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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Do house cleaners offer remote or virtual services?

House cleaning is generally done in person, but some may be willing to offer remote services. If you find a house cleaner’s profile that states they’re offering remote services, contact the pro to talk about your options. 

If you’d rather hire a house cleaner to clean your home when the pandemic is over, you may be able to book an appointment at a later date. Start by comparing local house cleaners in your area side-by-side.

Should I hire a move-out cleaning service or do it myself?

You may benefit from hiring a professional move-out cleaning service, depending on your budget, time frame and whether you will be getting a deposit back. Hiring a cleaning service takes the stress out of your move. But if you’ve had your house regularly deep-cleaned, or if your landlord will charge you for cleaning anyway, you can save costs by DIY-ing it.

How long does it take to clean a house professionally?

Generally, getting your house cleaned professionally can take several hours. The time it takes for house cleaners to complete their job depends on the size of your home, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you have, the type of service you require and the condition of your house. It also might depend on how many employees are cleaning and the supplies they are using. If you get recurring cleaning services, the first visit might take a bit longer than the subsequent visits. 

When choosing the best house cleaner for you, ask for an estimate about how long their services will take.

How much is a house cleaning?

The national average cost for house cleaning ranges between $25 and $50 per hour, per cleaner. However, the cost of house cleaning services near you might be different.

House cleaning prices vary based on how many square feet your home is, how dirty your house gets and how often the cleaning service comes. And, prices can be lower in areas with a lower cost of living, higher in big cities or affluent regions.

Some companies charge a set amount — such as 5 cents — per square foot, with a minimum amount, such as $100. You may save money by increasing the frequency of your house cleaning visits. Often a company will charge you less per cleaning when you schedule more cleanings per month. The cost advantage rewards your loyalty, and also reflects the fact that more frequent cleanings make it easier to maintain a high level of cleanliness in your home. A housecleaning service may charge more for the first visit or for one-time services than for recurring cleanings.

To learn more about the cost of house cleaning, visit our House Cleaning Cost Guide.

How much does it cost to deep clean a house?

Deep cleaning a house goes beyond the surface level to clear out the dust, grime and gunk that’s collecting on the fan blades, hiding in the blinds, and built up inside the refrigerator drawers. Deep cleaning of a home or apartment costs more than regular house cleaning because it takes more time, effort, and cleaning products. You may choose to have a deep cleaning once or several times a year in addition to your standard cleaning services. You may have a one-time deep cleaning to prepare for company or to clean after a house party. Companies may charge an hourly rate or a price per square foot, or may offer you a flat rate after they have visited your home and estimated work time. The national average house cleaning price is $110-$150, with rates ranging higher for deep-cleaning services. Here are some examples of how a company may calculate their deep-cleaning prices:

  • 10 cents per square foot (compared with 5 cents per square foot for standard house cleaning).
  • $300 for a 3,000-square-foot home.
  • $25 per hour per worker for deep-cleaning services.

What should I ask a house cleaner or maid before hiring them?

There are many questions to ask a cleaning service before you hire them to make sure they’re the right fit. These questions might include:

  • How much do you charge?
  • How do you set your prices -- per hour or per square foot? Or, do you charge a flat rate?
  • What is your past work experience? Can I see a list of references?
  • Are you accustomed to working with different home or apartment types and sizes?
  • Can you work with children or pets in the house?
  • What types of cleaning products do you use?
  • Do you bring your own cleaning supplies and products?
  • How often can you clean my home?
  • Is there anything you recommend I do (or don't do) to my home before you arrive?

For more tips on how to hire the best maid or house cleaning service, read our smart hiring guide.

What is included in a deep house cleaning vs. a basic house cleaning?

A basic house cleaning typically includes tasks like carpet cleaning, wiping countertops, taking out the trash, doing the laundry and washing dishes. A deep house cleaning is a much more involved process, where all aspects of the home are given full attention for a cleanout. In a deep house cleaning, the cleaners will wet-wipe everything from door frames to light switch plates, making sure to also clean walls, windows, air vents, ceiling fans, furniture and more.

How do I prepare for a house cleaner?

There are several things you can do in preparation for a house cleaning to improve the efficiency and quality of the job. If you’re unfamiliar with a cleaning service, hiding and locking away any obvious valuables lying around can offer great peace of mind.

Depending on the preference of the cleaner, you may need to lock up your pets before the cleaners arrive. Washing dishes and decluttering the house allows a house cleaner to do their job more effectively. And leaving special notes for the cleaners about certain areas in your home that need attention is also helpful.

Ask house cleaners near you about their tips to help you prepare for their services. 

How much should you tip maids or cleaning services?

Tipping between 15 and 20 percent is considered an appropriate tip for maids and house cleaners — just as it would with a barber, food delivery driver or taxi operator. During the holidays, you might want to consider tipping a bit more. 

It’s important to note that some housekeeping and maid services might include a tip within the service fee, which should be explained to you in the service contract. Talk to house cleaners in your area to find out what's included in their fees.

How often should you have your house cleaned?

The frequency you should have your house cleaned depends on several factors, and the best professional house cleaner can give you a rough estimate of costs so you can budget how often you need someone to clean your home. 

Daily house cleaning may be necessary if you have a home with a large number of bedrooms with young children and kids, although other homeowners may benefit from weekly house cleaning. A weekly cleaner can clean the bathroom, kitchen, do laundry, vacuum and mop. An occasional deep house cleaning is most beneficial for people who have recently renovated a home or are looking to do a spring clean. 

Reviews for Merced house cleaners
John P.
Very accommodating with excellent communication. House looks and smells clean!
Suzy Barajas Cleaning ServiceSuzy Barajas Cleaning Service
Amanda T.
Suzy and staff did an amazing deep clean of our 5 bedroom house! The bathrooms and floors looked amazing. They usually do a first deep clean and then maintain from there. They were quick to respond communicated very well. Would recommend for a constant clean of any size house.
Suzy Barajas Cleaning ServiceSuzy Barajas Cleaning Service
Linda M.
AV house cleaning was AWESOME! We really noticed how personable she was as well as professionally focused towards her work. She was very detailed. AV came fully prepared with the appropriate cleaning items to do her work. When I have the opportunity, I will refer others to AV house cleaning services! Also, her cleaning products are NOT ridiculously strong (this is a plus)! Thank you, AV🤗
AV house cleaningAV house cleaning
Lydia T.
My house has never been this clean! Suzy did a great job and is sweet, professional and thorough. I highly recommend her.
Suzy Barajas Cleaning ServiceSuzy Barajas Cleaning Service
Thumbtack Customer
Suzy is wonderful!! We just moved into the area into a house that required a LOT of rehabbing which brought along lots of construction dirt and debris. Suzy did an excellent job cleaning the house from top to bottom. I recommend her very highly and am glad to have her coming regularly to keep the house in tip top shape.
Suzy Barajas Cleaning ServiceSuzy Barajas Cleaning Service
Iysha D.
Fresh Start Cleaning were very good! Every time I contacted them I got a quick response, up front cost estimates for a deep vs move in/out cleaning and did an amazing job on a house that really needed a deep cleaning! The people that moved out left caked on calcium, grease and grim!
Fresh Start Cleaning ServicesFresh Start Cleaning Services
Chad M.
I contacted them for a very last minute cleaning (same day) and got a reply within minutes. They were at my house ten minutes later and did a spectacular job! Will be doing business again!
Fresh Start Cleaning ServicesFresh Start Cleaning Services
David C.
Suzy did a fantastic job cleaning my house. It had been a long time since the last time it had been cleaned, so it was really dirty. The bathrooms sparkle again, as does the kitchen. They came at the agree upon time. Based on this I will have them return on a regular bi-weekly time schedule.
Suzy Barajas Cleaning ServiceSuzy Barajas Cleaning Service
Denise P.
Work quality was good but the price for a 2-hour, 2-person deep cleaning for a single-residence home was more expensive than expected ($195) and what I have previously paid for house keeping companies in Los Angeles.
Suzy Barajas Cleaning ServiceSuzy Barajas Cleaning Service
David L.
I have had the pleasure of working with Suzy to clean my house and I have been extremely pleased with her services. She is very kind and respectful, always taking the time to ask questions and ensure that she is doing the job to my satisfaction. She is also very professional and detail oriented, making sure that my home is left clean and tidy. I highly recommend Suzy for any housekeeping needs as I am sure you will be as satisfied as I am.
Suzy Barajas Cleaning ServiceSuzy Barajas Cleaning Service
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