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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.

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.

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 do I choose the best house cleaning service?

When searching for the best house cleaning service near you, consider the depth of your cleaning needs, your budget and the size and condition of your home. Read reviews from verified customers of any cleaning service that you’re looking to hire. Also, check out the reviewers’ photos and do background checks on reviewers to ensure they’re not employed by established cleaning firms or maid agencies. 

When viewing house cleaners on Thumbtack, you might see a Top Pro badge. This indicates that the service is one of the most popular and highly-rated professionals using the platform.

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.

Reviews for Orinda house cleaners
Thumbtack Customer
Akilah and her assistant cleaned my large house very well. I highly recommend I Dream of Cleaning.
I Dream of Cleaning LLC.I Dream of Cleaning LLC.
Andy D.
Exceptional results. Throughly cleaned house for a move out inspection. 100% recommend to others. This is best cleaning experience I’ve had!
Dulce CostaDulce Costa
Claire D.
Cindy came super last minute which I really appreciated. Her team was so thorough and cleaned my house until it was spotless!! We’ve never gotten it professionally cleaned, and this was such an amazing first experience. Looking forward to enjoying our tidy house. Thank you so much :)
Cindy's Cleaning ServiceCindy's Cleaning Service
Nazy E.
After a busy few months (with houseguests for a month included) I needed a very deep cleaning of our house. I requested a quote from DM Professional Clean through Thumbtack. David , the owner, responded fast, gave me an easy quote, and told me they were available to do the cleaning on the date I requested. (I say, "easy quote" because he gave me a hard dollar amount instead of the annoying "need more information" that some other businesses give.) He told me he and his wife Mel would be cleaning the house. 
Hiring DM Professional Clean was super easy -- David was very clear with what was included/excluded, pricing, and expectations. He was super responsive and easy to book. Was not the cheapest quote we got, but based on other folks' reviews, we decided to spend the extra money & it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! I can tell David is organized, and he responds to messages FAST. He's very pleasant, polite, respectful, straightforward, and has a great attitude over messaging (unlike other cleaners who ask you too many questions, are too picky, or talk too much nonsense). I'm already looking forward to the next time! I've worked with many house keepers in the past and I am often left underwhelmed. You all know that feeling...when the house smells clean but when you run your fingers across the top of the cabinets and find it covered with dust. Well, I still do this test and am happy to say there was not a spec of dust to be found anywhere. 

The service itself was incredible, the best I’ve ever seen. They went above and beyond and cleaned the place from top to bottom with great detail. All corners and hidden places were reached and they did not leave anything out. Their work was really impressive. David and Mel clearly take pride in their work. David was also very responsive and easy to get in touch with not only before but during and after the cleaning as well. If you’re available, he also does a full walk-thru with you after they are done to make sure you are satisfied. Let me just say, my experience has been nothing short of perfection. They were on time, professional, and did an outstanding job. Their attention to detail is impeccable. I can't stop raving about them. 

I'm so happy I stumbled upon David and his wife Mel. They are a rockstar team. You're missing out if you don't give them a shot. I truly felt I was left with a spotless home and I could finally relax now that the house is so clean. Of course I will be hiring them again no doubt & I would absolutely recommend them over and over!
DM CleanDM Clean
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