How much does it really cost to hire a professional cleaner? According to home.costhelper.com a one-time cleaning of a 900 square foot home can cost anywhere from $74 to $200. If you ramp the service up to a bi-weekly cleaning of the same square footage which is about a 5 room apartment or house the cost will be between $149-$400. Keep in mind that these are only estimates. There are a lot of factors that go into what the final cost will be.
If you hire a professional cleaning service to come to your residential home here are some of the things that you should look for in that service.
Regular cleaning: What should I expect?
A Regular Cleaning (bi-weekly or weekly) depending on who you hire for a cleaning service.
- Scrubbing sinks
- Scrubbing floors
- Cleaning countertops
- Cleaning range hoods
- Toilets & sinks
- Wipe mirrors down
- Cleaning stove tops
- Dusting and polishing table tops
Tools and Supplies: Who’s responsible?
Most cleaning services will bring their own tools and cleaning supplies to the job site. Additional costs to any job will come up depending on what you are asking them to clean. For example, if you are asking the cleaning service to wash the windows, wipe the walls down, etc., these things are not included in a regular cleaning service. But you will want a complete cleaning done of your home once or twice a year.
What’s lurking in the fridge?
Do you have a refrigerator? I know it sounds silly, but this is one of those items that some customers think is included in the regular cleaning. It isn’t, so don’t be shocked when you find out that it is an extra charge to have them clean your refrigerator. What does it cost? It can depend on the service, but generally you can expect to pay an extra $20 to $40 to clean the fridge.
Blinds, Curtains and windows
Everyone loves a little privacy now and again especially when you have neighbors that are close by. How often do you clean those blinds? Over time they do collect dust and can start looking pretty unsightly in your home. This is another item on the cleaning list that is not normally included in the regular cleaning of your home. Blinds take up a tremendous amount of time to clean because you have to get into each little slat and clean it out. The price range on this can vary depending on how many you have to clean. Some companies will charge you $20 per each blind that you are asking them to clean, others just tack the total cost onto the bill.
Now that we have gone through some of the basics of what to expect from a professional cleaning service, start looking for a great local cleaning company. Here are some things to look for when you are shopping around.
- How long have them been in business?
- Ask for references of current customers (and contact them).
- Ask for insurance.
- Ask if they do background checks on their employees (better to be safe than sorry).
- Get an estimate and detailed list of what exactly they are going to do for you.