. I would like to pay 20 dollars an hour. I would like to have 4 hours of work. I am being told that 40 dollars an hour is the going rate. I do not live in a city, Iive in a very rural area and a poor state, so that is not the reason for the high amount. My last house cleaner wanted 40.00 per hour and decided to "give me a break because she liked me" and charged me 20.00 for 4 hours but ended up only being here 3 and I still paid her for 4 hours. Half of the time, my floors were not clean when I arrived home. I am a very nice person that works full time and raises a family that is very busy and would like to pay someone so we can have quality time as a family. But people want to be paid more than I get paid and I have a master's degree. I'm not being degrading and I really appreciate the help and the person that cleans for me, but I do not believe someone needs 45.00 an hour for this job. Am I being cheap paying 20.00 an hour? I don't think so.

I found your post and thought I'd give ya a good answer :) I clean for my friends and family. I do a really great job and I charge them 15 a hour which I always get more since I'm fast, good at what I do and always on time. I do charge them so little because they are family and I clean every week for them some times multiple days in a week. Now I charge 25 a hour if it's small jobs and the house has its own products and 35-45 a hour for bigger jobs such as base boards, cabinets any jobs that involve more scrubbing for non family and non close friends. I also would be charging for a deep cleaning that includes carpet cleaning spot cleaning etc. I offer lots more than just cleaning that is weed pulling, lifting organizing etc. that is usually a per day fee which is around 400 for the day which all is super cheap. I had the same rates when I lived in West Virginia and in California. So I personally think you got a great deal with the person that was nice and gave you a break people don't generally do that. I also have three little girls too feed and if I was getting 20 a hour only once a week you still pay taxes to the state and federal and so really your making under 20 if that's your hourly rate. If you don't want to pay much I'd look into a high school student looking for extra cash and pay them 20.00 hr your might get a clean house but at 20 and non family might be left with a half job. It's a job that uses a a lot of energy and time so you might only have two a day which one you feel worked out and I work 8 hours a day cleaning others houses then mine and have a regular job.

YES you are being CHEAP. For one thing by the time the person you are hosing by only paying $20 a hour to scrub your toilets pays the good old IRS, business insurance, gas, and cleaning supplies alone what's left?? Secondly housekeeping is hard work. You ever try it? Maybe don't be so lazy and cheap! Very degrading.

I fully agree. It's degrading. I clean large houses for a living and I hear these people complain about the price all the time. They have forgotten how hard it is to clean their own houses because we are there every single week. It is hard work and my back is paying the price. $25 to $35 an hour per person is a more than fair price.

Is it $25 per person Hourly or just $25 Per hour no matter how many girls go?I want to start my own house cleaning business anybody have any ideas at all or anyone willing to give me any ideas to get me started

Its per person per hour

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!

Love your comment...long!...but you covered everything.

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.

I like where you are going Kevin. I worked as a brick mason, in the heat and cold for 16 yrs and never made 25-35 per hour. I clean my own house for the own reason, can't pay for someone to clean my house for 35 per hour because they didn't get a education. I have dental techs that work for me now with education and not making that much. So the money will not be going to a housekeeper. KEEP IT CLEAN CHRIS

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.

Thank you for speaking up. Im about to start housekeeping. I havent read everyones posts or comments but yours was really nice. I think ppl in any field should be paid fairly and what theyre worth. If i were to slack off at a job it will be noticed and it would cost me. I do my best at everything. Thanks again for sticking up for house cleaners.

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???

Here's a tip, have your client put linens on the bed to save you time, it should take no more then 5 min to make a bed. Here's another tip. Don't wipe things down 10 times. Once should be enough, with the right amount of strength behind it. That should cut some time off for you.

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!

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