Think a house cleaner is a luxury you can’t afford? Here’s the going rate for professional house cleaning services and what additional tasks may cost you.
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 when they hire a maid or cleaning company?
How much cleaning services charge
Professional house cleaners typically set house cleaning prices one of two ways: By hour, or by square foot. On average, hourly costs range from $25 to $45. 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.
The total charge also includes the number of people cleaning. For example, an average cleaning at Moving Ahead Cleaning, Willoughby, Ohio, is $180 for four hours for two team members. The per hour price drops to $30 an hour per person for subsequent cleanings, says marketing manager Heather Argenti. Spickety-Span in Sterling, Virginia, charges $69 an hour for a team of two for the first cleaning and a flat rate based on square footage and frequency for subsequent cleanings, says Yusuf Mehmetoglu, vice president of operations.
In addition, rates will differ based on how often you want pros to clean. Generally, the more times a house cleaner comes in a month, the lower the price 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.