House Cleaning Prices
When you come to the conclusion that having someone come to clean your house is a great investment, your first question is probably "How much should I expect to pay?" When you research average house cleaning prices in your area online, you will come away with little concrete information and a range from less than $100 to more than $300.
While some places offer a specific rate, most ask you to call for an estimate. Why? What you pay is related to what you need and expect from a cleaning service. As you start making calls, there are a few questions you need to ask.
How are the services charged?
Some companies charge by the hour, while some charge per project. The will consider the number of rooms, how large they are, and the condition of your home.
How does the price compare to that charged by other companies?
You can compare the services offered in their basic packages to give you a clear idea.
What is included in the price?
Most companies have a standard package that includes specific services. Does the standard service package cover what you need?
Does the price include basic picking up and decluttering?
You are better off hanging up your clothes, going through your mail, and putting home and office items back in place, but some companies include some straightening up. Only you know where you want things, so taking the time to clear way paper clutter will allow the maids to focus on actual cleaning.
What type of equipment and supplies does the company use?
Do they specify brand names of products that they use? Do they use non-toxic green products or vacuums with HEPA filters remove allergens on the air and get your home cleaner than those who merely feather dust?
What will cost you more?
If you need more than what is included in the standard package, expect to pay a bit more. For example, if counters and furniture are covered with knickknacks, cosmetics, or other "clutter," services will typically factor in more if they have to remove these things, clean the surface, and put the items back in place. The same principle applies to moving furniture to clean under it. Some will charge extra for ceiling fans, top shelves, and baseboards.
Are you getting what you need?
Window washing is typically not included in regular service packages, but if your windows need weekly attention because you have small children or pets who leave prints on them, you can negotiate to include windows a part of your routine package. If you have floor to ceiling windows or a two-stored windowed foyer, make sure the company can accommodate you.
Prices for housecleaning vary, so getting estimates from a few competitors and looking carefully at their price list are the best way to determine your actual cost.