There’s no better feeling than opening your door and finding your home sparkling clean. Hiring an excellent cleaning service can help your home and peace of mind. Most services will clean windows, mop floors, and dust shelves, but some go above and beyond, offering additional services. As for the price, cleaning services for residential customers vary depending on the extent of the cleaning and the need for any specialized services. This article will provide you with helpful information about cleaning services and their rates.
What to Expect
When you’re hiring a professional house cleaning service, always be sure to get several detailed quotes. On average, the price to hire cleaning services ranges between $90 and $150. The cost varies depending on several variables. Including the size of the residence, specific services needed, and frequency (many services will charge more for less frequent service). Cleaning services will often charge additional fees for windows, fireplaces, ovens, refrigerators, high shelves, and ceilings. Also, if your residence is outside the cleaning service’s regular area, they may charge you extra for travel. Be sure to ask about these factors and how they will contribute to the final cost.
House Cleaning Rates
On average, the hourly rate for cleaning services is between $25 and $90, depending on the condition and size of the home being cleaned. Single-family homes will cost between $120 and $150, window treatments $100 to $200, walls and ceilings $150 to $300, and furniture and upholstery will cost between $100 and $150. To make sure that you get a good deal, check out several different services and compare quotes. Some services might even provide package deals, seasonal rates, and other such discounts. To establish a baseline, here are some average prices for commonly offered cleaning services:
If the cleaning service or individual you hire is being paid on an hourly basis, rather than by square footage, that will affect several factors that contribute to the overall cost. For instance, are you hiring an individual or a company, how often will they be cleaning, and how large is the area that you want to be cleaned. The average hourly rate for cleaning services in the US is between $25-45 per person per hour and between $50-90 per hour total.
How Rates are Determined
When a professional cleaning service is hired, they will charge either per square foot or per hour. If, for instance, you’re only having one room cleaned, it would be more efficient to charge by the hour. If you need your whole house cleaned, you’ll probably be charged by the square foot. Other factors that could affect the price include frequency, number of cleaners, pets, specialty cleaning, and the types of surfaces being cleaned. While it’s possible to negotiate the price with the cleaning service, be careful that you don’t purchase insufficient time for a quality cleaning.
Home Cleaning: How to Save Money
Here are some ways that you can save money on professional cleaning services.
Stay On Budget
Pick a service that can do everything you need at an appropriate price. Don’t merely go for the cheapest service or overpay for an expensive service. Do your research, read reviews and customer testimony so that you can find the service that best suits your needs.
Do Small-Scale Tasks Yourself
Little chores like taking out the trash or dusting can reduce the amount of time that the cleaning service needs to clean your residence, saving you some money.
Choose What’s Being Cleaned
Some areas of a house will usually need cleaning more than others, due to more significant amounts of traffic. You can pick and choose which areas of the house the service will clean, which helps to keep problem areas clean and reduce cost.
Provide Your Own Cleaning Supplies
Having your own supplies available will mean that you won’t be charged extra for the service’s supplies. It will also prevent issues if certain types of cleaner are incompatible with your home.
Choose Between an Individual and a Company
Individual cleaners differ from companies regarding cost, availability, and legality. An individual housekeeper can also provide help with laundry, childcare, and cooking, but won’t be able to provide a replacement if the housekeeper becomes unavailable. There can also be legal issues when you hire an individual, so it’s wise to protect yourself by contacting the IRS to get an employer ID, check that the individual can legally work in the United States, verify that your insurance will cover people working in your place of residence, and pay any other costs, like insurance, if the individual is being paid more than $1,700 a year. A company will have backups available if your regular cleaner is unavailable, and a team of people can be more thorough than an individual. But a company won’t provide service that’s as personalized and may be in a rush to get to their next house.
Other Kinds of Cleaning Service
Costs an average of $150. To extend the lifespan of your carpet, you’ll need to do some deep cleaning roughly every eighteen months. Steam cleaning is the most common method, although you can also have your carpet dry cleaned. Be sure to mark any problem areas, like pet stains, before the cleaners arrive. Also, be sure to remove anything fragile from the area. When hiring carpet cleaners, be sure to ask the following questions: How long have you been in business, should I move my furniture ahead of time, how will I be charged, are you certified, and what will the overall cost be.
Costs an average of $150. Having your chimney cleaned regularly can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires and having debris in your chimney can prevent you from using your fireplace. A chimney cleaning can create a lot of falling debris, so it’s recommended to cover up your floors and furniture. Also, be sure to remove any people and animals from the area, to prevent soot inhalation. When hiring chimney cleaners, be sure to ask the following questions: How long the cleaners have been in business, if they have a liability policy, and if they have any references from other clients.
Costs an average of $200-$400. Siding needs regular maintenance, especially after inclement weather. Using a power washer is the most effective way to clean siding, but they can cause damage if misused, so it’s best to hire a professional. A professional can also use extensions to reach higher areas. Be sure to close your windows and doors so that water isn’t sprayed into your home.
Costs an average of $200. Having your windows cleaned at least twice a year can keep your windows clear of grime or debris. Window cleaners charge based on the number of windows being cleaned, the equipment required, and any special circumstances present. Using standard cleaning supplies and cleaning your windows yourself can prevent buildups and save money on professional cleaners.
Roof and Gutter Cleaners
Costs an average of $150. Gutters and downspouts will naturally acquire debris, which can prevent moisture drainage and cause damage. And for many, getting up on a ladder and cleaning their gutters is not feasible. Professional gutter cleaners can get the job with minimal hassle and expense. They can also repair damage any damage that’s occurred to your gutters.
Vent and Duct Cleaners
Costs an average of $325. Ducts and vents are essential to the heating and cooling of a house, but they can become clogged with debris, which can mold and attract pests. Cleaning ducts require specialized and powerful vacuum cleaners, so it’s best to hire a professional. Professional duct cleaners charge based on the size of the home. You should be able to get an accurate quote by telling the cleaner the size of your house and HVAC system.
Cleaning services are a great way to save yourself some stress and free up your time. If you do your research, you’ll know precisely the kind of service you’ll need and how much it will cost. A professional and thorough home cleaning is well worth the cost.