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What is the cost of a home cleaning?

sink full of dishes at home in need of a home cleanerThere are a variety of factors that go into the average cost of a home clean. We’ve cleaned homes across southeastern Wisconsin; every homeowner has a different cleaning list for their home cleaner. To complete that list, the extent of the deep clean varies as well; obviously, it takes longer to clean a large kitchen over a smaller, more compact room.

The best way to answer the question is work through a multi-step process. The first step is to decide what cleaning tasks need to be done in the home. A home cleaner can do any of the following tasks: laundry, floor cleaning, bathroom and kitchen deep cleans, carpet cleanings, seasonal cleaning (i.e. spring cleaning, washing windows), or a full-home deep clean. Make a list of cleaning tasks, document the estimated square footage of the room or home, and the frequency of the home cleaning (i.e. weekly, monthly, annually, etc.) This information is going to be needed when contacting a local home cleaning service.

The next step in determining the cost of home cleaning is to determine whether to hire an individual home cleaner or home cleaning service. There are pros and cons to each home cleaning option.

  • An individual home cleaner tends to cost less, but doesn’t always have the flexibility to meet the needs of a thriving home. A home cleaning service should be able to meet the set schedule, as well as any “emergency” cleanings that need to be completed (i.e. before a party or the holidays, after a mess, etc.)
  • When an individual home cleaner has an emergency, there are no back-ups. A home cleaning service has a team of flexible and experienced home cleaners available at request, and to cover scheduled cleanings when a cleaner is sick or another issue arises.
  • Not all individual cleaners carry insurance that can be invaluable to a homeowner in case of an issue while cleaning; home cleaning services typically do (this should be one of many questions asked when hiring a home cleaner).

The last step is contacting home cleaners and asking them a series of questions. These questions can be asked in-person or via message. Make sure you are clear on all prices; some home cleaners charge hourly while others charge per square foot. To ensure a satisfactory performance and experience, make your expectations clear and keep an open line of communication with the home cleaner or cleaning service.

How much does a home cleaner cost?

washing plates a daily chore that can be done by a home cleanerThe questions “how much does a home cleaner cost?” or “how much does it cost for a home cleaning?” has a lot of answers, largely because the total home cleaning cost depends the amount of cleaning you require or the total square footage of your home. Home cleaners can do as many—or as few—-cleaning jobs you request. In general, most home cleaners can:

  • Fold clothes,
  • Clean floors,
  • Bathroom clean-up,
  • Wash dishes,
  • Wipe down and clean a kitchen,
  • Clean and wax floors,
  • Carpet cleaning,
  • Wash windows,
  • Change sheets on beds,
  • Mop floors,
  • Deep cleaning (i.e. spring cleaning, appliances, etc.),
  • Vacuum

Any home cleaner can (or should be able to) do whatever you ask, and the total cost is dependent on 1) whether the cleaner charges based on square footage or hourly; 2) whether you hire a home cleaning service or individual; and 3) the frequency of the home cleaner’s visits (i.e. weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, as-needed, etc.).

There are advantages and disadvantages to hiring an individual home cleaner or home cleaning service, and the choice is completely up to you. In general, you should base your decision on these factors:

  • Proof of insurance. Whether you use an individual or a cleaning service, ask for proof of insurance just in case any items at your business are damaged. Every cleaning service should be able to provide proof, as this is a routine part of business. Not every individual home cleaner has insurance. Another difference between the two entities is accountability; it’s far easier to hold a cleaning service accountable in case of an accident or a problem than an individual.
  • How much you need regular cleanings. One of the disadvantages of hiring an individual to clean your house is the “just-in-case” scenarios. What do you do when your cleaner gets sick—or their kids get sick, or they have an emergency? What do you do if your cleaner goes on vacation for two weeks when you have your kids’ birthday party scheduled? A cleaning service has back-up cleaners available to come clean when those scenarios occur—back-up cleaners with the same training and experience.
  • Amount of cleaning needed. In general, cleaning services can offer more services than an individual cleaner. Individual cleaners also usually require a regular home cleaning schedule. Hiring a cleaning service gives you the flexibility to bring in cleaners when you need to do the cleaning tasks you need.
  • Schedules. Your home cleaner should be able to come when you need. Often, individual home cleaners have limited availability, while home cleaning services have multiple home cleaners on staff that can come on a schedule you request.
  • Budget. Typically, individual cleaners offer cheaper rates than cleaning services but don’t offer proof of insurance or a flexible schedule—two factors that can mitigate cost. To find out if a cleaning service is within your budget, contact a cleaning service for a free quote. They’ll help you find out if a home cleaner is within your budget, and all the perks of a clean and organized house.